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  • Online Ethics Center
    National Academy of Engineering. Case studies, guidelines, regulations, teaching ideas. Covers education, safety & the environment, professional practice, employment & legal issues, research, technology
  • NSPE Engineering Ethics.
    National Society of Professional Engineers. Includes the Code of Ethics, case studies, educational resources, FAQs and links to other ethics sites.

Find Patents

  • esp@cenet  
    European Patent Office (EPO). International patents issued by more than 70 countries, including US, UK, Germany, Japan. Japan and Germany issue patents faster than the US. Search these countries' patents first for most recent breakthroughs. 1836 to the present. Good place to search for US patents from 1920 to 1975 because can search by author, title, words in abstracts.
    United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Full text of all patents issued since 1790. Searchable by patent number and classification number. Patents since 1976 searchable by keyword in the full text of the patent. Images are in TIFF format. Requires special plug-in for your browser, such as "alternatiff" ( If you can't install a TIFF reader, record patent numbers and pull up full-text via Google Patent Search.
  • Google Patents

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    Find Articles, Papers, Reports

    Need information on a topic from an authoritative publication? Try these sources to locate journal articles, papers, and other reports.

    For more article databases, see Engineering Databases on the library homepage and the other topic pages in this guide.

    • Compendex
      Compendex covers over 5,000 engineering journals, conferences, and reports. All areas of engineering are represented. Approximately 22% of the database is conference literature, and 90% of the source documents are in English.
    • Web of Science  
      8,500 highest-cited journals in science & engineering in 150 disciplines. 1900-present. In addition to searching by topic, can find who cited a paper. Offers good search analysis tools.
    • IEEE Xplore  
      Full-text access to over 120 IEEE journals, as well as transactions, conference titles, and standards from 1988 to the present with some items going back as far as 1950. (Updated weekly)
    • NTIS Electronic Catalog (National Technical Information Service)  
      National Technical Information Service. Records of 2 million government technical reports. 1964 - present.

    Find electronic and print books at Temple

    Need to find out what books cover a particular topic?

    Tip: keyword searching is the best way to start.

    Example: Ethanol

    • Search on keyword: ethanol
    • Find a good book? Click on the subject heading: alcohol as fuel.
    • Try broader, narrower, related words: alternative and fuel, biofuel*, biodiesel

    Collections of engineering ebooks

    Search through collections of engineering handbooks.

    • engNETbase
      hundreds of scientific/technical books from Taylor & Francis imprints
    • Knovel
      over 900 titles in the engineering fields
    • Safari Tech Books Online
      over 800 information technology books from leading publishers
    • Books 24 x 7
      thousands of books related to information technology from top publishers

    Find Background Information

    • Access Science
      Online version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology.
    • Encyclopedia Britannica
      The online edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica is a fully searchable and browsable collection of over 73,000 authoritative reference articles.
    • Kirk Othmer Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry
      Articles on chemical substances including their properties, manufacturing, history and uses. Includes many references. For example, click on "Topics" and expand "Energy" to find "Alcohol Fuels," "Natural Gas" and "Petroleum."

    Example specialized search engines

    • Google Scholar Includes Peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organization.
    • A global science gateway—accelerating scientific discovery and progress through a multilateral partnership to enable federated searching of national and international scientific databases an
    • Wolfram Alpha A computational knowledge engine.


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    How to cite

    • Temple University Writing Center
      See handouts and APA, Chicago, MLA style guides.
    • ASCE Author Kit.
      See Author-Date References for info on how to cite within the text. To format your reference list, see Quick Guide to Common Types of Referenced Materials.
    • ASME Author Resources
      Search the INDEX of the Guidelines for REFERENCES to find proper format and examples.
    • IEEE Author Digital Tool Box
      Link to the IEEE Style Manual.
    • RefWorks
      Organize and manage your citations with RefWorks. Use it to produce bibliographies in all major styles.

    Browse the stacks

    • Q Science
    • Q180 Operations research
    • Q300-390 Artificial intelligence
    • QA Mathematics
    • QA75-QA76 Computer science
    • QA801-QA939 Analytical / fluid mechanics
    • QC Physics
    • QD Chemistry
    • QE Geology
    • R Medicine
    • R856 - R857 Biomedical engineering
    • T Technology
    • T55 - T60.8 Industrial engineering
    • T385 Computer graphics
    • TA Engineering (general), Civil engineering
    • TA349 -359 Mechanicas of engineering
    • TA401 - 492 Materials of engineering, constuction
    • TA630 - 820 Structural engineering, geotechnical engineering
    • TC Hydraulic engineering
    • TD Environmental engineering
    • TE Highway engineering
    • TF Railroad engineering, operations
    • TG Bridge engineering
    • TH Building construction
    • TJ Mechanical engineering, machinery
    • TJ Power resources
    • TJ210.2-225 Robotics
    • TK Electrical engineering, electronics, nuclear engineering
    • TK5101-6720 Telecommunications
    • TK 7800-8360 Electronics
    • TL Motor vehicles, Aeronautics, Astronautics
    • TN Mining engineering, metallurgy
    • TP Chemical technology
    • TS Manufacturing
    • VM Naval architecture. Marine engineering

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