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Civil and Environmental Engineering: Writing & Citing

Carnegie Mellon Library Books on Technical Writing

  A writer'ss handbook for engineers (2008)
E&S T11 .M3685 2008 

Engineers' guide to technical writing  (2001)
E&S T11 .B83 2001 

The MIT guide to science and engineering communication (1997)
E&S Q223 .P33 1997

How to write a successful science thesis : the concise guide for students (2006)
E&S LB2369 .R87 2006

How to write & publish engineering papers and reports, 3rd ed. (1990)
E&S T11 .M418 1990

Online Citing Help

Landmarks Citation Machine
An interactive Web tool providing entry forms, soliciting information for selected information resources

Why Citing?

Citations Styles

ASME Citation Style Guide

SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)  References Format

SAE Paper Template
This is the template for authors to submit papers to the SAE; shows the outline of the paper content/format but does not have examples of references format.

Reference Management Software

There are many tools available to help you keep track of information when you do research and help you to properly format citations in a variety of styles.Some are free, some are commercial.


EndNote is a software program to manage bibliographic citations, for both Windows and Macintosh. Features allow you to transfer references from databases into EndNote and then create bibliographies in a variety of formats.

For help with the search features of EndNote, contact Ethan Pullman, He can explain how to use EndNote connection files and filters to search and capture catalog and database records.

Note: Having problems connecting to the library catalog with EndNote?

For more complex troubleshooting, contact the EndNote technical support help desk at


Mendeley Desktop organizes your research paper collection and citations. It automatically extracts references from documents and generates bibliographies. Mendeley Web lets you access your research paper library from anywhere, share documents in closed groups, and collaborate on research projects online. Integrates with word processing software. It is a free software.


Functions as a plug-in for Firefox. Easily save citations from library databases or the web by clicking on an icon in the address bar of your browser. Cite while you write capability with Microsoft Word (additional download).

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