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MyResearch (Physical sciences & engineering)

This guide accompanies the MyResearch graduate seminar series for the physical sciences and engineering

Search Strategies and Techniques

Databases and Search Tips

Subject guides are a great place to find subject-specific databases but here are good places to start:

  • Scopus (multidisciplinary)
  • Web of Science (multidisciplinary)
  • SciFinder (subject-specific)
    provides references to the chemical literature, including substance and reaction information; useful for finding the experimental properties of substances
    -- Review of SciFinder Search Tips (overview of SciFinder handout)
  • Compendex (subject-specific)
    provides references to the engineering literature
  • PubMed (subject-specific; also known as Medline)
    covers the health sciences literature, including bioengineering topics
  • Google Scholar
  • OpenDOAR (collection of open access repositories, including eScholarship

All you need is one good paper to help you find more - try these tips for expanding your search.

Books


Specialized materials


Getting Organized

  • Subscribe to the table of contents of journals using JournalTOCs

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