Communication Courses for Disciplines and Professions (CCDP)
Welcome to the library course guide for Communication Skills for Engineering Students at Carleton University!
Get background information from handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries.
Find books on your topic to gain greater depth and understanding.
- Science communication : a practical guide for scientists / Laura Bowater and Kay Yeoman.
- Solving problems in technical communication / edited by Johndan Johnson-Eilola and Stuart A. Selber.
- Technical writing : a practical guide for engineers and scientists / Phillip A. Laplante.
- Communication on and via technology / edited by Annely Rothkegel and Sonja Ruda.
- Improve your business communication [electronic resource] : collection.
- Journal of business and technical communication [electronic resource].
- Science communication.
- Harvard management communication letter [electronic resource] : a newsletter from Harvard Business School Publishing.
Once your topic is narrowly defined, select databases to find specific articles that have been published in journals.
These databases are great places to look to find information about Technical Communication. Check out the Databasespage to see a full list of databases.
- Communication and Mass Media Complete Index of research in areas related to communication and mass media.
- Business Source Complete Database [electronic resource] This is IIT's largest business-subject database; it contains more than 2300 academic journals, trade publications, popular magazines and newspapers, most of them in full-text.
- IEEE Xplore Digital Library [electronic resource] Access the full text of publications from the IEEE and the IEE.
- ACM digital library database [electronic resource] - Association for Computing Machinery Online repository of papers and publications from the ACM, covering all aspects of computing.
- Dissertations & theses Full text [electronic resource] Online database of doctoral dissertations and master's theses.
- SpringerLink Online access to journals published by Springer.
- ERIC [electronic resource] : Education Resources Information Center. Comprehensive database of information and literature on all aspects of education.
- SAGE knowledge : encyclopedias.Online versions of over 60 encyclopedias related to social sciences, psychology, and business.
- LISTA -Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts Index of academic literature related to information science and librarianship
- EServer Technical Communication Library "The EServer Technical Communication Library is a free, open-access, categorized index of 19,636 works available online for professional, scientific and technical communicators."
- Intute Intute is a free online service that helps you to find the best web resources for your studies and research. After you conduct a search you can limit your results to Primary Source.
- Google Style Guides
- Society for Technical Communicators
Writing & Citing
Write down or store all the references you have consulted to include them in the bibliography of your research paper (e.g., Refworks).
- 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.
- Google search secrets [electronic resource] / Christa Burns and Michael P. Sauers.