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MAE 295 - Research Communication in Engineering - Winter Quarter 2021: Home


This Course Guide will direct you to research information strategies and resources that will guide you to finding appropriate and relevant information in the field of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.  Obviously, there are overlaps with other disciplines within Engineering and outside in Physics & Astronomy, Aeronautics, Cosmology, Chemistry, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Nanotechnology, Robotics, Computer & Information Sciences and reflect important topics such as propulsion, turbulence, fluid dynamics, MEMS, robotics & microbiotics, exoskeletons, thermoacoustics, hydrodynamics and many other topics.  This course reinforces technical communications to prepare all graduate students to advance their research and share with colleagues the progress of their work and related content.  An emphasis is on written work, presentations, proposal writing and other formats for a range of audiences.  This guide guilds on several goals:

  • how to conduct a literature search, in a variety of sources
  • how to stay informed and updated about new outputs in various topical areas, including how to register for new releases and alert services
  • citation optioms
  • citation managers (bibliographic management systems)
  • how to share information with colleagues and collaborators
  • authenticating yourself - ORCID ID
  • publishing trends & opportunities in field
  • getting ready for thesis or dissertation research
  • staying aware of research taking place in academe, industry and government sectors

The textbook, The Craft of Scientific Writing (2018) is available online via the UCI Library.

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Trends in Scholarly Communication

Scholarly publishing is constantly changing due to the "open movements" including Open Access, institutional repositories and directives, data management compliance, peer review practices, and other aspects that are responding to new demands in scholarly communication.

Following and tracking these issues is important.

Creating an Academic Profile

There are many options for creating and enhancing your academic profile.  Some hints include keeping information professional & do not share too many personal details through social media and if you post any documents make sure that they are in PDF and can't be altered.  Sources that may be useful include:

Elements of a Paper

Research papers are significant for several different reasons and have relevance at different times.  The CRAAP test defines, Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose as the main criteria but there are also these elements that contribute to the usefulness of an article or paper:

  • abstract
  • introduction & hypotheses
  • literature review
  • methods
  • results
  • conclusions
  • images - figures, graphs, photos, all visuals

Thesis / Dissertation Submission @ UCI

There are many instructions to follow about how to submit a thesis or dissertation.  The best source is to consult the Electronic Theses and Dissertations Guidelines and calendar the deadline dates.   There is also a series of FAQs to review about the entire process and all the options one has to file the documentation that accompanies the ETD.

Liaison Librarian

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Julia Gelfand
Office: Science Library 228

Phone: 949-824-4971