Welcome to MSL!
Welcome to the Marston Science Library!
Welcome to students in ENC 3254: Professional Commuication for Engineers. This website will guide you efficiently to free and library-subscribed resources that will help you with assignments in this course.
Use books and e-books to find definitions as well as background information. When you open an e-book, you may keyword-search on its full text.
Find journal articles and technical reports through specialized databases and indexes for engineers.
Look at patents and standards for highly-technical definitions and to see how engineers use these specialized documents.
Specialized websites give you a view of activities of professional engineers.
MSL Webpage Orientation
Marston Science Library Portal: www.uflib.ufl.edu/msl
1. Under My Account you can access library services including Off Campus Access
2. Look for specfic databases, call number ranges, and books for your major by browsing the Engineering Subject Guides
3. Access the ENC3254 Course Guide from the Science Library Website
Finding technical definitions
OED (Oxford English Dictionary) considers itself the "definitive record of the English language." Entries include definitions, history, origin (etymology), and quotations from real use. Includes classic, current, specialized, and technical terms.
Springer Exemplar shows how a term or phrase is currently used in research articles and books published by Springer.
For dictionaries in specialized engineering or technical areas, check the other Subject Guides.
Also check some general dictionaries. Keep in mind that phrases (mashups of several words) might not be included in dictionaries.