Welcome to the MSE 477/577 and ME 477/577 page covering library resources that help you find information on biomaterials. Besides the content on this page, which covers article databases, notice the tabs at the top of this page will take you to additional content. Links to key Library resources are listed in the box below this.
Additional Article Databases
To access additional article databases, or to access these through the Library's main article databases page:
- Go to the Library's home page, http://library.boisestate.edu,
- Click the "Find...Articles, Databases" link located in the top, left grouping,
- Click on the first letter of the article database name (B for BIOSIS) in the grouping under "Databases by Name",
- Click on the article database name.
Periodical Articles and Conference Papers
Article databases are specialized resources for locating journal articles. They allow you to search the published literature for articles by keywords, subjects, authors and other parameters. Some databases include other types of materials besides journal articles, such as papers from conference proceedings (meetings) or dissertations. There are many different article databases; each has a different scope and therefore will contain descriptions to articles in different journals. Full-text articles are sometimes available, but often finding the full-text will require additional steps. Other terms for article databases include indexes and abstracts.
New developments and current research are often first presented as conference papers and/or periodical articles. You will also find literature reviews, descriptions of methodology, or information on innovations in or applications of particular processes, systems and devices. Literature reviews are particularly helpful in finding past research on a specific topic. In the entries below, if the index provides a way to limit a search to reviews, the steps are described after: Reviews.
The following are article databases that cover aspects of biomaterials:
BIOSIS Previews (1955-current)
For coverage of the journal, meetings, reports, and review literature in the biological and related sciences, this index is the most comprehensive. Tissue engineering is covered here, and gene therapy. Reviews: On one of the lines of paired boxes, choose "Literature Type" from the drop-down menu on the right. This brings up selections in the box to the left; select "Literature Review".
Compendex and INSPEC (1898-current)
Compendex covers periodical articles and conference papers for all engineering disciplines, from 1969-current. Over 5000 serials are included, this is a good source for current and past research.
INSPEC primarily covers periodical articles and conference papers (1898-current) but also includes some books, dissertations and reports. Over 4000 serials covering topics in electrical engineering, physics, manufacturing, computers and control are included.
Compendex, INSPEC and GEOBASE are searched jointly on the Engineering Village Platform. To search only one of the databases, on the advanced search page, remove the check in the box to the left of the database you do not wish to search by clicking on the box. The check mark will be removed and that database will not be searched.
Reviews: Using the QuickSearch interface, there are options for limiting your search below the search text boxes. First, uncheck the box on the left of GEOBASE. From the "Treatment Types" limit box, choose "General Review". If you then uncheck INSPEC (leaving only Compendex checked), an additional treatment type of "literature review" is available. If you uncheck Compendex so that only INSPEC is checked, INSPEC has an additional treatment type of "Bibliography" that might prove useful.
This index is the largest, most comprehensive index covering biomedical topics, with an emphasis on clinical medicine. Journals covering optometry and dentistry are included. The database is available from three vendors; PubMed has the same content as Medline, plus some newer material not yet indexed, and a few unique titles. Reviews: In the Ebsco version, check the "Review Articles" box in the limit search options below the text search box. In the FirstSearch version, in one of the lines of paired search boxes, type review in the left text box and from the drop-down menu in the right box, select "Article Type Phrase".
SciFinder Scholar (1907-current)
Find here chemistry, biochemistry and related literature. This index is especially useful if you are searching for specific substances. Over 10,000 serials are covered, including the journal, conference, patent and other literature. To access: Click on SciFinder Scholar, then enter your Broncoweb username and password. First time users will need to register; once registered use the click "here" link to get to the login screen. Access is available for two users at a time. Reviews: On the Explore References search page, click the box to the left of "Review" in the Document Type(s) category (below the blue area that contains search text box).
Web of Science (1900-current)
This index includes article information from approximately 8,500 journals in sciences, engineering, social sciences, arts and humanities. The main purpose of this index is the cited reference search, which searches for the articles that have cited a particular author’s work, or a specific article. Reviews: On one of the lines of paired boxes, choose "Document Type" from the drop-down menu on the right. This brings up selections in the box to the left; select "Review".
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