Engineering (Mechanical & Design) - Recommended Sources

There are a wide range of resources available to Engineering students beyond the obvious journals, databases and websites. Here we list a selection we think you could find helpful.

Specialist e-resources

• Barbour not in Discovery 

Barbour is a health and safety information service providing information sourced from over 900 providers. Information within it includes legislation, technical guides and best practice along with director level briefings and employee training guides. The legislation diary identifies all known upcoming changes in legislation relating to different health and safety topics.

Barbour site information: Barbour search hints and tips and library guide

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This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 1998 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. You can create playlists and clips to embed in presentations, as well as putting in requests for recording. Look out for all the useful documentaries. (Not available to anyone outside the UK.)

Trade organisation for industrial designers. The website includes access to the online Design Directory.

A collection of 53 e-books relating specifically to petroleum engineering/science but of potential wider interest to earth and environmental sciences.

A variety of reference works, including dictionaries, which tutors may well prefer to Wikipedia, and it even tells you how to set out a reference to what you find. Try out the 'Mind Map' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work (use the arrow next to Basic Search to get to it).

• Google Scholar not in Discovery 


  • A variant of Google that searches for academic literature


  • Provides access to articles, books, conference papers and preprints
  • Links to Full-text @ Portsmouth where available when settings are applied


  • Simple or advanced searching allowing refinement by date, author etc
  • A Library Guide to this resource is available 

Containing over 1700 images from the archives and historic book collection of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) this resource charts the history of the Institution and of mechanical engineering, covering topics from railways to manufacturing, spanning the late 1800's to the late 1900's.

This is a free tool that enables you to convert different units of measurement.

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