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Engineering: Electronic resources

Information about the Department of Engineering Library, including information for researchers
The Engineering Library team have curated this list of useful e-resources for researchers in Engineering. Email us if you have any specific questions about these resources or general research skills.
For a complete list of e-resources and e-journals provided by the University of Cambridge, 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.

Hint: 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.

If you need journal articles, conference papers, books, reports or other items that cannot be found in any of the University libraries, we can obtain a photocopy or a loan from the British Library.
These cost between £10 and £15 per Inter Library Loan, but members of the department can make 10 requests per academic year, free of charge. More requests are possible, but you will be asked for a job number so that we can charge your project for the transaction.
Fill in the request form/copyright declaration and either return it in person, by internal post or scan and email it to cued-library@eng.cam.ac.uk

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.
Hint: 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

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:
  • Online access to around 1800 construction-related British Standards through the Construction Information Service.
  • Online access to ASTM Standards through the ASTM Compass portal.
  • Online access to IEEE Standards through IEEE Explore.
  • Online access to ASCE Standards through ASCE Library.
  • 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.
  • The Moore Library is able to order Inter Library Loans of British Standards free of charge if you fill in this form.
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.
Hint: 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.
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