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MSE298: Communications

MSE298 Library Research Help Page

Finding and Evaluating the Best Research Sources

This guide is designed to help you find resources for your MSE298 project.

It has tips on:

  1. Review articles vs. Peer-Reviewed articles
  2. Finding Resources
  3. Avoiding Plagiarism
  4. How to cite using IEEE​


Review vs. Peer Review

Is this article peer-reviewed?

The real question is... is this JOURNAL peer-reviewed?

Peer Review in 3 minutes

Finding & Evaluating Resources

Recommended Databases

Subject specific databases:

Multidisciplinary databases:

Finding other types of resources:

Evaluating Resources

What if I can't access the article/book that I want?


When U of T does not provide access to the article or book (or other resource) that you are looking for, you can request it through our interlibrary loan service. The following link has more information about the service and how to place a request:

Avoiding Plagiarism

Using Sources Correctly

The Engineering Communication Program (ECP) has some great resources to help you properly incorporate research ideas into your assignments:

Citing in IEEE

IEEE Citation Style

Use this resource to help you cite in the correct IEEE style (a citation manager can help as well)

Finding Journal Abbreviations:


Electronic Journal

J. K. Author, “Name of paper,” Abbrev. Title of Journal, vol. x, no. x, pp. xxx-xxx, Abbrev. Month, year. Accessed on: Abbrev. Month. Day, Year. [Online]. Available: site/path/file (doi:xxxxx, database or URL) 

•Where there is a DOI available, do not include the Accessed on Date
•Available: site/path/file location of an electronic journal can be a DOI, a library database provider or a full URL.
J. Carlson, D. Menicucci, P. Vorobieff, A. Mammoli, and H. He, "Infrared imaging method for flyby assessment of solar thermal panel operation in field settings," Appl. Therm. Eng., vol. 70, no. 1, pp. 163-171, Sept. 2014. doi:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2014.05.008
M. Frishberg and M. M. Gobble, "Quantum dots: beyond solar cells," Research Technology Management, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 7-8, May/Jun. 2015. Accessed on: Oct. 13, 2014. [Online]. Available: 
C. H. Mounika, K. S. Roy, and M. Ali, "Motor speed control based on temperature using can protocol," International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology, vol. 4. no. 4, Apr. 2013,  pp. 1249-1252. Accessed on: Oct. 28, 2015. [Online]. Available:


J. K. Author, “Title of chapter in the book,” in Title of His Published Book, xth ed. City of Publisher, (only U.S. State), Country: Abbrev. of Publisher, year, ch. x, sec. x, pp. xxx–xxx. 

B. Klaus and P. Horn, Robot Vision. Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press, 1986.

L. Stein, “Random patterns,” in Computers and You, J. S. Brake, Ed. New York, NY, USA: Wiley, 1994, pp. 55- 70. 


Name of Manual/Handbook, x ed., Abbrev. Name of Co., City of Co., Abbrev. State, year, pp. xxx-xxx.

Transmission Systems for Communications, 3rd ed., Western Electric Co., Winston-Salem, NC, 1985, pp. 44–60.

Technical Report:

J. K. Author, “Title of report,” Abbrev. Name of Co., City of Co., Abbrev. State, Country, Rep. xxx, year. 

R. E. Haskell and C. T. Case, “Transient signal propagation in lossless isotropic plasmas,” USAF Cambridge Res. Labs., Cambridge, MA, Rep. ARCRL-66-234 (II), 1994, vol. 2. 


Author(s)*. “Title.” Internet: complete URL, date updated* [date accessed].

 M. Duncan. “Engineering Concepts on Ice. Internet:, Oct. 25, 2000 [Nov. 29, 2003]. 


Title of Standard, Standard number, date. 

Letter Symbols for Quantities, ANSI Standard Y10.5-1968. 

Citation Management

Citation Management Software Options

There are multiple free options available to you to manage your citations.