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MSE 280 - Introduction to Materials Characterization

Resources for MSE280 class assignments and projects

Material Science Article Indexes and Databases

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.

General Science Databases

If you're not finding what you need in discipline related or specialized database, try one of these multidisciplinary science databases:

Find Other Databases to Search

From the Library's Main page (

Step 1 - Click the Indexes and Databases Panel

Library's main page with Indexes and Databases panel circled


Step 2 - Scroll down to the Databases A to Z List

Library's Databases A-Z Search Box


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:

1. Go to Google Scholar ( and click the menu bars on the top left

Google Scholar with arrow to pointing to menu bars


2. Choose Advanced Search

Google Scholar Menu with Advanced Search circled

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.


Google Scholar Advanced Search template