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Mechanical Engineering: Capstone Project

Off Campus Access


You can access e-books, e-journals and databases from home if you are a current student, faculty or staff member.
If you are presented with a login screen use the same BCIT email and Password as when you login to the computers on campus.

There is more information on How to login (students) if you're having trouble.

You can also contact the Service Desk  by email if you need to establish your current eligibility status.

For other off-campus access problems contact the Research Help Desk.

Tips for Searching Online Databases

Search more than one database to improve your chances.

Brainstorm keywords first. Identify the different concepts in your topic and think of different ways of describing them.

When you are searching with multiple keywords or search terms:

  • "and" means both terms must show up in your results = fewer results
  • "or" means either term must show up in your results = more results
  • "not" means that the term must not show up in your results = fewer results

Consider limiting your search by:

  • full-text only
  • date
  • peer reviewed or scholarly publications

Check for a Cited References link to find related articles.

**note: many of the databases are unforgiving with spelling mistakes; 

Within some databases you can use the Cite button to get a properly formatted citation for an article.


Open Resources



Institutional Repository

BCIT has an Institutional Repository to preserve student projects. 

All submissions to the repository must be accompanied by this license.

For more information on how to submit projects, see this FAQ


Requesting books or articles from other libraries

If BCIT Library doesn’t have the book or article that you need, we will borrow it from another library. This service is called Interlibrary Loan or ILL and is available at no charge for BCIT students and employees. Articles take 1-2 days to arrive and will be emailed to you.

Books take approximately two weeks - you will receive an email when the title is here for you to pick up at the Library service desk.

Login and use this online form to make your request: 

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