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MSE 4030: Senior Materials Lab (Fall 2018)

Research guide to finding the literature of engineering articles, patents, books, and standards.

Top Tools and Tips

Passkey Off-campus? Log in once with this browser bookmarklet that connects you to all the Library's databases and journals with a single Cornell log-in. See this video. - looks for legal, open-acces copies of an article

ORCID - set your ORCID id and Scopus ID to establish a persistent unique identifier for you and ensures your work is linked to you. Required by some publishers and funders.

Citation Management - Keep track of your references, format bibliographies in thousands of styles. Mendeley, Zotero, Endnote, Papers. Email for instructions for premium upgrade for Mendeley.

Rapid delivery of books not owned by Cornell from Borrow Direct and scanned articles from Interlibrary loan.

Columbia University - has free reciprocal borrowing privileges; Ithaca College has a free reciprocal borrowing program. Books may be returned to either campus.

Stay Current - with JournalTOCS. - have tables of contents from journals in your field delivered to your email.

Events Emailer - Create preferences for receiving event nofitications via email based on campus unit and your search terms.

SPARC Author Addendum -  sign and send to your publisher to retain your rights to your article -  to distribute in your classes, include sections in later works, post to a website.

Digital Privacy - resources available for helping with privacy, security, and encryption.

Databases below for journal articles, patents, standards, etc....Scopus, Inspec, etc...longer lists from the Engineering Library and Physical Sciences Library webpages.

Icebreaker Questions

1) Which citation management program do you use, if any?

2) Which academic information resources have been the most valuable to you in the past?

3) Have there been times when you couldn't find or organize the information you needed? Describe.

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Thank you!

Jill Powell

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Primary research is often published in a peer-reviewed journal. Check Ulrich's Periodical Directory--for the referee jersey icon - . More on peer-reviewed journals from the University of Texas.

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