Ethics, Research Methods and Standards for Biomedical Engineering

Course Instructor: 

Adrian Chan

Welcome to the library course guide for Biomedical and Electrical Engineering as well as Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering at Carleton University!


Reference Materials 

Get background information from handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries.


Find books on your topic to gain greater depth and understanding. 


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

Selected Journals 


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).

Search Tips

  • 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.