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This guide will help you to find resources about all disciplines of engineering, including scholarly literature, standards, and handbooks.
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News and Important Links

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

Solving Off-Campus Access Problems

Occasionally there are temporary problems accessing databases off-campus. If it happens again, there are several options to solve this problem:

  • Off-campus Access Page
    Follow the instructions on this page to resolve most access issues. You can also contact Jeanine Williamson, the Engineering Librarian, at
  • Use Databases with Similar Content
    Many databases overlap with other ones that UT subscribes too. For example, Compendex and Scopus share a great deal of content. Contact Jeanine Williamson, the Engineering Librarian, if you want to know what other resources to use when a database is unavailable.
  • Virtual Private Network
    Use the VPN feature through OIT if you prefer.

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. Go to the settings icon in Google Scholar, click on Library Links, and select "University of Tennessee-FullText at UT Libraries."

What database should I use to find scholarly literature? (Knoxville and UTSI programs)

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.

  • Web of Science 1900+
    Available to UT faculty, staff, and students
  • Compendex (1884-present)
    The primary index to engineering literature. Limited to 3 simultaneous users.
  • Springer LINK
    Full-text journals and e-books from Springer. E-books published since 2005 are available online. For older titles, check the Libraries' catalog.
  • ENGnetBase
    A compendia of engineering handbooks and reference works published by CRC.
  • Knovel
    "Includes material properties, process and design information, best practices, equations and formulations targeted for specific industries and engineering disciplines."
  • Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science
    This is a digital collection of 50-100 page lectures that synthesizes an important research or development topic in engineering and computer science.
  • Scopus
    A multidisciplinary database covering peer-reviewed literature in science, engineering, medicine, and social sciences (including some arts & humanities). Coverage is strongest for 1996 to present. Complements Web of Science.
  • Engineering Standards

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.


Research Librarian

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