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MSE: Senior Design Project Course Guide: Background Information

General Web Resourses

  • OpenDOAR - The Directory of Open Access Repositories
    The OpenDOAR service is being developed to support the rapidly emerging movement towards Open Access to research information. OpenDOAR is building a comprehensive and authoritative list of international institutional and subject-based repositories, as well as archives set up by funding agencies - like the National Institutes for Health in the USA or the Wellcome Trust in the UK and Europe. Users of the service are able to analyse repositories by location, type, the material they hold and other measures.
  • Materials Algorithm Project
    The Materials Algorithms Project serves as a centre for the "validation" and distribution of algorithms of use in the modelling of materials, in the context of materials science and metallurgy. Validation in this context means that effort has been expended to check that the program reproduces the example output from the example inputs, that there is a reasonable level of documentation, and that appropriate references are provided.
  • Nanohub
    The Nanohub is a web-based initiative spearheaded by the NSF-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology.

Materials Safety Datasheets

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Organization Sites

University Sites

E-book Collections

Listed below are discreet e-book collections providing reference and background information on topics in Electrical and Systems Engineering.  Additional titles in both print and electronic formats may be found using Franklin, our online catalog.  For example, here is a lecture on Project Management for Engineering Design from the Synthesis Digital Library.

Finding Books

Books are a great source of background information on a topic.  One thing to be aware of with this type of literature, however, is that the information contained is not necessarily the most current, as the publication process for a book is lengthy.

The primary tool to search the Engineering books in our collection is our online catalog, Franklin, which is linked below.  Also provided are tools for searching beyond Penn's collections.  Print books are located primarily in Van Pelt and LIBRA, our remote storage facility.