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Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering

CE 333T

Course Guide for CE 333T

We have many more Databases but here are the ones we think of first for finding journal, magazine, and newspaper articles for topics of interest in this class:

Also --- not an index to articles but an index to another type of information:

Books can provide a very comprehensive view of a topic; see Find Books for more information.  By the way, a great "helper" source is:

 

Government websites are a wealth of information and can include technical reports, statistics, data, legal cases, patents, case studies, and much more.  

           Tip: Search Google and filter your results by .gov (or .mil).

 

Reference sources can help you find and develop a research topic by providing background information, facts, statistics, dates and other general information on most topics. 

1. Background information

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (written by experts, vetted by editors) 
  • Books - Check out Find Books for more information 
  • Government websites

2. Find articles using library databases.  For example:

  • Academic Search Complete - multidisciplinary
  • ASCE- Civil engineering
  • Compendex - Research literature of engineering
  • More engineering databases

Searching Tips:

  • Use keywords and synonyms 

Think of the official or scientific terms for common words e.g. "unmanned aircraft" for drones or "hydraulic fracturing" for fracking. 

  • Add additional terms to refine your results
    • fracking AND wastewater
       
  • Try to avoid generic words like pros and cons

​If you need articles related to GMOs and their benefit to society consider using terms like “agricultural productivity” or hunger.  If you are lacking information on the negative side try adding terms like health risks" or environmental.

Example search results: 

  • gmo = 2,829
  • (gmo OR genetically modified organism) = 4,234
  • (gmo OR genetically modified organism) AND hunger = 35
  • (gmo OR genetically modified organism) AND (hunger OR famine) = 41
  • (gmo OR genetically modified organism) AND (hunger OR famine OR droughts) = 87

There is no one “right” way to search. These are just a few tips and suggestions, if you are having trouble finding information – email me! I can help with choosing keywords or recommend databases and other resources.

Ask for help if you 

  • can't finding enough material on your topic
  • can't locate the full text of an article
  • can't find a book or are having problems with an e-book

Sometimes you want to know what a particular person has written.  That person may be a professor, a person in the news or the author of something you have just read.  To search by author:

  • Library databases such as Academic Search Complete and Compendex have options for author searching --- in this case the results would be journal articles by Katz.  The "Texas" limit helps by searching the author's affiliation, even though there is not an affiliation field limit; some databases have that.  Other databases such as Compendex and ASCE Research Library offer indexing of both journal articles and conference papers. 

 

  • In the library catalog, we can construct a similar search.  This time, the results will be book records.  Usually we will not have the advantage of an affiliation limit and will be looking instead for material by a person with the right time on the right topic.

 

  • Google Scholar offers an advanced search with an author-search option:

 

  • Finally, many professors post lists of their publications on the webpages of their university.

Cite Your Sources is a guide to help you:

If you need help, please contact a member of the library staff.

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Beware of Questionable Sources

Concerning fake news: 

  • Always be skeptical.  Errors aren't necessarily deliberate.

Some Guides:

Popular fact-checking sites:

 

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