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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.
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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
Presents over 500 articles addressing all areas of polymer science. Updated quarterly with new and substantially revised articles, the Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology provides information about polymers, plastics, fibers, biomaterials, elastomers, and polymerization processes.
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
Classic source of property data for "synthetic polymers, poly(saccharides) and derivatives, and oligomers." Primary focus is on "fundamental constants and parameters that refer to the polymer molecule, that describe the solid state of polymer molecules, or that describe polymer solutions" and not spectroscopic, rheological, and mechanical data.
Physical Property Data
Gives polymer solubility and polymer-liquid interaction parameters, critically evaluated and listed by polymer common name. Includes solvent resistance, environmental stress cracking, chromatographic supports, thermal transitions, adhesion and adsorption, and lubrication and permeation.
As of December 31, 2013, we will no longer have access to the Wiley Database of Polymer Properties Online.
Based on the Polymer Handbook, an essential reference in polymer science, this database is updated quarterly. Search features include the ability to search for polymers matching specific properties or ranges of properties, and the ability to create custom tables for all the properties of a specific polymer.
A collection of high resolution x-ray spectra of over 100 organic polymers, recorded with a Scienta ESCA300 spectrometer. Gives survey and core regions, shake-up spectra, valence band and some Auger spectra, as well as details of sample preparation, instrument performance and operating conditions. Indexed by compound.