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Before searching in a specialized subject database, you might want to try a broad interdisciplinary database, like our new All Search tool.


Journal Locator

Journal Locator

Find specific journals,magazines, and newspapers.

Watch the video below to learn how to find an article if you have the citation.

Beyond the DNL

Can't find what you want?

Try Interlibrary Loan!

  • Use materials from other libraries' collections free of charge.
  • Articles arrive via e-mail within 3-5 business days.
  • Books arrive within 2 weeks and are held in your name.
  • You will be notified by e-mail when your items arrive.

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Selected Databases

Use databases to find articles on your topic. These databases are the best place to start.

  • IEEE Xplore Digital Library
    Produced by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, this database of scientific and technical material gives users access to a number of full-text IEEE journals: IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting, IEEE Transaction on Cloud Computing, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, Computer, IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics, Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing, IEEE Software, IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Spectrum, IEEE Technology & Society Magazine, and Bell Labs Technical Journal.
  • Engineering Source New!
    Provides access to scholarly material on many Engineering disciplines, including aerospace, biomedical, civil, electrical, environmental, material science, mechanical, software, structural, and more.
  • Computing
    Comprehensive coverage of such computer topics as database design and management, e-commerce, artificial intelligence, website development, gaming, and computer security. Contains both scholarly journals and popular magazines, primarily in full-text, with product reviews and wire feeds.
  • Science Journals  Icon
    Science Journals contains full text and citations in general science. Subjects include: Physics, Engineering, Astronomy, Biology, Earth Science, and Chemistry. Includes: charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements. Contains images. Coverage: 1986 - Present. Updated: Regularly.
  • Web of Science
    Web of Science searches Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Biosis Previews, and Arts and Humanities Citation Index.
    Coverage: 1970 - Present. Updated: Weekly.
  • Applied Science & Technology Index
    Provides citations to technological articles in a wide variety of trade, academic, and industrial journals.
  • Google Scholar  Icon
    Search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Specify Fairfield University (via Scholar Settings) for enhanced access to our library resources.
  • All Databases for Engineering . . .

Patent Information Sources

Patents can be another source of research for your literature review. A patent search can identify specific technological advances and inventions in the area of your topic. Citations provided in patents can lead you to additional articles for your for your literature review.  The United States Patent and Trademark Office and Google Patents are two tools you can use for patent searching.

  • Google Patents
    Search by keyword or by class/subclass as terminology may be different keywords you are using. Look at "Patent Citations" and "Referenced By" sections for additional sources.
  • U. S. Patent and Trademark Office Full-Text Database
    Search by class(es)/subclass(es), read definitions of possible classifications to determine appropriate ones, browse patents in these classifications

Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

  • When searching databases, use AND, OR, and parentheses to focus your search.
  • The asterisk * symbol will search for all variations of a word. For example: basket* will search for baskets and basketry. Using quotes will search for a phrase.
  • Combine synonyms with OR and put them inside parentheses, like this:
(Michelson OR Morley) AND (aether OR speed of light )
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