Welcome back to UCI and upper division status. This guide will document some strategies for you to use as you develop and refine your research skills. Soon you will be taking upper division courses in writing and technical communications and senior design which brings together much of the project management skills you need to see the scope of a project from beginning to completion.
You will be using this book as a textbook: Introduction to Engineering Research, 2020.
This is an interdisciplinary approach to engineering and you will have an overview of the career opportunities and learning more about the ongoing research in engineering ranging from:
There are a wide range of materials that will cover different perspectives on these topics so that you can:
You will be conducting your work this summer remotely but it will prepare you for when we return to campus, to be able to navigate the UCI Libraries website and to use the new UC Library Search. Just remember to filter your searches with the options on the left-side-bar.
This guide will also provide some resources in how to find specific information resources and to develop a solid foundation with different software packages that can aid your efficiency and effectiveness in developing consistency in writing, research, computation, collaboration and data management. Just remember mastering these skills takes time and patience. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or research needs that you have. Don't be overwhelmed; just realize that you have many choices and here at UCI we have many resources.
What is UC Library Search? It is a centralized library management and discovery system that unites the collections & digital resources for the entire UC system. UC Library Search brings togehter all 10 UC campus libraries, the California Digital Library (CDL) and 2 regional storage facilities in one system and also enables users to easily link out to Worldcat to find materials outside the UC system, that can be borrowed via InterLibrary Loan (ILL).
How does UC Library Search function? You can search across the collections of all UC campuses at once; you use your net ID and password to check out & renew materials - no more entering the long library card #; you can pick up materials from any UC campus; have continued ability to search & borrow items from outside the UC system through the Worldcat link within UC Library Search. For more information, visit here.
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