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These are the key databases that index the chemical engineering literature: journal articles as well as (depending on the database) conference papers and patents. To get full-text articles or request articles we don't have via interlibrary loan (ILL), click the next to the article record (or "Full Text" in SciFindern).
Databases for Journal Articles and Conference Papers
Indexes 18,000+ journals and 180,000 conference proceedings, heavily in the sciences and engineering. Easy interface for building and/or searches to include alternative keywords. Article records include cited and citing references, with related articles identified based on common citations. Good place to being your search.
Core index to the chemical literature, including chemical engineering, with a new interface and features. Search 52 million article, patent, and conference references, the CAS Registry of 161 million chemical substances (many include property data) & CASREACT database of 126 million chemical reactions and preparations. Search by topic, reaction, or chemical substance (Registry number, structure, substructure). More information about SciFinder, including registration instructions. You will need VPN running to access the registration site.
Combined search for the Compendex and Inspec engineering databases. Indexes millions of articles, conference papers, standards and other documents in all engineering disciplines, including chemical engineering, nanotechnology, materials science and related subjects. Duplicate references between the two databases can be removed.
Like Google, but focused on the scholarly literature. Under Settings, go to Library Links to activate UC-eLinks.
**Pros: Full-text article searching can retrieve articles that may not come up in the other databases, so good for interdisciplinary topics. Also indexes faster than the other databases, so you may get very recent articles. Can also view citing articles and related articles, set up search alerts, etc.
**Cons: Full-text article searching that brings up thousands of articles, with very limited tools to refine search results. Through the Advanced Search, you can exclude words, do some boolean "OR" searching, and limit results to articles where search terms are found in the article titles only.
Core index to the biomedical literature, covering 5,500 journals in medicine and related sciences. Excellent for bio- topics like bionano-, biomaterials, biomedical engineering, and biochemistry. Search results are "mapped" to the database's subject headings to retrieve additional articles, For these topics, you may also want to search Embase.
Indexes journals (including some full text), magazines, conferences, and other documents for topics in materials science. Includes Earthquake Engineering Abstracts, Engineered Materials Abstracts, METADEX, Corrosion Abstracts, and Ceramic Abstracts.
Multidisciplinary database that indexes articles in more than 11,000 journals, with full-text available for over 5,300 journals. Indexes popular and scholarly sources, but you can limit results to scholarly journals.