If you need some information about aspects of a topic before you decide
if the idea is suitable for an essay, try encyclopaedias and
or see if there is a book available through the Catalogue.
Specialised encyclopaedias and handbooks are
wide range of subjects. The following list can be used for a
information about a particular development. More extensive lists
are available through the Library
Guides for Resources by Subject.
For science and technology
McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of science and technology.
volumes. 9th ed. 2002.
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Aimed at an undergraduate level; use the index in volume 20 to trace
articles on a topic. The supplementary Yearbooks are a
source of information about new developments in science and
eg. Aircraft engine performance; Alternative fuel
vehicle; Biodiesel fuel; Diesel engine; Generator; Internal combustion
engine (including aircraft engine, automotive engine, electric
vehicles); Transportation engineering.
Encyclopedia of science, technology and society.
collection 503 V937e
Articles explore the historical, cultural, economic, and sociological
aspects of science and technology. Use the index (which appears
at the back of each
volume) to trace articles.
For aspects of
of chemical technology. 2002.
encyclopedia of industrial technology. 2002
Both sources are available
Encyclopedia of energy technology and the environment. 4
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Under Alternative fuels see sections 'for
diesel vehicles'; 'for gasoline engines'. Under Automobiles see references to Flexible-fueled vehicles; Hybrid-electric
vehicles; Methanol vehicles; Transportation.
Wiley encyclopedia of electrical and electronics engineering.
24 volumes. 1999.
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Use the index in volume 24.
Bosch automotive handbook.
6th ed. 2004.
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Use the 'Table of contents'
to get an
idea of the coverage of this valuable source. Includes Materials
science; Manufacturing processes; Alternative spark-ignition engine
operation; Alternative drives; Emission-control and diagnosis
legislation; Vehicle bodies; Motorsports.
CRC handbook of mechanical engineering.
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Section 7: Energy
Resources: Section 8: Energy Conversion; Section 10:
Transportation; Section 11: Engineering Design.
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in the Search for:
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Searching for references in electronic databases
Indexes and databases provide a list of articles
a topic with details of where to find the article. Some databases
also provide full text, these are useful while you are still seeking
ideas. Where you are looking for the impact of a topic,
the broad indexes are a useful starting point.
A useful interdisciplinary index to journal articles, many at a
The default is a Keyword search, use the
principles as searching the Library Catalogue, but with a some
* asterisk is the truncation symbol, looking for both singular
The default search is across all words in the text of an
often your result may be very large, with unexpected
of the search terms.
To make the search more relevant click on
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the current search to articles where the
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Another useful interdisciplinary database which includes academic
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and Academic search elite are useful
for their interdisciplinary
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the links below for access to and notes on the major databases in some
Comment on sustainability and the impact of technology may be found in
on | Agriculture Agricola CAB
| Business - Business Source Complete
| Engineering Compendex
Online-Transportation Research Information Service - Chemical - Civil CEDB
- Electrical - Environmental - Mechanical
| History - Historical
| Law - AGIS Index
to Legal Periodicals
| Society & Culture - GeoBase Sociological
and for Australian topics see -
AGIS APAIS Australia/New
Zealand Reference Centre BUILD elibrary ENGINE
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