And I'd like to write it and do the work on my own. It's a project that would probably take me a few months. I'm wondering : What are the best places to check to make sure noone has done anything like it? Article searches I mean. I currently do not have access to the search engines that are not free. I will in about two months; I'll have a school's access. (though my login may work already, i'll have to try). But my government access has expired. Should I let my university know? I'm working on my PhD, and have some time over the next two months (no reasearch at school yet). I feel that if I let them know, they may want me to work with their department (which is fine) but they may push for an advisor in that department/school of physics (materials science/modeling/simulation). And I do NOT really want to do all of my PhD research/thesis/specialty in materials science or computer based simulation. (though this paper would be about that). Its hard to describe without giving it completely away. But lets say that I have read enough papers in the field, though only a few years into it, to have not come across anythign like it. Its something that while working on my undergrad thesis would have answered a lot of my questions, and it seems everyone in the field takes it for granted, without knowing why. So thats the field : Computer Physical Modeling and Simualtion.