If you're not sure how to identify a scholarly article in general, see the UM Libraries skill guide "Identifying Periodical Types."
Databases - Search Tools for Articles
The search tools below are a good place to start when you need to find scholarly articles relevant to bioengineering. Librarians call these "databases."
|Remember: The UM Libraries subscribe to hundreds of databases and thousands of journals. The list below is only a selection. You can access all the databases and journals the UM Libraries subscribes to through ResearchPort.|
Finding Articles FAQ
How do I search for articles written after a certain date?
All of the databases in the recommended list have a way for you to limit your search by date. Look for something that looks like the examples below. You may have to use a database's Advanced page to find it.
Tip: Try Handbooks
|Handbooks are like encyclopedias for scientific/technical topics, so they're good for overviews on subjects you don't know a lot about yet. Search the library catalog for broad keywords (like "bioengineering" or "sustainability"), plus the word "handbook" to find what we have in print. Or, use the link(s) below to access our collections of online handbooks.|
Book Search (and more)
WorldCat UM lets you search the University of Maryland Libraries and beyond for books and other media.
Patents provide you with descriptions of unique projects and products, and they include helpful drawings and diagrams.
The US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) is the official source for patents filed and granted in the United States, but Google Patents and freepatentsonline.com are good quick alternatives.
For more detailed information on patents, consult the UM Libraries Patent & Trademark Guide.