Engineering (Mechanical & Design) - Finding Articles

For some assignments, our Discovery Service will give you enough sources to work with.

Sometimes you may want to try specific databases or journals – perhaps your lecturer has recommended particular names as a good way of finding articles. This page lists key sources for Engineering:

Full text databases

Full-text articles and conference papers published by the Association for Computing Machinery.  Useful for topics such as computer games, artificial intelligence, entertainment technology.

Full text of every article published by the Association for Computing Machinery. Some conference proceedings are available full text as well.

Full text of technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics

Archive of the Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers including over 200,000 pages of unique material.

• OnePetro 

OnePetro is an online library of technical literature for the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) industry. Content includes journal articles and conference proceedings.

ScienceDirect's extensive and unique full text database covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature, published by Elsevier. More than 2,500 journals and more than nine million full-text articles are available in ScienceDirect providing access to the physical sciences and engineering life sciences. This resource is also available through the Discovery service. A Library Guide is available.

This is a large collection of maths, science, technology and medicine related full-text and bibliographic information.  

Indexing databases

Note that the above cover  just one publisher.  (Science Direct, for example, is a database of Elsevier publications).  If you want to do wider searches and literature reviews which draw on the width of the literature, you’ll need to do a little more work and include these indexing databases in your research.  We may not have the full text of these articles (but can obtain them via Inter Library Loan) but you may find the database links through to full text where we have it.

• Engineering Village not in Discovery 

Engineering Village consists of three bibliographic databases, GEOBASE, GeoRef and Compendex. GEOBASE is a multidisciplinary database of bibliographic information and abstracts that indexes journal literature across the earth sciences including geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography and geomechanics from 1980-present. GeoRef covers geological literature from North America (1785-present), plus geological literature from the rest of the world (1933-present).

Compendex is the most comprehensive bibliographic database of scientific and technical engineering and computing research available. This may be of use to GIS students.

A Library Guide to this resource is available.

Indexes to journal articles and conference proceedings for a wide range of topics including engineering . This includes Compendex and INSPEC. 

• Engineering Workbench not in Discovery 

Engineering Workbench hosts a collection of industry standards, codes and specifications.

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Additional sources

You might also want to take a look at

AccessEngineering is a collection of critical, regularly updated engineering reference information. It includes instructional videos, interactive tables and charts, as well as personalization tools.

• British Standards Online  (in Library only) not in Discovery 

A database which provides details of tens of thousands of current, draft and withdrawn standards from the UK's national standards body, the British Standards Institution (BSI). 
A Library Guide to this resource is available. 
Use of the University of Portsmouth Library British Standards Online subscription is for educational purposes only.
Excessive downloading and printing of the material is prohibited. For more information on these restrictions please contact the library.

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Contains academic peer-reviewed journal articles as well as professional and trade publications covering a vast range of business topics.  Also includes country overviews, market reports and company swot analyses. 

Searching Business Source Complete video (you will need to self-enrol on the Moodle site to view this video and then click back on the link)


Covers all areas of business and management and is particularly useful for engineering subjects which connect with the business world.

• Emerald 

The full-text of thousands of articles from more than 100 peer-reviewed journals published by Emerald. Subjects include health and safety, management, human resources, engineering, marketing and training.  For the most relevant results, use the advanced search and restrict to case studies or literature reviews.

The full-text of thousands of articles from more than 100 peer-reviewed journals published by Emerald. Subjects covered include education, management, human resources, marketing and training – will often have engineering related articles.

The Energy Citations database (1943–present) has been designed and developed by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). It contains bibliographic records for energy and energy-related scientific and technical information providing access to DOE publicly-available citations from 1948 through the present, with continued growth through regular updates

• Engineer-it (IHS) not in Discovery 

Engineer-it provides you with instant access to over 1,800,000 pages of full-text, full colour catalogues, technical data sheets, handbooks, selector guides and manuals from an extensive range of suppliers

• Esp@cenet not in Discovery 

Espacenet offers free access to more than 80 million patent documents worldwide, containing information about inventions and technical developments from 1836 to today.

• IHS standards store not in Discovery 

Use this commercial site to check the validity of standards across different countries.  Search the Library catalogue for the few HIS Standards we have purchased.

Use this commercial site to check the validity of standards across different countries.  Search the Library catalogue for the few IHS Standards we have purchased.  Comprehensive source of technical industry standards as well as government and military standards.

• ITU-R recommendations not in Discovery 

International Telecommunication Union’s Radio Communication Sector recommendations are a set of international technical standards covering static and mobile communication technologies, the management and use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits, broadcasting systems and space communications and transmissions.

• ITU-T recommendations not in Discovery 

International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) produce over 160 new and revised standards (ITU-T Recommendations), covering the information and communications infrastructure from core network functionality and broadband to next-generation services like IPTV. Most are freely downloadable

• Knovel 

Knovel enables you to manipulate engineering data from a wide range of sources. In addition to full-text ebook content it also provides access to equations, materials and substances data, and interactive charts and graphs. Its materials database covers everything from mechanical to chemical properties data, corrosion data and material properties. Knovel provides interactive engineering tools that enable data analysis, and specialized data search and taxonomies that make it easy to discover answers to technical questions.

Library Guide to this resource is available.

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