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Materials Science & Engineering: Background Information and Books

Sources of information, tips on usage, and supporting services

Background Information Sources

Reference Works

Review Articles

Review articles give a bird's eye view of a field or niche within a field. They can also contain useful bibliographies/works cited lists.

In many research databases, you can pre-limit or filter your search results to review articles.

One publisher, Annual Reviews, publishes only review articles. Try searching their Web site (listed below) for your topic.


eBooks and Books

Why Use eBooks/Books

  • Good for in-depth background information.
  • You don't have to read the whole book! Search within eBooks to find where a specific keyword is mentioned.
  • Use glossaries, indexes, Table-of-Contents and other features to quickly scan for relevance.
  • Check bibliographies/references for mentions of other important works.

How to Find eBooks/Books

  • Use the online catalog, ASA, to search for books and eBooks. A search box is below.
  • Use eBrary or other eBook providers from the A-to-Z Database List to complete more in-depth searching.

Interlibrary Loan Books through PALCI E-Z Borrow -  see for a link and brief instructions.

ASA - The Library Catalog