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Materials Science & Engineering Database: Sample Searches

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Sample Searches

Basic Search

You need to write a paper about fiber reinforced plastics used in the automotive industry

  • Type in fiber reinforced plastic and automo* into the Basic search box or use the widget on the left.
  • Based on the large amount of results that are retrieved, it is a good idea to refine your results using the Narrow results by feature.
  • From the Narrow results by and the Source Type limit, select to view Scholarly Journals.
  • Then from the Subject limit, select the More Options link to see the complete list of subjects. Check to include automotive components in addition to automotive engineering. Click Apply to add the subject limits to your search. Tip: In the More Options box, click on Subject heading to reorder the list alphabetically.
  • Also from the Narrow results by, go to the Date limit and drag the first gray handle over toward the right side of the bar chart to limit your search to more recent items. Drag the handle over to search on items published from 2000 – present and click update.
  • Go to the top of the results page to the Sort results by pull-down menu (just above the Narrow results by) and resort your items by Date (most recent first) and click Sort.
  • To begin reviewing your results, click on the Preview link available on each record to view the major fields of the record.
  • For additional record details, select the Abstract/Details link under each record to view the full record.
  • Mark any records that interest you to save, print, email, cite, export, save to your My Research account, or to view selected items later.

Advanced Search

You want to find articles about the properties of 6060 Aluminum alloy.

  • From the Advanced Search page and the first pull-down menu in the first search row, select Material - ML. Type 6060 Aluminum in the search box.
  • In the second row, select Subject headings (ALL) in the pull-down menu, then type properties in the first box.
  • Click search.
  • From the Narrow results by panel go to the Date limit and drag the first gray handle over toward the right side of the bar chart to limit your search to more recent items. Drag the handle over to search on items published from 2000 – present and click update.
  • From the top of the results page (under the search box) click Save search/alert then select Create alert to receive an email when new results are loaded to Materials Science and Engineering Database that meet your search criteria.
  • Enter your email address, choose the email format, and schedule your alert based on when you would like to receive an email of your results and how long you would like the alert to last.
  • Click create alert.