|Searching URSUS (Books, Gov. Publications)||Searching Indexes and Databases for Articles||Searching for Technical Reports and Data||Searching Newspapers||Sustainable Engineering on the Web|
For engineers, technical reports and data are often the most important types of information sought for up-to-date, primary source material. This type of information lies in a murky area of information sources aptly called "gray literature". Some gray literature can be found in traditional abstracts, indexes and databases such as Environmental Science Collection, but more often than not technical information does not get published in traditional venues. Often we must search archives or websites of the organizations and agencies that produce the literature, and often gray literature can be found in corporate or academic repositories.
|Chemical Data Access Tool (CDAT)||NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)|
|Current Index to Statistics||National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Publications|
|DOE Data Explorer||National Sea Grant Library Database|
|EIS: Digests of Environmental Impact Statements||National Technical Reports Library (NTRL)|
|Energy Citations Database||NISEE Database of University Research Reports Series|
|Geothermal Technologies Legacy Collection||Proquest Statistical Insight|
|GreySource Index||Science Accelerator|
|(MEMAP) Maine Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program Index|
Tip 1: While some of the tips provided in the URSUS examples also apply to technical reports databases, more often than not these databases do not provide the robust search features that URSUS and our licensed databases have. It is a good idea to start your search with broad search criteria or else you may not get any search results at all.
Tip 2: Every database has it's unique characteristics and features. If you are not getting the intended search results, be sure to read the help files provided by each vendor on their respective database page.
Tip 3: Many of the technical information databases listed above will provide full-text pdf documents, but this is not always the case. If you are having trouble finding the full text of one of your search results, feel free to contact me for help.
Example 1: In this example we will find technical information published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) related to their offshore wind turbine projects.
Example 2: In this example we will find technical information related to greywater treatment and use. We will use the Science Accelerator search engine. Science Accelerator actually searches fourteen different databases at once. Science Accelerator does not understand Boolean search operators and it automatically "ANDs" all keywords together. So, it is best to search using only one keyword, or a phrase wrapped in quotation marks.
Remember! These examples are only a few ways to find information for your projects. Many other resources are available for students' use at the Science & Engineering Center on the 2nd floor of Fogler Library, and additional electronic journals and databases are accessible from the library's website.
If you need help finding resources, don't hesitate to contact us - that's what we're here for! There are many ways you can reach us: