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Mechanical Engineering: ME481

Mechanical Engineering 481 - Design Project 1

This page lists additional resources that will help you access information related to your design projects. Listed on the left column are links to resources grouped by project topic. This page also contains links to scientific writing tips, literature review resources, and citation style guides.

Need help? Don't hesitate to ask me! My contact information is listed on the home page.
-Myra Waddell, Engineering Librarian


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Look for the "find it" button (common in databases such as Web of Science and PubMed). "Find it" will link you into another database that offers a full text view of the article.

If the library does not have a straight link to the article, "find it" will link you to UHM's Interlibrary loan service.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Get engineering standards, full text articles, and borrow books from UHM partner libraries through the library's ILL system.

Get writing help

General writing assistance

The Writing Center at UHM - writing assistance for all students and all types of writing assignments. Open Mon-Fri, by appointment or walk-in.
The Science of Scientific Writing - a very thorough article on how to literally construct sentences, etc., from Penn State
Scientific Writing Resource - excellent tips and tricks from Duke Graduate School

Literature survey (also referred to as a "Literature Review")

Useful literature review tutorials and web sites
Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students - tutorial from North Carolina State University
The Literature Review: A Few Tips On Conducting It - University of Toronto

Citations & References


Mechanical Engineering Style Guide

ASME Codes and Standards Writing Guide

ASME Reference Guide

Which citation manager is right for you?

EndNote Basic is an online citation manager free to all students, faculty, and staff. EndNote Basic user guide

EndNote is a robust citation manager students, faculty and staff can buy for their desktop. (See purchase options below.) EndNote user guide

Mendeley is free, available online or for your desktop and is mobile friendly. Mendeley user guide

Zotero is an open source, free to use and available online or on your desktop. Zotero user guide

For more comparative information on these citation tools, check out University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries Citation Manager Chart.

EndNote purchasing options: