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Engineering: Home

Use this guide for general research related to classes in the Engineering Department

Featured Books from the Library

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How to Find a Journal Article When You Know the Citation Information

If you have a journal article citation, but don't know if we have that specific journal, or don't know where the journal is online or in print, search the Journal Titles A-Z list.

United States Patent and Trademark Office - Full-Text Search


Energy Citations Database

This database contains citations to research in the field of energy. It is coordinated by the US Department of Energy. NOTE: This database does not contain full-text journal articles. Instead, search the Periodicals List to determine if we have the specific journal and issue, and link through the List.


A gateway to government science information and research results. Currently in its fifth generation, provides a search of over 40 scientific databases and 200 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to 1,950+ scientific Websites

GB Physical geography.

 651 – 2998 Hydrology. Water.

GC Oceanography.

 1000 – 1581 Marine resources. Marine pollution.

Q Science (General).

 180 Operations research.

 300 – 390 Artificial intelligence. Information theory.

R Medicine.

 856 – 857 Biomedical engineering. Electronics. Instrumentation.

 895 – 920 Medical physics. Medical radiology. Nuclear medicine.

T Technology.

TA Engineering (General). Civil Engineering.

 349 – 359 Mechanics of engineering. Applied mechanics.

 401 – 492 Materials of engineering and construction.

 630 – 820 Structural engineering. Geotechnical engineering.

 1501 – 1820 Applied optics.

TC Hydraulic engineering.

TD Environmental engineering.

TE Highway Engineering. Roads and pavements.

TF Railroad engineering and operations.

TG Bridge engineering.

TH Building construction.

TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery.

 163 Power resources. Energy conservation.

 210.2 – 225 Robotics. Control engineering.

TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering.

TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics.

TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy.

TP Chemical technology.

TS Manufacturing.

 155 - 194Production management. Operations management.

VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering.

Acronyms for Standards

National Institute on Standards and Technology

Publicly Available ISO Standards

Some ISO standards are made available publicly without charge via this website.

U.S. Department of Defense (MIL-Specs)

The ASSIST database provides access to the full text of Defense and Federal specifications and standards available.  Search by number, keyword in title or browse by subject (FSA - Federal Supply Class).

Free Access NFPA Codes & Standards

Some codes and standards of the National Fire Protection Association are made freely available in the interest of public safety.

NASA Technical Standards Program

Browse for standards used by the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) in engineering activities

Engineering Village

Standards by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) are indexed in the Engineering Village platform (Compendex database). Current and older versions are included, as well as articles about how to implement standards. Guide to Searching




Identify standards you need using these free databases:

U.S. Energy Information Administration

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects, analyzes, and disseminates energy information to promote policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy sector.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.

USGS Minerals Commodity Statistics

Minerals commodity statistics provided by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Water Resources of the United States

Portal to water resources data and information provided by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. Department of Transportation

Extensive statistics relating to U.S. transportation including economics, energy, infrastructure, freight, passengers, vehicles, and more.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Data and reports on highway safety in the United States.

Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Data sets on a variety of U.S. farm and agricultural commodity topics.

National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics

Data and surveys on STEM education, employment, and research and development.

National Center for Health Statistics

Surveys and reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

American FactFinder (Census)

Ultimate source for data on the U.S. population. Skim topics or use the American FactFinder to look up statistics.

Statistical Abstracts of the U.S. (historical)

Publications of U.S. Census data from 1878 to 2012.

Economic Census (U.S. Census Bureau)

Economic, Industry, and Business statistics collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.


A portal to official statistical information from over 100 U.S. government agencies.

United Nations Data

Collection of 60 years of statistical data from member countries on a variety of topics on economic and social affairs.

Beware of Predatory Journal Articles

Predatory journals are a growing problem in academic fields, and are becoming particularly problematic in the sciences. Unscrupulous publishers take advantage of open access models (publishing models that allow anyone to access journal content without paying subscription costs). However, they publish junk science with questionable methods, results and conclusions. This has the potential to negatively affect future research. The motivations are to make money off of unsuspecting authors by charging them to publish articles, or for authors to unethically increase their publication counts for prestige.

It is important to identify and screen out predatory publishers so that they do not corrupt your literature reviews and research. First, search only reputable library and professional databases such as Medline, PubMed, CINAHL, or Engineering Village. Predatory journals will show up in Google searches. Second, read all research with a critical eye. Read ABOUT the publication, not just the article itself. Ask faculty or a librarian if you are unsure whether an article comes from a reputable journal.

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Online (free) resources

Office of Scientific and Technical Information - Documents and citations in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics of interest. Over 2.85 million total records with 427,000 full-text DOE-sponsored scientific and technical information reports. From the Office of Scientific and Technical Information at the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
USGS Water Resources of the United States - Maps, publications, and data from the U.S. Geological Survey
Environmental and Water Resources Journals - Abstract and citation information compiled by the American Society of Civil Engineers