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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".

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.

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