This subject guide provides links to research resources for general and specific engineering programs.
ELM: Electronic Library for Minnesota (eLibraryMN)
On the ELM homepage, click All Databases. Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, and several other databases are available for you to search.
If you find an article that isn't available in full text, you may be able to order it through interlibrary loan at your public library.
If you don't see full text links, click on the Find It! button to view the easiest way to access the article:
If an online full text option is not available, you will either see information about where the physical item is in the library OR be prompted to Sign in to order the item through Interlibrary Loan.
Library databases contain scholarly information that is not usually freely available through Google. Searching the databases can be challenging because they work differently than Google.
- Search by concepts, taking out common words like effect, affect, good, bad, etc.
- Using AND focuses or limits your search (you get fewer results). Using OR broadens or expands your search (you get more results).
- Use * to search for different word endings (child* searches child, child's, children, children's but also childbirth) and plurals.
- Use quotation marks around phrases.
- Try the Advanced Search. Change the "field" you are search using the pull down menu (for example, search for keywords only in the "Title" of an article).
Search Other Libraries
Great River Regional Library (St. Cloud Public Library)
The public library has a wide variety of fiction and popular materials that complement the academic resources at the SCSU library. Students may Apply for a Free Library Card to borrow materials.
Search for materials beyond SCSU, from thousands of libraries and institutions around the world. Click on the FindIt! button and sign in to and request items through Interlibrary Loan.
"Creative Commons is a non-profit that offers an alternative to full copyright."
ice - Civil Engineering Images
"Historic engineering photos, illustrations and drawings available to download"
National Science Foundation - Multimedia
Free multimedia in the sciences
"Over 1.7 million+ high quality stock images and videos shared by our talented community"
"...free stock photos and videos."
Freely usable images
vads - Mechanical Engineering Image Collection
"The Mechanical Engineering Image Collection is formed from the archives and historic book collection of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)."
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/xf8mjbVRqao
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Basic engineering fundamentals: The ultimate online reference for engineers
Engineering Problem Solving: A Classical Perspective
This book fills in many of the gaps in engineering education by showing students and professionals the historical background of problem solving.
Contains..."critical engineering content, information, insight, tools and community for engineers and technical professionals across multiple industries and disciplines. "
Knovel Critical Tables
This important, interactive Knovel reference contains tables of physical, solvent, and thermodynamic properties. The physical property tables alone include over 21,000 inorganic and organic compounds, and pure substances. The solvent property tables have data for 385 common solvents, and the thermodynamic property tables have data for over 15,000 compounds.
NIST Chemistry WebBook
Provides access to chemical and physical property data for chemical species;data are from collections maintained by the NIST Standard Reference Data Program and outside contributors. Data are organized by chemical species. Access is free.
NRC Information and Communication Technologies
Simple searches on bibliographic data in patent documents. The default printing option is page by page only - but they are free. To print an entire patent, follow these instructions: Search for a patent. Click on a title; when the page loads, click on the original document tab. When this page displays, the printer icon is grayed out. Click on Save Full Document at the top of the page. Read the screen and enter the letters shown. The entire document loads now as a pdf and all the pages can be printed.
European Patent Office's esp@cenet provides indexing to over 30 million patent documents from European and other patent offices worldwide. The records provide basic patent information and in many cases an English abstract and image of the first page. Some records provide full-text descriptions, claims, and drawings.
Google Patents includes over 87 million patent publications from 17 patent offices around the world, as well as many more technical documents and books indexed in
Google Scholar and Google Books. Non-English patents are translated, so you can search for them with English keywords.
National Institute of Standards and Technology
NIST's mission is, "to develop and promote measurement, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life."
NTIS: National Technical Information Service
"The largest central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information. NTIS assures access to well over 3 million publications covering over 350 subject areas."
"The PATENTSCOPE database provides access to international Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications in full text format on the day of publication, as well as to patent documents of participating national and regional patent offices."
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
The full text of over 3,000,000 patents from 1976 to present is searchable at the USPTO site. Bibliographic information is available on millions more. The site also offers filing how-to advice for inventors and information on patent law and intellectual property.
Eigenfactor ranks scholarly journals in the natural and social sciences (and also newsprint, PhD theses, and popular magazines) using citation data and journal price.
Connecting Research and Researchers
SCImago Journal & Country Rank
The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus database. These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains.
NOTE: You must always double-check the formatting that the database provides. It is not always accurate. Look over the format of the authors' names and capitalization in particular.
Consult examples of APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, and other citation styles, and use Mendeley or Zotero to manage your references and format your bibliography.
Council of Science Editors (CSE) Scientific Style
Scientific style and format : the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers - Print
Ready Reference T11 .S386 2014
IEEE Editorial Style Manual
"This style manual provides general editing guidelines for IEEE Transactions, Journals, and Letters."
Scientist's Guide to Poster Design
This is a detailed guide to designing and creating conference poster presentations, with useful tips on software tools and links to other sources of information.
Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students
"These writing guidelines are designed to help engineers and scientists communicate their work. To that end, these guidelines contain advice and models for writing and speaking situations in engineering and science" -- Pennsylvania State University
An in-text citation allows your reader to track down a specific source you use in your paper. The in-text citation should provide enough information to point your reader to the full citation in your reference list. An in-text citation must be included when you quote or paraphrase information from one of your sources.
In APA Style, an in-text citation typically includes the author's last name and the date of publication, in parenthesis. If you use a direct quote, include the page number for the reference. For three or more authors, include the first author followed by et al. (Smith et al., 2009, p. 16).
Examples from OWL at Purdue and APA Style Blog:
After the intervention, children increased in the number of books read per week (Smith & Wexwood, 2010).
Smith and Wexwood (2010) reported that after the intervention, children increased in the number of books read per week.
According to Jones (1998), "Students often had difficulty using APA style, especially when it was their first time" (p. 199).
Johnson (1984) argued that "the universe..." (as cited in Smith, 2003, p. 102).
For a full list of examples, see APA References: Documenting Sources at the End of Your Paper
(from Excelsior Online Writing Lab)
- Start the reference list on a new page with the word References at the top.
- Double-space all reference entries.
- Use a hanging indent (instructions for Word or Google Docs) where the first line of the reference is left-justified and all subsequent lines are indented.
Martindale's The "Virtual" Engineering Center – Computer Engineering
A wide variety of "calcutators, applets, and spreadsheets, and where applicable includes courses handbooks, manuals, simulations, animations, videos/movies, etc."
Open DIrectory: Computers
Directory of computing related websites
The Software Engineering Resource Page
Information and links about the sub-specialties of software engineering.
"systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone."
"The Engineering Laboratory promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology for engineered systems in ways that enhance economic security and improve quality of life."
"IMS invites all regions to join our extensive network and collaborate to shape the future of manufacturong in local regions and globally"
Source guide fo all industries
"The Manufacturing Science & Technology Center develops and applies advanced manufacturing processes for realization of products in support of Sandia’s primary mission of ensuring that the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile is safe, secure, and reliable."
National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM)
"NACFAM is the non-partisan voice of advanced manufacturing in Washington, DC, advocating manufacturing-related policy and program solutions to help revitalize the U.S. manufacturing sector..."
"NIST provides technical support to the nation's manufacturing industries as they strive to out-innovate and outperform the international competition."
Physical Measurement Laboratory (NIST)
Manufacturing Technology Measurement and Standards
DataBase Systems & Logic Programming (DBLP): Computer Science Bibliography
IEEE Computer Society
"The IEEE Computer Society is the premier source for information, inspiration, and collaboration in computer science and engineering."