SSE Student Resources

SSE Student Resources

SSE Student Resources

Master's Project and Thesis Guidelines- Cohort Process

SSE will organize students working on projects into cohorts. There will be three cohorts a year, one beginning on January 15, a second on May 15 and a third on August 15, and each will be three and one-half months in length. The spring cohort is intended to support students who wish to graduate in May; the other two will allow students to graduate in January of the following year.


To be admitted to a cohort, a student will be required to have an approved abstract and a faculty advisor who has agreed to oversee their work.  The following documents,  Master's Project Guidelines ,   Candidate Topics , and  Master's Thesis Submission Guidelines  will help you accomplish that milestone. Please review the documents carefully and begin talking to prospective advisors as soon as possible.

Students who have questions regarding the cohort process or about enrolling in this course, should contact the Student and Faculty Care Center at  [email protected]


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Library Resources Guide: SSE

Library Resources Guide: SSE

Library Resources Guide: SSE

S.C. Williams Library, Stevens Institute of Technology:


iLink Online Catalog: 
Search for books, e-Books, bound journals, theses, dissertations, senior reports, and microfilm owned by the Stevens Library.


Library Resources:
The Search Tools section helps you select appropriate research resources and provides an a-z list of online research resources including journal article databases, e-Books, and more.


The Library subscribes annually to online research resources.  Databases contain many different kinds of information in various formats.   Some of these include: abstracts (summaries) and/or the full text of scholarly/academic journal articles, newspaper articles, magazine articles, conference proceedings, references to books, references to dissertations and theses, patents, standards, online reference e-Books, and more.


The information you will find in the Library's resources is consistently more reliable and more cutting-edge than what you will find if you conduct your research using the general Internet using a Google search, for example.


Scholarly and peer reviewed publications:
A publication is considered to be scholarly if it is authored by academics for a target audience that is mainly academic, the printed format isn't usually a glossy magazine, and it is published by a recognized society with academic goals and missions.


A publication is considered to be peer reviewed if its articles go through an official editorial process that involves review and approval by the author's peers (people who are experts in the same subject area.) Most (but not all) scholarly publications are peer reviewed.   Source: "About scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed." (18 June 2008)


Finding academic/scholarly journal articles & conference proceedings:

  • ABI/INFORM - popular and scholarly business and management journal articles; many in full text.
  • Academic Search Premier- search for multidisciplinary academic journal articles; many articles in full text.
  • ACM Digital Library - full text of all Association for Computer Machinery publications.
  • Business Source Premier - management, economics, finance, accounting, & international business journal articles.
  • Engineering Village, featuring access to the Compendex & Inspec databases - abstracts of engineering, science, and information technology articles, proceedings.
  • FirstSearch - access many multidisciplinary databases through one interface; includes Dissertations database.
  • IEEE Xplore - full text of journals, standards, conference proceedings, magazines published by the IEEE.
  • ScienceDirect - full text of major technical and scientific journals, published by Elsevier Science.
  • Scopus - obtain abstracts, references, and "cited by" information for over 14,000 peer-reviewed journals. 

There are many more excellent research resources accessible through the Library web site. Try your searches in many databases to maximize your research results.


Finding newspaper & magazine articles:

  • Lexis-Nexis Academic - newspapers, magazines, legal and business information; international.
  • National Newspapers - newspapers from all over the United States.

Finding online dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks:

  • Engineering Handbooks Online - full text of reference handbooks from CRC Press.
  • knovel Engineering & Scientific Reference - online encyclopedias, handbooks.
  • Safari Tech Books Online - full text of leading technology reference books for IT & programming professionals.

Finding books & dissertations from other university libraries:

  • FirstSearch WorldCat and Dissertations - search for books and/or dissertations in libraries worldwide; request them through the Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Services department.

Finding Patents:
The USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) database contains searchable full-text of patents issued since 1976; full-page images since 1790, and patent applications published since March, 2001.  Also, you can search for patents from the USPTO, World Intellectual Property Organization, and the European Patent Office using the Scopus database.


Full Text Finder:
Use this tool to find out if the full text of a journal, magazine, or newspaper is available in any of the library databases.  If it's not available, request the document you need through Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Services.


Multisearch discovery tool: 
This tool allows you to search for your topic in many databases simultaneously.  Multisearch helps researchers discover which databases may contain the most information on their subject.


Accessing Library Databases from Off-Campus:
In order to provide easier access to the many databases and resources to which the Library subscribes, the library is implementing an off-campus database authentication method called EZ-Proxy.  While currently in pilot test mode, the EZ-Proxy system will allow Stevens faculty, staff and students to easily access the library databases from off-campus without a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection.  
Accessing library databases from on campus will remain unchanged: simply go to the online resources list from the library website, or visit the database website directly.  When off-campus, you will be prompted for your Stevens Pipeline username and password before entering a database.  (You will only need to enter your information one time per browser session.)  Once authenticated, you will have the same access to the databases as if you were on campus or signed into a VPN.
Please note: you will still be able to connect to the Stevens network through a VPN, and VPN connections will still be supported by the IT department.  However, it will no longer be necessary to use a VPN in order to access the library databases.  For more information, please see the library instructions for accessing resources from off campus. 
Because this system is still in pilot test mode, please feel free to contact the library with any comments or questions you have about off-campus access and the EZ-proxy system.  Comments can be directed to Romel Espinel, Web Services Librarian at 201-216-5382, [email protected].

Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Services: If the Library does not have something you need on the bookshelves or in any of the online library research databases, we can get it for you!  Read more on the Library web site about requesting and obtaining journal articles, dissertations, standards, reports, conference proceedings, and books. Citing your sources:In the Search Tools section, the Tutorials and Guides area will provide helpful links to examples of various citation formats, including MLA, APA, and Chicago.  The citing sources tutorial also explains why it is so important to properly cite your sources.  The Stevens Writing Instruction Tutorial site is also very useful:


Library blog:
The eSource blog provides updates on new library services and resources and other newsworthy posts for the Stevens community.  You can subscribe to the feed to stay informed of the latest news from the library.


IM Reference:
The Reference and Research Services Librarians can be reached through email, telephone, IM reference, and in-person at the Reference Desk.


If you have any questions regarding library research, please contact:
Linda S. Beninghove, Head of Reference and Research Services,  201-216-5412,  [email protected]

All of the above information and resources is available and searchable on the library website at

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