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Starting your research for design projects

October 9, 2014

Step 1: Starting with your particular topic, for example: Polymer Composite Fibers
Using Google Search and searching for You may find web resources such as : Fibers in Polymer Composites

  • The site provides mechanical properties of some common fibers used in polymer composites

Use Advanced search in Google for Polymer Composite Fibers to refine your search using various options.

  • Limit by latest web resources using 'Last Update' field
  • Limit by PDF in 'File Type' field
  • Limit by .Gov domain (or. edu, or .org domains) to obtain quality web resources

You will find web resources like

  • Browse through various resources that you think are useful for your project.


Step 2: Start using various electronic book collections and databases highlighted in Fundamentals of Engineering Library Guide:

Finding scholarly journal articles

Step 3. Patent Searching

  • Fresh Patents Provides access to the latest published US patent applications each week BEFORE the USPTO decision to grant/deny.
  • The Google Patent Search covers the entire collection of patents made available by the USPTO--from patents issued in the 1790s to present.

Step 4: Statistical Resources

  • searches over 40 databases and over 2000 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information, including research and development results.

Step 5: Catalogs and Components

Step 6: Citation Guidelines: