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OE 524: Introduction to Ship Design and Ship Building

How to find research for a paper on shipping accidents, as well as how to cite what you find.

How Accidents Become Regulations

When searching for information about how shipping accidents lead to changes in practice and regulation, you should look both for contemporary accounts to see what happened and how the issue was discussed at the time, as well as more recent discussions usually found in subject reference works that will connect the accident with the regulations that (hopefully) resulted.

There is also a lot to be learned from legal documents, particularly the opinions from cases that involve those shipping accidents.
A black and white image of the shit USS Titanic


The Titanic steamship was the largest ship ever built at the time. In 1912, the ship sailed from Southampton, England to New York City. On April 14th, 1912 the ship struck an iceberg near Grand Banks and sank the next day. Only about 700 people survived out of the roughly 2,200 passengers and crew.


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Reference Books and Manuals

Reference works are used by those on the job for information they need at the moment. You can find discussions of shipping accidents and the resulting regulations in the context of a number of different industries because many different industries will be affected by such regulations. Look in Knovel for shipping AND accident and you'll find a lot of useful information.

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