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MECH 548 – Cellular Materials in Natural and Engineered Structures

Writing and citing

Consult these resources for tips on how to write a research paper.

Title Format
The Little, Brown essential handbook Print book
The Little, Brown handbook Print book
Making sense : a student’s guide to research and writing : engineering and the technical sciences Print book
Pocket book of technical writing for engineers and scientists Print book
Style and ethics of communication in science and engineering Ebook
Writing for science and engineering: papers, presentations and reports Ebook
Writing research papers: a complete guide Print book


For tools to help with writing, click here.

Also, try the McGill Writing Centre.

Citation styles

  • Here is information on how to use the Chicago citation style:


  • McGill students and staff can download EndNote citation management software for free. With this software you can get references directly from many databases, such as Compendex.
  • EndNote can automate the formatting of your references in the citation styles listed above.  For the ASME style, you will need to download the ASME output style.  For Windows: Open and save the .ens file in C:\Program files\EndNote\Styles.
    For Macs: Open and save the .ens file in Applications:EndNote:Styles.
  • EndNote Web is also available at McGill University. To access EndNote Web you need to create a personal account. You can sign up for an account with your McGill email address at
  • There are library workshops given on how to use this software effectively.

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