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MECH 548 – Cellular Materials in Natural and Engineered Structures

Research databases

Core databases

Additional databases

  • Web of Science
    Multidisciplinary database. Useful to see who has cited an article of interest on your topic
  • Scopus
    Multidisciplinary database. Useful to see who has cited an article of interest on your topic
  • MEDLINE
    Premier source for biomedical literature
  • ABI/Inform Global
    Covers management literature, and includes full-text for over 500 journals

Most of the Library's licensed electronic resources, such as databases, full-text online journals and ebooks, are restricted to McGill students and staff. Find out about accessing the Library's online resources from on and off campus.

How to find articles and conference papers

Use research databases to find journal articles and conference papers on your topic. For example:

  • Access Compendex.
  • Search for: "trabecular bone" AND lattice
  • Find the article by Miller, Zev and Fuchs, Moshe:
    • "Effect of trabecular curvature on the stiffness of trabecular bone" Journal of Biomechanics. v. 38 no. 9, Sept. 2005, pp. 1855-1864
  • Click on its title; read the abstract. [Clicking on the Main heading, Controlled terms, and Uncontrolled terms links will give you more articles about those subjects.]
  • Click on the red McGill "Find Full Text" or the green "Full-text" link to search for the article online.
  • If you are not offered an article full-text through a research database, then search the catalogue using the article title and if not successful, using the journal title. If the library does not subscribe to the journal, then get it on Interlibrary Loan (ILL). There are no charges for ILL; McGill subsidizes this service.

            Do not wait until it is too late for us to help you with ILL.

Search tips

Ways to decrease results

  • Search words as a phrase

    e.g. "trabecular bone" AND "lattice materials"

  • Add additional terms and combine with AND

    e.g. trabecular bone AND lattice materials AND regeneration

  • Select one or more of the database's limit types

    e.g. publication type, language, publication date

  • Search for words only in a particular field

    e.g. trabecular in title only

Ways to increase results

  • Search using fewer terms

    e.g. "trabecular bone"

  • Remove quotations around search terms

    e.g. trabecular bone

  • Use truncation to allow the terms to end in various ways

    e.g. trabecula* AND bone* AND material*

  • Use synonyms or similar concepts, combining them with OR to generate more results

    e.g. trabecular AND (bone OR tissue) AND (lattice* OR crystal*) AND material*

Get new ideas for search terms

  • Use descriptors in the database (also called subjects, controlled vocabulary or controlled terms). In Compendex, you can find these terms by searching your keywords in the Thesaurus tab on the search screen or by applying the limit type: "Controlled vocabulary" on the left-hand side of your search results list.

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