a) "I need to know the material inputs for glass bottle manufacturing."
b) "I want to know how wine is produced."
c) "I want to know what options exist for energy storage technologies"
d) "How often does the engine on a bus need to be rebuilt?"
e) "How well does extruded polystyrene insulate buildings?"
f) "Are commuter students more likely to carry an e-reader or a textbook?"
g) "There is a new specific type of solar panel that shows promise. I want to know how long those devices last."
With the library doors currently closed, you will need to access eBooks for your assignment. You can search for eBooks in the library catalogue by limiting your search to items "Online". Note, that the library has a new catalogue so you may want to go to the link below to get tips on how to use it.
You can also search for engineering eBooks in the technical information database Knovel.
Below are a sampling of some online resources:
Research articles are often on a specific research topic, and are usually written in technical terms. They may be original research, or a retrospective look (review) at what has been done in a field. Articles may be peer-reviewed (or not), conference proceedings, or journal articles.
To search for articles, use a database. Each database is slightly different and covers different resources, so you might want to search 2 or 3 databases in order to ensure you aren't missing anything!
Below are a list of some popular databases in mechanical and industrial engineering. You can use these databases to find resources such as journal articles.
Many databases have direct full-text links to the article online. If there is no full-text link, you must look up the journal or conference title in the UT library catalogue.
Standards are documents that describe the important features of a product, service, or system. Codes are collections of laws and rules which provide procedures to maintain uniformity and safety
For laws and legislation, take a look at the website of the governing body for the area of interest. For example, you might want to look at the some of the following links to find current consolidated acts and regulations.
A patent is protection granted by a national government for an invention. This protection excludes others from making, using or selling an invention for a period of up to 20 years. More more information on patents and how to search for them use the link below.
Grey literature is anything that has been published outside of "normal" publication routes (e.g. literature not published through commercial publishing companies or academic presses). It can include publications such as government documents, technical reports, data and websites. Below are some suggested starting points to searching for various types of grey literature.
Government documents written by municipal, provincial or federal governments containing information about a particular area of the country or topic. They may be in the form of reports, statistics datasets, maps, etc. Below are some suggested links to help get you started on finding government information:
Use the link below to find out more information about what a technical report is and where to find them.
Data can be found in a variety of places. Below are just some starting points where you can find data.
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