Aerospace, Mechanical & Maritime Engineering: key databases

This page has the key databases for Aerospace, Mechanical and Maritime Engineering in three sections:

  • Key full text collections - good a quick and easy search for a few articles and you will find full text documents (mostly).
  • key databases - search a wide range of journal articles, conference papers, and sometimes books and theses. They are especially useful for projects and dissertations. We will have access to the full text of some, but not all of the articles.
  • key datasets - including patents, standards and technical data. We often have access to the full text of these.

    See the finding journal articles section of this subject page for more details on using databases and getting to the full text. See the websites section for gateways to quality web resources.

    Key full text collections
    Title Description Other Details
    IEEE Xplore IEEEXplore contains all IET and IEEE journals and conferences since 1988 and all current IEEE standards. No password. Off-campus access with Institutional login
    Scirus  Scirus contains all Elsevier journals and various (mostly free) content. Access to full text (where possible) will need VPN
    NASA Technical Reports Server Search across the many abstracts and technical report servers that NASA makes available. The Scientific & Technical Information page may also be useful. Freely available
    Gale newspaper database Full text access to the Times, Independent/Independent Sunday, Guardian/Observer and Financial Times from 1985 onwards. Off-campus access with Institutional login
    Key databases
    Title Description Other Details
    Compendex & Geobase  Compendex is a large and interdisciplinary engineering information database. Geobase covers climatology, energy, environment, and hydrology. Online tutorials available. No password. Off-campus access * with Institutional login 
    Web of Knowledge  The Web of Science (ISI Citation Indexes) is a wide-ranging database. Online tutorials are available.

    is produced by the IET, and is the key database for physics (including acoustics), electronics and electrical engineering, computers and control, and information technology.

    is the key medical database, especially useful for Bioengineering
    No password. Off-campus access with Institutional login 
    Copac Search the catalogues of the major UK university research libraries (also the British Library). Freely available
    Index to Theses Covers theses from the UK and Ireland. VPN needed off-campus
    OAIster Search hundred of eprint/preprint servers (including ePrints Soton and other University servers). These often include articles not yet peer-reviewed/published and articles made freely available by the author. Freely available
    Transport A database of transportation research. Institutional login
    Web Gateways Small search engine with quality control for Engineering, Maths & Computing for UK Higher Education. Find more on the websites section of the subject page. Freely available
    Zetoc British Library Current Awareness Service - can have tables of contents from key journals and articles matching author/title keywords emailed to yourself. Institutional login for off campus use and alerts

    * Note Engineering Village when used off campus will have the default databases set to Compendex & Geobase.

    Key Datasets
    Title Description Other Details
    British Standards Online  Access full text of current British Standards (and some International/European equivalents e.g. ISO and IEC). Also see the standards page for more details, and other similar resources. Online tutorials available. See Terms & Conditions for printing and copying. VPN needed off-campus
    Engineering Sciences Data Unit A Key engineering dataset, containing engineering methods and data. VPN needed off-campus
    EspaceNet Access full text of UK & European patents. See the patents page for more details, and other similar resources. Freely available
    MatWeb Dataset allowing searching for specific materials matching required properties or finding properties for a specific polymer, alloy, etc. Freely available