Chemical Engineering

Citing your sources

Why should you cite your sources?

  • Shows you have done your research
  • Lends credibilty and support to your research and recommendations
  • Allows others to reproduce your research process
  • Acknowledges others' contributions

Be as specific as you can: cite specific pages if possible; cite a particular chapter instead of the whole book, especially if chapter are written by different authors, etc.

Be sure to use the citation style given to you in class to be used with your reports.

Search Strategies

Remember the strategies discussed in class:

  • Start big
  • Start small
  • Citation searching


  • Use multiple strategies for a comprehensive search.
  • Use database features to help you narrow your results or to expand them.
  • Use review articles as a starting point and for background on unfamiliar topics.

See the PowerPoint on the HOME tab for additional details.

Other places to search for articles or patents

Engineering Village 2 (Compendex Archive and INSPEC)

Engineering Village 2
This database covers both Compendex Archive from 1884-1969  and Inspec from 1898- present. 
Compendex Archive covers the engineering field from 1884 to 1969. Database covers nuclear technology, bioengineering, transportation, chemical and process engineering, light and optical technology, agricultural engineering and food technology, computers and data processing, applied physics, electronics and communications, control, civil, mechanical, materials, petroleum, aerospace and automotive engineering as well as narrower subtopics within all these and other major engineering fields.

Inspec is a bibliographic database providing access to scientific literature in electrical engineering, electronics, physics, control engineering, information technology, communications, computers, computing, and manufacturing and production engineering. The database contains over 11.2 million bibliographic records from scientific and technical journals and conference proceedings. Inspec's online coverage is from 1898 to the present, and records are updated weekly, with approximately 600,000 new records added to the database annually.

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