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Materials Science

Databases: find journal articles, technical reports, standards, etc.

  • Academic Search Complete. Provides full text for over 3,200 scholarly publications.
  • ASCE Civil Engineering Database (CEDB). ASCE's CEDB covers bibliographic records of ASCE documents published back to 1958, including journals, conference proceedings, books, standards, manuals, magazines, and newsletters. Some full-text available.
  • Business Source Complete. Provides full text for over 2500 business journals.
  • Chemical Data Access Tool (CDAT). Use CDAT to find health and safety information submitted to EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), including a broad range of health and safety information reported by industry under TSCA Sections 4,5, 8(d), and 8(e), unpublished, nonconfidential studies covering chemical testing results and adverse effects of chemicals on health and ecological systems, health and environmental effects information obtained through the High Production Volume (HPV) Challenge, and recently declassified confidential business information.
  • Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Scientific and Technical Information Network. Access to all unclassified, unlimited documents added from late December 1974 to present, many from 1998 to present in full text.
  • Forest Products Laboratory. Maintain database of online reports and journal articles. Full text for many online reports.
  • Forest Service Publications Database. Reports and research from the U.S. Forest Service. Coverage back to 1904.
  • Google Scholar. Indexes scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports. Google Scholar includes articles from a variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities. They rank results based on their relevance criteria.
  • Ingenta (Formerly UnCover). Coverage is 1988 - Present.
  • MasterFILE Premier. Provides full text for over 1,830 general reference, business, consumer health, general science. Full text extends back to January, 1990. Indexing and abstracts is available for an additional 1,000 journals.
  • NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS). This database collects, archives, and disseminates aerospace information produced by NASA and other relevant worldwide research. 
  • National Standards Systems Network (NSSN).
  • National Technical Information Service (NTIS) Database. Contains over 2.0 million bibliographic records to research reports, computer products, software, video cassettes, audio cassettes and more from the latest research sponsored by the United States and select foreign governments. The complete electronic file dates back to 1964. Most records include abstracts. Full text to research reports may be purchased from NTIS using the links in the bibliographic records.
  • Science Accelerator, Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Department of Energy. Search collections of DOE research results, project descriptions, and accomplishments. These collections enable you to find out about ongoing research projects, explore significant DOE discoveries, learn about DOE Nobel Prize Winners, access and search scientific e-prints, locate science conference papers and proceedings, patents, and more.
  • 5.0. A free, integrated single-search gateway to reliable science and technology information from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies - access to over 200 million pages of scientific information.
  • Searchable Physics Information Notices (SPIN). A bibliographic database published by the American Institute of Physics. It is updated every 2 weeks with coverage of all AIP journals and proceedings. Coverage also includes journals from other societies including the Electrochemical Society, Russian Academy of Sciences, etc.
  • TechStreet: Technical Information Superstore. Most comprehensive index for engineering standards. Also indexes books, materials physical property data, software and free professional trade magazines.
  • U.S. Dept. of Energy. Scientific and Technical Information.
  • U.S. Patent Database.

Library Catalogs

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

  • Access Science. Online version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms. Includes over 8,500 online encyclopedia articles and 15,000 illustrations from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 10th Edition and regularly updated, fully-searchable media-rich content, terms, images and video.Includes over 8,500 online encyclopedia articles and 15,000 illustrations from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 10th Edition and regularly updated, fully-searchable media-rich content, terms, images and video.
  • Dictionaries, thesaurus, quotations, etc.
  • Dictionary of Composite Materials Technology. Online version of the CRC press dictionary with expended content.
  • Encyclopedia, almanac, atlas, dictionary and thesaurus in one resource with good science and technology coverage. Nobel and science awards page.

Educational Resources

Maine and Regional Resources

Professional and Research Organizations

Technical Data

  • American Wood Council. Wood Structural Design Data. 1986 edition with 1992 revisions.
  • ChemAlliance. Regulatory information for the chemical industries.
  • Chemfinder.
  • Corrosion Source.
  • Engineers Edge. contains design and technical data, equations, current news, job announcements, links to free trade journals.
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on the Internet.
  • MatWeb. Your Source for Materials Information. Materials property data.
  • NIST Chemistry WebBook. Contains spectral, thermochemical, thermophysical and energetics data.
  • NIST Data Gateway. Covers a broad range of substances and properties from many different scientific disciplines. U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • PGM Database. Comprehensive collection of physical, chemical and mechanical properties for the platinum metals group (Platinum, Palladium, Rhodium, Irridium, Osmium, and Ruthenium). 
  • SubsTech. A free and open knowledge source on Materials Engineering. It contains a wide range of illustrated articles on metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and fluids including their properties, applications and technologies for their manufacture. Each article includes a list of useful links related to the article content. Users can create their own Expert page, edit the site content, add new articles and contribute to discussions.

Company and Product Directories

  • Building Materials by McGraw-Hill Sweet's. Searchable database of commercially-available construction equipment and materials, including product specifications and descriptions.
  • Forest Industry Network.
  • IQS Directory. Industrial Quick Search Manufacturer Directory.
  • ThomasNet Register of American Manufactures.Online version of the popular directory of North American manufacturers. Users may search by product, company name or location. Registration is required but access and searching are free.
  • Thomas Global Register Europe. European industrial buying guide.
  • Wood Design and Building MagazineWood Links. Contains links to products, services, associations, standards and design and construction information.

Internet Directories

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Updated: 06/20/2014
by Martin Wallace

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