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Engineering: Electronic resources

Information about the Department of Engineering Library, including information for researchers

The Library team have curated a list of useful e-resources for students and researchers in Engineering. Email us if you have any specific questions about these resources or general study and research skills.

For a complete list of e-resources, please visit the index compiled by the University's e-resources team, or keep up with the latest trials and new resources through the ejournals@cambridge blog.

The index of resources provided by the Judge Business School Library and Information Service is very useful for subjects relating to industry, manufacturing and business.

The A-Z guide to databases lists over 800 databases you will have access to as a member of the University. To just see databases for Engineering, you can filter by subject. 

The easiest way to track down a specific item is by searching iDiscover.
For guidance on how to use iDiscover most effectively, see the iDiscover LibGuide.
Databases search multiple sources to bring back references and abstracts of articles, books, chapters and so on. You can search the literature using keywords and filters, or look for specific resources using known information such as title and author.
You can see if we have online access to articles by clicking "find full text" on a record. If we don't have it, check the online catalogue for a physical copy in the Cambridge Library system. If you still come up blank you might recommend the item for purchase or request it via Inter Library Loan.

Subject Specialist Databases

You can search iDiscover for the titles of journals, articles or conference proceedings to see whether they are available. Sometimes conferences only publish abstracts from papers rather than the full text, so it can be a little difficult to find the information you're looking for. If you would like help tracking down a paper, let us know!
A Standard is a “document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose” (ISO, 2016).
They are created and revised by various national and international organisations with the input of many relevant organisations and individuals. There are several Standards collections available within the University:
  • British Standards Online. (For off-campus access, use the eresources link and log in with your Raven account).

  • Online access to around 1800 construction-related Standards through the Construction Information Services.

  • Online access to ASTM Standards, journals, technical papers etc. through the ASTM Compass portal. 

  • Online access to IEEE Standards through IEEE/IET Electronic Library.

  • Online access to ASCE Standards.

  • The library has a small print collection of mainly British Standards. Search in iDiscover for the standard title or author (e.g. “British Standards Institution” or “American Society for Testing and Materials”) or ask the library team.

  • ESDU (Engineering Sciences Data Unit) Reports: Various items are available in print in the Betty and Gordon Moore library reference collection. These items are non-borrowable. For more information see iDiscover (search for ESDU science data), or email

If you can't access the Standard you need from any of these sources, please get in touch with the library and we will let you know of any other options available. If you would like to purchase any individual British Standards for your work, we may be able to acquire it at a reduced rate.

Use these resources to help you find and work with patents worldwide.
Start with the WIPO Guide to using patent information if it's your first time searching for patents. The library also has a physical copy of this resource shelved at classmark DA 124.
There are a range of professional Engineering institutions and societies that can offer access to knowledge resources for their members. A selection of these are listed below:

The Department of Engineering encourages staff to join institutions and societies that relate to their subject areas, and may be able to pay membership fees. For more information, see the Membership of the Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) webpage

Have we missed a useful institution or society from the list? Let us know and we can add it. 

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