Dave Zwicky

University Title:
Associate Professor
Science and Engineering Libraries
Wilmeth Active Learning Center

Professional Information

Faculty Rank:
Associate Professor
Liaison Areas:
Chemical Engineering
Industrial and Physical Pharmacy
Materials Engineering
Courses Taught:
CHM 513: Chemical Literature
ILS 512: Information Strategies for Science, Technology, & Engineering Research
ILS 595: Information & Communication Strategies for the Technical Workplace
Research Areas:
Using patents and trademarks for instructional and research purposes; developing best practices for information literacy instruction in STEM fields; chemical information instruction; critical information literacy
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, 2002
M.S. Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois, 2005
M.A. Library & Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, 2008
Professional Experience:
Research Librarian for Engineering & Textiles, North Carolina State University, 2010-2014
Libraries Fellow, North Carolina State University, 2008-2010
Memberships and Service:



  • Alvaro, E. & Zwicky, D. (2021) "Improving the Quality of Literature Reviews in Chemistry: Tools and Techniques" ACS Chemical Health & Safety. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chas.1c00046.
  • Zwicky, D. & Stonebraker, I. (2021) “A Critical Pedagogy Approach for Teaching Patent Searching: Who Becomes an Inventor in America?” Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship. DOI: 10.1080/08963568.2021.1872247.
  • Howard, H. & Zwicky, D. (2020) “Student Information Use and Decision-Making in Innovation Competitions and the Impact of Librarian Interventions.” The Reference Librarian 61(1), 42-55. DOI: 10.1080/02763877.2019.1691966.
  • Zwicky, D. (2019). “Thoughts on Patents and Information Literacy.” Journal of the Patent & Trademark Resource Center Association 29 (1). URL:
  • Phillips, M. & Zwicky, D. (2018). “Information Literacy in Engineering Technology Education: A Case Study.” Journal of Engineering Technology 35 (2), 48-57.
  • Phillips, M., Van Epps, A., Johnson, N., Zwicky, D. (2018). “Effective Engineering Information Literacy Instruction: A Systematic Literature Review.” Journal of Academic Libraries 44 (6), 705-711. DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.10.006.
  • Flierl, M., Howard, H., Zakharov, W., Zwicky, D., & Weiner, S. (2018). “First-Year International Undergraduate Students and Libraries.” portal 18 (3), 535-558. DOI: 10.1353/pla.2018.0032.
  • Phillips, M. & Zwicky, D. (2017). “Patent Information Use in Engineering Technology Design: An Analysis of Student Work.” Issues in Science & Technology Libraries 87. DOI: 10.5062/F4ZS2TR8.
  • Zwicky, D. (2016). “Balancing Conflicting Service Priorities as an Academic Patent Librarian.” Public Services Quarterly 12 (1), 77-85. DOI: 10.1080/15228959.2015.1128372.
  • Zwicky, D. & Hands, M. (2015). “The Effect of Peer Review on Information Literacy Outcomes in a Chemical Literature Course.” Journal of Chemical Education, 93 (3), 477-481. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00413.
  • Zwicky, D. (2005). Electrochemical Engineering Using COMSOL Multiphysics. (Master of Science thesis). University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.
  • Reeves, J., Adolphs, D., Arndt, A., Zwicky, D., Rikel, M., & Hellstrom, E. (2000). “Effect of PAIR Process on Microstructure of Ag-Sheathed Bi-2212 Tapes.” Physica C: Superconductivity 341, 2021-2022. DOI: 10.1016/S0921-4534(00)01226-0.