Research Guides


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Hello and welcome to the Engineering Research Guide! You will find information on how to get started with your research along with available resources at the University of Miami Libraries and beyond. Click on the different tabs at the top of the guide to learn more on each topic. Throughout this guide there are sections labelled, "Diverse Voices." There is a lack of diversity in STEM and the "Diverse Voices" sections highlight resources/contributions from underrepresented groups as well as information regarding the lack of representation in STEM. This guide is not exhaustive and if you find resources you think would be a great addition or if you have questions please email me.
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Getting Started
Ready to start searching?
uSearch allows you to discover materials from all University of Miami Libraries.

Need help with uSearch?
The uSearch Guide will help you with searching.

Not finding what you want in uSearch?
Through an interlibrary loan you can borrow items outside of UM.

Is the library open?
Different library hours are posted on this page.

Off Campus?
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) will let you connect to resources while away.

Are you an undergraduate?
Undergraduate Essentials includes recommended resources at the library for undergraduates, many of which are online.

Are you a graduate?
Graduate Essentials has recommended resources at the library for graduate students, many of which are online.

Are you faculty?
Faculty Essentials includes recommended resources at the library for faculty, many of which are online.
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Different Article Types
There are different article types found in the below databases and eJournal collections.
  • Peer-reviewed: Procedure where scholarly work is evaluated by experts of the same discipline against a set of criteria to ensure that it meets certain standards necessary for publication.
  • Preprint: A version of a scientific manuscript posted on a public server prior to peer review. 
  • Scholarly: Written by academics and other experts and contributes to knowledge in a particular subject by sharing new research findings, theories, analyses, insights, news, or summaries of current knowledge.
Spotlight Resources
SciELO   | 
E-print a bibliographic database, digital library, and cooperative electronic publishing model of open access journals. SciELO was created to meet the scientific communication needs of the Global South and provides an efficient way to increase visibility and access to scientific literature. 
UM Library Catalog
Resource not in the UM Catalog?
Bullock, A., Jennings, C., & Timbrell, N. (2019). Peer review. In A dictionary of publishing. Oxford University Press.

Libraries, U. of T. (2015, November 5). What counts as a scholarly source?

Preprints. (n.d.). PLOS. Retrieved August 9, 2022, from
UM Library Catalog
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What is a dissertation or thesis?
Dissertation: A lengthy, formal written treatise or thesis, especially an account of scholarly investigation or original research on a specialized topic, submitted to a university in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Ph.D. degree (for most United States universities).​

Thesis: A proposition advanced and defended in a formal disputation, especially by a candidate in partial fulfillment of university requirements for a master's degree (for most United States universities).
UM Library Catalog
Resource not in the UM Catalog?
Reitz, J. (2013, January 10). About ODLIS. In ODLIS About. Retrieved August 19, 2022, from
Unconventional Engineering (ASME)
Roy and Tom interview guests from across the world of mechanical engineering to interesting and unconventional ways they are using their skills to solve real world problems and advance engineering for the benefit of humanity.

Engineering Our Future Podcast
Learn what the best engineers are working on, creating, and teaching so you can develop the skills needed to maintain your role as a key member of society.

The Civil Engineering Podcast
First podcast dedicated solely to helping civil engineers create extraordinary careers and lives!
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Interesting Engineering is a cutting edge, leading community designed for all lovers of engineering, technology and science.

The latest technology news and analysis from the world's leading engineering magazine.

Champion of the PE license - Ethical guide to the profession - Powering professional advancement - Uniting the Professional Engineering community.
Diverse Voices
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An online community for self-identified Black women in STEM.

Improving LGBTQ+ visibility in STEM.

Encouraging conversations between emerging & established women of color in STEM.

Engineering Change Podcast
Engineering Change is the podcast designed to help REDEFINE engineering as we know it by.
What is a standard?
Standard: Defined as a set of technical definitions, guidelines, and instructions for designers, manufacturers, and users written by experts in a particular field. They promote safety, reliability, productivity, and efficiency in almost every industry that relies on engineering components or equipment.

De Facto Standard: A criterion or consistent manner of doing something, so established in practice that adherence is widespread if not universal, although its status has never been formalized.

De Jure Standard: A criterion or consistent manner of doing something, formally established in a deliberative process involving one or more professional organizations or industry groups, a government body, or a recognized standard-setting organization.
Standards Outline
Find a Standard
Not available?
Reitz, J. (2013, January 10). About ODLIS. In ODLIS About. Retrieved August 19, 2022, from

Standards & certification FAQ. (n.d.). Standards & Certification - FAQ. Retrieved August 17, 2022, from
What is a technical report?
Technical Report: A scientific paper or article describing research or other significant developments in a field of the applied sciences.​
Technical Reports
UM Library Catalog
Resource not in the UM Catalog?
Reitz, J. (2013, January 10). About ODLIS. In ODLIS About. Retrieved August 19, 2022, from
Conference Proceedings
The below conference databases contain conference papers, proceedings, and gray/grey literature.
  • Conference Paper: An original paper at a formal gathering of peers which may be subsequently published in its proceedings.
  • Conference Proceeding: The published record of a conference, congress, symposium, or other meeting sponsored by a society or association.
  • Gray/Grey Literature: Documentary material in print and electronic formats, such as reports, preprints, internal documents, memoranda, newsletters, market surveys, theses, dissertations, conference proceedings, technical specifications, standards, or trade literature.
Conference Proceedings
UM Library Catalog
Resource not in the UM Catalog?
Conference Proceedings
Reitz, J. (2013, January 10). About ODLIS. In ODLIS About. Retrieved August 19, 2022, from
What is a patent?
  • Privilege granted to the inventor of a new product or process.
  • Excludes others from producing or making use of an invention for a limited period, unless under license from the holder of the patent.
University of Miami Policies
Patent. In World Encyclopedia. Philip's. Retrieved 19 Aug. 2022, from

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