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MSE 380/381 - Kinematics & Machine Dynamics

Searching for technical literature related to Materials Science and Engineering


Welcome to the MSE 380/381 course guide.  This guide covers resources available to you for researching the technical literature.

Article Databases

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 indexes and abstracts on this page access this literature. Use the sources listed in this box for the Spring 2020 instruction session. Additional indexes are listed in other boxes. 

Additional Article Databases

These indexes cover the biological or biomedical literature:

Product Reviews and News


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.

Full-text repositories

Full-text repositories contain the full-text articles from a defined list of sources, usually journals from a publisher. The contents of the two listed here are also indexed in the major sci-tech indexes.

Style guide for reference list

Journal Abbreviations

Resources from Spring 2020 session

Handouts used in the March 2, 2020 session are located here.

Here is an example of an EndNote bibliography, with corrections noted.

Citing Practices

When do you cite? These pages from Academic Integrity at MIT give guidance on two common challenges.