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Materials Science and Engineering


Index Databases

To search the technical literature, including journal articles, patents, technical reports, conferences, etc., use an index database.  These are the best:

Full Text Sources

E-Books, Books and Printed Materials

Search in the Library Catalog by keyword for classes of materials, concepts, and techniques.  Remember that the topics of books are much broader in scope than the topics of individual articles.  You'll find both e-books and print books there.  Materials science is highly interdisciplinary, so printed books are located across multiple locations in the University Libraries, primarily in the Engineering Library (EER), Chemistry Collection (PCL 6th floor), PMA Library, and various storage facilities. 

The Library of Congress Classification System reflects the scattered nature of the subject.  These are call number areas where most print books are classified:

  • QC 176 - Solid state physics / Condensed matter physics
  • QD 380-388 - Polymer chemistry
  • QD 878 - Supramolecular chemistry
  • QD 900-999 - Crystallography
  • TA 401-409 - General materials science
  • TA 410-418 - "Special" materials, including composites, nanomaterials. etc.
  • TA 455 - Materials properties and testing
  • TA 459-489 - Metals and alloys
  • TK 7871 - Electronic materials
  • TN 600-799 - Metallurgy
    • TN 690 - Alloy phase diagrams
  • TP 1087-1190 - Plastics and polymer engineering

Keeping Track

Managing your literature searching and PDF files over the long term is a headache.  Consider choosing a reference manager tool to save you time and hassle.  Most have free versions but more powerful versions can pay back your investment quickly.

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