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Design & Ergonomics

Barbara Whetnall

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Academic Librarian

‌This guide aims to provide you with information about the Library’s resources and services relevant to product design, industrial design and ergonomics.

Use the tabs above to find information about:

  • Print and electronic books [e-books]
  • Journals and journals articles
  • Referencing

Useful tip: before you start using the Library resources on your own computer, laptop or tablet etc. download the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client  from IT Services – versions are available for both Mac and Windows.

This gives seamless off-campus access to e-books, e-journals, databases, e-mail and print credits etc.

If you need further assistance, please contact the Library at or your Academic Librarian.

Books are available in the Library in both print and electronic format [e-books].  The Library Catalogue will help you locate the shelf-marks for printed books, and give links to e-books.

E-books can be viewed on any computer, both in the Library and off-campus. 

Just remember to download the VPN for off-campus access.

Books on the same subject are often kept together at the same shelf-mark.    You can find shelf-marks both on the spine of the books, and on the end of the shelves. 

For example: Douglas Bryden’s book CAD and rapid prototyping for product design has the shelf-mark 745.20285/BRY.  The 745.20285 is the number for product design, and the BRY stands for Bryden.

Books with several editions should be located together. Most of the books on product design are on Level 2, but some books on ergonomics and materials are located on Level 1.

Most of the journals in the Library are available through searching the Library Catalogue or by searching the databases.

You can use your Athens username and password to access many of these databases from off campus, or via the Remote Working Portal

Databases: journal articles and conference papers

The ACM Digital Library Association for Computing Machinery

The Full-Text Collection of all ACM publications, including journals, conference proceedings, technical magazines, newsletters and books.

Plus a collection of full-text publications from select publishers.

Key database for social policy, criminology, sociology and some social psychology topics. Abstract and indexing service.
Business Source Complete
Full text journal articles, plus non-journal content including financial data, books, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, and SWOT analyses.
Centre for Applied Reconstructive Technologies in Surgery (CARTIS)
 Research, development and application of advanced technologies in surgery and prosthetics.  Selected CARTIS publications available.
Cochrane Library:Cochrane Reviews
A collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.
CORE aggregates all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and makes them available to the public.
DAII: Design and Applied Arts Index
From mid-19th century onwards,  includes ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood, metalsmithing, graphic design, fashion,   textiles, furniture, interior design, architecture, computer aided design, Web design, computer-generated graphics, animation, product design, industrial design, garden design, and landscape architecture.
DAOB: Directory of Open Access Books 
All books listed in DOAB are freely accessible and free to read.  Please check the license if you want to re-use the contents of a book. Generally speaking, all books listed in DOAB are free to read and share for non-commercial use.
Design Council

Archive of reports, case studies and guides for download.

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.

DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
Search journal articles at the 'one stop shop' for users to Open Access Journals.
EU legislation – Treaties, regulations, directives and decisions etc.
Market conditions, forecasts and industry analysis.
Health and Safety Science Abstracts
Journal articles, government reports, conference proceedings, and books relating to public health, safety, and industrial hygiene. Includes aviation and aerospace safety, environmental safety, nuclear safety, medical safety, occupational safety, and ergonomics.
JSTOR archival journal collections include more than two thousand journals in the humanities, social sciences, and science.
Lexis Library
Up-to-date UK legislation.
Medical Technology Group (MTG)
The Medical Technology Group (MTG), a coalition of patient groups, research charities and medical device manufacturers.  Selected technical reports, briefing notes and consultation documents available.
Journal citations and abstracts for biomedical literature from around the world.
UK market reports.
Nexis UK
News and business information, UK national and regional newspapers, international newspapers and newswires, foreign language news sources, professional and trade magazines company profiles and industry reports.
NICE (Evidence Search)
Search full text evidence-based literature for medicine, health and social care topics.
Freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences.
Product Design & Development Research (PDR)
PDR is a research institute within Cardiff Metropolitan University: effective use of design as a tool for innovation in the private and public sectors. Selected PDR publications available.
Useful for social psychology topics. Full-text within the database itself.
Key database for social psychology. Abstract and indexing service.
More than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.
Science Direct
Multi-disciplinary database of peer-reviewed scholarly literature.
The largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceeding.
Provides current technical papers, standards and reports, as well as e-books on a variety of topics, including engine testing, vehicle dynamics and chassis, brakes, safety, electronics, and hybrid and electric vehicles.
Sociological Abstracts
Key database for sociology; useful for communication and media, social policy and some social psychology topics too. Abstract and indexing service.
Premier source of literature for sports and sports medicine studies.
Web of Science
Multi-disciplinary database covering the sciences, social sciences, the arts and humanities.
Westlaw UK
Case law, legislation, news, legal journals, commentary, current awareness alerts and EU legal materials.
Journal article and conference records on every imaginable subject in art, science, technology, medicine, engineering, business, law, finance.

 Media resources

BBC Motion Gallery
A variety of clips from the BBC's archive of moving images [For best results access this product via Google Chrome].                                                                              
BoB: Box of Broadcasts
TV and radio programmes, media archive, off-air recording.  
(Inclusive Design Research Centre)
Hosted by OCAD University, formerly the Ontario College of Art and Design.  A wealth of information on adaptive technology.
(Institute for Human Centered Design)
Universal Design Resources [websites, newsletters, journals].
A branch of the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University. Useful links to technology for accessibly.  

Standards and Patents

British Standards
 Select Institutional login, enter Athens details.                                                                                                                             
Espacenet (patents) 
 European Patent Office (EPO). Free access to over 100 million patent documents.
 International Standards - ISO
 Many ISOs are included in, and can be accessed via, British Standards.


EthOS British Library     
The UK’s national thesis service. Free access to the full text of as many theses as possible for use by all researchers to further their own research.                                                                                                 
DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries giving global access to European research theses. 
Loughborough University Institutional Repository
Loughborough University Institutional Repository contains around 25,000 full-text items and includes journal papers, book chapters, conference papers, theses and audiovisual material.
Open Access Theses and Dissertations
Open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world.
Full text open access US dissertations and theses free of charge.

 Statistics and Data Repositories 

 EU regulations, directives and decisions - with a direct or indirect effect on EU member states.                                                                                                                          
 Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union.  Its mission is to provide high quality statistics for Europe.
Health and Safety Executive
 Case studies and statistics. Sets the strategy, policy and legal framework for health and safety in Great Britain.
Includes white papers, case studies and product manuals.
Material District
World leading match-making platform in the field of innovative materials.  Free to register.
Material information
Properties of all materials.
Searchable database of material data sheets (metals and polymers, quite technical and detailed).
Office for National Statistics
 UK's largest independent producer of official statistics and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK.
Polymers,  plastics and elastomers materials selection and lots of interesting articles (need to register – but free).
PeopleSize 2008 is the latest version of the reference visual anthropometry software.
Polymer Data Files Introduction
Details and information on polymers and processes.
Market research and consumer data. An online tutorial for Statista is available.
UK Data Archive
The Archive provides the largest collection of digital data in the social sciences and humanities in the United Kingdom. 
UK Department of Health Statistics 
 UK statistics on a range of health and care subjects.
UK Department for Transport Statistics 
 Statistical trends in the British transport.
UK Gov. Product Safety for Manufacturers 
 Technical and legal requirements for safety, design, packaging and insurance, to ensure products are safe and fit for purpose.

Statistical Software and Design Software

Free software. Data Integration, analytical ETL, data Analysis, reporting.
Free. Econometrics and statistics that do not require the user to download or install anything because it runs on the internet.
Free PCB boards and layouts software.  Create a free DesignSpark account, before installing and downloading the software.
Free CAD software for the design of electronics hardware, PCBs etc.  Step by step tutorials available.
Free software. Statistical analysis of sampled data.
IBM SPSS Statistics 24
Log in to Learn to download  > follow links to IT Services > Software Downloads.The software aims to address the entire analytical process, from planning, to data collection, to analysis, reporting and deployment.
Maplesoft Maple 2017
Log in to Learn to download  > follow links to IT Services > Software Downloads.Allows users to enter mathematics in traditional mathematical notation.
                    Matlab software                                              
Log in to Learn to download  > follow links to IT Services > Software Downloads.High-level programming, numerical computation, visualisation and application development.
Free.  General purpose statistical data-visualization system.
Log in to Learn to download  > follow links to IT Services > Software Downloads.Scientific graphing and data analysis software.
QSR NVivo 11
Log in to Learn to download  > follow links to IT Services > Software Downloads.Text-based and/or multimedia information, where deep levels of analysis on small or large volumes of data are required.
SAS® University Edition
Free software.  Statistics and quantitative methods classes in a variety of areas: economics, psychology and other social sciences, computer science, business, medical/health sciences, engineering, etc. For academic, noncommercial use only.
Free software.  Supports Python, Octave, R, Java/Scala, Lua, C#, Ruby, etc,  multiple data representations, algorithm classes and general purpose tools for rapid prototyping of data pipelines.
The Statistical Lab
Free software. Explorative and interactive tool to support education in statistics and provide a tool for the simulation and solution of statistical problems.
Tableau Public
Free version available.  Smart analytics, trends, data visualisation, analysis, algorithms, clustering, statistically significance.

Online tutorials

Advanced Hands-On Workshop Tutorial Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0
This tutorial is intended to be used alongside Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0.
 Cochrane Training
Promotes evidence-informed health decision-making by producing high-quality, relevant, accessible systematic reviews and other synthesized research evidence.
Data Tree
A free online course for research data management. The course is especially aimed at PhD students and early career researchers but is for anyone who wants to get the right data habits now, including thinking of end-users of your data.
DOT (Designing Our Tomorrow) Business Toolkit
DOT evaluates whole-life impacts for users, the business, the wider society and the planet.
FOSTER portal: Open Science Training Courses
An e-learning platform that brings together the best training resources addressed to those who need to know more about Open Science.
Humanscale's Designer Toolkit
Designer Tool Kit provides architects and designers with the information and design files to create their next project with Humanscale.
Inclusive Design Toolkit (University of Cambridge)
Inclusive design research: exclusive calculations, sustainability,  capabilities and user needs.

An online learning platform offering access to over 5000 skills video tutorials that can help you acquire software, technology, business and creative skills to achieve learning, personal and professional goals. Freely available to all Loughborough University staff and students from any desktop or mobile device. Follow this link to the play list for The Design School .                                                                                                                                                                                      

PROSPERO is an international database of prospectively registered systematic reviews in health and social care, welfare, public health, education, crime, justice, and international development where there is a health related outcome.
Service Design Toolkit
Human-driven way of design thinking.
Service Design Tools 
Design activities in co-designing, testing and prototyping, envisioning, interacting and implementing.


When you refer to other people’s work, or quote or paraphrase other people’s work, in projects and essays, you need to reference their work to avoid plagiarism.

Whoever is reading your work, and marking your work, can differentiate between your own ideas and those of other people. 

The Design School uses the Harvard referencing style for citing and referencing.

Cite Them Right Online  can help your reference in the Harvard Style.


If you use a quote in your essay, or paraphrase someone else’s work, you add the name of the author, the year and the pages in round brackets ( ) after your quote or reference.

For example:

“While engineers work on functionality under the skin, designers can perfect the looks and feel.” (Meybaum, 2014, p. 112) …..


The bibliography or reference list provides is a list of the books, journal articles, websites etc. which you have used in your research.

You need to provide details of the author, title, place of publication.

For example:

Meybaum, H.(2014)  The art of product design changing how things get made. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley.

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).

Further help is available in the Design School Referencing Guide

Ethical use of images

Information and guidance is available on the Library Copyright Support web pages