Welcome to the library subject  guide for Engineering (General) at Carleton University. Scroll down to the Reference Materials section to find encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks. For other types of resources, please use the tabs at the top of this page.

Reference Materials: 

Get background information from handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries


Encyclopedias and Dictionaries







  • Begin by defining exactly what you are searching for
  • Select the keywords/synonyms in your topic
  • Be specific when determining keywords/synonyms and terms to search
  • Use the advanced interface of electronic databases and Internet search engines to help narrow your search
  • Limit results in electronic databases to full-text or peer reviewed journals only
  • Use Boolean Operators to connect search terms (Click for a brief explanation of Boolean Operators)
  • Take notes during your research to keep track of where you have been, keywords searched, what worked and what didn't, etc.
  • Googlepedia [electronic resource]: the ultimate Google resource / Michael Miller.

Patents and Standards


Journal Articles

Key Databases for Journal Articles: 
Additional Databases: 


Once your topic is narrowly defined, select databases to find specific articles that have been published in journals



  • Khan Academy: Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free.
  • JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments



​Civil Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

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Writing & Citing

Write down or store all the references you have consulted to include them in your bibliography of your research paper (e.g., Refworks)

Writing and Research 

Literature Reviews

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Print books:

Online book:


  • Annual Reviews Online / Authoritative, analytic reviews in 34 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences. They synthesize the vast amount of primary research literature and identify the principal contributions in each field.