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 artifical intelligence, computer science, human computer interaction, industrial, electrical, energy, manufacturing, materials and mechanical engineering. Available 1884 – present. It can be used to filter search results for specific values, less than/greater than or number ranges for a range of parameters (e.g. size, frequency, electrical resistance and many more).
  • Inspec
    Leading database in electrical engineering, electronics, physics, control engineering, computing and manufacturing & production engineering. Also provides significant coverage in nuclear engineering, biomedical engineering and materials science. Available 1896 – 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.

Contains abstracts centred on psychology and the behavioural and social sciences with references to journal articles, books, book chapters, technical reports and dissertations.

AES e-library
Provides access to the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society as well as papers presented at conferences and convention on audio research  from 1953 to the 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.

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 
Includes full text access to British, European, ISO and IEC standards. FileOpen plugin is required to download standards. Please see the further instructions here. FileOpen is already installed on all College computers.

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 and some full text of theses and dissertations from around the world.