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Materials Science and Engineering

Library and Internet resources for materials science and engineering

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How to use this guide:

This guide provides students and faculty studying materials science and engineering with links to the best library and internet resources.  Also includes recommendations for doing a rigorous literature review, how to stay current in your area, and using citation management software. 

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The SIDE HEADINGS on this guide include:

Keeping Current shows how to set up alerts and rss feeds in your favorite journals and indexing services so you're automatically notified of newly published material in you don't have to remember to manually search these resources regularly.

Literature Review contains step-by-step instructions for doing a comprehensive literature review appropriate for dissertations, theses, grant applications and project reports.  Includes organization tips, creating effective search strategies, what resources to use and how to use them. 

Resources is organized by the type of literature most used by engineers; on each sub-section, we'll link you to the best library and internet resources for that document type; many of these resources have instructions or tutorials for effective searching.   

STEM Biographies contains information and links on how to find biographies of notable individuals in STEM fields.

Writing & Citing contains information on writing in STEM subject areas and on citation style guides and management.

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For finding materials information

Library One Search 
An interdisciplinary database for finding books, journal articles, films and more at the ASU Library. 

EI Compendex
An index to journal articles and conference papers for all areas of engineering.

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology
A 20+ volume encyclopedia for all aspects of applied chemistry. 

Knovel 
A full text database of handbooks, encyclopedias and manuals for most areas of engineering.  Great place to find quick facts, formulas and properties of materials. 

SciFinder
An index to journal articles, conference papers, dissertations and patents for all areas of pure and applied chemistry.  Also has sections for chemical reactions, properties of substances, and catalog of manufacturers/suppliers. 

 

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