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Engineering Grand Challenges

This guide helps you explore research sources related to the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges

Web Sources

You've found some promising materials for your paper, now what?  These tutorials will provide you with tips and examples on evaluating web sources.

Source: Evaluating Websites, video tutorial, by Emily Bongiovanni and Brianna Buljung


Source: Evaluating Websites, LibWizard tutorial, by Brianna Buljung

Why use Web Resources?

Websites provide up-to-the minute news and information about current events, trends, and controversial topics.  They may also contain government publications such as reports, statistics, legislation and service information; interviews, newspaper articles; research reports; conference/workshop/symposium papers; maps and other types of resources.  

Finding Good Web Resources

Use these good search habits to find high quality, authoritative sources on the internet:

1)  Limit your Google Search by domain -- add site:. before a domain, such as .gov or .edu. 

2) Use Google Scholar, instead of the regular Google search box to find for scholarly articles

3) Let the Google Scholar citation help you find related articles, create a citation or get the full text from the library

Web Sites on the Grand Challenges

Google can be a great resource for information for projects related to the Grand Challenges  

You’ll find items such as:

  • Policy and statistics from the federal government
  • Examples of programs conducted in other universities, states and countries that can serve as comparisons for your project
  • Blogs, advocacy websites and charitable organizations

Get started by considering your specific topic or challenge:

  • Who is interested in the topic?  
    • Consider government agencies, advocacy groups and universities
    • For example: to Secure Cyberspace search the Department of Homeland Security, tech companies and cyber think tanks
  • What engineering and science disciplines are most closely related to your topic?
    • For example: for our cyber security topic - you will want to look at computer and electrical engineering publications
  • Finally, start thinking of key words that you can use to start searching
    • Don't forget to include acronyms,scientific terms and laymen terms 
    • For example: "cyber security", "critical infrastructure", virus, malware

Some basic sites to get you started: