Materials search tools

Bibliographic databases

Web of Science
Multidisciplinary bibliographic database which indexes nearly 9,000 international journal. Available 1970 - present.

Multidisciplinary database covering peer-reviewed literature, conference proceedings, trade publications, books and patents in all subject areas including science, technology and medicine. Available 1823 – present, although majority of content is from 1996 – present. Includes citation links.

Engineering Village
Gives access to:
Most comprehensive database of engineering research including mechanical, materials, aerospace, applied physics and bioengineering. Available 1884 – present.
Leading database in physics, electrical engineering, electronics and computing. Also provides significant coverage in materials science, nuclear engineering, biomedical engineering and biophysics. Available 1969 – present.

Contains over 14 million citations and abstracts from more than 4,800 biomedical journals. Useful for biomaterials and tissue engineering, etc. Available 1966 – present.

Comprehensive Physiology
A very useful resource for information on health and medical topics. According to their website, it is "the most authoritative and comprehensive collection of physiology information ever assembled, and uses the most powerful features of review journals and electronic reference works to cover the latest key developments in the field, through the most authoritative articles on the subjects covered".

INIS (IAEA: International Nuclear Information System)  
Information system on the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology. Provides a bibliographic database with abstracts and a collection of full-text documents.

Produced by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), covers all areas of chemistry. Available 1907 – present.

IEEE Xplore 
Full-text of all IEE/IEEE publications including journals, magazines, conference proceedings, standards and books. Available 1986 – present.

Other databases and databanks

British Standards Online 
Full-text set of British standards on all subjects.

The UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses. 

DART-Europe E-theses Portal (Europe)
Partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses 
Abstracts of theses and dissertations from North America.

Knovel library
Knovel library will let you gain access to reliable information across a range of materials topics including biomaterials, nanomaterials, composites and much more from over 1000 electronic books; it also includes materials data and complex graphs that you can query using their interactive tools.

Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Handbook of Chemistry and Physics offers reliable data that you can use to for modelling and experiments. It Includes properties of solids, molecular structure and spectroscopy, properties of elements and inorganics and much more.