The NEW Refworks page: http://refworks.proquest.com
Doing a group project? Share folders in Refworks to make group work easier.
Use the Refworks Write-N-Cite plug-in to write your paper, insert references, and create a bibliography at the end of the paper.
Test your knowledge of when to cite using this online quiz
Congressional Research Service Reports. If your topic receives any type of public funding from Congress, there might be a CRS report summarizing the information, issues, and data.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is the non-partisan public policy research arm of the United States Congress.
CRS experts prepare reports to assist members of Congress throughout the legislative process providing background information and data on public policy issues.
- ProQuest Congressional CRS Reports (1916-present)
Index and PDF's available
- Open CRS
Provides access to CRS Reports already in the public domain and encourages Congress to provide public access to all CRS Reports.
Science Encyclopedias - Scaffolding to what you need to know
Science Encyclopedias are a great resource for gathering background information. They act as good primers and are more authorative than Wikipedia.
Kirk Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology Comprehensive articles on topics in chemistry and chemical engineering, with bibliographies.
Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry Covers the science and technology of industrial chemistry.
Encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry Covers the chemistry of the compounds and processes that constitute living organisms.
Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology Chemical biology is a cross-disciplinary science at the interface of chemistry, biology, and medicine emphasizing rigorous application of the principles, tools, and language of chemistry to important topics in biology.
Encyclopedia of Electrical & Electronics Engineering The ideal starting point for research projects, whether addressing basic questions in power systems and communications, or learning advanced applications in neural networks and robotics.
Encyclopedia of Polymer Science & Technology Providing information about polymers, plastics, fibers, biomaterials, elastomers, and polymerization processes.
Databases - to find peer reviewed academic journal articles
When searching in a database use the most important keywords for your search. Use Boolean Operators - AND, OR, NOT - to connect search terms.
Web of Science Provides a search by cited reference, topic, author, and more for articles in almost all important English-language journals. Arts and Humanities covers 1975-present; Social Sciences 1956-present; and Science 1900-present. Works poorly with Safari and does not work with IE9.
PubMed National Library of Medicine's comprehensive database of citations to medical journal articles, with links to UMass-subscribed full text, 1966-present.
SciFinder Web Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) databases of chemistry and related scientific fields. Mid 1800's-present. SciFinder Web requires account registration with a UMass Amherst email account. License terms requires that users connect to SciFinder Web though a computer on the UMass Amherst network.
Google Scholar Use within UMass’ IP range to access many UMass online journal subscriptions. In Scholar Preferences, you can choose to export citations to RefWorks bibliographic manager.
Accessing databases from off-campus requires that you login using your IT username and password.
Biological Abstracts Comprehensive coverage of the life sciences literature, including journal articles, conference papers, and books relating to life sciences, 1969-present.
BioOne Abstracts & Indexes Version of BioOne (bioscience research journals in full text) with better searching functions.
Engineering Village Comprehensive access to engineering journal articles, conference papers, and web sites, 1884-present.
IEEE Explore All IEEE journals (including Spectrum), standards, transactions, and major conference proceeding since 1988, plus some content since 1952, to present.
Inspec Comprehensive index of articles and other scholarly work on electrical engineering: electronics, control engineering, telecom, computing, IT, etc., 1898-present.
Scitation The journals of six key physics and engineering societies, 1893-present.