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Engineering Library: Electronic resources

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.

Knovel: Trial access

Knovel at Cambridge

Knovel's curated content and databases provide Engineers with:

Essential answers
Premium and technical reference content that provides the best answers to your questions.

Accelerated discovery
Engineering search capabilities that accelerate discovery of the best answers and insights.

Continuous access
Engineering information anytime, anywhere it’s needed.

Full access to is enabled until 30 June 2020. 

To get started, see the presentation below. 

For an introduction to Knovel, view the video at the link below (password needed: 2k@c+07&)

knovel video


The Library team have curated a list of useful e-resources for students and researchers in Engineering. 

You can also find Engineering resources on the dedicated Engineering Sciences website.

For a complete list of e-resources, please visit the index compiled by the University's e-resources team.

To find and access ebooks, see the Cambridge Ebooks guide

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. 

Additional eresources are being made freely available by publishers for a temporary period. Please use the feedback form on the Cambridge Libraries website to provide feedback on these resources or email

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.

Some useful resources for finding and accessing information via databases are listed below.

Subject Specialist Databases

The University has access to 800,000 ebooks off-campus from a wide variety of publishers and most are available through links in the iDiscover catalogue. More information can be found on the Ebooks website.

We are acquiring more ebooks daily, particularly to support students. If you need a book and it is not yet available electronically we can help obtaining it as an ebook if it is available from the publisher.

To recommend an ebook for acquisition please email us or use this Online Form.

Some useful resources to find and access ebooks are listed below.

Additional e-resources

To discover and access additional e-resources, including ebooks, that have been made available for a temporary period, go to A-Z Databases: Resources opened up for COVID-19. This page will be updated as further e-resources become available and access is enabled for the University. Ebooks and other electronic resources listed on the Resources open for COVID-19 page are made available to students and staff of the University free of charge during the COVID-19 emergency by their publishers as a gesture of goodwill, for which we are immensely grateful. Together with our existing online resources they are a vital support for study and research, particularly for those preparing for assessment. For more information, see the Additional e-resources page.

To search for journals on iDiscover, you can search for article title or journal title in the main search bar, or use the dedicated E-Journal Search functionality. 

If you have any issues tracking down the journal or article you need, let us know.  

Some useful resources for finding and accessing journals are listed below.

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.

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.

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.