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Engineering: Mechanical: Need Help?

This Subject guide is your starting point for doing research in the most relevant resources in Mechanical Engineering. This include databases, reference materials, citing sources, and workshop programs to assist you with your research.

STYLE GUIDE FOR THESES AND DISSERTATION: ENGINEERING AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT

CONTENTS:

- Structure and Form of Theses

- Headings and Numbering

- Style and Punctuation

- Extra Linguistic Material

- Production of the Thesis

- Editing and Revising

- Laws and Regulation

THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES ARE INCLUDED:

- Title Page

- Contents Pages

- List of Figures

- List of Symbols

- Page Layout

Zotero

The library offers hands-on classes on Zotero. It is a free, open-source, and easy-to-use citation and bibliography management program that lets you capture reference data from online journals, web pages, online catalogue searches, and many other sources. It allows you to cite while you write and export bibliographies in many citation formats. It functions primarily as an add-on for the Firefox Internet browser, and you can add plugins to access your references from MS Word or Open Office.

Upcoming workshops for Zotero will be announced.

Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world's leading journals, with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. By compiling articles' cited references, JCR Web helps to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals. Available in Science and Social Sciences editions.

Department of Higher Education and Training Accredited Publications

The Department of Education defines an accredited/approved journal as follows:
Journals refer to peer-reviewed periodical publications devoted to disseminating original research and new developments within specific disciplines, sub-disciplines or field of study. These include original articles, research letters, research papers, and review articles. However, only approved journals are subsidised.

For your convenience we include a SEARCH ENGINE FOR ACCREDITED JOURNALS where ALL the accredited journal lists can be searched simultaneously. ~ (Courtesy of Corrie Breitenbach and Elize van Eldik, North-West University Library)

Harvard Reference Style Guide

Cite them right.

Section A provides an overview of what referencing is and how to avoid plagiarism.

Sections B and C introduce the conventions for citing information sources in your writing and in the reference list or bibliography that you are expected to provide at the end of each piece of work.

Section D is a comprehensive list of sources of information with examples of how to cite these in the text of your work and in a reference list or bibliography. You are not expected to read Cite them right from cover to cover. Use the contents and index pages to identify where in the book you will find advice on referencing each type of source.

Most of the examples in Cite them right are given in an author-date referencing style commonly known as Harvard style.

For Interest: Books on Writing and Presenting your Research

FIND MORE BOOKS ON WRITING AND PRESENTING YOUR RESEARCH IN THE EWITS CATALOGUE.

Proofreading. editing and copywriting

Proposal writing

Literature Reviews

Overview of the Literature Review.

Video

Submission of Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The General Rules of the University requires every post-graduate student to submit two final, corrected copies of the dissertation or research report or thesis in a printed format as well as a final, corrected copy in electronic format.

Electronic Books