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The research process is complex and involves not only many sources, but many different kinds of sources. This guide is designed to help you navigate these sources and understand where they fit in the process. These resources and many others are also linked from the Science and Engineering Libraries Website.

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Finding Books

Finding Journal Articles

    The broad subject areas of engineering and applied science are comprehensively represented.
  • ISI Web of Science
    Multidisciplinary database. Premiere source for citation searching.
  • Scopus
    Scopus is a comprehensive abstracting and indexing database covering scientific, technical, medical and social science research literature back to the mid-1800s, including 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 publishers
  • PubMed Plus
    PubMed is the public access version to Medline, the premier database for biomedical literature. PubMedPlus is an enhanced version with links to full-text journals that the Penn Library subscribes to.


Web Resources

  • Information Resources in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Materials Safety Data Sheets
  • OpenDOAR - The Directory of Open Access Repositories
    The OpenDOAR service is being developed to support the rapidly emerging movement towards Open Access to research information. OpenDOAR is building a comprehensive and authoritative list of international institutional and subject-based repositories, as well as archives set up by funding agencies - like the National Institutes for Health in the USA or the Wellcome Trust in the UK and Europe. Users of the service are able to analyse repositories by location, type, the material they hold and other measures.
  • Materials Algorithm Project
    The Materials Algorithms Project serves as a centre for the "validation" and distribution of algorithms of use in the modelling of materials, in the context of materials science and metallurgy. Validation in this context means that effort has been expended to check that the program reproduces the example output from the example inputs, that there is a reasonable level of documentation, and that appropriate references are provided.
  • Nanohub
    The Nanohub is a web-based initiative spearheaded by the NSF-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology.

Purchasing Materials

Purchasing Equipment

Encyclopedias & Handbooks

RefWorks & Citation Style Guides




If you need any further help, would like more assistance in getting started, or can't find what you are looking for, you can
contact our subject librarians:
Douglas McGee
Engineering Librarian
Phone: 215-898-8170