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Engineering: Getting Started


Corresponding with the disciplines within Engineering, there are FOUR more Libguides that you can access from here.

Civil & Environmental Engineering,  Electrical & Electronic EngineeringEnergy EngineeringProcess & Chemical Engineering


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"Four engineers were trying to establish whose was the oldest discipline. Electrical Engineer claimed the honour because electrical activity brought life to the planet. "Rubbish!" said Mechanical Engineer. "The mechanics of the mountains and volcanic eruptions were there long before life started!". The Civil Engineer made it clear it was civil engineering which had brought order to the planet and took it out of the chaos. "And who do you think created the chaos in the first place??" demanded the Consulting Engineer triumphantly." (Roy Girling) 

"During the French Revolution, a Doctor, a Lawyer and an Engineer were arrested for spying. The penalty was execution by guillotine, face up. The Doctor was laid down first, but the release mechanism didn't work. The officials said: "He must be innocent!" and let him go. Then the Lawyer was put down, with the same result. The Engineer's turn came. Just as they were about to operate the guillotine, he called: "Hey! That lever is jamming against the pin, that's why it's not working!" " (Roger Anderson, MIET). 

"The Engineer and the Mathematician arrive at the gates to Heaven. St Peter positions them two paces from the entrance and says that they must step into the gates by taking steps successively halved. St Peter then shouts: "Go!". The Mathematician doesn't move, smugly knowing that 1+1/2+1/4+1/8<2. The Engineer takes six steps, declares that is close enough and enters the gates." (Brian Burgess, FMM FIMechE FIET FCMI). 

(Taken from: E&T Magazine)

School of Engineering

The School of Engineering has six constituent disciplines listed below with link to further information.

Cork Center for Architectural Education (CCAE) 
Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)
Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE) 
Energy Engineering (ENE) 
Mechanical Engineering (ME) 
Process & Chemical Engineering (PCE) 

Getting Started Engineering at UCC Library

Welcome to the introductory subject guide for Engineering

  • Where to locate books, ebooks and journals
  • Key databases to search for material
  • Useful open access free web resources
  • Information on patents, standards etc
  • Avoiding plagiarism and referencing properly
  • Responsible use of Electronic Resources

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Google Scholar

When searching Google Scholar from home, log in to your Library Account first, and then search Google Scholar using the search box on the Library's Databases A-Z or use the search box below.

See the guide: Search the Web More Effectively for your Assignments & Research

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