Research databases can be searched to find peer-reviewed journal articles on a specific research topic.
In some cases databases contain additional types of information, such as conference proceedings or chemical & physical data.
Engineering Village which is made up of both Compendex and Inspec, is the best general search database for engineering, along with Scopus. PubMed is useful if you are researching biomedical engineering topics. Knovel, Reaxys and SciFinder are great for researching chemical properties or specific data. IEEE is the top resource for electrical engineering.
Many of the databases and scholarly societies have acronyms that can be confusing. Here are their definitions:
ACM: Association for Computing Machinery
ASTM: American Society for Testing & Materials
IEEE: Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers
IET: Institution of Engineering and Technology
TRB: Transportation Research Board
TRIS: Transportation Research Information Services
ITRD: International Transport Documentation Database (from OCED)
Other Scholarly Societies: we do not subscribe to these as whole databases, but writings may be available through databases we already subscribe to:
ASME: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASCE: American Society of Civil Engineers
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