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Discipline Specific Databases
The resources listed here provide indexing to publications from broad disciplines such as engineering, medicine, chemistry and physics. They employ controlled vocabularies, or subject headings, to organize the material.
Major Engineering Content Collections
Here is a sample list of major content providers for Engineering that Penn Libraries subscribes to. It is by no means a comprehensive list, but these do provide a significant amount of relevant material for NBIC projects. Please see the Engineering Library website for access to additional collections.
ACM Digital Library
The ACM Digital Library contains the fulltext of journals, magazines, transactions, proceedings, newsletters, and publications by Affiliated Organizations, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) back to 1947.
SPIE Digital Library
The SPIE Digital Library provides access to the full text of more than 200,000 technical papers from International Society for Optical Engineering journals and conference proceedings from 1990 to the present. It covers topics such as optics, photonics, electronic and biomedical imaging, sensing, communications and fiber optics, and micro- and nano-technology.
Multidisciplinary and Citation Databases
These resources index literature from a broad range of disciplines but do not employ controlled vocabularies. They do, however, track citations to and from publications that may be used to find relationships in the literature and as an indicator of a publication's relative importance in a field.
Web of Science
Indexes journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Allows for cited reference searching. Includes Science Citation Index, the Social Science Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Search for specific articles by subject, author, journal, and/or author address, as well as for articles that cite a known author or work.
Indexes most peer reviewed journals in science, technology, and medicine, and many in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. Scopus also includes a number of trade publications and conference papers, and can perform author and affiliation searching.
Access to Google Scholar with Penn-only links to full-text articles. Once authenticated through Penn's proxy, full-text articles to which Penn Libraries subscribe will become available within the Google Scholar search results.
So, you've found an article in a database and now you want to read the full text. Look for the PennText link or button in the article's detailed record.
Click on PennText to open a page with options for obtaining the full-text (see below for a screen capture).
- If it is available online, there will be a link you can follow to the journal.
- If it's not available online, follow the second link to check the Franklin Catalog to see if it is available in print.
- If it's not found in Franklin, use the third option to submit a request for the item through Interlibrary Loan.