Information Services


The following resources are available for finding peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, theses and technical reports in engineering.

Compendex is a comprehensive index covering all fields of engineering. Inspec, produced by the IET, includes coverage of physics and IT. The Web of Science is an interdisciplinary resource covering science and engineering and provides a useful citation searching facility.


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AccessEngineering provides access to authoritative, regularly-updated engineering reference information and includes dynamic online features such as interactive tables and charts, calculators and instructional videos, as well as personalization tools which allow users to easily organise project information. Content includes:

  • key sources such as Perry's Handbook for Chemical EngineersMarks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers and Roark’s formulas for stress and Strain.
  • Excel spreadsheet calculator tools for commonly used calculations
  • Personalization tools for organising, highlighting and annotating critical information
  • over 3900 interactive graphs as well as thousands of downloadable tables to make it easier to use and analyze key data.
  • Over 600 instructional videos, demonstrating step-by-step solutions to real-world engineering problems
  • Engineering news feed delivers global news for all major engineering disciplines
  • Business suite of references and videos for developing management, presentation and process skills.
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ASTM Compass

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Description: Full-text of 13,000+ active standards, 39,000+ historical standards, 1,000+ withdrawn standards from the ASTM.  It also includes 11 full-text journals, 1,500+ books, manuals, data series and 29,00+ technical papers from the ASTM, 12,300+ Redlines as well as videos of test method procedures, apparatus setup, materials and preparation of specimens. ASTM was formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials.


Compendex is a key resource


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Description: The database of Engineering Index, providing coverage of the world's significant engineering and technological literature including journals, books, technical reports and conference proceedings. With over 20 million records from 77 countries across 190 engineering disciplines.
Coverage: 1884 - present


Construction Information Service

Note: Use the British Standards Online database for full-text access to British Standards and Eurocodes
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Description: The Construction Information Service provides instant full-text access to current regulations, standards, technical advice and a vast array of related news and briefings. Key institutes and organisations that contribute to the service include: IStructE, CIRIA, CIOB, SCI, The Concrete Society, TRL, AJ, BSRIA, RIAI.
Additional information: British Standards Online for full text access to British Standards and Eurocodes



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DataVis is a materials properties database, currently covering approximately 200 materials and 65 properties, including cost. DataVis can be used to find a property value for a single material, or can be used to compare properties across multiple materials. Interactive visualization features allow display of property data in interactive dot-plots and scatterplots across a wide range of materials. Up to 5 properties can be explored together on a single page and interactive tools enable exploration of the data, such as comparing the range of each property both within and across material classifications. Visualizations can be saved as projects and shared with others. Sample DataVis student projects are available as active learning projects; these can be used as-is, or saved and customized. Other content can be included in projects by adding text content to the top of any page in a project or by adding related content links from the AccessEngineering database (see separate database entry). DataVis returns values in SI units but units can be changed; the source for the value is also provided. 

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Engineering Case Studies Online

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The analysis of engineering failures enables engineers to learn how to create designs with a greater chance of success, by establishing the nature of each failure—structural, corrosive, electrical, etc. The database includes:

  • feature-length video documentaries of major failures;
  • monographs explaining cases in detail and describing key engineering concepts and issues;
  • simulations depicting what went wrong; primary footage of accidents (including related news segments);
  • audio footage and transcripts;
  • testimonies from participants, victims, and witnesses;
  • images, accident reports, blueprints, etc.

Over 50 seminal case studies from around the world are covered in depth.


Environmental Issues Online

Access information: Access on and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.

Multimedia materials (text, archival primary sources, video and audio) around key environmental challenges, including climate change, water/air pollution, etc. Specific environmental case studies enable study of particular problems and how solutions have been created (or not created) in globally scale-able ways. Each case study includes published text, films, documentaries, government reports, NGO publications, monographs, regulations debates, contextualizing resources, and archival primary sources, putting each case in its historical context.



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Description: The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Inspec database has over 16 million indexed records with abstracts of articles published more than 6,500 physics, computer science, electronics, electrical engineering, control engineering journals and conference proceedings. Published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Indexes arXiv content.
Coverage: 1896-present



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Description: SPEOnePetro is a library of technical documents, conference proceedings and journal articles serving the oil and gas exploration and production industry.
Note: It is not necessary for users to register to use the service. However, registration provides additional features, eg saving search strategies and setting up email alerts of relevant new content.


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Description: Millions of searchable citations to worldwide dissertation and theses. Around 70,000 new dissertations and theses added annually.
Coverage: Simple bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637.  Each dissertation published since July, 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts.
Full-text: 1997 to date, with selected coverage from earlier years.  Full text for certain publications is subject to market availability.
Note: Index to Theses has been asbsorbed into this product since January 2015.


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Description: Full-text of technical papers, material specifications, standards, books and journals available for download, covering all fields related to mobility engineering – e.g.  aerospace, automotive industries, design engineering, energy sources, fluids, fuels, propulsion, safety engineering, tests and testing, transportation, etc. Includes the SAE Cybersecurity Knowledge Hub for information related to the cyber-physical security of end to end product design, risk mitigation, training and standards.  


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Description: Abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources.  Contains over 16 million author profiles, 70,000 institutional profiles, 5000 publishers, 70 million records, 1.4 billion cited references, covers over 20,000 journals from health, life, physical and social sciences and the humanities.
Coverage: For some subject areas, from 1788 onwards.  
Note: The University of Edinburgh's Affiliation ID is 60027272 (used for configuring Papers 3 for Mac to work with Scopus).
Note: If you would like to register to receive personalised searches, alerts etc then select "Other Institution login", then add "Edinburgh" to the search box to find the University of Edinburgh log in link, select the Shibboleth option if requested.


SciFinder (personal registration and University IP address required)

Access information: Requires personal registration. Off-campus, you must be accessing the University network via the VPN service.
  After 20 minutes of inactivity sessions will be closed automatically.
Description: Bibliographic information and abstracts of articles published from more than 10,000 journals. Covers chemistry (all aspects), chemical structures and patents, chemical engineering, biochemistry, biotechnology, genetics. Information on more than 50 million chemical substances.
  Search by chemical structure or text. Full reaction searching allows you to specify reaction sites and map atoms in the reactants. Also, information on patents, chemical suppliers and regulations. Cited reference searching is possible.
Coverage: From 1800s onwards
Additional information: Further support from the supplier.


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Description: The most extensive resource available on optics and photonics literature, providing access to most SPIE Journals, Conference Proceedings and e-books.
Coverage: 1962 onwards.


Web of Science Core Collection is a key resource

Web of Science Core Collection

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Citations and abstracts to millions of journal articles and conference proceedings from all subjects. Impact factors, h-indexes and email alerts available.

Detailed information about Web of Science


Citation Indexes: Science and Social Sciences (both 1900 onwards), Arts & Humanities (1975 onwards), Conference Proceedings in Science and Social Science & Humanities (both 1990 onwards), Books in Science and Social Sciences & Humanities (both 2005 onwards). KCI-Korean Journal Database (1980 onwards), SciELO Citation Index (1997 onwards).

Chemical Indexes: Current Chemical Reactions (1986 onwards), Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data (1840 onwards), Index Chemicus (1993 onwards).


Publisher userguide

Finding articles which have in their reference lists a work you found useful ('cited reference searching'): Cited Reference Searching (pdf)


Journal Citation Reports: 

Impact Factors (pdf)



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Provides access to the British Library’s Electronic Table of Contents of approximately 35,200 current journals and more than 58 million article citations and conference papers. The database covers all subjects and is updated daily.

Zetoc Alert is a current awareness service that sends you email alerts matching the search criteria that you have provided whenever new data is loaded into the database. The alerts may be for particular journals, for authors or for keywords from the titles of articles and papers. These email Alerts will be sent on the day the new data is loaded into the database (the database is updated each weekday so this can be as soon as 72 hours after publication). There is no limit on the number of Alerts lists that people can create, although there is a limit of 50 journals or searches in each Alert list.

Zetoc Search allows you to search over 58 million journal and conference records. 3 search options are available: General Search to search for both journal articles and conference proceedings, Journal Search to search for journal articles, and Conference Search to search for just conference proceedings. Enter information into the search boxes provided and click 'Search' in order to retrieve your search results. Search results are displayed as brief records, divided into fields which are labelled to indicate their content e.g. title, author(s) etc. Click on a record's article title to view the full record. In the "Full text options" section of any Zetoc full record there are options to link to the full text (if available to you via your institution). Open Access  records will have links to view the full text on the publisher website or Europe PMC.

Zetoc RSS enables you to subscribe to feeds for individual journals. You can subscribe to the feed in various ways, depending on your chosen RSS reader.

Coverage: 1993 to date. Updated daily.
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Information on how to access ZETOC using a Z39.50 client such as EndNote:

NHS Staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network