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Materials Science & Engineering: Alumni Resources

Guide created to support research in materials science & engineering.

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Scientific literature after graduation

After graduation, you may find that you need access to scientific literature that is not readily available to you. These are some ways to find and access scholarly publications.

Find open access articles

"Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment."(SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

There are multiple ways for scholarly works to be open access:

Authors self-archive in repositories

The repositories can be at institutional or central level, or can be specialized in a specific subject.

Central level repositories

Institutional repositories

Discovering each institutional repository is a difficult task. Instead, it is recommended the use of specialized search engines to discover repositories of interest.

Subject repositories

Check this list for more disciplinary repositories:

Open access journals

Open access journals are journals freely available to readers. These journals are published by open access publishers or by traditional publishers.

Find open access journals titles from open access publishers:

Multidisciplinary open access journals

See the list of open access journals published by major publishers

Hybrid journals

Publishers can offer a mix of traditional and open access articles or they offer free delayed access to their publications. See the individual journal home pages and check what articles are available for free. 

Tools for finding open access versions of articles

For any articles you cannot access (databases or Google) I would suggest using additional tools that could help finding open access versions of those articles (meaning  pre-prints or post-prints). These tools are:

Find open access STEM books

Open Access Theses and Dissertations