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Eng Socty 2X03 - Fall 2017

Why Use Books?

Books are a great resource to use when searching for general information on a topic. They are useful for understanding a topic in its context and provide summaries of existing research as well as offer a historical perspective.

Books are best located using the Search feature in our Library Catalogue. 


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Borrowing from Other Libraries

If McMaster Library does not own a book that interests you, you can request it through RACER, our interlibrary loan system. 

Relevant Call Numbers

Our books are arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification system. When looking for books in Engineering and Society it is a good idea to start with Subclass TA- Engineering (general). Civil engineering (general).

Subclasses that may be of interest to you include:

TA 1-2040 Engineering (general). Civil engineering (general).

TA 170-171 Environmental engineering.


Government Publications are useful primary sources as they provide original uninterpreted testimony and information on many topics and issues. These may include publications such as reports, documents and speeches.

McMaster University houses their Main Collection of Government Publications on the 2nd floor of Mills Library. 

For a good explanation of Secondary Resources check out these links:


A box describing that a secondary source is a creative work that analyzes and interprets primary sources.

Media sources, meaning the grouping of print, broadcast and internet are a great resource tool for learning about current events as well as government activity, including foreign policy. Here are some media sources that may be of interest to you:

Library Catalogue

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