Biomedical Engineering and Design
Find Journal Articles, News, and More
Save your time! Use these search techniques:
- Put quotation marks around PHRASES (two or more words), so that the words are searched together
--- Example: "chicken pox"
- Put an asterisk at the end of words, so that you get all of the word endings
--- Example: high* = high, highs, higher, highest
- Think of alternate spellings or synonyms
--- "cyber security" OR cybersecurity -- it's used both ways. You should also add "information security" OR "computer security"
- Start by putting your search words in the Title. If you get nothing, you can take them out of the Title and move them to "Anywhere."
Get an overview of your topic by searching textbooks and review articles.
MedlinePlus.gov -- This National Library of Medicine site is the FIRST place you should go for health information.
"Health Topics" is the link to medical information, and there are also links to a medical encyclopedia and dictionary.
AccessEngineering - Collections of engineering textbooks, including several about device design
Note: Just use the search box on the top right.
AccessMedicine - A collection of medical textbooks (e.g., Harrison's Internal Medicine), with overviews of diseases and conditions, lab tests, drug information, images, and more
Wheeless's Textbook of Orthopaedics (Duke University) -- Always check a page's revision date to make sure that the information is not too old. (Not very well-organized.)
Review Articles -- These are overviews of a topic, including its history and state of the art. They are longer than most articles, and have lots of references.
Statistics -- This page lists sources for data and statistics.
Finding Information about BME and Everything Else
1. Library home page --> Databases
2. Click "Browse list of databases"
3. Choose a subject to see the databases with information about it.
4. In each list, start with the databases under CORE -- they are the best and most relevant
- For a description about what's in the database, click "More Info" next to the database name
6. Patents -- Please go to the Patents page on the Engineering guide, and take your time reading through the information. Looking for patents can take some time, so be patient.
7. News -- News items can give you the most recent information about products, companies, and other information sources about your topics.
- Here is the list of newspapers and other news sources
- Business news -- start with ABI/INFORM, then look at the others in the Business list
8. Broad Search for Articles
- All subjects: Start with a database called Academic Search Ultimate, which covers all disciplines. Along with that one, you can choose any other databases you want to search:
9. Very Broad Search for Articles -- see the Google Scholar page
For time-saving tips about how to use Google Scholar, see the Google Scholar page in this guide.
Measurement / Classification
Rehabilitation Measures Databases (from Shirley Ryan Activity Lab)
AM-PAC (Activity Measure for Post-Acute Care "6-Clicks" Basic Mobility and Daily Activity) [NOTE: Not all of this information is accessible]
- Communication Function Classification System (CFCS)
- Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS), and more information
- Manual Ability Classification System (MACS)
- 2017 article about the four functional classification systems used in CP:
-- CFCS (Communication Function Classification System)
-- EDACS (Eating and Drinking Ability Classification System)
-- GMFCS (Gross Motor Function Classification System)
-- MACS (Manual Ability Classification System)
- American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AAPMR)
- Consortium for Constituents with Disabilities
- National Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training (AT3) Center -- A "clearinghouse for information and resources on many different assistive technologies. It will help you identify AT devices and services in the environments of education, employment, and community living for all ages and functional abilities."
- National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR)
- National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
- National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) -- This is the library of NIDILRR
- PM&R Knowledge Now -- This is AAPMR's (American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) online library
- RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America)
AbleData -- Was discontinued in September 2020. It shared "information to assist domestic and international customers and their family members, vendors, distributors, organizations, professionals and caregivers in understanding assistive technology (AT) options and programs available." Its publications are available at NARIC (see above).
AbleData was not a government site -- it received funding from National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), which is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The library's Citing guide gives examples for the three main reference styles and some others.
Always check the style to make sure your citation manager (which I hope is RefWorks) didn't leave anything out.
For Writing Help
Plagiarism -- It is extremely important to make sure that your writing does not use someone else's work without properly acknowledging it. Even "paraphrasing" (putting someone else's writing into your own words) must be done in a very careful way.
These tutorials will help you learn the basics of avoiding plagiarism. You will always need to know this, not only during your academic career, but throughout your professional career, too.
Undergrads -- Attached are some sample conference papers.