A student shares his experience of using engineering databases
May 30, 2014
Daniel Christe works full-time in the Mechanical Engineering Department's Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Group (TAMG-PI: Dr. Antonios Kontsos) on data-driven computational modeling of 'microstructures'. He currently works on two projects running concurrently, one with the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems modeling pediatric bone microstructures, and the other one with the ExCITe Center's Shima Seiki Lab, modeling the mechanical behavior of knitted textiles for advanced applications, such as augmented human exoskeletons. He also works with PhD students and acts as mentors to new students joining the TAMG Lab.
Daniel has used several engineering databases available through Drexel University Libraries website. He writes: 'As any diligent investigator should at the early phases of a project, I have to become conversant in the nomenclature of the topic and establish the current state-of-the-art in the field. What have others published, and how does the work of my colleagues and I compare? The library search tools such as Engineering Village, Web of Science, Knovel or ENGnetBASE open the gateway to the breadth and depth of knowledge amassed in literature. Whether it is journal articles, CRC Press technical books, or ASTM Standards, unimpeded access to high quality information enables high level research.'
So start using these databases and keep current with quality information needed for assignments, design projects or research projects.
Key Science and Engineering databases include:
Explore Research Guides at Research Guides for Engineering