Remember the strategies discussed in class:
- Start big
- Start small
- Citation searching
- Use multiple strategies for a comprehensive search.
- Use database features to help you narrow your results or to expand them.
- Use review articles as a starting point and for background on unfamiliar topics.
See the PowerPoint on the HOME tab for additional details.
Other places to search for articles or patents
Engineering Village 2 (Compendex Archive and INSPEC)
Engineering Village 2
This database covers both Compendex Archive from 1884-1969 and Inspec from 1898- present.
Compendex Archive covers the engineering field from 1884 to 1969. Database covers nuclear technology, bioengineering, transportation, chemical and process engineering, light and optical technology, agricultural engineering and food technology, computers and data processing, applied physics, electronics and communications, control, civil, mechanical, materials, petroleum, aerospace and automotive engineering as well as narrower subtopics within all these and other major engineering fields.
Inspec is a bibliographic database providing access to scientific literature in electrical engineering, electronics, physics, control engineering, information technology, communications, computers, computing, and manufacturing and production engineering. The database contains over 11.2 million bibliographic records from scientific and technical journals and conference proceedings. Inspec's online coverage is from 1898 to the present, and records are updated weekly, with approximately 600,000 new records added to the database annually.