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Literature Reference Tools


The Web's most popular search engine.

New search engine searches journal articles, theses, books, preprints, and technical reports across any area of research and ranks papers by importance.

Engineering Village 2

Web based information service which provides access to the bibliographic database Compendex. Also accessible via Engineering Village 2 are standards database, Techstreet standards, patent databases, USPTO Patents, Scirus, and EEVL.


The most comprehensive science-specific search engine on the Internet.

ISI Web of Science

Access to current and retrospective multidisciplinary information from approximately 8,500 journals. Provides cited reference searching which allows users to navigate forward, backward, and through the literature.

ScienceDirect (Materials Science Journals)

ScienceDirect is a web database of Elsevier journals and is the world's largest electronic collection of science, technology, and medical full-text and bibliographic information.


FirstSearch is an online reference search tool that delivers quality content from WorldCat and dozens of quality, respected databases of bibliographic and full-text content.

Physical Review Online Archives (PROLA)

This is the result of an impressive collaborative effort between the American Physical Society (APS) and the Computer Research and Applications Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. It is an image based, complete, full-service on-line archive of the existing issues of the journal Physical Review [Phys. Rev.] from its inception in 1894 to the present.

Scientific Journals

Materials science journals

Science Magazine

Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Nature Magazine

The internet publishing platform for Nature Publishing Group (NPG). Also features Nature Materials, with research highlights on the latest developments in materials science and nanotechnology.

Elsevier journals within Materials Science

Many of the premier materials science journals online.

American Institute of Physics Journal Center

All AIP journals online.

Journals in which we commonly publish

Acta Materialia

Acta Materialia and its companion journal Scripta Materialia are international Journals for the Science and Engineering of Materials. Acta Materialia's purpose is to publish original papers and occasional critical reviews which advance the understanding of the structural and functional properties of materials: metals and alloys, ceramics, high polymers and glasses. Access full text articles

Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing

Applied Physics A publishes regular articles, rapid communications, and invited papers about new results, focusing on the condensed phase including nanostructured materials and their applications. In addition to those about surfaces and thin films, papers on advanced processing and characterization techniques are of interest for the readers of this journal. Online version available

Applied Physics Letters

Applied Physics Letters is a weekly journal featuring concise, up-to-date reports on significant new findings in applied physics. Emphasizing rapid dissemination of key data and new physical insights, Applied Physics Letters offers prompt publication of new experimental and theoretical papers bearing on applications of physics phenomena to all branches of science, engineering, and modern technology.

Composites Science and Technology

The journal Composites Science and Technology publishes refereed original articles on all aspects of the fundamental and applied science of engineering composites. It is the function of this journal to bring together in one publication outstanding papers that encompass the complete range of composite materials, including biocomposites, foams, functional and smart composites, gradient and layered composites, nanocomposites, structural composites, eco-composites and composites mimicking natural materials. Access full text articles


Intermetallics is concerned with all aspects of ordered chemical compounds between two or more metals and notably with their applications. Access full text articles

International Journal of Plasticity

The purpose of the journal is to report original research on all aspects of plastic deformation, damage and fracture behavior of isotropic as well as anisotropic solids, including the thermodynamics of plasticity and fracture, continuum theory, and macroscopic as well as microscopic phenomena. Access full text articles

Journal of Applied Physics

Journal of Applied Physics is the American Institute of Physics' (AIP) archival journal for significant new results in applied physics; there are two issues per month. The journal publishes articles that emphasize understanding of the physics underlying modern technology, but distinguished from technology on the one side and pure physics on the other.

Journal of Materials Processing Technology

The journal covers the processing techniques of metals and other traditional and advanced materials. The articles published focus mainly on the developments in, and the analysis of, equipment and processes. Access full text articles

Journal of Materials Research

Published twelve times a year by the Materials Research Society (MRS) and is devoted to reports of original research and, on occasion, review articles. Its scope encompasses all aspects of materials research, including the preparation, processing, characterization, properties, and theoretical description of materials with new or unusual structure and properties.

Journal of Materials Science and Journal of Materials Science Letters

The Journal of Materials Science and its companion journal, Journal of Materials Science Letters, are leading sources of primary communication for scientists investigating the structure and properties of all engineering materials. The Journal of Materials Science publishes reviews and full-length papers recording original research results on, or techniques for studying the relationship between structure, properties and uses of materials. Journal of Materials Science Letters is concerned with timely short communications on materials science (less that 1500 words).

Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids

The Journal publishes papers reporting original research on the mechanics of solids. Emphasis is placed on the development of fundamental concepts of mechanics and novel applications of these concepts based on theoretical, experimental or computational approaches, drawing upon the various branches of engineering science and the allied areas within applied mathematics, materials science, structural engineering, applied physics and geophysics. Access full text articles

Journal of Neutron Research

The Journal of Neutron Research publishes original research papers of an experimental and theoretical nature in three areas of specialization in neutron research: Engineering Science, Neutron Instrumentation and Techniques, and Reactor or Spallation Source Technology.

Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids

A journal on the chemical, electronic, optical and mechanical properties of glasses, amorphous semiconductors and metals, sol-gel materials, the liquid state of these solids and the processes by which they are formed. Access full text articles

Materials Letters

An interdisciplinary journal affiliated with the Materials Research Society and the Materials Society - Japan, devoted to the rapid publication of short communications on the science, applications and processing of materials. Access full text articles

Materials and Manufacturing Processes

Materials and Manufacturing Processes deals with issues that result in better utilization of raw materials and energy, integration of design and manufacturing activities requiring the invention of suitable new manufacturing processes and techniques, unmanned production dependent on efficient and reliable control of various processes including intelligent processing, introduction of new materials in industrial production necessitating new manufacturing process technology, and more.

Materials Research Bulletin

An international journal reporting research on the synthesis, structure, and properties of materials. Access full text articles

Materials Science and Engineering A

Materials Science and Engineering A provides an international medium for the publication of theoretical and experimental studies and reviews of the properties and behavior of a wide range of materials, related both to their structure and to their engineering application. Access full text articles

Materials Science and Technology

Materials Science and Technology is an international forum for the publication of refereed contributions covering both fundamental and technological aspects of the properties, characterization and modeling, processing, and fabrication of engineering materials. The journal has a particular interest in the continuum from understanding and modeling of process routes leading to the generation of microstructure, through characterization, understanding and modeling of how microstructure is controlled and manipulated, to the modeling, control and prediction of relevant engineering properties. Materials Science and Technology

Mechanics of Materials

Forum for original scientific research on the flow, fracture, and general constitutive behavior of advanced technological and natural materials. Access full text articles

Metallurgical and Materials Transactions

Focuses on physical metallurgy and materials science, publishes contributions monthly on all aspects of physical metallurgy and materials science, with a special emphasis on relationships among the processing, structure, and properties of materials.

Scripta Materialia

Scripta Materialia, the companion journal to Acta Materialia, is an International Journal for the Science and Engineering of Materials. Its purpose is to provide a medium for the rapid publication of papers which advance the understanding of the structural and functional properties of materials. Access full text articles

TMS Letters

TMS Letters is composed entirely of two-page technical updates, including text and graphics, of research presented at TMS meetings that are not published in any other book or journal. Timely, relevant, and rigorously reviewed, TMS Letters is a unique technical journal that presents cutting-edge research in succinct, informative technical updates. Available exclusively in on-line format through the TMS Document Center and is accessible free-of-charge to all TMS members

Zeitschrift für Metallkunde / International Journal of Materials Research and Advanced Techniques website

The journal covers research and development of materials and methods in materials science. Reports concentrate on physical metallurgy, experimental and theoretical thermodynamics, alloy design, metallography and the development of advanced characterization techniques. Articles are mainly published in English. (full text articles not currently available online).

Professional Societies


American Society of Materials


The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society


The Materials Research Society


The American Ceramic Society


The American Physical Society

Laboratory Supplies

Alfa Aesar

Alfa Aesar is a leading international manufacturer, supplier and distributor of fine chemicals, metals, and materials.

American Elements

American Elements is a leading manufacturer of engineered and advanced material products.


Goodfellow supplies metals, polymers, ceramics and other materials to meet the research, development and specialist production requirements of science and industry worldwide.


Laboratory supplies, chemicals and equipment


Comprehensive industrial supply catalog.


Process measurement and control supplies


Over 40,000 products for the scientific community

Atlantic Equipment Engineers

A division of Micron Metals Inc., which provides useful information on elements, metal powders and compounds (e.g. densities, prices etc.).

ESPI Metals

High purity metal specialists.

Microscopy supplies

Ted Pella

Microscopy products for science and industry.

Ernest F. Fullam, Inc.

Accessories for microscopy.

Structure Probe, Inc.

The Source for Microscope Laboratory Supplies and Equipment

Electronic supplies

Mouser Electronics

Electronic components and parts distributor, supplier, vendor, manufacturer, and authorized reseller.

General Information and Tutorials

The Encyclopedia of Materials Science and Technology

A fairly comprehensive introduction to Materials Science.

MATTER Project

An interactive learning tool in Materials Science. From a consortium of UK materials science departments, this integrated computer-based learning (CBL) system is an excellent materials science resource.
aluMATTER, Solidification, Diffraction, TEM


Eric Weisstein's excellent math and science resource.

Annual Reviews

Intelligent Synthesis of the Scientific Literature.

MAST (Materials Science and Technology Teacher's Workshop)

Eight modules intended to introduce both teachers and students to the world of Materials Science and technology. Prepared by the Materials Science and Engineering department at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign.

Materials Mentor

A set of 10 computer tutorials that provides a simple, highly-visual overview of topics typically covered in an introductory course on materials science and engineering. Courtesy of Prof. Jim Adams, Arizona State University.

Materials World Web

Tutorials and links.


Source for materials information. A searchable database of material data sheets.

Simulations of Strengthening Mechanisms in Metals and Alloys

A nice basic introduction to crystal plasticity, dislocations and simulations.

Engineer's Edge

A comprehensive deign, engineering, and manufacturing online resource. (Mostly mechanical engineering).

eFunda: Engineering Fundamentals

eFunda is a premier online publisher for original engineering content and software. The Engineering Materials section provides databases on alloys, periodic tables, etc.

Chemical Data and Periodic Tables

Perhaps the most popular online periodic table.


An online interactive periodic table of the elements.

Chemistry WebBook

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) maintains this database with thermochemical data, IR spectra, mass spectra, etc.

Online Phase Diagrams

Phase Diagrams & Computational Thermodynamics

Hosted by the Metallurgy Division of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory at NIST.

The Phase Diagram Web

Hundreds of alloy phase diagrams online. Thanks to the Georgia Tech ASM/TMS Chapter for bringing us this one.

Scientific Group Thermodata Europe

SGTE is a consortium of centers engaged in the development of thermodynamic databanks for inorganic and metallurgical systems and their application to practical problems.

Crystallography Resources

Crystal Lattice Structures (Naval Research Laboratory)

This page offers a concise index of common crystal lattice structures, including a graphical representation as well as useful information about the lattices.

Crystallographic Education Online

A comprehensive list of online educational resources relating to crystallography. Maintained by the International Union of Crystallography

Point Groups and Bravais Lattices

Having trouble visualizing that point group? These modules can help.

Electron Microscopy

Web Electron Microscopy Applications Software (WebEMAPS)

Courtesy the Center for Microanalysis of Materials (CMM) at UIUC.

Information Related to Our Research

Art Conservation Science

The cooperative program in conservation science, launched in August 2004 with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, bridges the gap between museum specialists and materials science experts by promoting collaboration between the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) and Northwestern University (NU). The primary goal of the program is to develop an ambitious research agenda, and to publish experimental data and results, which can be disseminated not only within the field of conservation and conservation science, but in the broader fields of materials science, chemistry and physics.


An on-line course/resource covering just about everything related to superplasticity and superplastic materials including a fully searchable superplastic literature/properties database. Hosted at MIT.

Metallic Foams

Information about the rapidly developing subject of cellular metallic materials such as metal foams, metal sponges etc.

Scandium in Aluminum Alloys

WWW resource center for scientists interested in the use of Sc in Al Alloys. Maintained by Jostein Røyset.

Al-Sc Alloy Forum

Forum for exchange of information about the business, technology and science of Sc-containing Al alloys. Maintained by Jostein Røyset.

Scandium Information Center

Properties, history, and applications of Sc and Al-Sc alloys.

Smith and Wesson

Producers the strongest, lightest revolvers known - thanks to Sc.

Useful databases

Physics Reference Data

Hosted by NIST, this page had fundamental constants and other physical data.

Universities Worldwide

Searchable database of Universities around the world.

Testing services

ASTM International Directory of Testing Laboratories

The ASTM International Directory of Testing Laboratories is an on-line full text search for services and locations of testing laboratories. The information on the types of tests performed, specific tests performed, materials analyzed, or other services offered has been provided by the laboratories. ASTM has not attempted to investigate, rate, endorse, approve or certify any laboratory.

Other Research Groups

Community of Science

Community of Science, Inc. (COS) is the leading Internet site for the global R&D community. COS brings together the world's most prominent scientists and researchers at more than 1,600 universities, corporations and government agencies worldwide. COS provides tools and services that enable these professionals to communicate, exchange information and find the people and technologies that are important to their work.

Related Research Groups

Baker Research Group (Cornell)

This group is interested in mechanical behavior in small dimensions—either a characteristic length scale in the microstructure or the overall dimensions of the object—become small.

Banhart Group (University of Berlin)

The Banhart group is investigating metallic foams.

Dauskardt Group (Stanford)

The Dauskardt Group is interested in the relationship between microstructure and the mechanical and fracture properties of a diverse range of advanced materials. Principal activities are concentrated on the fundamental micromechanisms of fracture and subcritical crack-growth behavior in metals, ceramics, polymers, their composites and a number of bimaterial and thin-film layered systems.

Johnson Group (Caltech)

Prof. Johnson's group does research on non-equilibrium and metastable materials, particularly bulk metallic glasses. The Structural Amorphous Metals (SAM), funded by DARPA, and the Center for Science and Engineering of Materials (CSEM), supported by the National Science Foundation Materials Research, Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), are related resources at Caltech.

Laboratory for Mechanical Metallurgy (EPFL)

The Mortensen lab at EPFL addresses the science and engineering of structural metallic materials, with particular focus on advanced metallic material, including metal matrix composites and metal foams; spans the spectrum from materials processing to the exploration of links between the microstructure and the mechanical behavior of structural metallic materials.

Lewis Group (UIUC)

Jennifer Lewis' research involves colloidal assembly of materials.

Nix Group (Stanford)

Dislocation mechanics, mechanical behavior of solids in bulk and thin film form.

Suresh Group (MIT)

The Suresh Group is the research group of Prof. Subra Suresh at MIT. Their research interests center on the mechanical properties of nanoscale to bulk materials using experimental, analytical, and computational techniques.

Üstündag Group (Caltech)

Investigations into the mechanical behavior of materials by studying the internal stresses, often employing advanced characterization methods such as X-ray (XRD) and neutron (ND) diffraction.

Dunand Group Alumni

Yuttanant Boonyongmaneerat [Vee] (Chulalongkorn University, Metallurgy and Materials Science Research Institute)

The Boonyongmaneerat Advanced Structural Materials Unit conducts research in the area of structural materials with emphases on developing novel processing techniques for engineered materials and exploring their processing-structure-properties relationships.

Raj Vaidyanathan (UCF)

Dr. Vaidyanathan’s research program utilizes new approaches (such as instrumented nano- and microindentation, in situ diffraction at stress and temperature) to characterize the multi-scale mechanical properties of novel materials (such as shape-memory alloys/composites, bulk metallic glasses).

Schuh Group (MIT)

Prof. Schuh's work centers around the structure-property relationships in structural materials, with special emphasis on the role of interfaces. Prof. Schuh is an alumnus of the Dunand Group.

T. A. Venkatesh (Tulane)

Mechanical behavior and computational modeling.

Megan Frary (Boise State University)
The Frary Research Group, in the MSE Department at Boise State University, studies the microstructure-properties relationship in metals and alloys using both experimental and computational tools. 


Northwestern Links

Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and part of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University’s founders, John Evans.

Materials Science, Northwestern University

Northwestern University was a pioneer in recognizing the importance of studying the science and technology of all materials, not just metals. That awareness led to the first materials science academic department in the world. Our materials science department began in the 1950s when a group of faculty realized that the fields of metallurgy, ceramics, and polymers could be merged and studied as a whole.

Northwestern University Libraries

NUcat (library catalog)
Science & Engineering Library
Interlibrary loan
Electronic Resources

Research Centers

Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory

The Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory is a national synchrotron-radiation light source research facility funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

Los Alamos Neutron Scattering CEnter

With the ability to produce neutrons with energies that range over 14 orders of magnitude using the world’s most powerful (800-MeV) proton linear accelerator, LANSCE is a multidisciplinary facility providing extraordinary research opportunities in basic and applied science for defense and civilian applications.

SMARTS (Spectrometer for MAterials Research at Temperatures and Stress)

Third-generation neutron diffractometer dedicated to structural materials studies.. Collaboration between Caltech, Northwestern, and LANSCE. Prof. Dunand is a P.I.

At Northwestern

NUANCE (Northwestern University Atomic- and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental User Facility

Integrates three existing complementary instrumentation facilities at NU:

High Resolution Electron Microscopy & Surface Structural Facility

Computer Software, Programming, and Imaging

Wolfram Research

Wolfram Research pioneered the modern conception of technical computing when it launched Mathematica 15 years ago. Now nearly two million users located on every continent use Mathematica technology to advance science, engineering, math, finance and many fields besides. Wolfram Web Resources.

The MathWorks

The creators of Matlab, among other things.


Creators of Maple interactive math software.

Numerical Recipes in C

The complete Numerical Recipes in C book online, courtesy of Cambridge University Press and Cornell University.

NIH Image Introduction and Tutorial

NIH Image is a public domain image processing and analysis program for the Macintosh. It was developed at the Research Services Branch (RSB) of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Functionally equivalent to NIH Image, ImageJ, can run on any platforms with a Java Virtual Machine. John Ross has another good tutorial.


PhD (Piled Higher and Deeper)

What getting a PhD really means.

Science Cartoons
The Scale of Things

The scale of things in our world.


July 1, 2008