Finding Journal Articles: Engineering

The most current research on any academic topic is usually found in journal articles.

Step 1
Use indexes to find articles on a particular topic.

Title Description
Academic Search Complete A multi-disciplinary database which provides full text for more than 8,500 periodicals, including full text for over 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

AccessEngineering is an online reference library, combining thousands of published reference sources along with videos, spreadsheet templates and calulators, and interactive tables and charts. It is an excellent place to start research on a topic or access engineering handbooks. Many of the titles included in AccessEngineering can be found through the library catalogue.

Explore by topic or access: Schaum's Outline books in engineering and mathematics, Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook, or Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers.

To use AccessEngineering on your mobile device from outside the UPEI network, follow these instructions

ACM Digital Library
  • The ACM Digital Library is a research, discovery and networking platform containing:
  • The Full-Text Collection of all ACM publications, including journals, conference proceedings, technical magazines, newsletters and books.
  • A collection of curated and hosted full-text publications from select publishers.
  • The ACM Guide to Computing Literature, a comprehensive bibliographic database focused exclusively on the field of computing.
  • A richly interlinked set of connections among authors, works, institutions, and specialized communities.


  • Description from the publisher


ANSI Standards

The Library licenses a specific selection of engineering standards, at the request of engineering faculty.

Some of them are on this platform, customized for the UPEI licenses, run by

You can just read the standards directly, but if you "register" your own personal account on the site within the UPEI account, you will also be able to use a variety of useful features.

For more information or to request additional standards, contact the engineering librarian, Mackenzie Johnson,, 902-620-5290.

ArXiv An electronic archive for research articles, including physics, math, computer science, nonlinear sciences, quantitative biology, and statistics.
ASME Digital Collection

Journals and proceedings published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

UPEI does not have a paid subscription, but some content on this site is open access/free.

Description provided by the publisher:

The ASME Digital Collection is ASME’s repository of current and archival literature featuring:

  • ASME's Transaction Journals from 1960 to the present.
  • ASME's Conference Proceedings from 2002 to the present.
  • ASME Press eBooks selected from 1993 to the present.

Contact the engineering librarian for more information about this resource.

Blackwell Synergy -- See Wiley Online Wiley Online is a multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities.
Canadian Patent Database

This database lets you access 153 years of patent descriptions and images. You can search, retrieve and study more than 2,480,000 patent documents.

Compendex (Engineering Village)

Description from publisher:

Ei Compendex is the broadest and most complete engineering literature database available in the world with over 20 million indexed records from 77 countries across 190 engineering disciplines. Every record is carefully selected and indexed using the Engineering Index Thesaurus.

Indexing is from 1969 - current.  This is an indexing database, not full text. A Check@UPEI link will be available to connect you to our full text journals.

Content sources (as of Sept 2016):

  • 190 engineering disciplines
  • 76 countries
  • 2,129 publishers
  • 3,639 journals
  • 334 Open Access titles2
  • 117 trade magazines
  • 88,317 conference proceedings
  • 84 book series
  • articles in press from 1,260 journals
  • 87,328 dissertations
  • 8.8+ million records >1970
  • 10.9 million journal articles
  • 6.4 million conference papers
  • 25,000 records added weekly
EPO Worldwide Bibliographic Database

The EPO Worldwide Bibliographic Database is a comprehensive collection of patent information from around the world. It is maintained by the European Patent Office and contains bibliographic data, such as titles and abstracts for millions of patents granted by various patent offices worldwide. The database is a valuable resource for researchers, inventors, and intellectual property professionals who seek information about existing patents and technological developments. 

The European Patent Office (EPO) is an organization responsible for granting patents in Europe. It is one of the largest patent offices in the world and serves as a centralized authority for patent protection in European countries. The EPO's main function is to examine patent applications and grant patents that provide legal protection for inventions in its member states. 

The EPO operates independently of the European Union, and its member countries include not only EU member states but also non-EU countries that have signed the European Patent Convention. The EPO plays a vital role in promoting innovation and protecting intellectual property rights in Europe. 

For more information about EPO Worldwide Bibliographic Database, please visit:


Produced by the American Geosciences Institute, this comprehensive geosciences database contains records for geosciences literature from around the world, including 3.8 million records from over 3,500 journals. Other records featured within the database include indexed books, maps, government reports, conference papers, theses and dissertations.

Subjects Include: Economic geology, Environmental and engineering geology, Geophysics, Hydrology, Paleontology, Petrology, Marine geology & oceanography, and Mineralogy.

Coverage within the database includes the geology of North America from 1666 to the present, as well as global coverage dating back to 1933. 

Google Scholar (on-campus link)Google Scholar (off-campus use only)

Searches scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, and articles. Note: only use the proxied link when you are off-campus. If you are on campus, go directly to Google Scholar as

IEEE IEL Online (Xplore)

IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL Online) includes full text access to over 200 IEEE and IET journals, over 1,400 IEEE and IET conference proceedings, and over 2,800 IEEE standards.


Robertson Library at UPEI provides access to Inspec through EBSCOhost. Although it is possible to search across multiple databases on EBSCOhost, it is suggested that you limit your search to one database at a time to allow for the maximum number of search fields. 



Subject coverage:  
physics, electrical/electronic engineering, computing, control engineering, information technology, production, manufacturing and mechanical engineering.  Inspec also has significant coverage in areas such as materials science, oceanography, nuclear engineering, geophysics, biomedical engineering and biophysics.

Inspec contains 15 million bibliographic records from 4600 active journals and more than 2500 conference proceedings per year. Inspec goes back to 1969. Inspec is up-dated weekly and is growing at the rate of over 840,000 records each year. The Inspec Archive contains 873,700 records and covers from 1898-1968.

by any of the fields, including title, author, author affiliation, Inspec controlled term, uncontrolled terms, numerical indexing, chemical indexing, astronomical object indexing, etc. 

Limit by:   
publication type, language, source, country of publication, linked full text, treatment type, year or range of years, IPC Section or Inspec Classification  

Sort by:  
relevance, date, author or source

Phrase search:   
to guarantee that the phrase is an exact match, quotation marks should be used, e.g. "dipole moment"

* will retrieve an unlimited number of characters, e.g. manag* will pick up manage, manager, managers, managerial, etc. 

? will substitute a single character, e.g. wom?n will pick up either woman or women

# will retrieve zero or one character, e.g. flavo#r

Refine Search:   
Search results can be refined using facets on the right of the results

Additional Services:  
You can email, print, save to folder, or download results to a bibliographic utility such as EndNote.

EBSCOhost will automatically run your search each week and send any new updates directly to you via email or RSS (click on "share" and then email or RSS).

Additional Information: 
For more detailed information and documentation about Inspec please see:


The Inspec Database on the EBSCOhost platform: subject search examples

This is the first of two videos showing Inspec search examples on the EBSCOhost platform. This video demonstrates how using Inspec’s subject indexing may be used to refine and retrieve results that closely match the searcher’s requirements. The different search options are reviewed including how to refine your search and use Inspec keywords, classification codes and IPC (International Patent Classification) codes to produce accurate results. 
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The Inspec Database on the EBSCOhost platform: author, affiliation and other special searches

This is the second of two videos showing Inspec search examples on the EBSCOhost platform. This video demonstrates how to carry out effective searches for authors, author affiliations, conference and source information, publication types, language, treatment codes and keywords in publication titles. 
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This guide provided courtesy of The IET

Contact engineering librarian Rosie Le Faive for more information about this resource.

MADCAD Engineering Standards

Full text of a select set of engineering-related standards as requested by engineering faculty from ASME, ASTM, and BSI.

Also includes over 6,000 standards provided for free, mostly from US states and US federal agencies.

O'Reilly Online Learning

This subscription package to over 35,000 ebooks and 6,000 videos includes primarily computer science, but with many engineering and business books too. It also includes hundreds of interactive tutorials  and an AI-like "answers" feature for technical questions.

Technical access issues:

You will need to use UPEI's login system to use these books even if you are on campus.

The first time you use it, you will see a popup that mentions sending you an email, but that's doesn't apply to us and you won't get any email.

You should only have to do this sequence once per computer/web browser.

We recommend using any browser OTHER THAN Chrome, because Chrome does not render many mathematical equations properly.

If you copy a URL in this product to make  persistent link (for example, to a chapter), you need to use this link conversion tool so that link will work properly later (otherwise it won't).

If you are ever starting with a link into this product that insists on getting your email address first, use that same link conversion tool (in a browser other than Chrome) and retry with the modified link.

The "mobile app" provided by the platform for offline reading will not work with UPEI's login authentication system. You should however find that the normal web platform is acceptably "responsive" to small screens like smartphones.


OneSearch (EBSCO EDS - Proxied)

OneSearch (EBSCO Discovery Service) searches most of Robertson Library's licensed content in a single search.



If you bookmarked a page or copied the URL from OneSearch/EBSCOhost and find it has expired, sometimes, but not always, it's possible to recreate a working link from a bad one.  If it's possible, this tool will do it.

(The link from here also will expire, so be sure to update your bookmark with the permalink!)

Paste a broken EBSCO URL, then press Enter and hope for the best:

SAGE Premier Collection Full text of over 600 journals published by SAGE in the fields of Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, Technology, and Medicine. Gateway to government science information & research results. Searches over 50 scientific databases & 200 million pages of science information.
ScienceDirect Provides full text to peer-reviewed journals from Elsevier Science, including a large number of journals in the life sciences.

Scopus provides broad indexing and citation coverage of academic journals, books and conference proceedings published worldwide. Delivering a comprehensive overview ofresearch output in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Access the Elsevier Scopus guide for information about searching. 

Coming soon: the UPEI librarians are developing a own localized scopus advanced search tips guide.

If you want to search for publications by UPEI authors, you can add these pieces to your Advanced search:

AF-ID ( "University of Prince Edward Island"   60007655 )   = UPEI (except AVC)

AF-ID("University of Prince Edward Island Atlantic Veterinary College" 60005845) = Atlantic Veterinary College

Springer LINK Contains over 1,900 full text electronic journals from the areas of science, technology, medicine, engineering, environment, economics, and law.
Transport Research International Documentation

TRID (Transport Research International Documentation) is the world's largest and most comprehensive bibliographic resource on transportation research information.  It is produced and maintained by the Transportation Research Board of the US National Academies with sponsorship by State Departments of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and various federal agencies, and other sponsors of TRB's core technical activities.  ITRD is produced by ITRD member organizations under the under the sponsorship of Joint Transport Research Centre (collectively JTRC) of the International Transport Forum and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and ITRD.

TRID covers all modes and disciplines of transportation and contains more than 1.4 million records of published research.  More than 422,000 records contain links to full-text documents.

Records in TRID are indexed with a standardized vocabulary from the Transportation Research Thesaurus (TRT), ITRD Thesaurus or a different thesaurus depending on the source organization.

Unfortunately, UPEI is unable to include "Check@UPEI" links from the article citation records in this database to our own full text licenses. Please use our journal lookup (or interlibrary loan service if UPEI does not own that article).


United States Patent and Trademark Office Information about all US patents (including utility, design, reissue, plant patents & SIR documents) from the first patent issued in 1790 onwards.
Web of Science (Backfile)

Backfile thru December 2009 for Web of Science (WOS) Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) & Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI)


Why just the backfile? See the Web of Science Subscription 2010.

Step 2
Obtaining specific articles.

Once you have located the article that you want in a database, look for a fulltext link. If one is available, click on this and you will be taken straight to the article.

If there is no fulltext link, click on the Get It @UPEI button. This button will direct you to best available source for the article: fulltext in another database, print copy in the Library, or a form to request an InterLibrary Loan.

Print journals are shelved alphabetically on the Upper Level.

Please contact the Library’s Service Desk, 566-0583, for assistance or use Ask Us to chat with a librarian or to leave a message.


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