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Dissertations are book-length documents that are the culminating requirement of a PhD degree. They are usually narrow in scope but very in-depth treatments of a topic. Dissertations often contain long bibliographies on the topic because submitters are required to do a comprehensive literature search.
A Patent is an official document, issued by a government patent agency, granting property rights to the inventor or to the assignee (the latter is the owner of the patent). Patent searches are important for scientists and engineers for identifying patent applications and issued patents in areas of interest, learning about a new field of technology, for market information, and for tracking IP of competitors.
Standards and Specifications are described as documents that describe the rules and conditions for how materials and products should be manufactured, defined, measured, tested, and applied. They are used to establish baselines or a minimum level of performance and quality control to ensure that optimal conditions and procedures for the purpose of creating compatibility with products and services from different periods and a range of sources
“Technical reports are documents that generally contain results of research and development supported by government grants or contracts. They can also come from private and corporate sponsored research. Although they are not usually formally refereed, they are an important form of scientific and technical information and communication. They are published by noncommercial publishers and are usually part of a numbered series.”
-Subramanyam, Krishna. Scientific and Technical Information Resources. SEL/Boelter Reference Stacks T 10.7 S93 1981
Selected vendor catalogs that can be used to order electronics, parts, chemicals, materials, supplies, etc.
A collection of print and online safety reference books, websites, and MSDS sources.