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Engineering 190W - Summer Session 2020 - Tateri Sections: Home

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 guide contains recommendations to several sources relevant to each task.

The COVID-19 crisis has put the physical collections of many research libraries out of reach, including ours. Fortunately, HathiTrust holds digital copies of many of these works. They have created an Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), which opens up copyrighted material in the HathiTrust Digital Library to member institutions with copies of those items in their physical collections.

Millions of digitized books available through HathiTrust which are also in UC libraries’ collections are now available online to UC students, faculty, and staff. Use your UC credentials to login to the HathiTrust Digital Library, and then check-out in copyright books for online reading access for renewable one-hour loans. You can also still, as before, read and download public domain books at will.

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 eBooks" There are two functions on this screen - to search by eBook provider and by subject matter to introduce you to the major sources of eBooks. 

Other ways to determine what you are looking for is to consider the information source.  Is it one of the following?

 

 

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

The CRAAP test is a test to check the reliability of sources across academic disciplines. CRAAP is an acronym for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.

Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources - http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/college/11605_12337.cfm

In addition you may want to consider:

  1. Scope of coverage
  2. Verifiable information - can be documented
  3. Authority control - authorship - who, affiliation, where
  4. Currency - note the date, the update, does it reflect the right period of time for topic
  5. Timeliness - different than currency
  6. Objectivity - reduce bias
  7. Accuracy
  8. Design & Presentation
  9. Ease of use
  10. Citing Internet resources - URL & date of the search
  11. Capturing, Copying, Dowloading and Managing

Citing Sources

In order to avoid plagiarism and to honor intellectual integrity, make sure that you cite the authority in a bibliographic reference to anything that is not your original writing or creation - that means when you quote a passage, insert a graphic image, figures, or illustration, that you cite the original source. The style manual you choose to follow should document how you cite electronic resources. Examples of resources that support multiple style manuals is noted in the Quick Reference Guide for Writing.  Standard formats include the following reference elements:

Standard formats include the following reference elements:

For a Journal article or conference proceeding:

Author(s) - last name, first name, MI, - [include multiple authors if noted] (date), Title of article. Source of Article/Title of Journal. volume #, (issue #): pages. If it is only an electronic publication with no reference to print pages, then you cite the DOI - Digital Object Identifier and the date last visited.

If it is a conference paper, then you cite the Source of the Publication, Title of conference, date and location of meeting.

For books, the format is:

Author, editor of volume or chapter, (imprint date). Title of chapter in Title of Book, edited by editor if different. City of Publication: Publisher, page references. Note if it is an eBook.

For full volume:

Author, (date). Title of Book. City of Publisher, Publisher: pages

IEEE Citation Style - The IEEE Editorial Style Manual  notes the specific ways that references and footnotes are to be handled.  You will be writing with a model of California Engineer - check it out at the Ayala Science Library Current Periodicals Room by journal title or for back issues, by call number TA 1 C28 in the Ayala Science Library Drum (round part of the Library)

MLA Style Format is documented in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 2009 at any of the UCI Library Reference Desks at                   REF LIB 2369 G53 2009

APA Style Format  - The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed., 2020 is at every Reference Desk - REF BF 76.7 P83 2020.  It is NOT currently available onlne.  A cheatsheet with many examples of how to cite different types of sources in many formats can be consulted.  Additional recommended resources are noted at this site. 

Chicago Style Manual - an online version of the Chicago Style Manual is now available

Other hints:

  1. Avoid plagiarism, be ethical – OVERCITE!
    Plagiarism: what it is and how to recognize and avoid it. A guide prepared by the Writing Tutorial Services, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
    http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

     

  2. Consult http://www.turnitin.com, a plagiarism detection program - ask your professor if you are interested in this.

     

  3. Be consistent

     

  4. Work on your presentation skills
    • very important now
    • when interviewing for job

     

  5. For additional information, consult with instructor, librarian, examine your style manual.

     

Bibliographic Management Software

BIBLIOGRAPHIC MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE - allows you to discover, find, manage, recall and apply the citations you retrieve from all formats of work - journal articles, book chapters, edited volumes, standards, specifications, patents, conference papers & proceedings, lectures, etc. Neither Zotero nor EndNote support BibTeX or LaTeX, only the usual wordprocessing languages or Legal Style Manual.  For additional information, please visit the Bibliographic Management Software page.

Organizing and Managing Images

There are a number of ways to manage images and materials scientists may find these useful.

Library is Open for eAccess

Liaison Librarian

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Office: Science Library 228

Phone: 949-824-4971

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Connecting from Off-Campus

Researching from home? Use the VPN Links below to access our databases.   Instructions on connecting from off-campus should be followed - for additional information, consult with OIT at 949-824-2222

Software VPN - strongly urge you to rely upon this method if you use the same computer all the time - less hiccups and complications

More Information Regarding the VPN

Mobile Access Optimized @ UCI

Increasingly many of our licensed library resources are available via mobile devices - this link will tell you what is available and on what platform.  

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