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ECGR5138/4138 Electronic Thin Film Materials and Devices

Getting Started

Use any of these subject encyclopedias or handbooks to learn the basics about your area of research.

Literature searching

Use the following databases to search for articles, technical reports, and standards related to your research topic.

Keywords and Search Strategy

Spend some time developing a good set of keywords before you start, and add new terms that you discover throughout your research process. Use the assignment itself and your class readings to get started, and as you begin to find good results use the terms that those articles have in their titles, subject heading or index terms to find more similar results.

If you are finding too few results, try making your search more general. you can adapt your keywords to be less specific, or you can put multiple terms together using OR to broaden your search. If you are finding too many results, make your search more specific by using more precise term or by linking terms together using AND.

Books from the library

To find books in the library on your topic, use the catalog search tab on the search box on the library home page to do a keyword search. When you find books related to your topic, look at their LC subject headings to find similar books. 

The link below are to the catalog records for books recommended for this class in the syllabus.


These links take you to sites with lists of vendors.

Subject Guide

Patent searching

Industry research

These databases offer access to industry and market research. Click on the "i" to see more information about accessing these tools.