Design and ergonomics

Providing access to quality Design and ergonomics resources and subject support.

Databases View more

Here are the key databases/online resources to start finding information in your subject area. Click on 'View more' to go to the full listing for the Library, and use the filters to find more for this subject and others.

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TV and radio programmes, media archive, off-air recording.

You will need to provide a few details to set up your account. You will then receive a verification email. Please ensure you verify your account as soon as you get the email.


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Books E-books Catalogue

You can access books and e-books via the Catalogue (also known as Library Catalogue Plus) to search for and check their availability. The Catalogue also provides links to e-books and displays the shelf marks of physical books in the Library. We have detailed the shelf marks of the most popular topics below (the level is for the Library in Loughborough).

Subject / title Pilkington level Shelfmark
Drawing 2 740
Industrial art and design 2 745
Medical sciences and medicine 1 610
CAD, engineering, applied mechanics, ergonomics and prototyping 1 620
Transport engineering, vehicle and aerospace design 1 629
Management and marketing 1 658

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Use the videos to learn more about some resources or finding information.

Frequently asked questions View more

Here are some of the most popular questions asked by students in this subject. If you have a different question, check 'View more' or ask your Academic Librarian.

How can I access an article in a database?

Some databases provide the full-text of the article in the database in either HTML or PDF format. Others just give you the basic details but you have to access the full-text via a link that might say 'SFX' or 'Full-text'.

If you are on-campus or have the VPN activated on your device when you are off-campus, you should click on the link and it will take you to the full-text if the Library subscribes to the journal.

If it doesn't do this, then search Library Catalogue Plus to see if we subscribe to the journal you need (including the correct year).  If you get stuck, contact the Library (

How do I access resources off-campus?

You need to search via the VPN and multi-factor authentication (MFA) when you are off campus, this link will show you how to download this onto your device.

How do I reference correctly for my school or department?

For referencing and bibliographies use Cite Them Right Harvard. You can also contact your Academic Librarian

How can I find a British Standard?

The Library subscribes to British Standards Online.  This is the best place to start your search. Don't forget to use the VPN and Multi-Factor Authentication if you are accessing it from off-campus.  You can also access standards from ASTM and some other specialist resources like IEEE.

How can I find a case study?

Go to the listing of All Databases and search for 'case studies'.  This will list some of the main databases that include information about case studies and will hopefully cover the subject area you are looking in. If not, then go into the databases that are recommended for your subject and do a search, then look for a tick box to limit your results to case studies or include 'case study' or 'case studies' or 'case stud*' in your search to narrow down the results that way.

How do I access an eBook?

From Library Catalogue Plus look at the options at the side of the page and click on ‘eBook’ in the ‘Format’ section to limit the results to eBooks. Click on ‘Get full text’ to open the eBook.