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Subject Guide for Engineering for Developing Communities

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The Engineering for Developing Communities (EDC) program educates globally responsible engineering students and professionals who can offer sustainable and appropriate solutions to the endemic problems faced by developing communities worldwide.


Additional technical resources can be found in the Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering subject guides.


More information on development can be found at the University Libraries Government Publications Library's Development Subject Guide.


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Start your research with reference resources like dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, handbooks, and manuals.


+ Dictionaries

These publications provide background information, definitions and explanations of terms.

CU Scientific and Technical Acronyms, Symbols, and Abbreviations


+ Encyclopedias

These publications provide background information, definitions and explanations of terms.

CU Access Science: McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia Of Science & Technology


CU Alternative Energy

Full-text in Gale Virtual Reference Library


Encyclopedia of Environmental Analysis and Remediation
Earth Sciences Library Reference GE10 E49 1998


Encyclopedia of Environmental Pollution and Cleanup
Engineering Library Reference TD173 E53 1999


CU Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Sciences

Full-text in Knovel Library


CU Pollution A to Z

Full-text in Gale Virtual Reference Library


CU Water: Science and Issues

Full-text in Gale Virtual Reference Library


CU Water Encyclopedia

Full-text in Knovel Library


Wiley Encyclopedia of Energy and the Environment
Engineering Library Reference TJ 163.235 M55 1997


+ Handbooks and Manuals


CU ChemNetBase--CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics and other tools available online.

CU EngNetBase--over 400 CRC engineering handbooks online.


CU Knovel Library --Combines essential and authoritative reference books and databases from more than 30 Sci-Tech publishers and professional societies including, McGraw Hill, John Wiley, Elsevier, Springer, Industrial Press, American Institute of Chemical Engineers and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Covers 17 industrially important subject areas in the fields of Chemistry and the Life Sciences; Materials; and Engineering.

Video Video Tutorial: Using Knovel


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Find Articles & More Article Finder Find it at CU Find Journals in Chinook


Find Articles and More--When you need to find articles on a topic


Article Finder--When you know the article you need

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In some article databases, you will see a "Find it at CU" link. Find it at CU will link you from citations to the full text of the desired item in another article database. For more information about Find it at CU, please see the Find it at CU FAQ. Not all databases can be set up to work with Find it at CU.


Video Video Tutorial: Using Find it at CU (Finding full-text from a citation)


If you do not see a link to Find it at CU, note the name of the publication where the article was published and then check Chinook (the library catalog) to see where the publication is available. [More information on deciphering citations]

Video Video Tutorial: Finding journals in Chinook


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Library of Congress Classification Search Chinook Prospector Interlibrary Loan


Library of Congress Classification

Books in the University Libraries are organized according to the Library of Congress Classification system. This system assigns a call number with letters and numbers to each book based on the book's subject. Once you find a good book on your subject, browse the books in that call number range to find books with similar subjects.



Call Numbers



Chinook is the catalog for materials owned by the CU Libraries. You can do a title search for a specific book, or a keyword search if you are looking for books on a particular topic. You can also use MyChinook to manage your library account (including renewals, holds, recalls, saved searches, etc.)  

Chinook Catalog


Video Video Tutorial: Searching for books in Chinook


Video Video Tutorial: Chinook Keyword Search

For Tips on developing keywords for your topic go to: How do I Choose Keywords for my search

Video Video Tutorial: How to recall/request books that are checked out or at PASCAL


Video Video Tutorial: Accessing online books


If you search Chinook and find that the CU Libraries do not have the item you are looking for (or if the item you are looking for is checked out), you can search Prospector, which is a combined library catalog of 23 libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. CU students, staff and faculty can request materials through Prospector, and the items will generally be delivered to Norlin within a few business days.

Video Video Tutorial: Search Prospector

Search Prospector


Request through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) - http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/ill/

If the item you are looking for is not in Chinook or Prospector, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Generally, an ILL request will take longer to be delivered than material requested through Prospector.

Video Video Tutorial: Request through ILL



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These are relevant resources that are freely available on the Web.


Search all of these websites using this Google Custom Search:



General Resources

Appropedia: The Sustainability Wiki

"Appropedia takes on the administration of collaboratively organizing information, project examples, best practices, how tos and authors, allowing Sustainability, Appropriate Technology, and International Development organizations and individuals to focus on what they do best."


Engineers Without Borders-USA

Founded by our very own Professor Bernard Amadei, this is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. This partnership involves the implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students.



Food & Water Links

These resources provide information ranging from rainwater harvesting to agroprocessing techniques. They focus on appropriate technologies that can assist in the providance of clean, reliable sources of food and water in the developing world.

Biosandfilter Information

This site provides informaton on filtering water so it is potable. It includes product and technical descriptions, resource links, training opportunities, and a call for academic research.


EPA List of Drinking Water Contaminants & MCIs

In additon to providing a list of regulated contaminants, this site links to lists of unregulated contaminants and provides both Primary and Secondary National Drinking Water Regulations.


First Flush Water Diverters Description

Fitting an appropriately sized First Flush Water Diverter is critical to achieve good quality water. Water Diverters improve water quality, reduce tank maintenance and protect pumps by preventing the first flush of water, which may contain contaminants from the roof, from entering the tank. This site provides information on the design of such diverters, and links to related issues, equiptment, and research.



This interface searches the research, publications, and websites of several like-minded organizations in the struggle against hunger and poverty, including the International Water Management Institute and the CGIR Challenge Program on Water and Food.


Intermediate Technology Development Group Technical Briefs

This site provides a wealth of technical documents on appropriate food proecessing technologies. There is also general information on water and sanitation.


Lifewater International Technical Library

The foundation for this collection of documents related to water supply, hygiene and sanitation is the set of 160 publications developed by USAID titled, "Water For The World Technical Notes." It can be browsed or searched by keywords.


Solar Cooking Archive

Sponsored by Solar Cookers International, this site provides copious information on solar cooking technologies, uses, conferences, links to other resources, research, products, and calls for future research. It is a veritable online community for those interested in the technology, and included discussion boards.


Sustainable Villiage Water Shop

This site provides overviews, products and prices of technologies and devices appropriate to providing clean water to developing communities. There are other valuable pages on Sustainable Village's Microenterprises list.


Summary of Water Pastuerization Techniques

This document summarizes methods of pastuerizing water applicable to developing countries, including solar-cookers and flow-through devices. It is replete with pictures and diagrams.



These resources provide information on appropriate sustainable housing materials and construction processes.

BASIN Knowledgebase

The "building advisory service and information network", basin , was set up in 1988 to provide information and advice on appropriate building technology and to create links with know-how resources in the world for all those in need of relevant information. This interface searches basin's knowledgebase, which provides documents, questions & answers pages, know-how resources, and equipment information on appropriate building technologies. Their links page is also helpful.


Builders Without Borders Publications

This site lists publications of this organization, including The Last Straw Journal, which provides valuable lessons-learned from international sustainable building projects.


Intermeditate Technology Development Group Shelter Pages

This site provides introductory information on a variety of appropriate technologies for shelter construction, including earthquake resistant construction. Technical information documents are at the bottom of the pages and downloadable. There are also technical briefs on construction materials and methods.


Sustainable Buliding Electronic Directory

This directory links to hundreds of free sustainable building articles on the Internet. In many cases these links point directly to the article, saving time and effort searching through entire websites. Websites with lots of articles are listed under Major Sites. It is searchable by keyword.




These resources provide information on appropriate energy technologies, such as bio gas, solar, green, and hyrdopower.

Center for Biomass Technology Publications

This site provides technical publications on the use of wood, straw, and other biomass for energy production. It also links to like-minded projects and organizations.


Intermediate Technology Development Group Technical Briefs

This site provides technical briefs on many appropriate energy technologies, including biomass, solar, and thermal. There are also more introductory materials in the ITDG site, including biogas and micro-hydro introductions.


Lifewater International Technical Library

This site provides accessible techinical literature on a wide variety of pertinent issues, including biogas and other alternative energy technologies. For biogas information, see the documents on designing, constructing, and operating and maintaining a biogas system.


National Renewable Energy Laboratory Resources

This page provides good overviews of the technologies and applications of several renewable engery sources, including biomass, geothermal, solar, and wind.


Sustainable Village Microenterprises

Many of the enterprises listed here inidcate appropriate energy technologies and give examples of their applications. There are also many applicable products from sustainable village linked to from this site, pertinent to both energy, and lighting.


US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

A gateway to hundreds of Web sites and thousands of online documents on energy efficiency and renewable energy.



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Citation Styles and Manuals RefWorks Tips & Strategies


Citation Styles and Manuals



Turabian (Chicago)

  • Turabian: a form of Chicago Style (PDF document)
  • The Chicago Manual of Style
    16th edition, chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003
    Sections 16 and 17.
    Call number: Z253 .C57 2003


A personal online database and bibliography creator that allows users to create a personal database online, import references automatically from multiple databases, organize references, and quickly format bibliographies and manuscripts. You will need to create a login and password. Provided by the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries.


How do I use RefWorks?


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Tips & Strategies

Pick an Interesting Topic It is easier to express your own opinions and thoughts if you are interested in the topic.


Manage Your Time

Many students are tempted to plagiarize because they do not start researching and writing far enough in advance. Start your paper at least 3 weeks before the due date. Plagiarism could compromise your entire academic career. Speak to your professor if you have run out of time.


Create a Bibliography as you Research

Record the sources you consult. Include all the bibliographic information needed in your works cited (Author, Title, Pages, Publisher, Year, Volume, Issue).This will help you to cite correctly and to compile your works cited.


Take Clear Notes

Designate all direct quotes with quotation marks.

Designate when you are paraphrasing.

Electronic Research and Note taking is the same: Use quotation marks when you cut and paste.

Always note the source/ author.


Be Careful with Paraphrasing

Be sure you understand the text.

Do not look at the original source when writing your paraphrase.

Reorganize the information in your own words and in your own style.

Check to be sure you have not used the vocabulary or structure of the original work.

Mention the author near or in your paraphrase.


And Remember to Cite:

Any information that was not originally created by you:
  • Quotations
  • Key terms or phrases
  • Ideas
  • Facts not broadly known
  • Images and Sounds
Any material from another source regardless of where you found it:
  • Printed sources
  • Electronic sources
  • Conversation or email
  • Recorded sources
  • Images


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