Many of the databases that I recommend will point you to journals and articles that are very technical. If you find yourself in a situation where a lot of the articles that you're finding are difficult to read, try searching within these specific journals. Click to visit and begin searching or browsing the journal you're interested in. You will be prompted to log in with your PID and password:
If you find articles that you like in these particular journals, I recommend that you think about where the information is coming from. Ask yourself questions like: Is the article summarizing research that was published elsewhere? Who completed the research, and where can you read more about it?
Virginia Tech Libraries has nearly 1,000 scholarly databases that you can search. Whenever you start a research project, you can begin by browsing our subject guides, which will point you to the best 4-5 databases for a particular research topic.
For your research projects in this class, I recommend three engineering-specific databases, listed below. Each of these databases contains information related to science and engineering, and should give you plenty of options to choose from as you search for articles!