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Encyclopedia of Polymer Science & Technology

Encyclopedia Of Polymer Science and Technology

Encyclopedia of Polymer Science & Technology  Providing information about polymers, plastics, fibers, biomaterials, elastomers, and polymerization processes.


Quick Guide

Don't know where to find journal articles?  Try these databases:

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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Safari Books Online - Highly regarded tech and business books. Read online or print one page at a time.

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

Springer eBooks - Full text books and journal articles from science publisher Springer, mainly in English, 2005-8.  Some soft cover editions of books are available through MyCopy service for $24.95 (including shipping and handling).

Need help downloading an ebook? Consult the guide to E-Books at UMass Library to see the guidelines for each ebook platform.


Useful Chemistry Reference Sources

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics  Online version of the 95th edition of this indispensable reference for chemical and physical data.

Kirk Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology  Comprehensive articles on topics in chemistry and chemical engineering, with bibliographies.  Great resource for information about analytical techniques.

Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry  Covers the science and technology of industrial chemistry.  Contains information on polymers and plastics.


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.

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