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Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Alison Ashmore

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Academic Librarian

W‌hy use this guide?

The aim of this guide is to provide you with information about the Library’s resources and services relevant to Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.

As an Engineer you will need to use quality and validated information. To help you easily identify some of the niche engineering resources use the tabs above.

Before you start remember to download the VPN from IT Services to gain seamless off-campus access to ebooks, e-journals, databases, e-mail and print credits etc.

If this guide does not provide you with the information that you need then please contact Alison Ashmore, your Academic Librarian.

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Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering resources:

Library Catalogue Plus - a good place to start

Key Engineering resources

ACM Digital Library                               
Covers the full-text of the Assoc. for Computing Machinery publications.
Compendex
Covers publications on mechanical and manufacturing engineering and a wide number of engineering disciplines.
Datasheet Locator
 Use to access electronic component manufacturers product datasheets.
IEEE Xplore
Covers electrical and electronics engineering, computer science, power & energy, industrial engineering, robotics, biomedical engineering and more. Includes journal articles, conference proceedings and technical standards.
SPIE Digital Library
Covers optics and photonics publications.

Specialised multidisciplinary resources

ASTM Standards                                               Standards produced by the American Society for Testing and Materials. Covers metals, energy, the environment, consumer products, medical services, devices and electronics, advanced materials and more.  
British Standards Online
A standard is an agreed way of doing something e.g.making a product, managing a process or delivering a service. Our subscription covers BS standards and BS EN ISO standards. To access the resource: select Institutional login, enter Athens details. 
Espacenet
Full-text patents database. Patents cover the technical details of an invention together with any associated legal information.
Science Direct
Multi-disciplinary database, providing access to the full-text journals produced by Elsevier.
Scopus
Multidisciplinary database covering engineering, natural sciences, biomedical, health and social sciences. Content includes scientific journals, books and conference proceedings.
Web of Science Covers a variety of disciplines including engineering, materials sciences, natural sciences. life sciences, biomedical and health sciences.

E-journals can be viewed on any computer whether you are in the Library or working from home off campus.  Just remember to download the VPN for off campus access. 

Mechanical, Manufacturing & Bioengineering resources

Library Catalogue Plus - a good place to start

Key engineering resources

ASME Digital Collection
Access to the Am. Soc. of Mech. Eng. journal, conference proceedings and e-book collection.
Compendex Covers publications on mechanical and manufacturing engineering and a wide number of engineering disciplines.
Dieselnet An online information service covering technical and business information on diesel engines, emissions, fuels, and other technologies required by the clean and efficient diesel engines of the future.
ESDU Validated Data Database providing validated design methods, data and software tools covering a wide range of engineering disciplines.
IEEE Xplore
Covers electrical and electronics engineering, computer science, power & energy, industrial engineering, robotics, biomedical engineering and more. Includes journal articles, conference proceedings and technical standards.
Institute of Mechanical Engineers Library
Access to the digital library is available to affiliate members of IMechE.
SAE MOBILUS
Covers the aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle industries, includingstandards, technical papers, eBooks and trade magazines.
SPIE Digital Library Covers optics and photonics publications.

Additional sources for bioengineering information

              Medline                                         
Excellent resource for biomedical literature including sports medicine.
SciFinder
Provides access to biomedical and engineering literature, patents, conference reports. (Complete the online registration form from on campus. You will then receive a confirmation email before you can begin searching SciFinder Scholar). 

 Specialised multidisciplinary resources

ASTM Standards                                               
Standards produced by the American Society for Testing and Materials. Covers metals, energy, the environment, consumer products, medical services, devices and electronics, advanced materials and more.  
British Standards Online
standard is an agreed way of doing something e.g.making a product, managing a process or delivering a service. Our subscription covers BS standards and BS EN ISO standards. To access the resource: select Institutional login, enter Athens details.
Espacenet
Full-text patents database. Patents cover the technical details of an invention together with any associated legal information.
Science Direct
Multi-disciplinary database, providing access to the full-text journals produced by Elsevier.
Scopus
Multidisciplinary database covering engineering, natural sciences, biomedical, health and social sciences. Content includes scientific journals, books and conference proceedings.
Web of Science
Covers a variety of disciplines including engineering, materials sciences, natural sciences. life sciences, biomedical and health sciences.

E-journals can be viewed on any computer whether you are in the Library or working from home off campus.  Just remember to download the VPN for off campus access.

Sports Technology resources

Library Catalogue Plus  - a good place to start

Key sports resources

Medline
Excellent resource for biomedical literature including sports medicine.          
SPORTDiscus
Premier source of literature for sports and sports medicine studies.

Specialised multidisciplinary resources

ASTM Standards                                                  
Standards produced by the American Society for Testing and Materials. Covers metals, energy, the environment, consumer products, medical services, devices and electronics, advanced materials and more.                                                                                            
British Standards Online
standard is an agreed way of doing something e.g.making a product, managing a process or delivering a service. Our subscription covers BS standards and BS EN ISO standards. To access the resource: select Institutional login, enter Athens details.
Compendex
Covers publications on mechanical and manufacturing engineering and a wide number of engineering disciplines.
Espacenet
Full-text patents database. Patents cover the technical details of an invention together with any associated legal information.
IEEE Xplore
Covers electrical and electronics engineering, computer science, power & energy, industrial engineering, robotics, biomedical engineering and more. Includes journal articles, conference proceedings and technical standards.
Science Direct
Multi-disciplinary database, providing access to the full-text journals produced by Elsevier.
Scopus
Multidisciplinary database covering engineering, natural sciences, biomedical, health and social sciences. Content includes scientific journals, books and conference proceedings.
Web of Science
Covers a variety of disciplines including engineering, materials sciences, natural sciences. life sciences, biomedical and health sciences.

Company/market research reports

Business Source Complete                         
Covers all disciplines of business including marketing, management, accounting, banking, finance and more.
FAME
Financial Analysis Made Easy.  The definitive source of companies in the UK and Ireland. FAME helps you research individual companies, search for companies with specific profiles and do detailed analysis.
IBIS World
Market research reports and industry risk ratings across a range of sectors.
Mintel
Market research reports on a range of sectors including automotive, health and wellness, technology in the UK.
NEXIS
Industry, company, people and country news from around the world.
Statista
Market research and consumer data.

E-journals can be viewed on any computer whether you are in the Library or working from home off campus.  Just remember to download the VPN for off campus access.  

 

Product Design Engineering Resources

Library Catalogue Plus  - a good place to start

Key Design resources

DAAI - Design & Applied Arts Index
Covers many aspects of design, including computer aided design, Web design, computer-generated graphics, product design and industrial design.                                                                             
Design Society Publications
Over 5000 current research papers in design presented at major international design conferences. Includes all newly published papers by the Design Society and partner publishers.

Specialised multidisciplinary resources 

ASTM Standards                                                  
Standards produced by the American Society for Testing and Materials. Covers metals, energy, the environment, consumer products, medical services, devices and electronics, advanced materials and more.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
British Standards Online
standard is an agreed way of doing something e.g.making a product, managing a process or delivering a service. Our subscription covers BS standards and BS EN ISO standards. To access the resource: select Institutional login, enter Athens details.
Compendex
Covers publications on mechanical and manufacturing engineering and a wide number of engineering disciplines.
Espacenet
Full-text patents database. Patents cover the technical details of an invention together with any associated legal information.
IEEE Xplore
Covers electrical and electronics engineering, computer science, power & energy, industrial engineering, robotics, biomedical engineering and more. Includes journal articles, conference proceedings and technical standards.
Science Direct
Multi-disciplinary database, providing access to the full-text journals produced by Elsevier.
Scopus
Multidisciplinary database covering engineering, natural sciences, biomedical, health and social sciences. Content includes scientific journals, books and conference proceedings.
Web of Science
Covers a variety of disciplines including engineering, materials sciences, natural sciences. life sciences, biomedical and health sciences.

Market Research resources

Business Source Complete                   
Covers all disciplines of business including marketing, management, accounting, banking, finance and more.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
FAME
Financial Analysis Made Easy.  The definitive source of companies in the UK and Ireland. FAME helps you research individual companies, search for companies with specific profiles and do detailed analysis.
IBIS World
Market research reports and industry risk ratings across a range of sectors.
Mintel
Market research reports on a range of sectors including automotive, health and wellness, technology in the UK.
NEXIS
Industry, company, people and country news from around the world.
Statista
Market research and consumer data.

E-journals can be viewed on any computer whether you are in the Library or working from home off campus.  Just remember to download the VPN for off campus access.  

Referencing & Citation

When you refer to another person’s work in your own essay, report or presentation etc. you will need to reference that work to avoid plagiarising it.  This allows the person reading your work to differentiate between your ideas and those of another person. The Wolfson School primarily use Vancouver and IEEE Referencing Styles. See Vancouver referencing style and IEEE referencing style. For more information on referencing, citations and reference styles please see the WSLS01 Learn module

An advice sheet on citing and referencing using the Harvard style can be found at this link, and the Numeric style from this link.

Reference management software

Reference management software can help you to keep track of all the references you have used in your reports, essays or final project. The library provides guidance on Mendeley referencing software (free). 

There are quick start-up guides on Learn.