Western Libraries

MME9617 Library Session and Project Support

This course guide contains information about and links to resources relevant to the MME9617 (Energy Conversion) library instruction session.

Developing 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 on your topic

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.  Many databases let you limit to review papers. You can also use Ulrich's Periodical Directory to find out if a journal is peer-reviewed.

You can find articles and conference papers in the following databases:

Some articles and handbooks provide you with data to work with.  Check the recommended resources listed on our Finding Engineering/Science Data and Statistics page.

Check the Finding Patents and Finding Dissertations guides for relevant resources.

What if the library doesn't have an article or book you want?   Use the Interlibrary Loan / RACER system to request it from another library (generally free of charge for Western users).