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Additional Research Resources

This guide introduces some additional research resources outside of Preston Library's search tool.

Additional Research Resources

SciTech Premium

The SciTech Premium Collection searches over 25 databases covering aerospace, agricultural, atmospheric, aquatic, biological, earth, engineering, environmental, materials, and technology subjects. It also accesses over 13,000 scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, and government publications.

Engineering Village

Engineering Village provides citations for 5,000 engineering journals, conference papers, books, patents, dissertations, and technical reports.


Statista has more than 1 million statistics on 80,000+ topics from 22,500+ sources on market and consumer data.


WorldCat is the largest catalog of library materials in a variety of formats encompassing thousands of libraries in over 100 countries. You can discover items Preston Library does not have and then place an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request for those items.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar contains scholarly materials such as journal articles, research reports, dissertations and theses, technical reports, patents, and more. Make sure to verify that the materials you find are scholarly by VMI standards.

Google Books

Google Books contains more than 10 million full-text books and magazines that Google has digitized. If the item is digitized but still protected under copyright, then Google often provides you with previews or snippets of the item.