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Civil Engineer Graduate Orientation: Home

This guide presents 10 information strategies to help researchers and engineers become more efficient.

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"Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham


From the Engineering Library,

  • Search the literature comprehensively for articles in your area, including all relevant journals, conference papers, theses, technical reports, and patents.
  • When might a literature search be necessary? Before a grant proposal, research paper, beginning a dissertation. Do it regularly to avoid "being scooped."
  • Learn about where to publish, high impact journals, open access, copyright and where to go for help. We'll also discuss the differences between Google, Google Scholar, and library-subscribed databases, recommending top databases and ebooks in the process.
  • Access library resources off-campus easier by downloading Passkey.
  • Find out why patents are so important and where to find them.
  • Find collaborators at Cornell with VIVO, a research expertise database.
  • Keep up to date with the literature by receiving tables of contents in your email or via RSS feed.
  • Prepare bibliographies with a citation mangement program, such as Endnote or RefWorks.
  • Ask for help via chat, email, texting, or in person.
  • If time, we'll review with questions.

Slides from Professor Susan Daniel

Professor Susan Daniel in School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering showed some useful slides to new ChemE grads students. These cover best practices when publishing, the importance of staying current, peripheral literature, and more.

Engineering Librarian

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Jill Powell
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