Research Experience for Undergraduates
REU - Research Experience for Undergraduates
Selected Library Resources for Materials Science
This page should help you with any library research you need to do this summer. Feel free to contact me with questions. You may also want to try the UO Libraries LibX Toolbar for your browser!
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Find an article here:
Other specific databases to try:
- Interdisciplinary science database, a heavily-used source for science literature. Highly recommended.
- An interdisciplinary article citation database, heavy on science and technology, covering over 13,000 journals, 1990 to present. It is most useful for citation verification and making interlibrary loan requests directly from the database
- The physics and math e-print archive. See particularly Condensed Matter and Quantum Physics.
- Google for academics. Because it can search inside pdfs, it may turn up hard-to-find information not found elsewhere.
- Covers IEEE (Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers) journals, magazines, and conference proceedings, 1988 to present. Includes full-text access to journals (but not proceedings) from 1998-present. Good for nanotechnology, optics, semiconductors, information science, etc.
- "The" search engine and databases for chemistry. The link above takes you to a place for downloading the special client software or registering for web access. Your temporary status probably does not authorize you for this, but if you have registered already at your home college or university, you should be okay for web access. It is also loaded on computers in the Science Library (from the start menu on the PCs, go to Programs). Only 2 UO users can be searching SciFinder at the same time.
(located in the Science Library)
Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. SCI REF QC5 .E543 2004 (12 vols.)
- A good source of background information on everything from protein dynamics to electronics to quantum optics, and much more.
Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology, 3rd ed. (8 vols.) SCI REF TP1110 .E53 2003
Optics Encyclopedia: Basic Foundations and Applications. SCI REF QC351.2 .O62 2004
- Want an explanation of, say, interferometry and all the different types of interferometers? This is the place.
Physical Properties of Polymers Handbook, 2nd ed. SCI REF TA455 .P58 P475 2007
Springer Handbook of Condensed Matter and Materials Data. SCI REF QC173.454 .S67 2005
- Properties and other information on many classes of materials.
(must be on campus, or an authorized UO user if off campus, to access starred *sources)
- In-depth articles with good background information on proteins, protein dynamics.
- CODATA Internationally recommended values of the Fundamental Physical Constants
- You can search the whole collection, or see particularly Chemistry: Foundations & Applications.
- From Arizona State-some of the online resources are for ASU only, but many of the books can also be found in the UO Science Library.
Materials Properties Locator Database from SUNY Buffalo.
- Helps to locate reference books containing property data. Searchable by property and type of material. The UO Science Library will have some, but not all, of these books.
- National Institute of Standards and Technology thermochemical, thermophysical and spectral data for thousands of compounds and reactions.
- An open access NMR database for compound identification and support for computer-assisted structure elucidation. Contains about 10,000 structures and assigned spectra, with new datasets constantly added.
- Dictionaries of chemistry, physics, etc.
Compare the above reference sources with:
- Do the articles have identified authors? Are the authors' credentials and affiliations available? Do the articles have references or bibliographies? If so, are there differences in the kinds of references given?
- Wikipedia is a very handy, free Internet source, but it is not necessarily reliable. For a humorous demonstration of this phenomenon, watch this excerpt of the Colbert Report on Comedy Central. (Some improvements have been made to Wikipedia since this segment aired.)
Deep (or Invisible) Web Sources
CompletePlanet "The Deep Web Directory"
- Claims to index "over 70,000+ searchable databases and specialty search engines."
- A searchable index of scholarly internet resource collections. Includes useful search limiters, such as type of resource, and whether resource if free or fee-based.
WolframAlpha "Computational Knowledge Engine"
- From the creator of Mathematica, a brand new kind of web engine that purports to be "the first step in an ambitious, long-term project to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone." It is very intriguing, but be careful to note the source of the data WolframAlpha is using in its computations.
- A general guide from the library that includes help for citing electronic sources.
- The ACS Style Guide: A manual for authors and editors, 3rd ed. [SCI REF QD8.5 .A25 2006]
- A Quick Guide to Citing Using the ACS Style Guide, 3rd Ed. (pdf) Courtesy of Nan Butkovich, Physical Sciences Librarian at Penn State.
- ACS Style Guidelines from Emily Wixson, U Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Library. This guide is very helpful, but for complete information, see the book above.
- AIP Style Manual, 4th ed. This manual from American Institute of Physics is out of print (and there's nothing later available), and available free in pdf form on their web site.
This web page contains a wealth of information on evaluating information sources both in print and on the Web: Critical Evaluation of Information Sources
To determine whether a particular periodical (magazine, journal) is scholarly (peer-reviewed, refereed) or popular, see these pages:
What is "peer-review"?
Here are a couple of pdfs that provide good explanations of what it is (and is not), and why it's particularly important in the sciences:
(NB: both of the above are produced in the UK, so there are a few Britishisms that may not make sense)