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Databases for Materials Science Articles and Conference Papers
These are the key databases that index the journals and--depending on the database--conference proceedings and patents (aka "Primary Literature") in materials science. Web of Science and SciFinder are the best starting places, while Inspec, Compendex, and PubMed are also good databases depending on your area of focus.
Web of Science
Often the best place to start your search for journal articles for science and engineering. Indexes 12,000+ journals in all subjects, with heavy emphasis in the sciences. For each record, you can view what the authors cited, who has since cited the article, and look for related articles based on common citations.
Comprehensive index to the chemical literature and related sciences, including chemical engineering, materials science, & nanotechnology. Search 43 million article and patent references, CAS Registry (117 million substances, many include property data information and spectra) & CASREACT (91 million single and multi-step reactions, 14 million synthetic preparations). Search by topic, reaction, or chemical substance (Registry number, structure, substructure). More information about SciFinder, including registration instructions.
Core index to the biomedical literature, indexing 5,500 journals in the biomedical/health sciences and related disciplines (including biochemistry, biomaterials, biomedical engineering, etc).
Covers journals and conference proceedings in engineering, including chemical engineering, materials science, environmental science and nanotechnology.
Indexes journals and conference proceedings in electrical engineering, physics, and computer science (with good materials science coverage).
Engineered Materials Abstracts
Indexes the literature on engineered materials such as polymers, plastics, rubber, ceramics and composites. Addresses manufacturing practices, properties and applications of these materials.
Materials Research Society - Online Proceedings Library
Search and access full-text of conference papers from the Materials Research Society meetings.
SPIE Digital Library
Search and access full-text of the SPIE Conference papers.
A better alternative to searching Google because it searches the scholarly literature rather than "everything." Very limited tools for refining searches, but you can go into the advanced search to limit a word or phrase be found in the title only. Indexes at the full text article level so it may identify articles not found in other databases.
How Do I Get the Article?
In most of our databases, you'll see this button next to each reference: . Clicking this button may open up the article automatically, or you will see options to get the article:
- Online, if available
- In print (linkout to Roger)
- Via interlibrary loan (Request) if we don't have the article.
The buttons don't appear in SciFinder, but "Link to Other Sources" in the record will connect you to UC-eLinks.
Recent UCSD Materials Science Publications
Recent materials science articles from UCSD faculty and graduate students.