Materials science is the study of the properties of solid materials and how these properties -- including mechanical, thermal, chemical, electric, magnetic, and optical behaviour -- arise from a material's structure. The methods of materials science have been extended to the study of polymers, glasses, ceramics, amorphous metals, and even biological materials such as bone. (Excerpted from Britannica Online). You may find additional useful resources on the chemistry, polymers or engineering, chemical pages, as well.
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Article Databases and Indexes
Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes
Provides extensive indexing of scholarly and technical periodicals, conference proceedings, and report literature in all engineering disciplines including applied physics, electronics, materials science, and related fields in science and management. Indexes nearly 3000 sources worldwide.
Provides comprehensive coverage of scholarly literature in the fields of physics and astrophysics, electrical engineering, electronics, computing and control, and information technology. Indexed are primarily journal articles and conference papers, with some books,technical reports, and dissertations. The database provides bibliographic citations plus abstracts.
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SciFinder includes journal and patent references,chemical regulatory data, and supplier, reaction, and substance information. SciFinder Mobile is best for quick searches. It has no IP access restrictions but limited functionality, and it requires a SciFinder account.
General Reference Sources
Atlases & Maps
Database of descriptive & numerical data on chemical, physical & biological properties of compounds; systematic & common names; literature references; & structures. Contains all compounds included in: Dictionary of Organic Compounds (255,000 records) Dictionary of Natural Products (170,000) ; Dictionary of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds (101,000) ; Dictionary of Drugs (40,000+) ; Dictionary of Analytical Reagents (14,000)
Covers techniques for determining composition, degree of perfection, physical and mechanical traits, & microstructure of materials. Includes articles on the characterization of specific materials and general techniques. Covers bulk methods and surface techniques, including: atomic force microscopy; confocal optical microscopy; gamma ray diffractometry; thermal wave imaging; x-ray diffraction and time-resolved techniques.
Basic principles, in-depth coverage, and real world applications for technically pertinent areas of modern-day physics and related fields. The encyclopedia comprehensively covers topics like optics, laser physics, solid state and semiconductor physics, atom and nuclear physics, and biophysics.
General Reference Works
Click the "IHS Standards Expert" link to access the full text ASTM Standards Produced by the American Society for Testing and Materials, this resource provides instant access to the current digital edition of the Annual Book of ASTM Standards. Please note that if you are looking for older or inactive standards, the Science & Engineering Library has the Annual Book of ASTM Standards in print from 1975 to 2006.
Handbooks and Manuals
Physical Property Data
The definitive resource and reference work for crystallography with articles and tables of data relevant to crystallographic research and to applications of crystallographic methods in all sciences concerned with the structure and properties of materials; symmetry, diffraction methods and techniques of crystal structure determination, and the physical and chemical properties of crystals are primary emphases. A Brief Teaching Edition, a teaching tool drawn from Volume A, covers the 17 plane groups, 24 selected space-groups, & basic explanations.
Provides access to collection of more than 80 databases of well-documented numeric data (including the NIST Chemistry WebBook and other sources of chemical and physical properties) from the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST). The data are from a variety of scientific disciplines including biotechnology, chemistry, materials science, mathematical modeling, physics, and more. Searchable by keywords, properties, and substances.
Knovel provides online access to reference books, databases, and conference proceedings from a number of publishers that cover all areas of engineering and includes content relevant to related sciences (e.g., chemistry and earth sciences). It includes interactive graphs and tables and is a good starting point when you need a piece of data quickly.
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Style Manuals and Writing Guides
RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).