Polymer Library

Why use the Polymer Library

There are a number of advantages to using the Polymer Library:

  • Focused resource - we only take items relating to polymers, so your search results are more accurate
  • Quality source material - we only take published information, so the articles have probably been selected by an editor and may be peer reviewed whereas anybody can post anything on the internet
  • Comprehensive coverage - with information sourced from so many different places, you can quickly and easily get the full picture on your topic
  • Quality content - our experienced team of abstractors produce quality records with thorough and accurate keywords, so your search results will be extensive with minimal false hits
  • Easy-to-use - the user friendly search interface means beginners can get started easily, but also allows experienced searchers to develop more complex strategies
  • Convenient full-text service - virtually all items mentioned in the Polymer Library can be ordered directly from us via our Document Delivery service. Many can be downloaded instantly; others can be e-mailed, faxed or posted within 24 hours.


The Polymer Library may be used in many ways. Here are a few of the reasons that you may use it:

  • Subject overview - Catch up on all the important information on a specific topic area. The Polymer Library's comprehensive and historical coverage gives you the full picture.
  • Explore new possibilities - Try using broader terms or looking up further research by authors who write in your field. The Polymer Library interface allows easy searching on fields like Index Terms and Author Names.
  • Industry - Find out how the latest technologies are being applied in your field. Source material includes a wide range of application-based journals.
  • Trade names - Research trade names and find out where and when the products were used. Database dates back to 1972 and includes old trade name records which can be hard to trace elsewhere.
  • Monitor the competition - Discover what has been published about (and by) your rival companies. Key news items form an important part of the Polymer Library content.
  • Testing - Find out if your experiment has been carried out before, or find similar research to help you progress. Information sources include hundreds of technical journals and conference proceedings.
  • Product failure - Search for ways to improve your product like finding out about new materials and their properties and limitations. Key properties discussed in the full text are carefully indexed in our records.
  • Filing a patent - Carry out a prior art search to find out if a technology or practice has been documented before. Comprehensive source material gives a better chance of finding that all-important reference.
  • Techniques - Learn about new developments in your field. The Polymer Library database is updated with the latest information every week.
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