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Energy, Manufacturing, and Trades Management

This research guide is designed to help students in the Bachelor of Applied Science program for Energy, Manufacturing, and Trades Management complete information research tasks.


What is your research topic?

Once you have made a decision, you should generate keywords. Keywords are search terms that you use when searching for information about your topic. The above video explains how you can write keywords. Watch it, then continue reading this section.

Let's pose an example: you're writing about the submersible pumps in petroleum fields. Your keywords could include:

  • submersible pump
  • submersible pump and petroleum
  • submersible pump and oil

Introduction to Databases

Database Basics

Now that you have keywords, it's time to search the databases. Have you used the databases before? If you don't have recent experience with our library's databases, then I suggest watching this introductory video.

How to Search ABI/Inform Complete

How to Search ABI/Inform Complete

ABI/Inform Complete is a database for business and industry news. The video embedded above shows you how to search it.

How to Search SciTech Premium

How to Search SciTech Premium

An excellent database for scientific and technical research in many fields is SciTech Premium. The video embedded above shows you how to search it.

EBSCO Databases for the Sciences

Two Databases for the Sciences

Many of our databases are made by a company called EBSCO. One of the great things about EBSCO databases is that they're structured the same. So if you learn how to use one, you have a good grasp on how to search all of them. This section of our research guide shows you search two of them that are relevant for EMTM topics.

The video embedded above shows you how to search Academic Search Complete, which is one of the three databases ideal for applied science research. Both Academic Search Complete and the Science & Technology Collection are structured the same way, so this video applies to both of the databases listed below.


We have two excellent ebook databases. These let you read full-text books online. The interfaces can be confusing, so I have included a tutorial video for each one.

The video above shows you how to search the ebook database titled EBSCO eBook Collection. We have recently purchased many ebooks to support the EMTM program, so it's worthwhile to search for keywords relevant to your own field, such as:

  • project management
  • customer relationship
  • pipeline AND safety
  • HVAC AND testing

The video above shows you how to search the database ProQuest EBook Central. Although we have fewer books for the EMTM program in this database, it's still worth exploring, especially if you are unable to visit the library to access print books. You could try keywords such as:

  • conflict management
  • risk management
  • drilling engineering
  • hydraulics AND troubleshooting


How to Search for Educational Videos

The library has subscriptions to three educational video database, of which Films on Demand is the most useful for EMTM students. When you need information on a topic, consider what a video could offer you. You can find a link to this database below.

APA Documentation

How to Cite Your Sources in APA

This is our video that introduces APA documentation. I urge you to watch the entire video carefully before starting to write your paper or annotated bibliography. It is much easier to cite correctly as you go along, rather than try to fix your documentation after you have written your paper. This is our complete APA guide, which goes into more detail about citing sources and formatting correctly.

It includes our sample paper. When you're writing a paper, you can model the formatting of your paper after this one. If you are unsure how to set up the formatting in Microsoft Word so that it fits the requirements for APA formatting, you could instead download this blank Word document that has the formatting already set up for you.

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