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Copying/Printing at the Libraries

Your UCI PhotoID will serve as your copy card for xeroxing and printing.  It requires that money be added to it by inserting it in one of the Regenerator machines found throughout the UCI Libraries.  Enter a few dollars at a time and add to it when it is depleted.  Costs will be debited at the rate of 8 cents per copy or xerox made; 12 cents per page of printing and more for color printing.

Introduction & Background

This handout is to support students in this class on communication strategies and technical writing for engineers. It is organized to augment your assignments and serve as direction for conducting research for a range of information products and sources, perfecting writing and composition; developing presentation skills, etc. You have several assignments and this handout contains recommendations to several sources relevant to each task.

Building Research Skills

The UCI Libraries Homepage is your point of departure and serves as a gateway to all online resources that are used for teaching and research.  This website will direct you to information resources and services, specifically, the online databases and will give you access to all that is defined by "Resource Tools" and "Finding Online Resources" There are two functions on this screen - to BROWSE assuming you know the title; and to SEARCH when you can search by title word or keyword. This new page allows you to search all online resources collectively or by type:

  • Databases
  • Online Journals
  • News & Newspapers
  • Reference tools
  • Statistical & Data Resources (mostly government information)



Evaluating Information

When using Online or Internet Resources, consider Search Engines vs. metasites - evaluate resource - be attentive to domain -may include .com, .edu, .org, .gov, .net

Evaluating Information – Applying the CRAAP Test

For Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose


Goal is to establish relevancy.  The evaluation criteria includes these issues:


Scope of coverage

Currency – be able to distinguish currency from timeliness

Relevance – meaningful to what audience; at what level; will you cite it as authoritative?

Authority – stem is author – establishes the source of the information – author/publisher/source/sponsor; organizational affiliations & credentials; contact information

Accuracy – reliability, correctness of content; supported by evidence; is it verifiable; is tone unbiased, objective, impartial & free of emotion; free of errors?

Purpose – are hypotheses and authors’ intentions clear?  Why is content important – to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?  Any political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?

Ease of use – Capturing, copying, citing; design & presentation

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Phone: 949-824-4971


Library Hours

Please check on the website for Library hours

Beginning in January 2020, the Science Library will undergo renovation.  The building will be fully functional but may show signs of dust and construction and be noisy until Fall 2020 when the work is expected to be completed.  Apologies for any inconvenience.  We are excited about unveiling the new spaces.

During the academic year, the UCI libraries will be open Monday-Thursday from 8am-11pm

Friday from 8am-6pm

Saturday  from 1-5pm & Sunday from 1-11pm

All libraries will be closed on Monday, January 20 for MLK Day and again on Monday, February 17 for Presidents' Day but open the preceeding weekends.

Gateway Commons is open  from Monday-Thursday from 8am-3am; Friday from 8am - 9pm; Saturday from 5-9pm and Sunday from 5pm - 3am.

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