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MEEG401/BMEG460: Engineering Senior Design

Resources for Conducting a Literature Search and Finding Standards and Patents

This guide serves to support MEEG401/BMEG460: Engineering Senior Design including essential information about conducting a literature searching and finding Standards and U.S. Patents.

During the course of your senior design project and in Phase 1 in particular, you will need to survey the literature and look towards other work that has been done in the area of your project. This background research should include a literature review, patent/prior art search, and competitive benchmarking of related products, practices and processes. At the end of this research, you should be able to demonstrate an understanding of essential sciences and technologies related to your project and identify gaps or limitations in existing solutions.

This guide is by no means comprehensive; rather, it is intended to serve as a starting point for your research and assignment. If you need assistance finding journal articles or Standards, contact William Simpson. For assistance with Patents, contact Sabine Lanteri.

The Library does provide online access to the complete set of ASTM International standards through ASTM Compass *. To determine if individual standards from other Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) are in the collection, a title search in DELCAT, the the University of Delaware library catalog, is the best option. If you only know the standard designation/number, search for it in the ANSI Webstore (located on the "Standards Aggregator Databases" tab of this Guide) to search by the standard designation/number and obtain the title of the standard. 

NOTE: The University of Delaware Library has paid subscriptions to both ASTM Compass and IEEE Xplore databases for specific standards and, upon request, ANSI will provide students enrolled in MEEG401/BMEG460 with complimentary access to selected international standards (ISO and IEC standard publications) for use in the course.  Provide Professor Alex De Rosa with the complete ISO or IEC standard designation and he will contact the ANSI administrator and request the standard(s) for you.

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