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MNG 711 Seminar: Getting Started



This course guide will give you an introduction to finding, searching and using engineering and scientific resources and databases.  These are subject specific and provide access to peer-reviewed and /or trade journals. Using these will save you time and make your research much easier.

UK Science & Engineering Library

UK Science & Engineering Library

Building Hours 8 AM to 8 PM M-TR, 8 AM to 4:30 PM F

Library Front Desk 7-0121


SEL Reference Librarians:

Jan Carver, Chemistry Librarian - 7- 4074

Valerie Perry, Biology Librarian, Interim Head of SEL 8-4841

Susan K. Smith, Engineering and Earth & Environmental Science Librarian 7-7176


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About Your Librarians

Hi, I'm Jan Carver, the Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy, and Math & Statistics Librarian. My interests are working with SciFinder Scholar, EndNote and patents.

In this role I support students and faculty in the College of Engineering and in the science programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Prior to coming to UK I worked in the private sector at NASA and Lexmark. 

I look forward to working with your on projects and research so please don’t hesitate to contact me at  Jan Carver or schedule an appointment.

Hi! I'm Jennifer Horne, the Business, Economics, and Government Information Librarian at the University of Kentucky. In this role I support the Gatton College of Business and Economics, the Martin School of Public Policy, and the Patterson College of Diplomacy. Prior to becoming an academic librarian, I worked as a public policy researcher for more than 20 years. Please email me at or schedule an appointment via Zoom. 


About Your Librarian

Hi, I'm Sue Smith the engineering librarian at the  University of Kentucky... Most of my career has been spent in corporate research libraries such as Texaco Inc.. (headquarters), National Steel Corporation, PolyOne, and other corporations.. As a result,  have a great deal of experience working with a wide variety of engineers from petroleum exploration engineers to polymer scientists and finding answers to some very difficult and sometimes unusual questions..  

My subject specialties are:

  • Engineering information
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences Information
  • Standards & Specifications Information
  • Library resources and database instruction
  • Critical Thinking

I'm  available to meet with you via Zoom to help with your project. 

Background Research Sources

Don"t Reinvent the wheel


Don't Re-invent The Wheel!

Save yourself a lot of time by doing some initial research.  If you are in a university find out if there is a research repository (i.e., UKnowledge) and see what has already been researched and published.  Check with your advisor or any other experts (director of research) who may know of previous un-published or additionally published research. Find an engineering or science librarian and ask for their assistance in finding external and as well as internal literature.If you are at a company, find out if they have a digital archive of research or even a print archive that has a database you can search.  Find out who did previous research on the topic - check with your colleagues, supervisors, other researchers.  Is there a corporate library and librarian?  Ask for their assistance.  Are laboratory notebooks available once you identify previous researchers?  Are there patents?   All this background will help you. Do not spin, reinventing the wheel!wheel

Useful Subject Guides

These guides contain resources by subject that have been selected as they may be useful for your research.