USC Libraries

University of Southern California

skip navigation

Databases for Engineering

Having problems accessing resources?
Report a problem

Engineering

  • ArticleFirst
    » More info
    Contains the table of contents pages and holdings information from more than 13,000 journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture. Although most of the journals are published in English, journals in other languages are also included. Updated daily.
  • ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library
    » More info
    The ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library is a vast collection of industry-leading standards and technical engineering information. The Library covers a broad range of engineering disciplines, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum, soil science, and solar engineering.
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
    » More info
    he Avery Index is the only comprehensive American index to the literature of architecture and architectural design. It surveys more than 700 U.S. and foreign journals, 75% of which are not indexed in any other source. It covers not only the international scholarly and popular periodical literature, but also the publications of professional associations, U.S. state and regional periodicals, and major serial publications in the architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Coverage of the literature goes back to the 1930s, with selected coverage going back to the 1860s. The Avery also includes the Burnham Index, which covers 214 serial publication from the 1830s to the mid-1960s.
  • Begell Digital Library
    » More info
    The Begell Digital Library Collection is a consolidated and peer-reviewed collection of leading academic, research, and applied work in the fields of engineering and biomedical sciences.
  • Compendex
    » More info
    CompendexWeb is the most comprehensive bibliographic database of engineering research literature, containing references to over 5000 engineering journals and conferences. It covers literature that makes a definite contribution to knowledge in the subject areas of engineering and applied science. About half the citations (from 2600 journals and conferences) include abstracts and indexing in the records. Online coverage is from 1884 to the present, and files are updated weekly. The highest percentages of journal literature are in the fields of chemical and process engineering (15%), computers and data processing (12%), applied physics (11%), and electronics and communication (12%) In addition Compendex includes civil engineering (6%) and mechanical engineering (6%).
  • Current Contents Connect
    » More info
    Part of Web of Knowledge, Current Contents is a multidisciplinary current awareness Web resource providing access to complete bibliographic information from over 8,000 of the world's leading scholarly journals and more than 2,000 books. Users can also search a premium collection of evaluated scholarly Web sites and access evaluated, full-text Web documents in three general resource types: preprints, funding information and research activities.
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
    » More info
    This web site provides access to the full-text content of 4,274 e-books purchased by the USC Libraries from netLibrary. The books are searchable by both author and title. In addition, all books included in this collection are accessible through Homer.
  • Engineering Research Database
    » More info
    Bibliographic coverage of the international serial and non-serial literature for research in civil, earthquake, environmental, mechanical, transportation engineering, forensic engineering, engineering services, education, theoretical mechanics and dynamics, mathematics/computation, design, construction, and latest technological developments. ProQuest Deep Indexing: Engineering supplements the database with access to millions of indexed charts, figures, graphs, maps, and tables from the scholarly research and technical literature.
  • Engineering Village 2
    » More info
    Ei CompendexWeb is the most comprehensive bibliographic database of engineering research literature, containing references to over 5000 engineering journals and conferences. Ei covers literature that makes a definite contribution to knowledge in the subject areas of engineering and applied science. About half the citations (from 2600 journals and conferences) include abstracts and indexing in the records. Online coverage is from 1884 to the present, and files are updated weekly. The highest percentages of journal literature are in the fields of chemical and process engineering (15%), computers and data processing (12%), applied physics (11%), and electronics and communication (12%) In addition Compendex includes civil engineering (6%) and mechanical engineering (6%). USC's subscription to the Engineering Village 2 (EV2) platform includes access to the Compendex and Inspec databases.
  • ENGnetBASE
    » More info
    One of the most comprehensive databases of engineering research
  • Essential Science Indicators (ESI)
    » More info
    Essential Science Indicators (ESI) is one of ISI/Thomson's Web of Knowledge databases that provides more aggregate citation analysis than do the citation indices. "Types of data featured in ESI include most cited author rankings, institutional (university, corporate, government research lab) rankings, national rankings, and journal rankings....The data in ESI are limited to ISI-indexed journal articles only." ESI is updated bimontly (every other month).
  • Frost & Sullivan
    » More info
    Industry and technology research from this global consulting firm covering US and international markets in areas such as information and communication technology, healthcare, automotive and transportation, measurement and instrumentation, chemicals, materials, energy, industrial automation, aerospace and defense, environment and buildings, electronics and security, metals, minerals and much more. Single-click downloading of entire reports is not enabled for students. Please contact the Crocker Business Library at library@marshall.usc.edu for assistance.
  • Glassdoor
    » More info
    Glassdoor is free career resource that searches “over 20,000 job sites, newspapers, and company career pages” at once. Apply directly for millions of jobs. This database also provides access to company reviews and ratings written anonymously by employees and job seekers; salaries; and sample interview questions.
  • Greensource
    » More info
    Produced by McGraw-Hill Construction, this free website (with ads) focuses on environmental and sustainable building news and projects around the world (but with a US emphasis). Includes fora on topics such as humanitarian design, LEED, and professional practice, as well as entries from the world's top green building and design blogs. It also allows searching in Sweets for green building products.
  • IEEE Xplore
    » More info
    A comprehensive database deliving full text access to the world's highest quality technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics.
  • IET Digital Library - Books
    » More info
    USC provides access to 2010-2013 IET eBooks, 2013 IET Imprints and 1994-2013 SciTech eBooks.
  • INSPEC
    » More info
    Scientific and technical journals and conference proceedings in physics, electrical engineering and electronics, computing and control, and information technology. Produced by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) Information Division, the database is updated weekly.
  • Knovel Chemistry & Nanotechnology Library
    » More info
    Knovel is a database for disciplines of chemistry and engineering. We have access to the Merck Index, handbooks and other reference books for chemistry and nanotechnology. Knovel also has a unit converter for all science and engineering calculations.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    » More info
    Database of full text online news, business, financial, legal, medical, biographical, government and domestic and international newspaper resources.
    Please check all license agreements posted on the Lexis/Nexis Website at http://www.lexisnexis.com/terms/general. Failure to follow the Terms & Conditions may result in revocation of the Lexis/Nexis license for the University of Southern California. Furthermore it is expressedly forbidden to write search scripts to search this databases.
  • Linda Hall Library's Digital Collections: Science, Engineering and Technology
    » More info
    The Library has a very strong engineering and technology collection, made even stronger by the acquisition of the Engineering Societies Libraries in 1995. The Library’s major emphasis in engineering is on collecting important current research material. In addition to civil engineering, applied mechanics and related disciplines are the most extensively covered subjects in the Library’s collection. The collection includes meeting papers from many engineering societies including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME).Acquisition of the collection of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) broadened an already strong collection in Aerospace engineering and history. This collection includes an extensive collection of individual papers collected by AIAA as well as NASA papers.
  • MassTransitMag
    » More info
    The MassTransit website is dedicated to "Better Transit Through BetterManagement", and their offerings include industry news, email newsletters,video profiles, and opinion pieces about the world of mass transit. The siteis mostly dedicated to providing information about mass transit systems inthe United States, though visitors will note that there is some coverage ofinternational transit systems as well.
  • PapersFirst
    » More info
    Published information received by The British Library Document Supply Center.
  • ProceedingsFirst
    » More info
    Citations of every congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received at The British Library. Updated 24 times a year.
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
    » More info
    The Science Citation Index, a part of the Web of Science, is a multidisciplinary database of bibliographic information indexed so that you can search for specific articles by subject, author, journal, and/or author address. Because the information stored about each article includes the article's cited reference list (often called its bibliography), you can also search the databases for articles that cite a known author or work.

    The Science Citation Index (SCI) indexes 5,700 major journals across 164 scientific disciplines, covering approximately 2,100 more journals than its print and CD-ROM counterparts, with all cited references captured.

  • SciFinder
    » More info
    SciFinder (SFS) and its web-version of SciFinder (SF):
    • Provide access to Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) Registry of more than 22 million chemical substances
    • CA databases with references to more than 15 million articles and patents (one of USC's best patent resources)
    • CHEMCATS database of nearly 400,000 commercially available chemicals from more than 300 suppliers
    • CHEMLIST, a database of key domestic and international regulatory information.

    Available from Sunday 2:00 am until Saturday 6:00 pm (U.S. Eastern Time)

    If you would like access to Scifinder, please include the following information:

    • Faculty and Staff: USC email address, contact information (department or school information, research field, building and room number)
    • Students: USC email address, name of advisor, contact information (department or school information, research field, building and room number)

  • Scirus
    » More info
    Scirus searches an international collection of institutional repositories and other resources, so it can be a good way to find technical reports, preprints, and other less common publications. Scirus includes basic and advanced search functions, and sorts results into journals vs. web sites. Elsevier ScienceDirect journals are prominently featured in the journal results, with direct links. USC subscribes to the majority of ScienceDirect titles, so Scirus is a good way to search those online journals. For more detailed information, see this electronic resources review in the online peer-reviewed journal Issues in Science and Technology Libraries
  • Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment (STKE)
    » More info
    The Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment is from the AAAS Science and is both a Web site and an online journal devoted to the topic of cell signaling. Signal transduction refers to the biochemical processes by which cells respond to cues in their internal or external environment.
  • Sweet's Network
    » More info
    The online version of the printed Sweets Catalog File (In AFA Reference,Call No. TH455.S7864), this free website (with ads) allows searching by word or the MasterFormat 2004.Includes links to articles in Architectural Record.
  • Synthesis Collection
    » More info
    Synthesis is an engineering and applied science e-books collection from Morgan & Claypool, which synthesizes important engineering research or development topics in lecture series format.
  • Techstreet standards
    » More info
    Thomson Reuters Techstreet provides access to standards and technical information from major publishers. Subscribed documents are available in PDF format and can be downloaded to your personal computer.Currently, USC subscribes to selected documents from ASCE, ASME, and ISO. To request additional documents, please contact the Science and Engineering Librarians at lib-selibs@dots.usc.edu with the agency and document number(s) you are looking for.Downloaded documents can only be read using Adobe Acrobat with the FileOpen add-on. Both are available on the Techstreet website.
  • THERMOPEDIA
    » More info
    THERMOPEDIA is the gateway to resources on heat and mass transfer, fluid flow and thermodynamics.
  • TRISOnline
    » More info
    TRIS Online is a public-domain, web-based version of the Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) bibliographic database. The TRIS Online database contains over half a million records of published transportation research including technical reports, books, conference proceedings and journal articles. Currently there are almost 24,000 TRIS records with links to electronic copies of the full-text. The time span covers literature from the 1960s to the present, with some coverage of prior years. Highway Research Board publications are covered back to 1923. TRIS coverage includes the disciplines of planning, finance, design and construction, materials, environmental issues, safety and human factors and operations for the modes of highways, transit, railroads, maritime and aviation. TRIS does not contain information on vehicle standards and specifications, patent information, market research, military transport or news articles. TRIS focuses on transportation research.
  • Worldwide Directory of Specialists in Thermal & Fluids Science and Engineering
    » More info
    This site will allow you to locate a specialist by name, field of specialization, and/or affiliation.
  • Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students
    » More info
    This site prepared by contributors from five universities provides guidelines for students learning to communicate technical work. It includes samples and exercises.