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Engineering 190W - Spring 2024 - Harnick-Shapiro Section

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Julia Gelfand
Office: Science Library 228

Phone: 949-824-4971


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:

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


  3. Dictionary of computer science, engineering and technology / editor-in-chief, Phillip A. Laplante, Boca Raton, FL. CRC Press, 2001, 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, Science Library – Bar, TA9 I43 1999


Additional resources include:

  1. Government Information - major source - consult ANTPAC or visit the Langson Library Reference Desk on the right of the entrance. 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 Science Library (SL) Drum and Curr Per under TA 1 C28

IEEE transactions on professional communication (journal)

PE Professional Engineer


Engineering Ethics

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

  1. Biomedical ethics
  3. Engineering ethics
  5. Engineering ethics – Case studies

    Genetic engineering - Ethics

  6. Genetic engineering – Moral and ethical aspects

  7. Medical ethics – United States

  8. 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) -

  1. Ethics in technical communication: a critique and synthesis / Mike Markel, Westport, Conn.: Ablex Pub., 2001, SL Bar, T10.5 M34 2001
  3. Ethics in Technical Communication / Paul M. Dombrowski, Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2000, SL Bar, T10.5 D66 2000

Recommended journal is Science and Engineering Ethics

Appropriate websites may include:

  1. Engineering Ethics Blog
  3. Online Ethics Home at the National Academy of Engineering

    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

Also Engineering Case Studies and OHE Case Studies (also OHE videos and books) contain materials on different forms & topics of engineering 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 - there is lots of help; not as formalized a search process - contains 7.3 million patents with references to worldwide patents; images are inline

  3. 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.

  4. Other valuable patent resources:
    Training Guides from USPTO
  5. "How to Conduct a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search: A Step by Step Strategy " - Online, Web-Based Tutorial (38 minutes) - Tutorial on the new Patent Public Search
  6. Patent Guide from University of Washington Engineering Library
  7. 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


  Technical Communications Resources

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




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.