You can use the front screen of the library website to find academic journal articles and it will search many of our databases at once . NOTE: When using the links below it will take you to a Discover page, click on the A-Z link and scroll down the list to find the database you would like to search.
Below are an example of databases which are useful for Engineering
IEEE Xplore Digitial Library: IEEE Xplore is a digital library providing full-text access to the world’s highest quality technical literature in electrical engineering, electronics, and manufacturing. IEEE Xplore contains full-text documents from IEEE journals, transactions, conference proceedings, standards, and IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) publications.
ScienceDirect: ScienceDirect has over 2000 full-text Elseiver journals , plus abstracts and covers such topics as materials science, automotive engineering , ergonomics and mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering.
Emerald Engineering journals: Emerald provides journals on a range of subject areas. These include Operation/Process Management, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing/Production Methods . Over 100 journal titles are available full text. All journals are academic, scholarly or peer reviewed.
British Standards Online: BSOL (British Standards Online) is the premier site for all publications from the British Standards Institution. The site contains over 35,000 documents covering specifications for products, dimensions, and performance, Codes of Practice and guides. BSOL includes an index of world standards and the full text of all British Standards.
There are a number of professional websites for Engineers the list below is not by all means every one of them. There are also a large number of technical, commercial and engineering community websites .
IET: the Institute of Engineering & Technology is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions . It is a multi disciplinary society to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Student & Graduate membership schemes are available. IET journals are available on IEEE Xplore Digital Library via Discover
IMECHE: the Institution of Mechanical Engineers was formed in 1847 with the express purpose of developing mechanical engineers, knowledge , skills and opportunities. Mechanical engineers are at the forefront of developments such as artificial hearts to re-usable spacecraft . Membership is free for students and apprentices on a STEM course.
SAE International: SAE is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle industries.
Royal Academy of Engineering: the RAE represents some of the nations best practicing engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs
Women’s Engineering Society: the Women’s Engineering Society is a professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development.
Matweb: Matweb’s searchable database of material properties includes datasheets of thermoplastic and thermoset polymers such as ABS, nylon, poly-carbonate, polyethylene and metals such as aluminium, copper, lead nickel, steel and superalloys . The database also covers semiconductors and fibres
Conversion Tables: all aspects of conversion tables, feet to inches, metres, temp etc, downloadable app also available
Engineering.com: digital magazine covering stories and news on the latest advancements in technology for product innovation and manufacturing .
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society: the society promotes the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems and devices of all kinds.
For further information about other websites that may help you please contact your subject librarian Helen Lawrence
Apps for Apple, Android and Google are now available to help with taking notes, technical data, organising study time and mind-mapping.
These are just a few apps you might find useful: some are free to download, others may incur a cost.
Mechanical Engineer (IOS): features over 300 helpful mechanical engineering formulas and conversion formulas
Graphing Calculator (IOS): multi-function tool with high-res function plotter, unit converter and scientific calculator
Nastran Mobile (IOS): lets you do finite element analysis on shapes such as plates, blocks , cylinders and tubes
ENGCalc (Android): formula and property tables for mechanical, hydraulic, structural and machine design
Fluids Mechanics converter (Android) : conversion calculator that translates different units of measure related to fluid mechanics
CFE Media’s Apps for Engineering (IOS and Android): interactive directory of IOS and Android mobile applications . Covers various topics, technical and commercial applications
EverNote (Windows, IOS , Android): Evernote is an organisational app, it allows you to take notes and make them searchable , create to-do lists, record voice reminders and capture photos
Studious (Android): is an organisation app for keeping track of your assignments, exams and a timetable design for your classes
Trell0 (IOS, Android): keep track of projects, your writing, lists. Create boards to organise anything your working on and share with colleagues or use for team collaboration
Box (IOS, Android): securely store , manage and share all your files, photo’s and documents
MindMeister (IOS, Android, Google Chrome): Mindmap editor , create , share and present your mindmaps
Bamboo Paper (IOS, Android): turn your device into a paper notebook, and capture your ideas. Take notes, sketch and draw
Layar (IOS): augmented reality scan print materials to enhance your digital experience
What is Patents and Intellectual property. A patent is applied for by an inventor and is granted by a legislative body usually the government and confers upon the creator of that invention the sole right to make, use, and sell that invention for a set period of time. Intellectual Property rights protects the products of human intelligence and creation, such as copyright e.g. art, writing, films and music and Industrial property e.g patented inventions, Trademarks and geographical locations
Intellectual Property Office: is the UK service and covers patents, trademarks, copyright, design law & practice.
IPSUM: this is a new free service which allows you to check the status and information on UK patent applications.
Google Patents: search over 7 million patents
USPTO: USA Patent & trademark office
British Library: the British Library holds a substantial collection of patents. If you need to see the full-text of a patent and it is not available via other online databases you may visit the BL to access the print copy.
Business & IP Centre Newcastle: the B&IP centre is based at Newcastle Central Library and supports entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses in the North East. They can provide advice on IP, Patents etc.