This guide should serve as a starting point for the literature search in your Senior Project Survey course. Use the tabs on the side to navigate the guide and locate resources for articles, books, and patents.
Proper Literature Search
How to conduct a proper literature search:
Search multiples resources
Adjust your keywords as you go to find more relevant results
Use the references from an article you found useful to locate similar articles
Compendex is the most comprehensive bibliographic database of scientific and technical engineering research available, covering all engineering disciplines. It includes citations and abstracts from engineering journals and conference proceedings. You can also search the Engineering Index Backfile (1884-1969) and the Inspec Archive (1898-1968).
The SPIE Digital Library is the most extensive resource available on optics and photonics, providing unprecedented access to more than 200,000 technical papers from SPIE Journals and Conference Proceedings from 1990 to the present. More than 17,000 new technical papers are added annually.
Engineering information and data analytics.
Knovel provides numerical and tabular data from leading engineering and science resources, including handbooks and encyclopedias. Some tables are interactively searchable.
Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is a standards and trade organization for the consumer electronics industry in the US. CTA sponsors the CES each year, providing previews of products and new product announcements.
The database includes information about all US patents (including utility, design, reissue, plant patents and SIR documents) from the first patent issued in 1790 to the most recent issue week. Patents from January 1976 to the present offer the full searchable text, including all bibliographic data, such as the inventor's name, the patent's title, and the assignee's name; the abstract; the full description of the invention; and the claims.
The display of each patent's full-text includes a hyperlink to obtain full-page images of each page of the patent. Information from Certificates of Correction and Reexaminations is not included in the full-text database per se, but can be found as pages attached to the full-page images of the original patent. Patents from 1790 to December 1975 offer only the patent number and the current US patent classification in the text display, and can be searched only by those fields. However, this limited text display also includes a hyperlink to obtain full-page images of each page of the patent.
Locate US and international patents searching with keywords. The patents can be viewed in your browser and downloaded. While the collection is comprehensive, this may not include all published patents.