Best Library and Internet Resources for finding bioengineering information. Also includes information about library services, basic library skills and tools that help with citation management, poster design and writing.
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On this background information page, there are 3 sections:
Where you can find introductory encyclopedia articles about the field of biomedical engineering
What databases have introductory or background information about biomedical engineering
What specific books, such as encyclopedia, handbooks and upper level textbooks, contain background information on topics within the field of biomedical engineering.
Articles on "Biomedical Engineering" from General Encyclopedias
The following encyclopedias have a biomedical engineering article that gives a short introduction to the field; the link for each encylopedia goes directly to the biomedical engineering article ...
(Pham-Kanter, Genevieve. "Biomedical Engineering." The Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health. Ed. Jacqueline L. Longe. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 2006. 297-300. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web)
Resources for Background Information on Biomedical Engineering and Related Areas Part 1: Databases
The following databases contain books and book chapters/sections that include background or introductory information about biomedical topics ...
Use this database to search the full text of thousands of handbooks and encyclopedias from all areas of science and engineering. Use the search box on the home page to search for a topic or switch to a Data Search to look for property data for specific substances.
This database is a compilation of short written works (called lectures) introducing engineers to areas in which they may not be familiar. These lectures generally run from 75 - 150 pages so they are less than books but much more than an encyclopedia article. The Synthesis Collection includes a series of lectures in biomedical engineering.
Resources for Background Information on Biomedical Engineering Topics and Related Areas Part 2: Encyclopedias and Handbooks
The following encyclopedias and handbooks provide introductory or background articles about topics within the field of biomedical engineering.
This work provides a broad look into the core elements of the field, fundamentals such as IT and software engineering as well as topics in rehabilitation and assistive technology. Covers US and EU standards (FDA and MDD, respectively, plus related ISO requirements), the de facto international standards, and is backed up by real-life clinical examples, case studies, and separate tutorials for training.
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