CRCnetBASE offers e-handbooks and e-books in multiple disciplines.
Note: Review articles, an important source of background information, can be really helpful in getting started: They synthesize key research on your topic, and normally are written by experts in your fields. Review articles can be found in databases.
You can find primary information sources, such as articles and conference papers, in the following databases:
MathSciNet is a comprehensive database covering the world's mathematical literature since 1940, providing Web access to the bibliographic data and reviews of mathematical research literature contained in the Mathematical Reviews Database.
Scopus is a navigation tool covering the world's largest collection of abstracts, references and indexes of scientific, technical, and medical (STM) literature. Seamless links to full-text articles and other library resources make Scopus quick, easy, and comprehensive.
The IEEE Explore Digital Library provides web access to more than four-million full-text documents from some of the world's most highly-cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics.
What if the library doesn't have an article or book you want? Use the Interlibrary Loans system to request it from another library (generally free of charge for Western users).
Research Process Toolkit
The tutorial toolkit is a collection of Western Libraries tutorials specific to the research process. Organized as a step by step series from the beginning to the end of the research process, this toolkit helps equip undergraduate students with essential research skills along with the knowledge of various ways the Library can help.