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*Chemical Engineering

This is a general research guide for the undergraduate and graduate courses in OSU's Chemical Engineering programs. You'll find suggestions for locating books, articles, topical overviews, research tools, and factual information.

Start Broadly - 1Search

Find books, online scholarly articles or newspaper articles that OSU subscribes to.  If you need to find specific items, such as books by a particular author, use the advanced search option for more precise searching. Access 1Search from the library's home page.

1Search search bar showing two links: Databases A through Z and eJournals A through Z


Search Tips

Combine terms using "AND" or "OR"

AND narrows your search (fewer results);
OR broadens your search (more results) - use between synonyms 

For more successful searches:

  • Generate synonyms for keywords before you begin searching. Having a list of synonyms will help you if any of your keywords do not retrieve many results.
  • Look at the subject headings that are used in the database records you've retrieved. These subject headings may lead you to keywords that you had not considered.

Searching Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

With Google Scholar you can search broadly (across several disciplines) with one search.  You can use Google Scholar to find peer-reviewed articles, but you will also find pre-print copies of articles, conference papers, white papers, patents, legal opinions and more.

  1. Before you start -- go to Scholar Preferences to enter and select Oregon State University in the Library Links field.
  2. Enter your keywords in the search box.
  3. Browse results, making sure to use the library's subscriptions to get access to the text of the articles where you can.

How to use Google Scholar (without Paying for the Articles)

Learn Google search operators

Recommended Databases for Chemical Engineering

Websites for Chem E articles

Integrated digital library and database allowing for intelligent search of documents in the chemistry domain and data obtained from chemical kinetics.

ScienceDirect offers journal articles and book chapters from nearly 2,500 journals and more than 30,000 books.