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Biomedical Engineering

A guide for finding articles and other resources associated with Biomedical Engineering

Database Types

Here is a general breakdown of the types of databases available:

  • Scholarly Journal Publishers:
    These databases allow you to search for, and often retrieve, the full text of scholarly and peer-reviewed articles that appear in journals from a major scholarly publishers. Examples include the American Chemical Society and IEEE Xplore.
  • General Databases:
    Use these databases to get a good sense of what has been published on your topic. They provide access to many types of publications including magazines, journals, and newspapers from many different publishers on all subject areas. The four database portals (they include sub databases) available via Dibner Library are ProQuest, EBSCOhost, Gale Group, and Lexis Nexis Academic
  • E-book Collections:
    Search and read full text e-books online using these databases. Some, like Books24x7 and Access Engineering only contain e-books. Other databases, like ScienceDirect and Springer Link contain a variety of formats, but you can limit your search to only include e-books.
  • Indexes and Abstracts: 
    These databases will not provide full text, but they are powerful tools for finding a vast range of scholarly journal citations on your topic. Features include the ability to find all the works of a particular author, articles that author has cited, and articles that have cited that author. The two major ones are Scopus and Web of Science (ISI Web of Knowledge). You can find a longer list on Indexes and Abstracts box on the bottom of this page.