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MECH 548 Cellular Materials in Natural and Engineered Structures

Search the Sofia Discovery tool


Search the Sofia Discovery tool for McGill's collection of resources: books, journals & articles, multimedia, and other resources, in both print or electronic format.

Tips for finding books

Use the Sofia Discovery tool to find books. For example:

  • Do a keyword search: trabecular bone
  • Click on "Books" from the left-hand side of the screen to limit your results to books.
  • Find a good book, e.g. Advanced bioimaging technologies in assessment of the quality of bone and scaffold materials and click on the title. Under "View description", you will see a subject heading listed in the Subject field: Bone Imaging.
  • Click on the subject heading link to retrieve more books about that subject.

Search tips

Truncation symbol: * e.g. trabecula* will retrieve catalogue records containing the words trabecular, trabeculae, trabecula, etc.
Phrase searching: "___" e.g. "trabecular bone" will retrieve catalogue records containing the phrase trabecular bone
Boolean operators: (), AND, OR, NOT
default: AND
Boolean operators must be in capital letters
e.g. bone AND (trabecular OR cancellous) will retrieve catalogue records containing the word bone AND either trabecular OR cancellous

Possible topics to search in the Sofia Discovery tool:

Biocompatible materials

Honeycomb structures

Biocompatible materials - therapeutic use



Nanostructured materials

Biomedical engineering


Biomedical materials

Nanotechnology - therapeutic use

Biomedical technology

Peritrophic membranes

Biomimetic materials

Plant mechanics


Polymeric composites



Bone - imaging

Polymers in medicine

Bone - mechanical properties

Porous materials

Cellular materials Radiolaria
Cellular structures Regenerative medicine
Composite materials Sandwich construction
Foamed materials Tissue engineering

To refine any of these searches, type additional words into your search (as keywords).

You can search for other books by subject by going to the Advanced Search and typing words into the Subject field.

Locating a book by call number

You can locate a print book by call number by going to the Sofia Discovery tool and typing a specific call number in the search box. For example, typing nu: QH581.2 G53 2010 in the search box will retrieve "Cellular materials in nature and medicine". Please note that you can be precise or general when listing a call number (e.g. searching just nu: QH581.2 will retrieve several books in that subject area).

Virtual browsing

Once you locate an ebook or print book of interest, you can browse the shelves virtually to find other books on similar topics. First, locate a book of interest by searching the Sofia Discovery tool using keywords and limiting to books from the options on the left-hand side of the results screen. Next, click on "Browse the shelf" where you will see neighboring books available in print and as ebooks. For example, books near to Cellular materials in nature and medicine include Molecular basis of medical cell biology and The machinery of life.


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