A patent is a legal document that gives the patent owner certain exclusive rights in a specific country to his/her invention for a limited time, usually 20 years.
Patents can be a good source for information on new technology, trends in technological development, and innovations. They often contain references to other literature on the subject of coverage.
Almost all Library databases can be accessed from off-campus. The easiest way to do this is to use links from the Library website. You will then be prompted for your CNetID and password to authenticate yourself as an authorized user.
If you find sources through Google Scholar or other search engines, you may not automatically get access to Library resources. Use the ProxyIt bookmarklet in these situations. There's more information on our guide to off-campus access