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:
Additional resources include:
3. California Engineer - this is a professional publication that accepts student submissions. See Science Library (SL) Drum and Curr Per under TA 1 C28
Google Patents - different arrangement of output - there is lots of help; not as formalized a search process - contains 7.3 million patents with references to worldwide patents; images are inline
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.
Technical Writing and Communication & Resume Guides - there are additional resources listed on the presentation tab, left side bar that are highly recommended resources to help you translate standard writing into presentation-mode.
Selected current resources & texts (SL = Science Library (Ref on 2d floor); LL = Langson Library (Ref on 1st floor))
Solving problems in technical communication. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2013 - SL T10.5 S638
Listen, Write, Present: The elements for communicating science and technology. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012. SL T10.5 B36 2012
Clear and Concise Communiations for Scientists and Engineers. Boca Raton, FL: CRC, 2012
Social Media for Engineers and Scientists, NY: Momentum Press, 2012
A Scientific Approach to Scientific Writing. NY: Springer, 2012
Technical Writing for Teams: The STREAM Tools Handbook. Piscataway, NJ, IEEE Press: 2010. SL T11 M3357 2010
Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals and Presentations. NY: Oxford University Press, 2010. ASY Q223 H63 2010.
Careers in Focus: Engineering, 3rd ed Chicago, IL: Ferguson/Infobase Pub., 2007. SL REF TA157 .C283 2007
Resumes for Engineering Careers: With Sample Cover Letters, 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2006. SL REF TA 157 R47 2006
Writing Power: Communication in an Engineering Center/ Dorothy Winsor. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2003. SL 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, SL Bar, T11 W75 2003
Writing from A to Z, 4th ed./ Sally Barr Ebest. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill, 2003. LL Reserves PE 1408 W773 2003b
A Student Guide to Writing at UCI, 11th ed./ John Hollowell. Boston, MA: Pearson, 2003. SL Ref Desk PE 1408 H668 2003
Handbook of Technical Writing / Gerald J.Alred, Charles T. Brusaw, Walter E. Oliu, New York: St. Martin’s 2003, SL Ref T11 B78 2003
MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Communication, 2nd ed. / James G. Paradis and Muriel L. Zimmerman. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002. SL Bar Q223 P33 2002
Technical Communication, 6th ed. / Mike Markel. NY: St. Martin's Press. SL Bar, T11 M346 2001
Technical Style / J.M. Haile, Central, S.C.: Macatea Productions, 2001, SL Bar, T11 H24 2001
Technical Writing and Professional Communication for Nonnative Speakers of English / Thomas N. Huckin, Leslie A. Olsen, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1991, SL Bar, T11 H823 1991
Finding Books about Engineering Ethics – appropriate subject headings may include:
Genetic engineering - Ethics
Genetic engineering – Moral and ethical aspects
Medical ethics – United States
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 works include the Morgan and Claypool Series including Synthesis Lectures on Engineers, Technology and Society (multiple volumes currently in this series) -
Recommended journal is Science and Engineering Ethics
Appropriate websites may include:
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.
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:
What are some points to remember when using standards?
To locate a standard you should (ideally) have at least three of the following:
Sources for Standards: ASTM SEDL