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Engineering: Literature Searching and Reviewing

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

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.

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As part of your 4th year project you are likely to have to do some kind of background reading on the subject of your report, and this may take the form of a Literature Review. At the very least you will have to perform some kind of literature search and then relate it to the work you are doing as part of your 4th year project. Please discuss this with your supervisors.

The guidelines for your IIB project second notice can be found on the Undergraduate Teaching website.

Slides from the teaching session on Monday 14th October 2019 can be found below. This session was also recorded and the video is linked too below.

This section of the site includes all the discussed resources at the Resources for the MET. This is by no means a definitive list but it is a good starting place.

Factiva is best for searching a wide range of international news outlets, by both subject and outlet. But reading the papers generally can be equally important.

The Cambridge Judge Business School Library and Information Service manage all of these databases for their students and they are not automatically available to all University members. The MET have arranged for special access to some of them. If you are not taking the MET Tripos you may not be entitled to access. The CJBS Library and Information Service can be contacted at

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.

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