MAT SCI 130: Experimental Materials Science and Design

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  • Lisa Ngo
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About this Guide

Guide to library resources for Materials Science and Engineering. Created for MSE 130: Experimental Materials Science and Design.

Find Articles

Journal articles and conference papers are the primary means of disseminating research in engineering. As such, they are essential references within quality research. Use article databases to find journal articles and conference papers relevant to your research. Use the UC-eLinks button to link out to full text.


On campus wireless access use: Airbears 2: wireless access on campus.

Off-campus access to many resources is limited to current UCB faculty, staff and students.
To access these resources from off-campus, please use one of the following:

Proxy Server
The proxy server is a computer on campus that will re-route your requests for licensed resources after authenticating you as a Berkeley student, faculty or staff member. You must configure your web browser in order to use it.

Proxy changes: Recent changes in the proxy server may have affected some users; see the Library's Proxy Server FAQ. iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch proxy server setup instructions.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
The VPN is a software program that will establish a "tunnel" to our campus network, allowing you to access a broader variety of licensed resources.


Citation Linker

If you have a citation, use the UC-eLinks Citation Linker to find the full-text. 

ucelinks citation linker

Journal Title and Date are required fields.  Enter as much information as you have about the publication.

Find books and e-books

Numerous books are available electronically for use at UCB. Some are included in publisher packages or as special subject collections. See the Bioscience Library's Electronic Books page for full-text collections such as ENVIRONnetBASE, Springer E-books, ebrary, and Knovel Library.

Use OskiCat (UCB) to find books, ebooks, journals, conference proceedings, videos and more.

In OskiCat you can:
items checked out by another patron or held in storage
your checked-out items online.|
Limit your search to "Available Online" for ebooks only.

Journals: When searching on exact journal titles, change the search field to Title and limit the search to Journals/Magazines/Newspapers.

For materials not owned by UC Berkeley: Borrowing from Other Libraries.

Use Melvyl (UC) catalog to search the libraries of all UC campuses.

OskiCat Advanced Search
Melvyl Advanced Search

Ebook Packages

Full text searches of publisher collections of e-books like CRC handbooks and Springer e-books can be done by searching the publisher's native interface.

Below is a list of our biggest publisher packages that include engineering titles. See a full list of Berkeley subscribed publisher packages here.

Selected Ebooks

Comprehensive Semiconductor Science and Technology.
UCB Access Only - Elsevier, 2011.

Applied Materials Science: Applications of Engineering Materials in Structural, Electronics, Thermal, and Other Industries.
UCB Access Only - CRC, 2001.

Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering, and Technology.
UCB Access Only - CRC, 2007.

Materials Selection in Mechanical Design.
UCB Access Only - Elsevier, 2011.

Materials Properties

Springer Materials
UCB Access Only - Physical and Chemical data.

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
UCB Access Only - Comprehensive and indespensable handbook for scientists and engineers.

ASM Alloy Phase Diagram Center
UCB Access Only - Provides access to an extensive collection of binary and ternary phase diagrams and associated data.

ASM Handbooks
UCB Access Only - Covers metals as well as engineered materials such as composites, ceramics, and plastics.

CINDAS Microelectronics Packaging Materials Database
UCB Access Only - Contains data on thermal, mechanical, electrical, and physical properties of electronics packaging materials.

CINDAS Thermophysical Properties of Matter Database
UCB Access Only - Contains thermophysical properties of over 5,000 materials with approximately 50,000 data curves.

Polymers: A Property Database
UCB Access Only

Data sheets for polymers, ceramics, metals, and other engineering materials.

NIST Ceramics WebBook

MEMS Material Database

Knovel Critical Tables
UCB Access only

International Tables for Crystallography
UCB Access only

UCB Access only - inquire at Engineering Library

Not finding what you need? More resources are available at the Engineering Library's Physical and Chemical Data page or the Chemistry Library's Chemical and Physical Properties page.


Citation Management Tools

Reference managers help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, & create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.  Compare.

Widely used citation managers include:

: Free for UC Berkeley users. Web-based manager with direct export integrated into many databases. Organize and share references, and format citations and bibliographies.
Sign up for a RefWorks account.
Getting Started with RefWorks

: may be purchased from UC Berkeley's Software Central. Good PDF management and annotation tools. Automatically searches for full-text PDFs (if available) for citations. Formats citations and bibliographies. Requires purchase of annual or semi-annual upgrades to remain current.

: Free plug-in for Firefox and standalone versions for Chrome and Internet Explorer. Automatically extracts metadata from many PDFs and web pages. Permits tagging, notation, and full text searching of your library of resources. Integrates with Word for citation and bibliography formatting, and has a free (but limited) web backup service.Getting Started with Zotero Note: When using software to automatically format your citations, double-check the formatting for correctness.

: Free (up to 2GB). Web-based component that syncs with a desktop client. Integrates with Word for citation and bibliography formatting. Includes some social elements that allows for sharing and recommendations.

Writing Help

The campus offers writing support for students through the College Writing Programs office. See what's available both on-campus and off-campus at the Writing Resources website.

Books on dissertation writing.

Books on technical writing for scientists and engineers.

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