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Research Guide

RET Research Assignment

Due to
Debbie Liberi on
June 28, 2017  
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Access to resources

  • Due to licensing agreements, most library resources are restricted to UC faculty, staff, enrolled students, and special program students (e.g., RET, REU). 
  • To access resources from off-campus, please use the "proxy" login option at


If you need assistance, stop by the library or contact a librarian:


Where to Begin:

The CEAS Library website offers detailed information about resources and services available in science and engineering. You can access the UC Library Catalog, electronic full-text resources, links to useful websites, and contact information for CEAS Library staff who can help you find what you need.


Find BOOKS using the library catalog and e-book collections:

  • The University of Cincinnati Library Catalog (UCLID) is a primary source for searching for library books and other items.  See
    • The Library Catalog can be searched by author, title, keyword, subject, or call #.
    • The Library Catalog also links out to the statewide OhioLINK catalog. More information about OhioLINK below.
  • Catalog search tips:
    • Use AND, OR, and AND NOT to relate words within a search
    • Use keyword to get more specific and subject headings to focus on a certain topic
    • Request books using the Request button
  • Use OhioLINK catalog to find and request books not available at UC:
  • Use SearchOhio to find and request books from public libraries around Ohio, including the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

E-Journals and Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

  • Full-Text Journals - the “Full Text Journals” tool provides links to full-text options for articles, from a variety of library-subscribed sources. The tool may be utilized in two ways: (1) direct search by journal title, ISSN, or other journal information, and (2) browsing an alphabetical list by the first letter of the journal title. This tool is integrated with most library-subscribed databases, and is typically indicated by this icon:  Article Linker icon
  • ILLIAD - Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service for requesting items that are not at UC and not available to borrow through OhioLINK
  • Google Scholar - you can sometimes find an online copy of an article that is not available at UC through a public repository or other system.  Search the citation in Google Scholar, then choose "all xx versions" to see full-text options.

Where to find information on the WEB:

  • Google Scholar ( enables you to search for scholarly literature from all areas of research, and create email alerts that track new results. Google Scholar is not comprehensive, but can be a good place to discover additional keywords for searching.  Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, and scholarly articles available across the web.

Where to find RESEARCH ARTICLES -- General:

  • Scopus – indexing, abstracting, and citation searching database for science and social science scholarly literature. Includes quality web sources, conference proceedings, and trade publications. Indexes 19,500 peer-reviewed journal and 1200 open-access journals, 575 trade publications, 315 book series, 23 million patent records, and 43 million webpages. Coverage back to 1823.
  • COMPENDEX (Engineering Index) – coverage back to 1884.  It provides abstracts and full bibliographic citations for worldwide engineering and technical literature and encompasses all engineering disciplines, as well as related fields in science and management. The records in the database are drawn from over 2,600 published journals, conference proceedings, individual conference papers, technical reports, monographs, and other materials.

Where to find RESEARCH ARTICLES -- Specialized:

  • ProQuest Engineering and Science databases:
      • Civil Engineering Abstracts - citations, abstracts, and indexing of the serials literature in civil engineering. and its complementary fields, . This database provides comprehensive international coverage with the monitoring of over 3,000 serial titles as well as numerous non-serial publications back to 1966.
      • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management – multidisciplinary collection of fifteen databases with comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences. Abstracts and citations are drawn from over 6,000 serials including scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications.
      • Mechanical and Transportation Engineering Abstracts - citations, abstracts, and indexing literature for more than 4,000 titles in mechanical and transportation engineering and their complementary fields, including forensic engineering, management and marketing of engineering services, engineering education, theoretical mechanics and dynamics, and mathematics and computation. This database covers international engineering literature back to 1966.
    • Technology Research Database - a single mega-database in three components: the Materials Research Database with METADEX, High Technology Research Database with Aerospace, and the Engineering Research Database. The database content represents the most comprehensive and current coverage of the relevant serial and non-serial literature available. Sources covered include over 4,000 periodicals, conference proceedings, technical reports, trade journal/newsletter items, patents, books, and press releases.
    • - full-text of the materials science and engineering publications published by Trans Tech Publications. The Trans Tech series included in the database are Advanced Materials Research, Advances in Science and Technology, Applied Mechanics and Materials, Defect and Diffusion Forum, Journal of Metastable and Nanocrystalline Materials, Journal of Nano Research, Key Engineering Materials, Materials Science Forum, and Solid State Phenomena.
    • TRID (the TRIS and ITRD database) - the largest and most comprehensive source of information on published transportation research on the Web.

Now that you’ve found articles and began your research – MANAGE YOUR INFORMATION and DATA:

  • RefWorks - online research management, writing and collaboration tool. It will help you gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. It is similar to Zotero, EndNote, Zotero or Mendeley.  RefWorks is entirely web-based, so you can access it from anywhere. UC Libraries provides this product free of charge to UC students, faculty, staff.
  • Many professional societies and publishers prescribe a certain format for citations in their publications.  For this assignment, use the citation format of the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE):
  • Recommendations for file naming and versioning of research data sets (University of Wisconsin)
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