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Faculty Guide for CECS and Mathematics

Common Resource Formats

Articles - If you are looking for a quick read, breaking information on a very current topic, or some very specific information, an article from a journal (also called a periodical, or a serial, or a magazine)  is likely the resource for you.

Citations and indexes - If you are doing in-depth research on a topic and you want to ensure that you find a large amount of the information that is extant, indexes, abstracts, and citation databases may helpful. These will help you find that certain material exists and will help us gain access to it for you, but will usually not link you directly to it. If you find a citation you want to read in full, visit our Interlibrary Loan Guide for directions on obtaining a copy. These requests have to be processed individually by several participants and will take several days or weeks to be fulfilled so they are not useful for research that requires fast turnaround.

Conference Proceedings - Conference proceedings are published in conjunction with a one-time or a recurring meeting focused on a particular discipline. Serves as a forums for the presentation, scrutiny, and discussion of research and are usually peer-reviewed or refereed. These are most often found in academic journal databases along side other academic articles or on the webpage of  the specific professional organization who hosted the conference.

eBooks - For an in-depth and comprehensive exploration on a topic a book may be the best choice. eBooks are identical in content to the print version of the same title and ISBN (International Standard Book Number, often found as the barcode on the back cover.) However, sometimes the images, tables and figures may not be formatted correctly or appear as aesthetically pleasing as in the print version.  The eBooks available to you through the Mardigian Library are immediately accessible from your computer and most are able to be read by multiple users simultaneously. Often they allow downloading of a certain number of pages and by creating a personal account you can often mark them up online and save your personal notations.

Standards are a set of technical definitions and guidelines. A set of "how to" instructions for designers, manufacturers, and users. Standards promote safety, reliability, productivity, and efficiency in almost every industry. Standards can run from a few paragraphs to hundreds of pages, and are written by experts with knowledge and expertise in a particular field. There are many standards created by many governing bodies, licensing agencies, and accreditors. To see more detailed information on what standards are and how to use them follow THIS LINK. If you are ready to look for the standard that fits your present need click on the "Standards" tab in the box below.

Technical Reports - describe the process, progress, or result of ongoing research into a technical problem; may include recommendations for further study or offer conclusions; usually written by a researcher and often not peer reviewed outside the authors' organization.

Video Databases - These databases contain visual files and can deliver content which may be easier to understand by seeing it. Where eBooks sometimes fall short on the visual elements, video databases can allow you to witness "first hand" things you may ever get to see in person due to safety, temporal, or distance related reasons. These can be especially helpful when you want to see a system in action or when you are looking for easy to follow direction on performing a specific task. 

White Papers - Written by industry practitioners or product or service vendors, "white papers" argue the benefits of a specific technology, product, or method for solving a specific problem; present research findings or give a list of tips for solving an issue; or highlight a product or service from a particular vendor.

Academic Resources by Subject

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Journals - AIAA journals present original research about concepts, methods of analysis, technical knowledge, exploratory developments, and new applications spanning the spectrum of aerospace science and technology.


National Aeronautics and Space Administration Technical Reports Server (NTRS) - access to NASA's current and historical technical literature and engineering results. Over 500,000 aerospace-related citations, over 200,000 full-text online documents, and over 500,000 images and videos are available. NTRS content continues to grow as new information is created for or funded by NASA.


Smithsonian Collections Online - Combines the full archive of Smithsonian Magazine and Air & Space Magazine. These magazines present a unique and comprehensive insight into history, science, nature, the arts, innovation, technology, and world culture.

ChiltonLibrary - Provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls, and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks.


SAE MOBILUS - This resource was previously known as: SAE Digital Library
Full text of every paper contained in the SAE Proceedings, Special Publications, and Transactions since 1906, as well as SAE Standards and E-Books. The digital library covers advancements in all areas of mobility engineering.


Small Engine Repair Reference Center (SERRC) - From off-campus, you will need to log in with your Michigan driver license (or ID).
Offers assistance in providing routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) and allows users to search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area of model/engine type, and model numbers. 


Wards Intelligence - Offers in-depth automotive industry data including automobile production, inventory, and sales data. Search or browse data reports available under the Data tab. Data are available as downloadable Excel files.

PubMed - A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1940s.

Nature Journals Online - Leading research papers in all scientific disciplines and provides lay readers who have an interest in science the best possible perspective of the scientific world. In addition to Nature, you can browse or search other Nature titles such as: Nature Biotechnology, Nature Chemistry, Nature Geoscience, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Physics, and Scientific American.



ACerS-NIST Phase Equilibria Diagrams Online - Online source of 23,000 critically evaluated phase diagrams for oxides, salts, carbides, nitrides, borides, compound semiconductors, and chalcogenides. Functionality includes:
• Search commentaries and diagrams by chemical system, published author's last name, volume, language, publication year, and figure number.
• View diagram's chemical system, figure number, figure notes, references, commentary, and footnotes.
• Manipulate diagrams with zoom in/out, lever rule, curve follow, mirror, Mol% to Wt% or Wt% to Mol%, and built-in calculator.


SciFindern - Produced by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the most comprehensive database for the chemical literature, searchable by topic, author, substances by name or CAS Registry Number, OR use the editor to draw chemical structures, substructures, or reactions. It is a core research tool for chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, nanotechnology, physics, environmental science and other science and engineering disciplines.

SpringerMaterials - comprises 400 Landolt-Börnstein volumes, 44,000 chemical safety documents, a subset of the Dortmund Data Bank Software & Separation Technology comprising 300,000 data points, and the Linus Pauling files on inorganic solid phases.



ASM Alloy Center - Search in one easy step across ASM property data, performance charts, and processing guidelines for specific metals and alloys. Includes data sheets and diagrams, an alloy finder, materials property data, coatings data, and corrosion data.

ASM Failure Analysis Center - Over 1,000 case histories along with authoritative handbook information on failure mechanisms and analysis methods. The Failure Analysis Center enables you to find specific information to help you quickly solve your own failure analysis or materials performance issues.

ASM Micrograph Database - The Micrograph Database is a comprehensive collection of micrograph images and associated data especially for industrially important alloys. Information captured for each image includes material designation and composition, processing history, service history, metallographic preparation/technique, magnification, significance of the structures shown, selected materials properties data, and other relevant data.


Material ConneXion Materials Database - Offers access to descriptions of innovative materials and processes. The database is searchable by specific criteria within the categories of processing, sustainability, usage, and physical properties. Manufacturer information is provided.


Material District - As the world’s leading network in the field of innovative materials, MaterialDistrict empowers global innovation by match-making material needs with material solutions. The MaterialDistrict network encourages joint innovation towards a better, more sustainable and higher quality society. 

ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Digital Library
Full-text archive of ACM publications, including journals, magazines, transactions, proceedings, and newsletters, as well as some publications by affiliated organizations.

ECS (Electrochemical Society) Digital Library - Searchable online access to the various journals published by The Electrochemical Society.


IEEE eLearning Library - Note: Requires a free personal account to view videos. The IEEE eLearning Library delivers more than 300 courses in core and emerging technologies that provide students, faculty, and professionals the best educational courses from IEEE conferences and workshops around the world.


IEEE Xplore Digital Library - Full-text access to IEEE transactions, journals, magazines, conference proceedings, standards & online courses, plus related e-books. All current IEEE Standards, the IEEE-Wiley eBooks Library, and VDE VERLAG conference proceedings are also available. 

ASME Digital Collection (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers) - ASME conducts one of the largest technical publishing operations in the world, offering thousands of titles including some of the profession's most prestigious journals, conference proceedings, and ASME Press books.

Emerald Insight - Management and engineering journals published by MCB Press. Articles on engineering, management, operations, human resources, training, and other topics.


Faulkner's Advisory for Information Technology Studies - Reports on information technology topics that can be used for tracking technology advancements and trends, strategic planning, competitive analysis, market awareness, implementation support, product and vendor evaluation. The reports are written by researchers, analysts, and technical writers.


Gartner - This database contains a comprehensive body of technology knowledge and is a resource used by thousands of organizations to help decision makers capitalize on information technologies and markets.


AES E-Library - Articles and papers from the Audio Engineering Society from 1953 to present. Includes full-text articles from the peer reviewed Journal of the Audio Engineering Society as well as the society's convention and conference papers.



Optica Publishing Group - Formerly called Optics InfoBase. The journals of the Optical Society of America, plus OSA's major meetings (past and current). It also includes access to OSA's Optics ImageBank, containing more than 200,000 indexed images and figures from OSA journals.


SPIE Digital Library - The most extensive resource available on optics and photonics, providing access to more than 275,000 technical papers from the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers journals and conference proceedings. More than 17,000 new research papers are added annually. Also included is access to SPIE e-books.

Academic Resources by Format

For journal articles see the link below to find recommended databases separated by topic.

BIOSIS Citation Index - This resource is a part of Web of Science  
A comprehensive index to life sciences research literature. Covers journals (5,000+), reports, meetings (1,500+), reviews, and books in all areas of biology. Weekly e-mail alerts are available.

BIOSIS Previews - A comprehensive index to life sciences research literature. Covers journals (5,000+), reports, meetings (1,500+), reviews, and books in all areas of biology. Weekly e-mail alerts are available.

Book Citation Index: Science - This resource is a part of Web of Science Core: Citation Indexes
Allows cited reference searching of editorially selected books published since 2005 in the sciences. 

Conference Proceedings Citation Index: Science - This resource is a part of Web of Science Core: Citation Indexes  
An index to the published literature of the most significant conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions in a wide range of disciplines, from anthropology to zoology.

Current Contents Connect - This resource is a part of Web of Science  
Indexes the table-of-contents pages of scholarly journals, books, and conference proceedings. Covers medicine, science, engineering, the arts, social sciences, and humanities. Users can save searches as e-mail alerts.

Data Citation Index - This resource is a part of Web of Science  
Includes bibliographic metadata from research data in Data Studies and Data Sets from a wide range of international data repositories. Source records include three document types: Repository, Data Study, and Data Set. Records may include cited references and citing article counts.

Essential Science Indicators - Can determine the influential individuals, institutions, papers, publications, and countries in a field of study, as well as emerging research areas that could impact your work.

GreenFILE - Bibliographic database of information about environmental concerns. It indexes scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports. GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment. Drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health, and technology.

Journal Citation Reports - This resource is a part of Web of Science Core Collection  
Comprehensive resource that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 11,000 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 80 countries. Journal Citation Reports can show you the most frequently cited journals in a field, highest impact journals in a field, and largest journals in a field.

Science Citation Index Expanded This resource is a part of Web of Science Core: Citation Indexes  
Key index to articles from major journals in all areas of science and technology. Use to find other articles citing a specific article (footnotes in reverse).

Scopus - Note: If users would like to create alerts, save searches, or save lists of documents or authors, an Elsevier account will be necessary. 
International multi-disciplinary indexing & abstracting database for scientific, medical, technical, and social sciences. Coverage includes journals, patents, and websites (18,000+ titles) from more than 5,000 publishers. Users can perform cited reference searching, citation analysis, get h-factor for authors, journal analyzing, etc.

Shock and Vibration Digest - Covers essential areas related to shock and vibration, including noise, vibration technologies, and other areas of key relevance with coverage back to 1969.

Web of Science Core: Chemical Indexes - Includes: "Current Chemical Reactions" and "Index Chemicus"  

Web of Science Core: Citation Indexes - Includes: "Arts and Humanities Citation Index", "Book Citation Index", "Conference Proceedings Citation Index", "Emerging Sources Citation Index", "Science Citation Index Expanded", and "Social Sciences Citation Index"  

Web of Science Core Collection - This resource is a part of Web of Science. This resource was previously known as: Web of Knowledge Core Collection
Cross-search multiple Web of Knowledge databases. When you set up a free personal account, you can use EndNote Web and, set up citation and journal alerts, and save searches.

EBSCOhost Academic eBooks  -  Includes eBooks that are recent, scholarly, general interest, and reference books that have been converted into a digital format. You can preview the book or check it out to read on your computer.


ENGnetBASE - Engineering Handbooks. Includes civil, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, and structural engineering as well as chemical, environmental, life sciences, and medical engineering.


IET e-Books - Access to about 300 electronic titles across 12 specialist disciplines, covering all key areas of engineering and technology.


IGI Encyclopedias and Handbooks - Reference titles with full-text articles and chapters regarding research, trends, technologies, and challenges in the fields of information science, technology, and management.


Mardigian Library Catalog - From this link you can browse all the eBooks, tagged with a given subject, in the library catalog by selecting a subject from the "Browse eBooks by Subject" box.


National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - Read reports and books from the National Academy Press online for free. NAP provides the full text of reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.


O'Reilly Safari - Note: to obtain access select "Not Listed?" from the drop down list of institutions and enter your full umich email address. This resource was previously known as: Safari Tech Books.
Offers searchable full text of 30,000+ technical books from O'Reilly & Associates, the Pearson Technology Group, and other publishers. They are usually technical books, mostly about computer science and business topics.


Skillsoft Books - This resource was previously known as: Books 24x7. Includes business, computing, engineering, and technical e-books.


Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science - Synthesis is an innovative information service from Morgan & Claypool Publishers for the research, development, and educational community in engineering and computer science. Synthesis consists of 50- to 100-page electronic books written by experts in the field synthesizing important research or development topics.


World Scientific eBooks - World Scientific eBooks provides access to current e-books. Topics include business, social science, engineering, life science, and more.

ASME Standards Collection - ASME is the leading international developer of codes and standards associated with the art, science, and practice of mechanical engineering. Access to the 2015 ASME Boiler Pressure Vessel codes is also included.

ASTM Compass - Formerly known as ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library
A vast collection of industry-leading standards and technical engineering information covering a broad range of engineering disciplines, including: biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, and solar engineering.

BSOL Standards Online - Note: Access is limited to two simultaneous users. So if you can't get access try again shortly.
Provides access to standards from the British Standards Institution (BSI), including BSI equivalents of many ISO, IEC, ASTM, CEN, and CENELEC standards.

IEEE Xplore® Digital Library - Full-text access to IEEE transactions, journals, magazines, conference proceedings, standards & online courses, plus related e-books. All current IEEE Standards, the IEEE-Wiley eBooks Library, and VDE VERLAG conference proceedings are also available. - Note: Limited number of concurrent users allowed. So if you can't gain access try again shortly.
Comprehensive, cross-referenced collection of building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire, and maintenance codes from ASHRAE, ASTM, ICC, and NFPA, and USGBC. Some state and local codes are also included in the database.

SAE MOBILUS - This resource was previously known as: SAE Digital Library
Full text of every paper contained in the SAE Proceedings, Special Publications, and Transactions since 1906, as well as SAE Standards and E-Books. The digital library covers advancements in all areas of mobility engineering.

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) Bioengineering - Includes videos of methods and tools that apply engineering to life science research for the study of biological processes and development of new therapies and diagnostics.

NASA Video Gallery - More than 300 videos from the Apollo Missions to the most recent space shuttle and space station missions.

NOVA - Watch full episodes of NOVA, PBS' series about science and technology. Included are episodes as far back as 1996 and teacher guides.

The PBS Video Collection - This resource is a part of Alexander Street Databases  
PBS Video Collection features films from the series Frontline, American Experience, NOVA, Great Performances, America in Primetime, American Masters, e2, and Odyssey. Includes works by Ken Burns, Michael Wood, and other filmmakers.

UChannel - A collection of public affairs lectures, panels and events from academic institutions all over the world for users to view, listen to, or stream.

Automotive Research Center (ARC): The Automotive Research Center (ARC) is a University-based U.S. Army Center of Excellence for modeling and simulation of military and civilian ground systems. It represents the key basic research partner of the U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) in Warren, Michigan. The Tech Target Library of white papers, product literature, webcasts and case studies. is the enterprise IT professional's giude to information technology resources. Browse this free online library for the latest technical white papers, webcasts and product information to help you make intelligent IT product purchasing decisions.

Mardigian Search: Use the advanced search feature to search the library's holdings for white papers. Type "white paper" in the first box and then whichever term or terms you need to search inside quotation marks in the subsequent boxes using the "and" "or" and "not" in the drop down menus to connect the terms.

TechRepublic: TechRepublic's ITPapers is the Web's largest library of free technical IT white papers, webcasts, and case studies. Covering IT categories including data management, IT management, networking, communications, enterprise applications, storage, security and much more, TechRepublic's white paper directory is the best source for technical white papers and IT information.

Google/Google Scholar: Use Google and Google Scholar to search the web for white papers. Type "white paper" and any of the terms above enclosed in quotation marks. For example: "white paper"  "embedded software" "tools".

Multi-Disciplinary and Reference Databases


Cross-Disciplinary Engineering Databases:

Annual Reviews  - Reviews of the most significant primary research literature to guide you to the principal contributions of the field and help you keep up to date in your area of research.

Applied Science & Technology Source - From off-campus you will need to log in with your Michigan driver license (or ID). Applied science specialties. Leading trade and industrial journals, professional and technical society journals, specialized subject periodicals, buyers' guides, directories, and conference proceedings.


Begell Digital Library - Broad spectrum of engineering and biomedical sciences research. Contains professional peer-reviewed journals, major engineering references, International Centre for Heat & Mass Transfer conference proceedings, e-books, and more.


Not Working---Link Repair in Progress -- China Academic Journals Full-text Database - More than 10,000 academic journals (Most are only available in Chinese) focusing on science, engineering technology, agriculture, philosophy, medicine, humanities, and social sciences.


Engineering Case Studies Online - Wide range of video and text material focusing on engineering failures and successes. Documentaries, accident reports, experiments, visualizations, case studies, lectures, and interviews from leading engineering institutions around the world.


Engineering Village 2 - Information about articles, proceedings, and papers related to engineering and computer science includes citation information. More than 12 million bibliographic citations and indexed abstracts from publications in engineering and science. Searches can also be done on US Patents, CRC Engineering Handbooks, Industry Specs and Standards.



Google Scholar - A Google search of scholarly sources, including articles, books, and papers. Also includes links to who cited articles. Use this link and you'll see UM-Dearborn availability for items and full text when available.


IET Electronic Library (IEL) - The Institution of Engineering and Technology provides access to IET Journals, eBooks, Conference Proceedings, and reference materials as well as case studies in engineering.


National Academies Press - Reports and books from the National Academy Press. NAP provides the full text of reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.


ProQuest Technology Collection - Global literature on technology and applied science, including materials science, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, condensed matter physics, computer science, and electronic engineering.


ScienceDirect - This resource was previously known as: Elsevier Journals
More than 2,500 journals in science, medicine, and technology. Includes coverage of engineering, economics, business and management, and selected social science titles.


SpringerLink - Topics include: biomedicine, life science, clinical medicine, physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, humanities, and economics.

































Handbooks, Dictionaries, & Encyclopedias:


AccessEngineering - Such renowned resources as Perry's Handbook for Chemical Engineers and Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers. Also includes: powerful search tools, interactive tables and graphs, instructive videos and student study guides, time-saving curriculum guides, and global engineering news.


AccessScience - A science encyclopedia, dictionary, and news source. Includes: McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. 


ASM Handbooks Online - ASM Handbooks Online features the complete content of the ASM Handbook (twenty-five volumes), Aluminum Casting Alloys, Beryllium and Beryllium Alloys, Engineered Materials Handbook Desk Edition, and Metals Handbook Desk Edition.


CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics - Contains frequently used data in science, including the periodical table of the elements, basic constants and units, and geophysical data. Allows search by chemical structure. 


Knovel Engineering & Scientific Online Reference - Scientific and technical reference books from more than 70 leading technical publishers and professional societies including AIAA, AIChE, ASHRAE, ASME, and SAE. Data can be searched, copied, and sorted into interactive tables, or exported to create graphs and charts.

How to Search a Database

1. Select which database you want to search.

If you are unsure of where to start the Mardigian Search box on the library homepage is a federated search which can look inside many of the databases and journals we subscribe to and can help you to see which resources are returning useful results. You can then dig deeper into those promising resources to get the most targeted and useful sources for your particular need. This page organizes the databases that would be most useful to people researching in the fields of engineering, computer science, and mathematics by topic and format.

2. Select your search terms and decide which connectors you will need between your terms

Follow the procedure outlined in one of these linked pdf to find a good starting point for your search. Remember that your search will necessarily evolve as you narrow in on the best search terms to fit your precise information need.

3. Perform your search.

4. Use the filters available in the database to limit the results and to begin evaluation

Once you have found the search terms that return the most helpful results you will need to use the filters built into each database to narrow your results to only the most relevant and highest quality. The filters are different between each database you will encounter but some of the commonalities and tips on which are most useful are listed in the linked document above.

5. Analyze your results. Did you find what you needed?

If you didn't find anything useful, try looking in a different database or go back to the library homepage and start with a search in the Mardigian Search box to get ideas where to look more in-depth.

If you found some results but you need more or need to fine tune your results, look at the highest quality results and:

  • Check the articles for keywords - there might be synonyms for the keywords that you used that will help you find more articles. Keywords are usually found before or after the article's abstract or you may want to skim the article to find other terms that are used to describe the same idea.
  • Use the Boolean Operator "NOT" - if you find too many results that are off topic, you can use the "NOT" operator to weed out sources which contain your search terms but also include a specific word which indicates they are on a different subject.
  • Look through the article's references - you should be able to find citations to older, helpful articles there
  • Search for more articles by the same author(s) - the author(s) probably have published more articles in the field.
  • Sign up for search alerts or table of contents alerts - this is especially helpful if you plan ahead and have a couple of weeks to a couple of months before your project is due. Many databases have these alerts and you may be able to incorporate the latest research into your project. 
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