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Biomedical Engineering: Home

 to the BCIT Library! 

The purpose of this guide is to assist you in researching topics related to your program, and to help you with: 

  • building a good search strategy
  • narrowing or expanding that search
  • selecting the best databases for your research topic
  • locating specific documents
  • evaluating information

My name is Ana Maria Ferrinho and I am the librarian responsible for this guide. If you have any research questions feel free to contact me at

Research Basics

  Research Techniques for the Health Sciences 

  Call Number: RA 440.85 R83 2014

1. Choosing a Topic
2. Finding Background Information
3. Finding Books
4. Finding Journal  Articles - HS databases
 5. Using the Web to Find Internet Resources – evaluate


This animation of a rotating Carbon nanotube shows its 3D structure.

(image taken from from Wikipedia article titled Tissue Engineering.)

For the Grand Challenge topics, look carefully at the website:

NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering

  • On the right-hand side, of each of the challenges, there are news stories related to the topic
  • Notice the references at the end of each challenge --- a few have links to the text.  To find text for others, paste the article title in the "First Search Box" on the library homepage.


Browse current-awareness engineering and tech magazines, for example:


Browse these library databases:

  • CQ Researcher - explores a single "hot" issue in the news in depth each week. Topics range from social and teen issues to environment, health, education and science and technology.  
    • Recent examples include: Protecting the Power Grid, Modernizing the Nuclear Arsenal, Drinking Water Safety, Solar Energy Controversies, Fighting Cancer, Synthetic Biology (2014), Pandemic Threat, New Space Race, and Video Games and Learning.
  • Canadian Points of View  
    • Browse topics on Health and MedicineEnergy and Environmentalism; and Science, Technology and Ethics, and more.

Adapted from University of Texas Libraries