Searching for technical literature related to Materials Science and Engineering
Last Updated: Apr 16, 2013
Welcome to the MSE Senior Design subject guide. This guide covers resources available to you for researching the technical literature. Some tabs also give some tips for searching library databases.
This database is provided free of charge to all (it is not limited to Boise State University students, staff & faculty), though the full-text content may depend on your institutional access, and your location.
- Google Scholar
The purpose of Google Scholar is to help researchers find scholarly information on the Internet. Google is working with several publishers to access their databases of publications, plus searching sites known to include scholarly literature. Results include journal articles, theses, books, preprints, technical reports, and other publications. The results may lead to the full-text of a resource, or to an abstract of a resource. Availability of the full-text of some sources is dependant on the institution’s access to that publisher’s material. The search engine also extracts citations from works cited in the resources indexed, leading to references that are not available full-text online. Under Scholar Preferences you can enable the Boise State University Albertsons Library "Find it" link.
Periodical Articles and Conference Papers
New developments and current research are often first presented as conference papers and/or periodical articles. You will also find product reviews, descriptions of methodology, or information on innovations in or applications of particular processes, systems and devices. The following are indexes, abstracts or full-text repositories which access this literature:
- Applied Science and Technology Full Text (1983-current w/abstracts since 1994)
Best source for finding product reviews and news related (engineering) information. Indexes articles in 800 English-language periodicals. The print version, Applied Science and Technology Index, is available from 1958-2000 at TA 1 .I5, with an earlier title, Industrial Arts Index, available 1913-1957, with some missing issues.
- Compendex and INSPEC (1896-current)
Both indexes are good sources for current and past research.
INSPEC covers over 4000 serials on topics in electrical engineering, physics, computers and control, and manufacturing. Although periodical articles and conference papers (1896-current) are the primary materials covered, some books, dissertations and reports are also included.
Compendex covers periodical articles and conference papers for all engineering disciplines, from 1969-current. Over 5000 serials are included. Print version is ENGINEERING INDEX, (1959-2000) located at TA1 .E5.
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.
- IEEE Xplore
This repository contains full-text materials published by IEEE, the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, and IET, the Institution of Engineering and Technology. The IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) includes full-text access to IEEE Society-sponsored transactions and conference proceedings, IEEE/Wiley books, IET proceedings journals, IET conference proceedings and IEEE Standards.
- ScienceDirect (1997-current)
Contains full-text articles from over 1700 journals published by Elsevier. Although the content is multi-disciplinary, the primary focus is science, engineering and medicine. Table of contents information is available for publication years before 1997.
- SciFinder Scholar (1907-current)
The premier chemistry database, this index is especially useful if you are searching for specific substances. 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 three users at a time. The information screen also has links to SciFinder Mobile.
- Web of Science (1900-current)
This multi-discplinary index includes article information from approximately 8,500 journals in sciences, engineering, social sciences, arts and humanities. A key feature 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.
- 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
- Medline (1965-current)
This index is the largest, most comprehensive index covering biomedical topics, with an emphasis on clinical medicine. Journals covering optometry and dentistry are also included.
- ABI/INFORM Complete
Business and industry topics are covered in this database which covers over 3,000 publications from 1971 - current.
- Business Source Premier
Business and industry topics are covered in this extensive database covering business periodical articles (1965-current), including full-text from over 2,300 titles. Trade magazines covering industry news are available in this database.
- LexisNexis Academic, date varies
This mega-database includes news, legal cases, company information and more. It is full-text but without accompanying graphics or images. For more focused results, click on the News bar, then the "Business & Industry", then uncheck "Business and Consumer Stories" so that only "Industry News" is checked. This search will include trade publications. Or for newspapers, choose the "Newspapers and Newswires". Since LexisNexis Academic searches the full text of the articles, more specific search terms will produce more relevant results. You can choose to search parts of the article also.
Although not an "article", dissertations usually contain extensive literature reviews which place the topic of the dissertation into a historical context and/or give the state of current research in the area. These literature reviews are a rich source of articles and other published materials relating to the dissertation topic and related areas.