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Engineering 100 Section 580

Library resources for ENGR 100.580: BioDesign

ME Librarian

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Joanna Thielen

About This Guide

Why should you use the U-M Library resources to do research?

  • They're freely available online for current UM students (on or off campus) 
  • Use them to justify for your design decisions
  • They only contain credible sources of information  

In this guide, you will find resources to help with your Discovery Decomposition assignments. Each tab has a different type of information: 

  • Scholarly or Non-scholarly?: a comparison chart to help your determine if your source is scholarly or not. 
  • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sources: explains the difference between these types of sources, including example sources 
  • Research Tips: strategies (such as Boolean operators and phrase searching) that are guaranteed to help you save time when searching for information!
  • Textbooks and Reference Books: links to ebook collections, which can provide you with background information on specific diseases, genes, diagnostic tests, devices, etc.  
  • ME Article Databases: links to scholarly databases to search for journal articles and review articles.

Research is Hard! Here's How to Get Help

Ask your ME librarian for help sooner rather than later! You can waste a lot of time looking in the wrong place or at material that is technically challenging to interpret. Joanna, the ME Librarian, is here to help you! You can email or schedule a virtual appointment with her at any time. 

You can also get help through the Ask a Librarian service. Ask a Librarian is available on evenings and weekends, too! You can contact a librarian via email, phone, text or chat. The chat widget is embedded into the lower right corner of this guide.

screenshot of the ask a librarian page on the main library site

This service is great to use when you have a quick question (What are the Duderstadt Center's hours tomorrow?), especially during the evenings or weekends.