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Engineering   Tags: engineering, engineering handbooks, patents, standards  

This guide will help you to find resources about all disciplines of engineering, including scholarly literature, standards, and handbooks.
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Compendex Off-Campus Problem

There was a problem with accessing Compendex off-campus. If it happens again, there are two options to solve this problem:

  • Scopus
    Scopus contains nearly 100 percent of the same content as Compendex, although it contains non-engineering related material as well.
  • Virtual Private Network
    Use the VPN feature through OIT if you prefer.

News and Important Links

The UT Libraries website has changed. Here are some of the links.

Databases Used by All Engineering Disciplines

Databases are generally located at UT Engineering and Technology Databases. Use databases to find peer-reviewed articles and other information.

Locating Materials at UT and outside UT

  • Interlibrary Loan
    for materials not owned by UT. Free to students, faculty and staff at UT.
  • FindText
    FindText is the button that allows you to link to journals holdings in many databases. Watch this video to see how.
  • Requesting an item that is checked out
    In the library catalog, click on the Item tab. Select "Item Pick-up or Delivery." The other patron has 10 days to return the item. You may request it through interlibrary loan if that is too long.
  • Article/Chapter Scan
    free service for UT students, faculty and staff to obtain scans of articles and book chapters owned by UT.
  • Proxy Bookmarklet
    if you do research off-campus, this bookmarklet will save you from having to type in your netid and password all the time.
  • Google Scholar Preferences
    if you edit your Google Scholar preferences, you will be able to check holdings at UTK.

What database should I use? (Knoxville and UTSI programs)

BooksPlus, the Library Catalog

The BooksPlus box on the library home page searches the library's catalog to find out what books or journals are owned.  Keep in mind that individual articles are not listed in the catalog.


Search Operators

Most databases require that you combine words in your search with AND or OR. AND retrieves records with all words.  OR retrieves records with any of the words.

mercury pollution AND coal

mercury pollution OR mercury accumulation

nuclear AND computer* AND (reliability OR dependability)

The asterisk (*)  truncates a word so that for this example, either computer or computers has to be in the records.


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