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Engineering: Journals & Databases

Introduction to resources for Engineering students

What's a journal article?

A journal is similar to a magazine. Issues are available at regular intervals, such as every month. Often, journals are 'peer-reviewed' or 'scholarly'.

  • This means each article goes through an evaluation process to test it's accuracy, credibilty, relevance, and so on.
  • Peer-reviewed/scholarly articles are usually of a high academic standard.

Journals contain pieces of writing or research called journal articles.

This website summarises the difference between scholarly journals and popular magazines.

Video courtesy of NEIU Ronald Williams Library

What's a library database?

A library database is simply an online collection of information, such as:

  • journal articles
  • books chapters
  • book reviews
  • reports
  • conference papers

Sometimes only the abstract of a journal article will be available in a database but often you will be able to read the full text of the article too.

Video courtesy of RMIT University

How do I find journal articles?

The easiest way to find a journal article is by searching MultiSearch. Log in with your full name and student number to access it.

  • This searches most of the Library's resources, including databases, at the same time
  • You may need to login using your name and student number to read an article
  • If you want to save the details of a journal article so that you can read it later you should use the MultiSearch icons to email it to yourself or copy the permalink. Don't just copy the url as this won't work when you try to access it later.

Another option is to search an individual database. Click here to see all of our databases.

One database relevant to Engineering is not searchable through MultiSearch, so you will need to log in to this separately:


Why should I use an individual database instead of doing all my searches in MultiSearch ?

MultiSearch is great for finding out the range of sources we have available on any given topic but once you start to research a topic in more depth you will want more flexibility to save your results and keep up to date with new publications.

Most databases allow you to save searches and set up saved search alerts that send you any new items that matches your search. This is one of the advantages of using the database directly rather than always using MultiSearch.

Can't find the full text of a journal article?

Need access to the full text of a journal article but can't find it in MultiSearch or GoogleScholar? Make an interlibrary loan request and we'll try to get it from another library for you.

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