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Engineering: How To

How to find books and more

iFind is the main way to search the resources provided by Swansea University Library. You can search for books, databases journals, articles and more.

How to find books in the library

You'll find Engineering books in the Central Area and South Wing of Bay Library. Click on the image below to see a floor plan of Bay Library. Remember that Library Desk staff are there to help if you can't find what you need.


How to find journal articles

You can find journal articles by using the 'Articles & more' search box in iFind. It cross searches many of the databases we subscribe to, bringing back some quick results for you. This is a bit like searching Google, except that the results will be from quality academic databases which the university pays for. iFind is a great starting point, but you for more in-depth research you will need to search our databases. The Key Resources page of this guide acts as an index to our databases so that you can find the best ones to use for your subject.

The following short course will explain in more detail how to find journal articles. It should only take around 10 minutes to complete. Click the image below to launch the course.

Assignment Survival Kit

Have you ever wondered how to actually get started on writing your essay or assignment?  The ASK website will help you get organised and provide you with helpful guidelines along the way.  Just type in your assignment due date, and you will be given a timeline to help you get through your assignment on time.

Specialist software to help you

PCs in the library have specialist software which can help you to plan and write your assignments. Follow the link below for details of what's available and to see how the technology can help you plan your research, write your assignments and structure your work. Features include read aloud options, mind mapping tools and spelling & grammar checks.

How to reference

Why is referencing important?

  • To enable your reader to follow up the references and find the book or journal article in a library.
  • To enable the examiner or your lecturer to check the accuracy of the information.  
  • To show that you have read widely a range of opinions.
  • To avoid plagiarism (using someone else’s ideas as your own.)

How do I reference? You have to do two things. First, you have to indicate in your text when you have used or referred to someone else’s work; this is the in-text citation. Second, you have to list all the works you have referred to at the end of your text; this is the list of references.

There are many ways of doing this. The two systems you are most likely to be using are APA or Vancouver.

The Vancouver style of referencing is a numeric system. Each reference is given a number as it first appears in the text. The number given becomes the unique identifier for that reference, and so if it is cited again later in the text, it will still have the same number. The first reference cited will always be number 1 and numbers are allocated sequentially. The number is either given in square brackets [1] or superscript1.  All of the references used in your assessment should be listed in a section labeled REFERENCES at the end of your assignment.

The APA style uses an author and date in your text and an alphabetical list of references at the end of your work. The short guide should be enough for most of your work but the full guide gives more publication types in case you need them.

For more unusual questions you could try the full APA manual http://www.apastyle.org/manual/ or the APA blog http://blog.apastyle.org/ which contains useful tips.

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Do you need some help with referencing?

Do you need some help with your referencing?

How to use EndNote

EndNote is a software package which helps you to organize your references and PDF files. It works with Word to format your references without you needing to worry about punctuation etc.

Further advice and training dates for Endnote

5 days of EndNote is a open online course for Swansea University students that ran between the 6th and 10th of November 2017. The course covered

  • How to store, organise and share your reference information
  • How to create references lists in your recommended style
  • How to use EndNote with Word to insert citations and a reference list as you write your assignments.

All of the information is still available at 5daysofendnote.wordpress.com