Design Engineering search tools

Major comprehensive databases

Web of Science
Multidisciplinary database covering peer-reviewed journals. Available 1970 – present. Includes citation links.

Multidisciplinary database. Available 1823 – present, although majority of content is from 1996 – present. Includes citation links.

Ei Engineering Village 2
Gives access to:

  • Compendex
    Most comprehensive database of engineering research including mechanical, automotive, materials, aerospace, bioengineering and nuclear technology. Available 1884 – present.

IEEE Xplore
Full-text of all IEE/IEEE publications including journals, magazines, conference proceedings, standards and books. Available 1986 – present.

ACM Digital Library
The digital library of the Association for Computing Machinery. Contains the full text of ACM publications including journals and conference proceedings plus bibliographic records from the ACM Guide to Computing Literature.

Contains over 14 million citations and abstracts from more than 4,800 biomedical journals. Useful for biomechanics, medical robotics, etc. Available 1966 – present.

EBSCOhost Business Source Ultimate
Contains Business publications as well industry and trade magazines.

Full-text access to over 10,000 news, business and industry publications worldwide.

Humanities Index
Abstracting and indexing tool for research in the humanities. Coverage includes journals and magazines in art, culture, design, history and philosophy from 1962 to present day. 

Other databases and databanks

ASME Digital Collection
Provides access to ASME’s Transaction journals from 1960 – present and Conference Proceedings from 2008 – present.

ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library
Gives access to:

  • over 13,000 active ASTM standards
  • 28,500 historical and 1,000 withdrawn standards
  • Journals including Geotechnical Testing Journal and Journal of Testing and Evaluation
  • Special Technical Publications (symposia papers), manuals and monographs
  • Videos showing demonstrations of test method procedures, apparatus setup, materials and preparation of specimens
  • Terminology Dictionary

SAE Digital Library 
Provides access to technical papers 1906 – present.

British Standards Online 
Full-text set of British Standards on all subjects. Includes ISO and EN equivalents.

ESDU (Engineering Science Data Unit) 
Validated engineering design data, methods and software for engineers. Includes over 1,350 design guides with supporting software covering engineering structures, wind engineering, and stress and strength.

JoVE is an online research journal that makes & publishes videos of experiments to increase reproducibility and transparency in fields including engineering, chemistry, medicine and life sciences. Log in by choosing the ‘sign in with Shibboleth’ option.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global
Abstracts of theses and dissertations from around the world.