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Engineering: Getting Started


This is a guide to library resources and services useful for engineering.  Individual tabs provide access to live links for databases and online catalogs.


                                                                Seattle Engineering Department Plan Vault, 1936  Seattle Municipal Archives 

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Discover is a multi search similar to a Google search.   Type in a keyword, a subject, or a phrase and retrieve many references from Boreham Library databases and catalogs.   Books, e-books, journals, and magazines are included as types of sources.   World Catalog database, Lexis Nexis, and Proquest databases are not included in this service. 

Search Strategy

When searching for information on a topic, it is a good idea to have a SEARCH STRATEGY.  The following steps are recommended:

  • Brainstorm keywords or subjects that describe the topic.

  •  Decide what types of information are needed - current, historical, background, articles, books, or other.

  •  Search information tools that will provide the needed information:   Databases      Catalogs      Websites

  •  Find books and copies of articles or newspapers.  Create an account for Interlibrary Loan to get materials that are not available in Boreham Library.

  •  Evaluate references and make selections to include in the bibliography.

  •  Use ZOTERO, style guides, or other citation managers to provide help in preparing a bibliography.

Useful Tips

  • The Boreham Library is open until midnight on M T W TH Su during fall and spring semester. 

  • There is a 24/7 zone for after hours study.

  • You can access databases off campus at any time by using your University ID.

  • You can find out when your books are due or renew books at My Library Account in the online catalog.

  •  You can create an Interlibary Loan account to order articles and books when they are not available in the Boreham Library. There is no cost for Interlibrary Loan Service.

  •  Reference Librarians are available to help at any time at the library, through e-mail , or by phone.