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HST 318: History of Engineering (Poly campus)

A guide to the Engineering sources needed for research

Notes on the names of your projects

Use the name given in the assignment sheet. You may need to add one of these words to be more specific:

If your event was before mid 20th century, also try the words:  "calamity" or "catastrophe".

When you do, be sure to enclose the phrase in " " -- "bhopal disaster"

Special note:

  • Quebec Bridge is in Canada
  • Tay Rail Bridge
  • Bhopal disaster or Bhopal explosion 
  • Avondale Mining Fire (1869)
  • Fukushima disaster  or Fukushima tsunami
  • Hyatt Regency Walkway collapse


Background sources you CAN'T cite

You may use these encyclopedias to find background information, dates, and possible other sources, but you cannot cite these in your paper.

Checking for Peer-Review Journals

In some of our databases in Engineering and other areas, the database does not allow you to check that you are shown only peer-reviewed journal articles. To find out if a journal is refereed (also called peer-reviewed) you have two options:

1. Go to the journal publisher's web site to read the Advice to Authors and the About this journal. These are the most likely places that state if articles are sent out for peer-review.

2. Check Ulrichsweb (see below) to see if there is a little referee shirt icon in the left hand column.  Search by journal name.

If you need more help discovering the peer-reviewed status, please contact Jenny or Ed

Remember, only your professor can tell you if an article is acceptable for your assignment.

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