Subject Librarian:

Allison Langham

This subject covers: the study, design, and maintenance of machinery. Other related topics are mathematics and the physical sciences including mechanics, chemistry, physics, mechanics of materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, statics, and dynamics. Heat transfer, tribology, plasma physics, and nanoparticle research are also important.

Article Databases and Indexes

* Premier Resources *

Search both Inspec and Compendex for articles and conference papers related to engineering, computer science, and physics.

An abstract and citation database with a single search platform searching content from ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciTopics, and relevant Web content.

Covers over 8,000 international journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

IMPORTANT NOTE: This resource does not work well with the Safari browser on Macs. Firefox works fine on the Macintosh platform. The Technical papers portion of SAE Mobilus references thousands of SAE Technical Papers covering the latest advances and research in all areas of mobility engineering including ground vehicle, aerospace, off-highway, and manufacturing technology. Sample coverage includes fuels and lubricants, emissions, electronics, brakes, restraint systems, noise, engines, materials, lighting, and more. The University Libraries subscription provides access from 1998 to present. Prior to July 2016, this database was called "SAE Digital Library."

SciFinder is the best database for chemistry-related topics. Registration is required, and you must download VPN and then log in to it for off-campus access.

SciFinder includes journal and patent references,chemical regulatory data, and supplier, reaction, and substance information.

General Reference Sources

Handbooks and Manuals

Covers metals' property and performance data, the place to start for data on metals.

This book is one of the most comprehensive sources of information for engineers.


Default is set to search Digital Library and Standards; this can be changed in the main search box by clicking the "All" button. A collection of industry-leading standards and technical engineering information. 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.

Technical Reports

Provides indexing and access to a collection of more than 3 million historical and current government technical reports archived by the National Technical Information Service. Over 500,000 documents are available in full-text format.

You must create a Public Access account to see full-text documents.

Internet Resources

Electronic Books

Limited full text online access --we do not have complete online subscriptions to all resources indexed here. If the site prompts for payment that means we do not have online access and you will need to search our print holdings ( or place an interlibrary loan request ( Remote access available for University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities students, staff and faculty .

Electronic Texts

500 e-book titles in engineering and also an excellent source for property data.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

A web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references, and automatically generating formatted bibliographies in seconds.

Library Information

Science and Engineering Library

Walter Library
East Bank, Minneapolis Campus
Circulation: (612) 624-3366; Reference: (612) 624-0224