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Welcome to the Engineering LibGuide

Use this Subject LibGuide to help you make the most of the library and information resources and services.

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Where to start your search

Library Search

Search for textbooks, ebooks, journals, articles and more. 

Library Search LibGuide available for guidance.

For a full selection of databases and archives, use the A-Z Databases List.

Expand your searching

These are the key Engineering collections for Engineering. They contain journal articles, books, conference proceedings and reports. 

To explore other databases of relevance to Engineering research, take a look at the Engineering listing in the A-Z Databases list. 

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Free engineering tools, references and news for structural and stress engineers. Most content available to download

British Standards Online (BSOL) is the online standards database that makes using standards easier and more cost-effective. You can access a comprehensive library of over internationally recognised standards. It’s available 24/7 and revised every single day so you’ll always be up to date on the latest industry best practice.

You can find out more about Standards in general from the Standards LibGuide.

In addition to British Standards, you can also access ASTM, ISO, CEN, CENELEC and IEC on BSOL.

Help can be found in the BSOL user guide and other guidance material online via the BSI website. 

Find out more about standards in this short video.

This short video shows you how to get started.

Knovel is a technical information database for engineers and scientists. 
It provides handbooks, technical and general reference works, and data books as well as best practice guidance, process and design applications, interactive graphs and tables of material and substance properties data, and equations for engineering disciplines.
This short video provides an excellent introduction to using Knovo: Video tutorial: Knovel Overview


For more detailed tutorials and webinars, visit the Knovel Support Center

Use the A-Z Database List to access the full list of databases the library subscribes to.  

You can browse by subject e.g. Engineering or by type (e.g.maps, news, images etc.) or search to find your required resources.

Explore the full A to Z Database list:

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an extensive archive of free-to-air TV programmes and radio shows

  • Search the archive to find programmes relating to your subject
  • Record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels and add to the archive for others to view
  • Create your own clips and playlists

Explore research materials available elsewhere

  • Library Hub Discover - Search the catalogues of over 100 major UK and Irish national, academic and specialist libraries to find books, journals and other materials

  • WorldCAT - Search the collections of over 10,000 worldwide libraries  

  • The European Library - Access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries.

  • The Library of Congress -  Catalogue records of the print and digital resources held in the Library of Congress collections (USA)

  • LibWeb - Find online library catalogues worldwide

  • CORE - Search the world's largest collection of open access research papers

SCOPUS and Web of Science are examples of large bibliographic databases. Their content is multidisciplinary and covers all subject areas not just engineering so can be useful for investigating subjects that span engineering and related areas.

The SCOPUS Quick Reference Guide will introduce you to the database.

Use the Web of Science LibGuide for comprehensive support and training.

Effective Searching & Referencing

It is important to plan your search strategy, and manage your search results so that you get the most from your online searching.

Keep a record of all the material you need to cite in your assignments, papers, projects etc. 

Use the Search Techniques and Referencing guidance to assist you.

  • It is  easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of information available to you.  
  • Invest time in planning an effective online search strategy so that you can quickly and easily discover relevant and high quality information. 


As you search you need to keep track of all the material you will be using in your academic work so that you can cite and reference it appropriately.

Top Tip

Always check your module handbook for specific departmental guidance on the style required for your assessed works and dissertations.  Check with your personal tutor or dissertation supervisor if you need clarification.

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Find out more about the skills support available to help you develop a range of academic skills including essay writing, referencing, critical reading and getting the most out of lectures.

Academic Skills Support

Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a great resource to use when you are planning and conducting your research. 

It is targeted at social science researchers but is useful across all subject areas as it covers key research methodology topics that are applicable across the research spectrum.

Sage have produced a comprehensive LibGuide to help you get the best from the resource.

Harvard Referencing style - University of Exeter guide

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