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Finding engineering information


Handbooks have summaries of commonly used information, including formulas, calculations and properties.


Search the Compendex database to find research articles about robotic arms.  You can also do a combined search with INSPEC, which includes computer and control papers. Click the "Get this at MIT" button to access full text of the articles.


Standards are extensively used in engineering to specify material measurements and specifications as well as safety standards and process guidelines. See a guide to what standards MIT Libraries have here.


Patents can show you how others have approached similar problems in creating devices or products. A guide to finding patents is here.

Finding neuroscience & medical information


Use PubMed and PsycARTICLES to find peer reviewed scholarly research articles on the brain computer interface. Use keywords combinations that include terms such as computer, brain, interface, assistive device, sensorimotor or communication. 


Use the following resources to find overviews of diseases and disabilities. Find basic information on nervous system diseases and disorders like Parkinson's, overview of physiological systems, and specific issues such as spinal cord injuries or ischemic stroke.

StatRef-  Database of full-text of core medical textbooks and other reference sources. 

Comprehensive Physiology - primary reference in physiology. Physiology is the study of the way biological organs or systems work. Find information on muscular physiology, neurophysiology, and exercise physiology.

See the Books box below and the Biological Data & Atlases guide for more atlases. 


Check out the Technology section of for information about technology laws and regulations and types of assistive technologies available. 

Check out the CDC's FastStats section on Disabilities and Functioning (Adults) for statistics regarding physical functioning difficulty and disability and health in the U.S., in general.