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Tools for Research
Endnote is a great piece of software for managing your references. It's free to UC students.
LaTeX is sometimes used to write theses and journal articles, especially by computer scientists.
Word for Thesis Writers
Most postgrads use MS Word for their thesis. This guide shows you the right way to do it.
Key Engineering Databases
Multisearch searches across many databases, but it doesn't cover them all, and there is a lot of non-engineering stuff in there that might make it harder to find what you need. Still, the best place to start for most queries.
Scopus has very wide coverage- there's a lot in here. It's like Google Scholar, but with less material, but it's higher quality.
Standards are an agreed-upon, documented way of doing things. Engineers use them as a kind of quality assurance. There are a few different sources of standards. Here are the ones you're most likely to use. If you aren't able to get the standard you need, contact one of the subject librarians in the box on the right.
University of Canterbury Library Catalogue
The Library Catalogue is for finding standards we have in print. You can normally search by standard number. Especially, ISO standards are most likely to be here.
Standards New Zealand
Your first port of call for New Zealand Standards. They'll normally begin with NZS, so if you find that on a reference to a standard, this is where to look first.
ASTM international standards
ASTM Standards normally include ASTM in the standard number, so if you need one of those, find it here. You will have to create a login.
IEEE is an electrical engineering professional group. If the standard you need includes IEEE, this is the place to look.