Databases for Engineering

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  • Journals are academic magazines that are published regularly. Some journals are focused on news and trade e.g.  Eureka

    Other journals publish original research. The most well regarded journals use a quality control procedure called peer-review. These are considered to contain material of the highest academic quality. An example of a peer-reviewed journal is:
    Tire Science and Technology

    You can find journal articles by using databases. Below is a list databases that are particularly relevant and useful for Engineering. More databases covering other subject areas can be found on this a-z list.

    Key databases

    Database Details

    IEEE Xplore Digital Library

    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) publish many of the highly-cited journals in the areas of computer science, electronic engineering and telecommunications.

    You can access the full text of IEEE and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) conference proceedings, journal articles, and IEEE standards back to 1988. 

    SAE Mobilus

    The full text of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Technical Papers from 1964 onwards and the full text of the SAE International Journals from 1998 onwards. Also includes access to the bibliographic details of other related automotive book, journal and magazine content.


    ScienceDirect is a full text database from publisher Elsevier covering a range of science and engineering subjects. Includes the journals published by the SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) -- the Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Journal of Manufacturing Processes and Manufacturing Letters. Also covers highly cited electronic engineering titles such as Automatica, Progress in Quantum Electronics and Pattern Recognition and highly cited materials titles such as Materials Today and Progress in Materials Science. 

    Web of Science

    Web of Science is a bibliographic database on a wide variety of interdisciplinary subjects including engineering and mathematical subjects. There are some links to the full text via Oxford Brookes University subscriptions. 

    Databases of specific kinds of engineering information

    Database Details

    British Standards online

    Complete set of over 38,500 current, draft and historic British Standards, more than 16,000 of which are British Standards Institution (BSI) adopted European and International standards.


    DieselNet contains information on diesel engines and diesel emissions. You can find emission standards and fuel regulations, technical reports, a business directory, and careers information.

    SAGE Journals

    SAGE contains journals from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) including their proceedings parts A - P covering a range of topics. 

    Other databases you might find useful

    Database Details
    ACM Digital Library

    Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) digital Library. A full text database covering journal articles, conference proceedings, magazines and technical newsletters on the subjects of computing and information technology. Some content for electronic engineering e.g ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems.

    Academic Search Complete

    Academic Search Complete is a large interdisciplinary database which includes some engineering titles.

    Some articles are fulltext, others just abstracts (summaries) of the fulltext.

    Access to Research

    Access to Research is a scheme in UK public libraries to allow free access to academic journals for the public. You can check what journals are available and read abstracts online but full text access is only available in the public library.


    AERADE is being redesigned. Some access to aerospace and defence resources.

    Business Source Complete

    Business Source Complete is a large database that specialises in management, business and economics, though there are also some engineering-related titles.

    Some articles are fulltext, others are abstract (summary) only.


    Emerald is a multidisciplinary database of journals published by Emerald.

    For some articles the database only has abstracts (summaries) but for others it contains the fulltext.

    Google Scholar 

    Google Scholar contains bibliographic records for a huge range of information sources across the full spectrum of subjects, including those for engineering and mathematical subjects. There is no fulltext in this database, only bibliographic information and sometimes links to an external website where you may, or may not, be able to get the fulltext of the information source through Oxford Brookes University subscriptions.   

    O'Reilly (was Safari)

    A large collection of electronic books, videos and tutorials (Learning Paths). Although focussed on computing and information technology there is also material on electrical and electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, composites, business and project management.

    Also accessible via iOS and Android apps.