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EN 593: Graduate Seminar

Engineering Research

Engineering research seeks to identify improvements in theory, practice, and production in fields such as automation, earthquake prediction, AI, combustion and energy systems, nanotechnology, construction and more. Major contributors to engineering research around the world include governments, private business, and academia. The results of this type of research might appear in peer-reviewed journal articles, conferences, or as new products on the market. Click the tabs on this page to access resources and information that will support your research in this field.

Finding Information

Research Strategies

Construct a search strategy

  • Define your topic
  • What question do you want to answer?
  • Identify key words and phrases that describe your answer
  • Brainstorm alternate spellings, related terms, broader concepts, and more specific concepts
  • Identify the subject area or areas which your topic may fall under

Select a database

  • Browse the A-Z List of Databases for your subject area
  • Pick 1-3 databases that look most relevant to your search

Test and refine your search

  • Test your keywords and phrases in each database
  • If you don't find what you're looking for right away, try some of the alternate terms you brainstormed earlier
  • Refine your search using the side menu options

Advanced search techniques

  • Phrase searching looks for the exact words in the exact order
    • "sports injury" or "mass incarceration" or "solar power"
  • Truncation (*) and wildcards (?) search for words that contain the entered text, while also looking for alternates
    • rob* searches for robotics, robbery, and Robespierre.
    • *oxi* matches terms such as antioxidant, dioxide, and paradoxical.
    • wom?n searches for woman, women, and womyn.
  • Combine search boxes using AND, OR, NOT.   AND searches for both terms, OR searches for either term, NOT omits a term. Combining these operators with truncated and wildcard search strategies can enrich the results.
    • ("solar power" AND nanocrystal) NOT chem*
    • Na OR sodium
    • (heart OR cardi*) AND treatment 


Databases offer a large number of resources in full text, meaning that the article or book is available in its entirety (usually in .html or .pdf). If the resource is not available in full text, the database will provide a citation for the item, and maybe its abstract. This should be enough to help you decide whether you need to find the full text or move on to another resource. 

If you can't find the full text for a resource, you can: 

  • Check Find It @CSU-Pueblo  for Full Text
    This will search for the article in other library databases
  • Look for it in print
    The library still subscribes to a handful of print journals, which can be found on the 3rd floor
  • Request it through Interlibrary Loan
    Our library will request an electronic copy of the article from another library and email it to you.
  • Install LibKey Nomad on your browswer
    A browswer Add-On that will try to connect any citation you see online to resources available from CSU Pueblo