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Engineering 190W - Summer Session I, 2022 - Tateri Sections: Specialized Resources

Recommended Reference Sources

A variety of resources exist and basically every book is a reference work in some fashion - the standard reference tool includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, maps & atlases, directories, etc and some examples include:

             Encyclopedia Britannica Online

  2. Wikipedia- no peer review content in this encyclopedic resource; all contributed to voluntarily


    Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, Springer, 2012.

  3. Dictionary of computer science, engineering and technology / editor-in-chief, Phillip A. Laplante, Boca Raton, FL. CRC Press, 2001, Ayala Science Library – Reference, QA 76.15 D5258 2001


  4. Images of technology: a pictorial dictionary of Modern engineering research / Edited by Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, Ayala Science Library – Bar, TA9 I43 1999


Additional resources include:

  1. Government Information - major source - consult Library Search or visit Reference desk on the First Floor of the Langson Library. For Federal US sources, check the websites of specific agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy Web page or specific state agencies at


  2. Professional Societies publications – very prolific and common in Engineering and now increasingly specialized - investigate IEEE, ACM, SPIE, ASEE, ACS, ASME, ASCE, AIAA, CNI, IFIP etc. Consult Associations Unlimited for additional information; most of these associations also have a Code of Ethics


      3.  California Engineer - this is a professional publication that accepts student submissions.  See ASL Drum and Curr Per under TA 1 C28

Technical Writing Resources

Technical Writing and Communication & Resume Guides Selected current resources & texts (ASL = Ayala Science Library & Ref; LL = Langson Library (Ref on 1st floor))

         Explaining Research: How to Reach Key Audiences to Advance Your Work, 2010 - ASL REF Q223 M399 2010           

         The Essentials of Technical Communication, 2010 - ASL Bar T11 T295 2010         

         Learning to Communicate in Science and Engineering: Case Studies from MIT, 2010 - ASL Bar Q223 P64 2010 

         Communicating Science: Professional, Popular and Literary, 2010 - ASL Bar Q223 R87 2010      

         Presenting Science: A Practical Guide to Giving a Good Talk, 2010 - ASL REF Q223 I87 2010          

         The Craft of Scientific Communication, 2010 - ASL Bar Q223 H37 2010  

         A Guide to Writing as an Engineer, 3rd ed., 2009 - ASL RESERVES T 11 B396 2009   

  1. Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations, 2008- ASL HF5718.22 D83 2008

          Speaking About Science: Manual for Creating Clear Presentations, 2006. ASL Bar Q223 M67 2006

  1. Careers in Focus: Engineering, 3rd ed. Chicago, IL: Ferguson/Infobase Pub., 2007. ASL REF TA157 .C283 2007

  2. Resumes for Engineering Careers: With Sample Cover Letters, 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2006. ASL REF TA 157 R47 2006

  3. Writing from A to Z, 5th ed., 2004 - ASL RESERVES PE 1408 W773 2005 c. 2

  1. Writing Power: Communication in an Engineering Center / Dorothy Winsor. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2003. ASL Bar TA 158.5 W56 2003

     Writing and Speaking in the Technology Professions: A Practical Guide / edited by David F. Beer, New York: IEEE Press, 2003, ASL Bar, T11 W75 2003

  2. A Student Guide to Writing at UCI, 11th ed. / John Hollowell. Boston, MA: Pearson, 2003. ASL Ref Desk PE 1408 H668 2003
  3. Handbook of Technical Writing / Gerald J.Alred, Charles T. Brusaw, Walter E. Oliu, New York: St. Martin’s 2003, ASL Ref T11 B78 2003
  5. MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Communication, 2nd ed. / James G. Paradis and Muriel L. Zimmerman. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002. ASL Bar Q223 P33 2002
  7. Technical Communication, 6th ed. / Mike Markel. NY: St. Martin's Press. ASL Bar, T11 M346 2001

    Technical Style / J.M. Haile, Central, S.C.: Macatea Productions, 2001, ASL Bar, T11 H24 2001

          Technical Writing and Professional Communication for Nonnative Speakers of English / Thomas N. Huckin, Leslie A. Olsen, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1991.  ASL T11 H823 1991 

  1. IEEE transactions on professional communication (journal)


Preparing a Presentation

For assistance in preparing presentations you should consider the Tab on Preparing Presentations and you will also find the following resources helpful in preparing a Powerpoint presentation that can capture your ideas with some visual elements including images, graphs, photographs, etc.  Also several of the books listed in the section or box just above will be exceedingly helpful.   For some background in creating an appropriate presentation, consider the needs of your audience and play to that group. You may find the following resources and tutorials helpful:

  1. Top Ten Slide Tips - by Garr Reynolds -
  2. Mastering Powerpoint 2000 - ASL Bar T385 M8863 1999


  3. Tutorials:
  4. Sources for images include: Google Image Searchand other search interfaces; remember to cite the source even if it is in the public domain.


Engineering Ethics

Finding Books about Engineering Ethics – appropriate subject headings may include:

  1. Engineering ethics


  2. Engineering ethics – Case studies


  3. Genetic engineering - Ethics


  4. Genetic engineering – Moral and ethical aspects


  5. Medical ethics – United States


  6. Science – Moral and ethical aspects


When searched in Library Search by Subject Headings,” Engineering ethics” one retrieves 94  titles; by title the retrieval is 8 titles; by keyword 495 titles appear

Recommended books and eBooks include:

          Johnson, Deborah (2020).  Engineering Ethics: Contemporary and Enduring Debates.  Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

          Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science - Lectures on Engineers, Technology and Society - the following specific titles may be of particular interest:  A Handbook for Analytical Writing (2013) Ethics for Bioengineers (2012); Tragedy in the Gulf: A call for a new engineering ethic (2011);  Style and Ethics of Communication in Science and Engineering (2008)  Engineering Ethics: Peace, Justice and the Earth (2006)

           Engineering Ethics: Outline of an Aspirational Approach / W. Richard Bowen.  London: Springer, 2009.

  1. Introduction to Engineering Ethics, 2nd ed / Mike Martin and Roland Schinzinger.  Boston, MA: McGraw Hill Higher Education, 2010. 
  2. ASL Bar, TA 157 S83 2010
  4. Ethics in technical communication: a critique and synthesis / Mike Markel, Westport, Conn.: Ablex Pub., 2001, ASL Bar, T10.5 M34 2001  

Recommended journal is Science and Engineering Ethics (vol. 1, 1985+)

Appropriate websites may include:

  1. Engineering Ethics Blog
  2. Online Ethics Home at the National Academy of Engineering
  3. Center for Engineering, Ethics and Society, NAE
  4. National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Code of Ethics

  5. ASME Code of Ethics

  6. ASCE Code of Ethics

  7. IEEE Code of Ethics

  8. AIChE Code of Ethics

  9. Society for Biomaterials Code of Ethics



Patent information


    1. U. S. Patent and Trademark Office and How to Search the USPTO database  Official source for U.S. patents and trademarks in full text from 1976 (full page images available since 1790) with links to the Library of Congress for copyright information. Definitions, application forms and instructions, handbooks, notices, and patent attorney directory are just a few of the products provided. Includes design patents and reissued patents as well as patents currently in application process (coverage starts March 2001). Full-text searching is available.


    2. Google Patents - different arrangement of output - claims at end - there is lots of help; not as formalized a search process - contains 7.3 million patents with references to worldwide patents; images are inline
    1. Google Scholar - Google Scholar's Advanced Scholar Search can now be used to find patents and legal opinions. Search options include all legal opinions and journals, search only US federal court opinions, and search only court opinions from individual states.
  2. Other valuable patent resources:
    Patent Searching Tutorial – from the University of Texas, Austin
    European Patent Office - index of patents originating in Europe
    Freepatentsonline - Fulltext and images of US patents beginning with patent number 4,000,000
    Crazy Patents
    Scirus - Indexes over 13 million patents from the US, European and Japanese Patent Offices and WIPO
    Subject Guide for Patents



Standards and Specifications are described as documents that describe the rules and conditions for how materials and products should be manufactured, defined, measured, tested, and applied.  They are used to establish baselines or a minimum level of performance and quality control to ensure that optimal conditions and procedures for the purpose of creating compatibility with products and services from different periods and a range of sources.  Specifications have a more limited range of application than standards and generally establish requirements for materials, products, or services. Standards and specifications may be issued by voluntary technical or trade associations, professional societies, national standards bodies, government agencies, or by international organizations. It is critical to establish the source.

Standards and specifications are of greatest utility to engineers, scientists and those working with new innovations.

Learn more about Standards

Types of Standards:

  • Category, type, dimension, structure, equipment, quality, grade, component, performance, durability, or safety 
  • Methods of manufacturing, methods of designing, methods of drawing, methods of using, or methods of operation of safety condition of production
  • Methods of testing, analyzing, appraising, verifying, or measuring 
  • Terms, abbreviations, symbols, marks, preferred numbers, or units 
  • Design, methods of execution, or safety conditions

What are some points to remember when using standards?

  • Some standards are government-mandated, and others are voluntary.  There may be various penalties associated with not adhering to the standard. 
  • Standards are updated frequently to keep pace with changing technology -- check to see if the standard you are using is the latest version. 
  • Older, superceded versions of standards may be useful in many cases, such as legal disputes concerning the performance of a product that was manufactured when the older standard was in force.  The Engineering Library DOES NOT maintain historical or superceded standards.

To locate a standard you should (ideally) have at least three of the following:

  • The name of the publishing organization
  • The standard number
  • The title
  • The subject

Sources for Standards:  ASTM SEDL

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News & Media Resources

The media has really changed in recent years and with the focus on fake news it is important that you can cite your sources accurately.  You will also want to remember that we are living in an increasingly evidence-based society where facts matter as well as to whom or what they are attributed.  New methods of communication are important and include blogs, twitter tweets, informal transcripts, interviews, eMail, texting, etc.  There are different indexes and collections of some of these that are reliable sources to search.

Also, it is important to consider the sourcing of information - for example, when an article is published in the newspaper it often comes from or is originally reported in an academic research article and comparing those materials is important.  Checking the references and citations directs you to cited sources and related material.


  Open Access Image Collections

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  Digital Image Collections Databases (access restriced to UCI)

Collections of digital images licensed by the University of California Libraries in support of the research, teaching, and learning of UC faculty, students, and staff.
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