Databases are searchable indexes of the research articles in journals. They do not house the articles themselves, but will usually link to where you can find the full text. Look for the blue "find it at UF" button! Some of the most useful databasesto get started with for Materials Science and Engineering are the following:
If you need: the largest engineering database available
Covers significant engineering and technical literature from journals, technical reports, and conference proceedings and papers. Includes Compendex and the Inspec Archive (1898-1969).
If you need: engineering resources and general science resources too
Web of Science is a general science database best known for its citation searching capabilities. It's an excellent choice of database for general searches to survey your field. This database can also help you study how an idea has evolved over time.
If you need: anything medical and health related
PubMed comprises more than 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
Preprints are early versions of research articles which have not yet been peer-reviewed.
Scientists may choose to disseminate their research as preprints before submitting to an academic journal, which can make the research reported very cutting edge, but these reports should be read critically as they have not yet been reviewed by other experts.
If you need: the latest engineering research that hasn't yet been peer reviewed
engrXiv (pronounced "engineering archive") is dedicated to the dissemination of engineering knowledge quickly and efficiently. engrXiv was launched in beta in July 2016 under the direction of Devin R. Berg, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and in partnership with the Center for Open Science.
If you need: the latest chemical science research that hasn't yet been peer reviewed
ChemRxiv ("chem archive") is a server for unpublished preprints in chemistry and related chemical sciences. ChemRxiv is co-owned by five of the largest chemistry academic societies - the American Chemical Society (ACS), Chinese Chemical Society, Chemical Society of Japan, German Chemical Society (GDCh), and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
If you need: latest research in related fields that hasn't yet been peer reviewed
arXiv ("archive") is a free distribution service and an open-access archive for 1,732,878 scholarly articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.
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