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Finding Books and Other Items in the Library

Many items in the library are arranged by call number (the number on the sticker on the spine of the item). Try browsing the call numbers in these ranges for Industrial Technology:

  • Soldering and Welding Equipment: 621.977
  • Riveting and Welding: 623.8432
  • Metalworking: 671
  • Welding: 671.52-672.52
  • Building and Green Building Materials: 691
  • Carpentry and Wood Construction: 694
  • Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning: 697

The library also has some journals in print, though most are available only online.

  • Fine Homebuilding
  • Home Shop Machinist
  • Journal of Light Construction
  • Machinists Workshop
  • MAKE
  • Motor Trend
  • Nuts and Volts
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Popular Science
  • Science News
  • Technology Review
  • This Old House
  • Welding Journal

Suggested Library Resources for Industrial Technology

The Department of Industrial Technology offers programs in Commercial Driver's License Training (CDL), Diesel Technology, Facilities Management, Heavy Equipment, Precision Machine Technology, Sustainable Construction, and Welding. The library provides resources both online and in print to support these programs.

Use your NetID and password to access library databases off campus.

Developing a Research Question

1. Select a topic that interests you and do some pre-research. Look at course readings and class notes. Find information using Google, Wikipedia, CQ Researcher, or Credo Reference if you need ideas.  

2. Consider the scope of your topic. If it is too narrow, you might have trouble finding enough information. If it is too broad, you can be overwhelmed with information. 

3. Turn your focused topic into a research question. Know that your research question may change slightly depending on what sorts of resources you find. While you should have a topic or question in mind, allow the sources you find, along with your interests, to help shape and refine your topic further.    

Questions to guide the development of your research question: 

  • Is it focused enough to be covered in my paper or project? 

  • Is there enough literature available on this topic? 

  • What is the question that my research is answering? 

  • Am I genuinely interested in this topic? 

  • Is my topic going to be new and interesting to my audience?

  •  How do you determine if a resource has quality, useful information?

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