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Engineering Subject Guide

For more information, please contact Norah Xiao, (213) 740-2214.
For reference and research consultation, please contact any of librarians who work in engineering topics (see the Engineering subject page for details).

For DEN students: if materials you are looking for are not full-text on-line but in print at USC Libraries, please use the document delivery service, which will help you get the electronic copy of it. For more information, please contact Norah Xiao, (213) 740-2214.


Research Tools

Primary Databases

  • ACM Digital Library
    Full-text primary literature of computing and computer science published by Association for Computing Machinery (ACM); from 1954 to present
  • Compendex (via Engineering Village 2)
    Indexes to journals, conferences, technical reports of engineering and applied science; from 1969 to present; updated weekly
  • Xplore (IEEE Electronic Library)
    Full text IEEE publications (journals and conference proceedings) and over 900 IEEE standards; from 1988 to present (some content back to 1950's)
  • INSPEC (via Engineering Village 2)
    Abstracts of scientific literature in electrical engineering, electronics, physics, control engineering, information technology, communications, computers, computing, and manufacturing and production engineering; from 1969 to present; updated weekly
  • MEDLINE (Ovid)
    Literature in health science, biological and biomedical fields produced by National Library Medicine; from 1960 to present
  • SciFinder Scholar (contact Norah Xiao for more information)
    Chemical Abstract online version (required download a local file to access); chemistry and related information (chemical engineering, material science, petroleum science, etc.); from 1907 to present; updated daily
  • SPIE Digital Library
    Optical engineering and science (optics and photonics); full-text technical reports, SPIE journals and conference proceedings; from 1990 to the present.
  • Web of Knowledge (Web of Science)
    Includes Science Citation Index and Journal Citation Reports and Essential Science Indicators databases

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Secondary Databases

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General Science and Engineering Databases

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Catalogs (Cats)

Search materials at USC Search materials that may not be at USC (see the USC Interlibrary Loan service to get materials)

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News blogs, facebook group

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Literature

E-Books at USC

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E-Reference books

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E-journals

Journals abbreviations

USC journal subscriptions in relevant subject areas

By associations, publishers, and others

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Dissertations

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Grey Literature

Comprehensive search tools

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Patents

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Preprints

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Standards and Standards Organizations

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Technical Reports

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Professional Associations & Societies

Adopted and modified from the Viterbi Student Organizations

Professional Engineering Societies

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Honor Societies

  • Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS)
  • Alpha Pi Mu - the Industrial Engineering Honor Society
  • Chi Epsilon (XE) -US national Civil Engineering (CE) undergraduate honor society
  • Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) - the Electrical and Computer Engineering (EE) honor society
  • Omega Rho - the Operations Research, Management Science, or a closely-related area (ISE) honor society
  • Pi Tau Sigma - the Mechanical Engineering (ME) honor society
  • Sigma Gamma Tau - AE
  • Tau Beta Pi (TBP) - National engineering honor society founded in 1885
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) - CSCI - International Computer Science (CS) honor society
  • Omega Chi Epsilon - the national honor society for Chemical Engineering

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Government Sites

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Internet Resources and Search Engines

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Writing Support

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Updated: April 14, 2008


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