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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 students reading for the Engineering Tripos. 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.
If you need journal articles, conference papers, books, reports or other items that cannot be found in any of the University libraries, we can attempt to obtain a photocopy or a loan from the British Library, or other UK institutions.

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. 

If you want to request an item as an Inter Library Loan, please email us 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.
Hint: You can see if we have online access to articles by clicking "find full text" on a record. If we don't have access online, check iDiscover 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.
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!
In addition to its substantial physical collections, the University subscribes to a large quantity of electronic books. These will come up in a normal catalogue search on iDiscover. If you would like to request an e-book, please fill in the recommendation form.
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