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Library resources for engineering faculty: Databases

This guide was originally developed to support a joint presentation on ORSP and Library Resources

Databases in Engineering and related fields

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Database Examples: Web of Science and Compendex

Web of Science (WoS) can be used to conduct a traditional “literature review” on a topic  and is particularly useful for multidisciplinary research. The database is also the standard tool for cited reference searching.  Web of Science primarily indexes the core journals in a field and is very useful for inter-disciplinary research.

Use WoS to find out:

  • Who has cited your paper?
  • How many times has your paper been cited?
  • The most cited paper in your field
  • Create a citation alert to your articles (need to register)

In addition, we can search WoS to support grant proposals:

  • Find out what type of research has been funded (e.g. by NSF)
  • Find out what NSF has funded at CSULB (tip: CSULB zip 90840 can be searched)
  • Find collaborators nationally/internationally or even at CSULB! 
  • Procide support for a grant application by showing evidence of previous performance

Here is more information from the Web of Science website

Compendex is the main database for engineering: 

  • Journal articles, conference papers, technical reports in all disciplines in engineering
  • Scopus cited references
  • Set up alerts on research topics (need to register to do this)

Library Subscribed Auto-Alerting

Auto-Alerting/TOC for Library Subscribed Databases
These library subscribed databases provide current awareness tools.  This is not an exhaustive list, if you have a favorite database, look around for email alerts and you will probably find a place to sign up.

For information on more ways to keep up with research in your field, please consult our page on Current Awareness