Material Science and Engineering Article Databases - Best Bets
New developments and current research often appear first as conference papers and/or journals articles. You can find these in Article Indexes and Databases. You will also find product reviews, descriptions of methodology, or information on innovations in or applications of particular processes, systems and devices.
Each database has a different scope - it will cover different subjects and therefore will contain descriptions to articles in different journals.
Articles, conference papers, and technical reports for all engineering disciplines; good source for current and past research.
Compendex, and INSPEC are searched jointly on the Engineering Village Platform. To search only one of the databases: when on the main search screen, the databases are listed under the search box. Click the box to the left any database you do not wish to search.
INSPEC: Covers electrical engineering, physics, computers and control, manufacturing; Includes articles, conference papers and some books, dissertations and reports.
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 BSU username and password. First time users will need to register; once registered use the click "here" link to get to the login screen. The information screen also has links to SciFinder Mobile.
To limit to 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).
First Time users must create an account using your Boise State email address. Then Login click on "members" in the upper right corner. Under "Publications" find: articles, podcasts, energy sector analysis reports; Under "Services" find: ecosystem maps, datasets
General Science Databases
If you're not finding what you need in discipline related or specialized database, try one of these multidisciplinary science databases:
Multi-disciplinary index includes article information 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.
Provides access to a large range of science-related web pages and databases from United States government agencies (the full list is at: http://www.science.gov/searchdbs.html).
Find Other Databases to Search
From the Library's Main page (boisestate.edu/library):
Step 1 - Click the Indexes and Databases Panel
Step 2 - Scroll down to the Databases A to Z List
Step 3 - Search a broad subject (e.g. Chemistry) or part of a database name
Step 4 - Database options will appear below the search box
Using Google Scholar's Advanced Search
Google Scholar Advanced Search can help you structure your search around the keywords you generated for your topic, and give you ideas of how to focus your search. To get to the Advanced Search feature:
The structure of Google Scholar's Advanced Search template allows you to easily structure your search around your keywords, return articles authored by a particular person, published in a specific journal, or published between specified dates.