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:
The textbook, The Craft of Scientific Writing (2018) is available online via the UCI Library.
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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.
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:
The Library website is a good point of departure to find almost anything and learn what is happening at the UCI Libraries. Research Guides prepared at UCI are good jumping off points for more specific resources and include:
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:
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.