Research Support Services
Researcher Services Librarian
by Cory Craig – March 17, 2020
Library resources for the field of Materials Science
Basic questions: fastest option is Ask A Librarian 24/7 chat
I’m available: email your questions, or we can set up an appt via Zoom
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.
SciFinder is the most comprehensive bibliographic database for scholarly research in the field of chemistry. It contains over 29 million citations and indexes over 10,000 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.
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.
Searchable online access to the various journals, books, and other collections published by The Electrochemical Society. Includes full-text from the Journal of The Electrochemical Society, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, and the ECS Transactions. Coverage: varies, some full-text back to 1955.
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.
Features over 50,000 peer-reviewed papers presented at MRS Meetings. Coverage: 1980-present.
Search SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers): conference proceedings, technical journals, newsletters, plastics surveys, technical article briefs, webinars, and podcasts.
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.
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
The Library Catalog tells you what the UC Davis library owns, what the call number is, where it is located, and whether or not it is checked out. If there is an electronic version that we subscribe to, the link will be in the catalog.
Use the catalog to locate books, journals, government documents, dissertations, maps, music scores & recordings, movies, and any other materials the library owns.
The MELVYL catalog tells you what all UC campus libraries own, and also searches other institutions. As with the UCD Library Catalog, MELVYL gives records for books, journals, government documents, dissertations, maps, music scores & recordings, movies, and other materials.
MELVYL does index some articles but is not a good option for searching for articles in the sciences. (Click on the ARTICLES link in this guide to access article databases.)
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 intereted 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: Shields Library QD945 .I55) Volume 2: Mathematical Tables (also in print: Shields Library QD945 .I55) Volume 3: Physical & Chemical Tables (also in print: Shields Library QD945 .I55) Volume 4: Revised and supplementary tables to volumes 2 and 3 (print only: Shields Library 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.
Characterization of Materials
Print Location: PSE Reference TA404.2 .C48 2012
Concise encyclopedia of materials for energy systems
Print Location: PSE Reference TK1005 .C665 2009
Concise encyclopedia of materials processing
Print Location: PSE Reference TA402 .M37 2009
Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology
Print Location: PSE Reference TP1110 .E53 2003
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.
The ASM Alloy Phase Diagrams Center allows users to explore, search and view more than 11,000 binary and ternary phase diagrams and associated phase data for more than 2400 systems.
Location: PSE TA403 .C47 2001
Features the complete content of ASM (Metals) Handbooks volumes 1-23, and 2 desk editions (Engineered Materials Desk Edition and Metals Handbook Desk Edition).
Also in print at PSE Reference TA459 M43 1990
Composite Materials Handbook, MIL-HDBK-17 (See “MIL-HDBKs & MMPDS” section below)
CRC Materials Science and Engineering Handbook, 3rd edition
PSE Reference TA403.4 .C74 2001
Also in print: PSE Reference TA459 M288 1998
Use toolbar on right, Engineered Materials Desk Edition, is listed under ASM Desk Editions and General Reference.
Engineered Materials Handbook, 4 volume set
PSE Reference TA403 E497 1987
Handbook of Nanostructured Materials and Nanotechnology
PSE Reference TA418.9 N35 H36 2000
The Metals Handbook is an earlier edition of the ASM (Metals) Handbook Consult the online edition for the most recent information.
PSE Reference TA459 A5 1978 (17 volume set)
Use toolbar on right, Metals Handbook Desk Edition, is listed under ASM Desk Editions and General Reference.
Also in print: PSE Reference TA459 M288 1998
MIL-HDBK-17: Composite Materials Handbook, MIL-HDBK-17 June 2002
MIL-HDBK 5 (rev. J): Metallic Materials and Elements for Aerospace Vehicle Structures
Available though the NTRL database, logon via VPN for off-campus access (UCD students, faculty & staff only)
MMPDS-04: Metallic Materials Properties Development and Standardization (plus change notice 1)
Available on CD-ROM, ask for it at Shields Library Circulation Desk: TL698 .M48 2009 CD-ROM
Location: PSE TN698 .M63 2004
NIST-JANAF Thermochemical Tables
PSE Reference QD511 N57 1998
USDA, General Technical Report FPL-GTR-190, April 2010
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: PSE Library 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 54 page PDF
Citation formats and editorial guidelines for IEEE Transactions, Journals, and Letters. Includes abbreviations for IEEE publications.