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Encyclopedia of Polymer Science & Technology

Encyclopedia Of Polymer Science and Technology

Encyclopedia of Polymer Science & Technology  An invaluable resource for researchers in both library and professional settings, providing information about polymers, plastics, fibers, biomaterials, elastomers, and polymerization processes.


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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.

Engineering Village Comprehensive access to engineering journal articles, conference papers, and web sites, 1884-present.

SciFinder Web  Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) databases of chemistry and related scientific fields. Mid 1800's-present. SciFinder Web requires account registration with UMass Amherst email account. License terms require that users connect to SciFinder Web through a computer on the UMass Amherst network.

Scitation  The journals of six key physics and engineering societies, 1893-present.

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Siam ebooks - About 400 scholarly and applied e-books published by the Society, on the mathematics of many disciplines.

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ASTM International

ASTMOrganized in 1898, ASTM International ... one of the largest voluntary standards development systems in the world ... provides a forum ... to write standards for materials, products, systems, and services ...
excerpt from Foreward.

ASTM International publishes the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, which in 2008 consists of 81 volumes divided among 16 sections. These volumes contain full-text of standards approved in 2008.

Current and withdrawn standards, adjuncts and other materials are available from ASTM International. These may be purchased from the website with a personal credit card for immediate downloading.  If requested, the Libraries will order a print copy of a standard; ask a librarian in the Science and Engineering Library.

To locate an ASTM International Standard at the Science and Engineering Library (SEL) from the available print collection, retrieve the Library of Congress call number and location for the Annual Book of ASTM Standards by searching the title in the On-Line Public Access Catalog (OPAC). The 2008 edition is shelved in the Reference Collection under call number: SCI REF TA 401 A653. The 2004 edition has the same LC call number and is in the circulating collection, with earlier editions (1999,1994) in the Five College Depository. All Subject Index, Alphanumeric Lists (Section 00 Vol. 00.01) are shelved in Science and Engineering Library Reference. To locate a specific standard click on the IDENTIFYING STANDARDS tab above. A brief overview of ASTM International is included in the forward of the set, with more information on the website  

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