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CEE4441 Library Information Session

This course guide contains information about and links to resources relevant to the CEE4441 (Civil Engineering Design Project) library instruction session.

Designing Search Strategies

  • Select keywords from your research topic
  • Find synonyms or related terms for each of the keyword you identified above
  • Use Boolean operators (AND, OR) to connect your keyword; Combine concepts using AND, and combine alternate terms within a concept using OR
  • Select search tools (library catalogue, databases, etc.)
  • Conduct your search
  • Review your search results and revise your search if necessary

You can use the Search Strategy Worksheet below to help you develop your search strategies.

Finding information for your CEE4441 project

Background information:

If you are new to your topic or would like to start by reading some more general background information, here are some good places to start:

Note: Review articles, an important source of background information, can be really helpful in getting started: They synthesize key research on your topic, and normally are written by experts in your fields. Review articles can be found in databases.

Primary information:

You can find primary information sources, such as articles and conference papers, in the following databases:

Check Finding Dissertations guides for theses and dissertations.

Access the full text of articles

  1. Click at the Get it @ Western button to try to get fulltext online. If Get it @ Western doesn't get you fulltext, search the library catalogue's holdings by Journal Title.
  2. If the journal issue or conference proceeding isn't in the library catalogue, search for it on the web. You may be able to get it for free.
  3. If all else fails, order the article through InterLibrary Loan (RACER) (free for most items for Western users).

Research Process Toolkit

The tutorial toolkit is a collection of Western Libraries tutorials specific to the research process.  Organized as a step by step series from the beginning to the end of the research process, this toolkit helps equip undergraduate students with essential research skills along with the knowledge of various ways the Library can help

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