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CIVE 664 MEng (Non-thesis) Research Seminar

Library workshop

Welcome to the CIVE 664 Course Guide! This guide is made to help you find information for your assignments in this course and supplement information from the in-person library workshop. If you would like any help with finding information, please feel free to make an appointment. Good places to start are by:

  • filling out the Research toolkit to generate search terms on your topic
  • checking out databases to search for finding journal articles and conference papers on your topic
  • learning more about access and full text via McGill Library
  • learning more about writing and citing. Explore different citation styles used in Civil Engineering, learn how citation management software can help you organize your references and cite your sources and find links to download EndNote software.

To see if there are books on reserve (short-term loan) for this course, please click here and type in your course number.

Databases to search

Engineering database - Compendex

  • References to journal articles and conference papers on all aspects of engineering. Check out the short tutorial below on the basics of searching Compendex on the Engineering Village platform.

Multidisciplinary database - Scopus

  • References to journal articles and conference papers, as well as information about how many times an article has been cited and who cited it; A lot of overlap with Compendex.

Multidisciplinary database - Web of Science

  • References to journal articles and conference papers, as well as contains information about how many times an article has been cited and who cited it.

Multidisciplinary database - Google Scholar

Transportation database - TRID Database

  • Transportation Research International Documentation Database is the world's largest online database of transportation.

Environmental engineering database - Environmental Science Index

  • Covers technological and engineering aspects of air and water quality, environmental safety and energy production.

Note: All that you need is one good paper to help you find more - try these tips for expanding your search!

Compendex (Engineering Village) Quick Search Tutorial

Access and full text


Find out about accessing the Library's online resources from on and off campus.


Obtaining materials that are not available at McGill

McGill students and staff may order articles and books that are not available at McGill using the library's Interlibrary Loan service.

Writing and citing

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

Title Format
The Elements of style Online
Engineers' guide to technical writing Online
Guide to report writing (University of Cambridge) Online
Making sense : a student’s guide to research and writing : engineering and the technical sciences Print
Pocket book of technical writing for engineers and scientists Print
Style and ethics of communication in science and engineering Online
Writing for science and engineering: papers, presentations and reports Online
Writing research papers: a complete guide Print
Writing technical articles (Columbia University) Online


For more writing resources, click here.

Also, try the McGill Writing Centre.

Citation styles

Best bets

Other popular options

Citation management software


  • 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.
  • A Guide to Using EndNote (PDF handout)
  • EndNote can automate the formatting of your references in many different citation styles. If you are using IEEE, APA, Chicago or Science, the output styles are already installed in EndNote. For ASCE, you will need to download the output styles from the following link: ASCE 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.
  • There are library workshops given on how to use this software effectively.


  • If you are using LaTeX to create your document, your may want to make use of JabRef open source software to manage your references.


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