Melinda M Livas
Student Services Librarian
by Melinda M. Livas – March 4, 2022
Library Resources for the field of Biomedical Engineering
This Subject Guide is designed to assist Biomedical Engineering students in using library resources such as databases to find peer-reviewed articles, conference proceedings, books, and, much more.
Contains citations to items in over 6,000 journals, books, conference proceedings, and technical reports, in all areas of the life sciences and biology, including bioengineering and biotechnology. Many citations include abstracts. Coverage: 1969 – present.
PubMed indexes the medical literature, including medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and preclinical sciences. It contains over 20 million citations and indexes over 8,400 journals. PubMed is produced by the National Library of Medicine. Coverage: 1946 – present.
The most comprehensive bibliographic database of engineering research literature, containing references to over 5000 engineering journals and conferences. About half the citations (from 2600 journals and conferences) include abstracts and indexing in the records. Coverage: 1884 – present.
Use Web of Science to find scholarly articles in all disciplines, including chemical engineering and materials science. This database can also be used to identify articles that cite an author or article that you specify. Coverage: 1900 – present. Cited Reference Searching: 1900 – present.
Scopus indexes, selectively abstracts and provides citation analysis for approximately 20,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 international publishers, as well as 2,600 open access journals, published sets of conference proceedings, trade publications, books, patents (from the USPTO, European Patent Office, Japan Patent office, World Intellectual Property Organization and the UK Intellectual Property Office) and millions of selected web pages. Coverage extends across disciplines in the life and health sciences, the physical sciences, the social sciences and the arts and humanities.
Articles from popular magazines and scholarly journals for the humanities, social sciences, physical and biological sciences, engineering, business and interdisciplinary fields, with over 5,500 full-text periodicals. Also includes indexing for some newspapers, books and primary sources. Coverage: 1887 – present.
Provides access to full-text IEEE transactions, journals, conference proceedings, and standards and IEE/IET journals and conferences. Offers basic, advanced, author and table of contents searching. Coverage: 1988 – present.
Citations from scholarly journals, conference proceedings, books, reports, and dissertations in physics, electrical engineering and electronics, computers and control, information technology and materials science. Coverage: 1898 – present.
SciFinder is the most comprehensive bibliographic database for scholarly research in the field of chemistry. It contains over 52 million citations and indexes over 50,000 journals, covering all aspects of chemistry, including chemical aspects of: biology and life sciences, engineering and materials science, food science, geology, medicine, physics, and polymer science. SciFinder also allows searching of chemical substances, chemical reactions, and includes some property data and spectra. It is the online version of Chemical Abstracts.
Coverage: 1907 – present (with selected pre-1907 material)
Cited Reference Searching: 1996 – present (allows you to identify who is citing an article)
SciFinder Auto-Alert: Keep Me Posted Receive an email when new articles are published you your topic
SciFinder System Recommendations/Structure Editor/Java (optional)
SciFinder can only be used by UC students, faculty and staff.
SciFinderN (new platform) Help – How to Use “Classic” SciFinder Help – How to Use SciFinder Troubleshooting
Options for accessing online journal articles are numerous and evolving. See below for options. Help or links to short videos are included.
Note: some of these options rely on new techniques for accessing library subscribed content (and therefore only work for journals where we have a paid online subscription). Others provide easy access to open access articles or pre-prints, where no subscription is required.
This allows you to easily access articles the UC Davis Library subscribes to online.
NOTE: to access subscribed content from off-campus, you must install and login to the VPN client.
From the Google Scholar Settings page:
Click on Library Links in the left toolbar
Search for and check these options: (as shown in the image below)
California Digital Library –UC-eLinks
University of California, Davis – UCD-eLinks
Open WorldCat – Library Search
Now when you search in Google Scholar: you should see the UC-eLinks link on the right side of your search results.
A browser add-on which installs a browser button for easy access to Google Scholar from any web page.
Search google for:”Google scholar button [name of your browser]”
Kopernio is a free browser plug-in made by Clarivate (Web of Science). It uses journal subscription data from our SFX linker (UC-eLinks) to locate a legally authorized PDF of the article you are looking for.
Highly recommended. Install it in Chrome or Firefox.
After installing, look for the “View PDF” icon when using your browser to search for articles. It appears in the lower left of your screen.
Kopernio video, 1 minute
After installing, look for the green unlocked padlock when using your browser to search for articles. It appears in the middle right of your screen.
Unpaywall video, 1 minute
Clicking on the extension button from a paywalled article initiates a search for that article and, where available, provides free access. When free access is not found, OA Button can contact the corresponding author directly to help them make a self-archived version available.
Open Access Button video, 1 minute
BrowZine is a web-based journal engagement platform and mobile app. It allows you to find, follow, and access library licensed e-journals on any device. BrowZine visually presents the library subscribed e-journals in a browsable format.
More Info on Browzine at UC Davis
Getting Started with Browzine video, 11 minutes
UC Library Search, the new Library catalog includes all of the UC library collections. This setting is specific for the UC Davis libraries including (for the first time) the holdings of the Law Library. If you Sign in (on the top right corner) using your UCD login and Kerberos passphrase, you are prompted with your loan period, can renew books online, and request items that have been checked out to another borrower, or are in storage.
Library catalogs only search catalog entries (author, title, subject indexing, etc) not the full text of the book
Google Books searches full-text of books (only titles that Google has scanned), but you cannot access most of them (because they are still under copyright)
But you can use Google Books to identify titles you might be interested in.
–Use Google Books to search for phrases or topics you are interested in (works well for technical terms).
–Then search for the title of the book(s) in the UCD Library Catalog or Melvyl
The ChemWiki is a collaborative approach toward chemistry education where an Open Access textbook environment is constantly being written and re-written by students and faculty members resulting in a free Chemistry textbook to supplant conventional paper-based books. The development of the ChemWiki is currently directed by UC Davis Professor Delmar Larsen.
The UC Davis STEMWiki Hyperlibrary consists of seven pseudo-independently operating and interconnected “STEMWikis” that focus on augmenting post-secondary education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.
OCLC catalog: millions of records for books, journal titles and materials in other formats from approximately 12,000 libraries worldwide. Coverage: 1000 A.D. to the present.
UC Davis has the ACS (American Chemical Society) Symposium books online from 1974 on. Volumes published in 2010 and earlier are also available in print.
To locate a print volume: search the Library Catalog for “ACS Symposium” then add either the volume number or title you want.
Founded in 1949, Advances in Chemistry series was the predecessor to the ACS Symposium Series.
Critical reviews covering primary research literature in the biomedical, life, physical, and social sciences. Can provide a good overview topics you are not familiar with. Chemical fields covered include: analytical chemistry; biochemistry; physical chemistry; pharmacology and toxicology; and chemical and biomolecular engineering.
Online: 1996 – present.
Tables of Contents only: 1984 – 1995. Use the library catalog to find these in print.
Theo Hahn; U. Shmueli; A. J. C. Wilson (editors). 1984-2012. Dordrecht, Holland; Boston, U.S.A. Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, most current volumes availale through Wiley.
Use the link above or this alternate link to access the volumes below.
Volume A1 Symmetry Relations Between Space Groups Volume B Reciprocal space Volume C Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Tables Volume D Physical Properties of Crystals Volume E Subperiodic Groups Volume F Crystallography of Biological Macromolecules Volume G Definition and Exchange of Crystallographic Data
Norman F.M. Henry & Kathleen Lonsdale (Editors), International Union of Crystallography, Kynoch Press 1969. Freely available via Internet Archive.
Volume 1: Symmetry Groups (also in print: QD945 .I55) Volume 2: Mathematical Tables (also in print: QD945 .I55) Volume 3: Physical & Chemical Tables (also in print: QD945 .I55) Volume 4: Revised and supplementary tables to volumes 2 and 3 (print only: QD945 .I55)
The RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) ebooks package, includes over 1000 books published since 1968, including the Specialist Periodical Reports series and Tutorial Chemistry Texts.
Springer ebooks package includes over 28,000 scholarly books, covering all scientific disciplines. Books are published in English and German. Book series in chemistry include:
Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology Advances in Polymer Science Progress in Colloid and Polymer Science Structure & Bonding Topics in Current Chemistry Topics in Heterocyclic Chemistry Topics in Organometallic Chemistry
Over 1300 ebooks focused on chemistry, physical sciences, biosciences & engineering. The UC’s purchased all 2011 and 2012 ebooks, including IEEE ebooks (older years on IEEE Xplore platform).
Online subscriptions: the catalog will give the link. NOTE: we sometimes get online content for different years from different sources, R-E-A-D the fine print.
Print subscriptions: the catalog will give you the call number, location, and indicate whether or not it is checked out.
Lists journals that UC Davis has a online or print subscription to.
You can use Google Scholar to search for journals (or articles). Google has no way of telling you which online journals UC Davis subscribes to, unless you set your Google Scholar preferences to show UC-eLinks (see ARTICLE PLUG-INS & QUICK ACCESS above).
On-Campus: You should be able to access any online journal that UC Davis subscribes to.
Off-Campus: You must install the VPN client first, to access online journals UC Davis subscribes to.
No UCD Online Subscription?: We may have a print subscription. Check the library catalog . If we do not have a print or online subscription, you can request articles through Interlibrary Loan.
A large collection of online engineering handbooks, full-text and searchable. Extremely useful for:
An online encyclopedia focused on chemical engineering, a very good resource for topics involving manufactured items, materials, or processes used in manufacturing.
Another online encyclopedia focused on chemical engineering, Ullmann’s is also a very good resource for topics involving manufactured items, materials, or processes used in manufacturing.
These 50- to 100-page publications synthesize important research or development topics in Biomedical Engineering.
Each lecture is available as a PDF. Part of the Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science.
Editors: J. Kent Leach and Kyriacos A. Athanasiou, University of California, Davis
Editors: Kyriacos A. Athanasiou and J. Kent Leach, University of California, Davis
AccessEngineering is an engineering reference tool that provides access to a collection of authoritative, regularly updated engineering reference information. It includes dynamic online features, such as faculty made instructional, videos, calculators, interactive tables and charts, as well as personalization tools allowing users to organize crucial project information.
This large collection includes classic handbooks such as Perry’s Handbook for Chemical Engineers and Marks’ Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, as well as newer resources, such as Mechatronics in Medicine.
A very large collection of engineering handbooks. Provides a broad focus on engineering.
Previously licensed McGraw Hill’s Handbooks (via CDL hosted site)
See AccessEngineering above or use the library catalog to access current versions.
Merck Index RS51 M4 1996 Reference (Chem Ref Table)
An encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biological substances. The Merck Index contains over 11,000 entries (referred to as monographs) mostly for single substances and related compounds (isomers, salts, etc.). Some families of natural products and biological substances are included as well. Data provided include: chemical, generic, and brand names; CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry numbers; physical data and literature references; structures and stereochemistry; toxicity; and information on therapeutic and non-medicinal uses. The Merck Index Online also includes sections on: organic name reactions, and additional tables. The Merck Index can be searched by structure with installation of a free ChemDraw plug-in available on the structure search page.
Merck User Help Guides
Mendeley is citation management software.
Creating an account will give you access to both the web version and the desktop version.
Endnote is citation management software that allows you to store, manage, and format bibliographic citations, and easily change formatting of citations in Word documents. Available free to UC Davis students, faculty & staff (campus has a site license).
Two versions are available:
Covers (for both versions):
Commonly used citation styles including: APA, CSE, Chicago, MLA and others.
ACS Style Guide, Chapter 14:
American Chemical Society (ACS) guidelines for citations of all types. See Table 14-2 (pgs 292-293) for common types of references with examples.
ACS Style Guide: An important reference for all chemists. In addition to providing citation guidelines, the ACS Style Guide includes chapters on:
Print: Shields Reference: QD8.5 A25 [YEAR]
CASSI Journal Abbreviations:
Use to look up journal abbreviations used in chemistry.
Engineering: IEEE Citation Reference 5 page PDF
Short & efficient guide to IEEE/engineering citation format.
Engineering: IEEE Editorial Style Manual 23 page PDF
Citation formats and editorial guidelines for IEEE Transactions, Journals, and Letters. Includes abbreviations for IEEE publications.
Guides created for library classes taught for the Biomedical Engineering department are listed here.
2002-2020: developed, updated, used by C. Craig as subject guide.