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Engineering 190W, Spring 2022 - Hong Section: 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

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

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

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 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 SL Drum and Curr Per under TA 1 C28

IEEE transactions on professional communication (journal)

PE Professional Engineer

Preparing a Presentation

For assistance in preparing presentations you may find the following resources helpful in preparing a Powerpoint presentation that can capture your ideas with some visual elements including images, graphs, photographs, etc. 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. 102 Tips to Communicate More Effectively Using Powerpoint, 2010 - Science Library (SL) REF T385 P3677 2010
  3. Top Ten Slide Tips - by Garr Reynolds -
  6. Mastering Powerpoint 2000 - Science Library (SL) Bar T385 M8863 1999 
  8. Tutorials:
  10. Sources for images include: Google Image Searchand other search interfaces; remember to cite the source even if it is in the public domain.

Don't forget to rehearse using the Presentation Studio!



Engineering Ethics

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

  1. Engineering ethics
  3. Engineering ethics – Case studies

    Genetic engineering - Ethics

  4. Genetic engineering – Moral and ethical aspects

  5. Medical ethics – United States

  6. Science – Moral and ethical aspects

When searched in LibSearch by Subject Headings,” Engineering ethics” one retrieves 127 titles; by title the retrieval is 16 titles, 10 of which are eBooks;

Recommended books include:

          Johnson, Deborah (2020). Engineering Ethics: Contemporary and Enduring Debates.  New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

          Synthesis Lectures on Engineers, Technology and Society (3 volumes currently in this series) - specifically the titles,

Style and Ethics of Communication in Science and Engineering (2008)  Engineering Ethics: Peace, Justice and the Earth (2006)

  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 journals include Journal of Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society and  Science and Engineering Ethics

Appropriate websites may include:

  1. Engineering Ethics Blog
  3. Online Ethics Home at the National Academy of Engineering
  5. Center for Engineering, Ethics and Society, NAE
  7. National Society of Professional Engineers Engineering Ethics
  9. NSPE Engineering Ethics Case Studies
  10. ASCE Code of Ethics

  11. ASME Code of Ethics

  12. IEEE Code of Ethics



Patent information

The Subject Guide for Patents is a good point of departure:

  1. U. S. Patent and Trademark Office
    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.
  3. Nexis-Uni -  Under "History" along the top right side is a Patent Research section for searching of Patents (1971 to date), by individual category of Design Patents, Plant Patents or Utility Patents. Can also search by keyword, assignee, inventor, patent number, classification, and lawyer.
  5. Google Patents - latest of the patent indexes to appear - there is lots of help; not as formalized a search process - contains 7.3 million patents
  7. 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.
  1. 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



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

Technical Writing Resources

Technical Writing and Communication & Resume Guides Selected current resources & texts (SL = Science Library (Ref on 2d floor); LL = Langson Library (Ref on 1st floor))

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


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


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


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


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


  5. 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


  6. Writing from A to Z, 4th ed. / Sally Barr Ebest. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill, 2003. LL Reserves PE 1408 W773 2003b


  7. A Student Guide to Writing at UCI, 11th ed. / John Hollowell. Boston, MA: Pearson, 2003. SL Ref Desk PE 1408 H668 2003


  8. Handbook of Technical Writing / Gerald J.Alred, Charles T. Brusaw, Walter E. Oliu, New York: St. Martin’s 2003, SL Ref T11 B78 2003


  9. 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

  11. Technical Communication, 6th ed. / Mike Markel. NY: St. Martin's Press. SL Bar, T11 M346 2001


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


  13. 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
  15.  Presentation skills for scientists : a practical guide, 2010 -SL REF Q223 .Z36 2010


    Learning to communicate in science and engineering : case studies from MIT, 2010- SL Bar Q223 .P64 2010


    Presenting science : a practical guide to giving a good talk, 2010 - SL REF Q223 .I87 2010


    Explaining Research: how to reach key audiences to advance your work, 2010 - SL REF Q223 .M399 2010


  1. IEEE transactions on professional communication (journal)


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