Mechanical Engineering search tools

Major comprehensive databases

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. 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.

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.

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

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

Provides access to technical papers in the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) industry.

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

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  • 28,500 historical and 1,000 withdrawn standards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 Technical papers
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.

ARC Aerospace Research Central 
The digital library of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Includes AIAA meeting papers.

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.

INIS (IAEA: International Nuclear Information System)  
Information system on the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology. Provides a bibliographic database with abstracts and a collection of full-text documents

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

IEA Datasets

Datasets include:

  • CO2 emissions from fuel consumption
  • Coal, electricity, oil, natural gas and renewables information
  • World energy statistics, prices and balances
  • Energy technology research and development
  • Energy prices and taxes