Major Research Tools

Applied Science and Technology Abstracts

Index

Coverage: 1983-present

Indexes core periodicals in engineering and other technical fields.


ASME Digital Collection

Full-Text, Index

Index of journals, conference proceedings and ebooks from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Contains full-text of some journals. If you are asked to purchase content, please request the article via interlibrary loan.


Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Digital Library

Full-Text

Collection of 50- to 100-page electronic books that synthesize a research or development topic in engineering, computer science, and related disciplines. Lafayette users have access to all titles in the Complete Collection One and Complete Collection Two.


Web of Science: Science Citation Index

Index
Coverage: 1955-present

Index covering the journal literature of science and technology. Allows you to search for a topic, an author, or for articles that cite a known author or work.


Other Suggested Research Tools

Annual Reviews

Full-Text, Index

Index coverage: vol. 1 - present; Full-text coverage: 1996-present

Full text of articles reviewing the scholarly literature for a variety of topics in the physical, biomedical, and social sciences.


Derwent Innovations Index

Index

Coverage: 1963-present (patents); 1973-present (patent citations)

Database of information on international patents in chemical, electrical and electronic, and mechanical engineering. Allows for patent citation searching.


Espacenet

Full-Text

Database of European patent information provided by the European Patent Office and the national offices of its members states. Abstracts in English are available for most patents; original language page images of the complete patent are available for many.


How Everyday Products Are Made

Full-Text

Brief videos explaining manufacturing processes (e.g., injection molding, hydroforming) and how some products (e.g., plastic bottles, golf clubs, chocolate) are made. From the Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing at Stanford.


How Products Are Made

Full-Text

Non-technical descriptions of manufacturing processes for a variety of objects, from bulletproof vests to mayonnaise to silly putty. Also available in the print reference collection (Ref TS146 .H67).


Thomas Net

Reference

Provides information on manufacturers of industrial products, such as contact details, size of company, brief overview, etc. A valuable aid in design projects.


USPTO Web Patent Databases

Full-Text

Full text of all U.S. patents issued since 1976, and full-page images for all U.S. patents issued since 1790. (Note: Full-page images can be viewed using pat2pdf.org, which generates PDFs based on patent numbers, or by downloading one of the TIFF image viewer plugins recommended on the USPTO website.)