This guide will help you find and use key resources for engineering subjects including audio, electrical, electronic, mechanical, maintenance and instrumentation and control.

Finding books

To find books and ebooks use Discover. Watch a short video to help improve your search.

Where are my books in the Library?

You will find most engineering books on level 2 starting at shelf number 620. For help ask a member of staff on the floor or watch Find a book in the Library.

Many of our books are online, watch Find and use ebooks to learn more.

Finding journals

Use Discover to search for journal articles on a particular topic or see the library's holdings of a specific journal title. Watch our short videos Find a Journal by Title and Browse Journals by Subject to improve your search. 

Key journals

Your lecturer may recommend specific titles, but you can also view our engineering and technology journal collection to see what journals we have for your subject area.

Finding and using databases

Databases enable you to do a more strategic search than you can on Discover. They help you find information quickly and efficiently by allowing you to search using a combination of search terms, to filter and narrow your results (by date or subject area for example) and save your searches for later.

Key databases:
  • ProQuest Central: an extensive multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of subjects. Use the filters in the results screen to narrow to journal articles, or limit the date range. If ProQuest Central is too general, use the option “change databases” to search just a part of the database, for example try the Science and Technology Premium Collection.
  • Science Direct: a full text scientific database offering access to peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters focusing on research in science, technology and medicine.
  • SpringerLink: access to journals, books, series, protocols and reference works, including a wide range of engineering resources.
  • Web of Science: easy to use, high quality sources of scientific research including computing and technology. Features information on the number of times an article has been cited and the journal impact factor.
Engineering specialist

These databases are subject specific, offering a more focused search.

  • ACM Digital Library: comprehensive full text access to both current and historical Association for Computing Machinery articles and conference proceedings.
  • AES e-library: access to Audio Engineering Society conference papers as well as the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society from 1953 to the present.
  • ASME Digital Collection: access to journals and conference proceedings from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
  • British Standards Online (BSOL): full text of over 60,000 British, adopted European and International standards includes the complete set of all Eurocodes in full text.
  • Compendex: the broadest and most complete engineering literature database in the world with over 20 million indexed records from 77 countries across 190 engineering disciplines.
  • Construction Information Service: full text industry and technical information - contracts, current regulations and related news and briefings.
  • IEEE Xplore: access to the full text of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers content, including articles, books and conference proceedings, published since 1988 as well as selected content published since 1893.
  • Knovel: a wide selection of DRM free ebooks on a range of engineering subjects as well equations and tables. A useful mobile app and browser add-in are also available.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Information Service (OHSIS): industry and government information from key health, safety and environmental management publishing organisations covering legislation, guidance, standards and best practices.

There is some overlap between the databases but every database also has unique content. Some databases provide help guides - these are available within the Discover record for that database. If you need further support, contact your librarian.


Websites can offer a range of information, for example policy documents and statistics, which may be difficult to find elsewhere.

There are lots of useful websites freely available, including those run by professional and industry bodies. Engineering UK, a not for profit organisation which works in partnership with the engineering community to promote the vital role of engineers and engineering to society, has compiled a helpful list of professional engineering institutions.  

With such a wide variety available you need to ensure that the sites you are using are trustworthy. We provide guidance on evaluating websites.