Engineering (Mechanical & Design)

This page will help you get more out of your Library resources for your assignments, projects and dissertations in Engineering (Mechanical & Design).

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Getting Started

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Options for getting started with Library resources.

Books

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Options for finding book material.

There are a wide range of resources available to Engineering students beyond the obvious journals, databases and websites. Here we list a selection we think you could find helpful.

• News

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Newspaper and magazine articles may be helpful although note that they are not considered 'scholarly resources'.

You might also want to take a look at:

Bob gives anyone in UK Universities access to television and radio programmes from 75 free-to-air channels. Search the archive of over 2.2 million broadcasts and watch films, documentaries, news programmes and more. It is the permanent archive for BBC1 London / BBC2 / BBC4 / ITV London / Channel 4 / More4 / Channel 5 / BBC Radio 4 / BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Find some great tips about how to use BoB in these short videos.

Additional access instructions:

For use in the UK only.


fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

Academic peer-reviewed journal articles, professional publications and more across all business topics. 

Please note that this interface is changing on the 24th June!  Check back after that for new video help and guidance. 

Covers all areas of business and management and is particularly useful for engineering subjects which connect with the business world.


fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

A variety of reference works, including dictionaries, which tutors may well prefer to Wikipedia, and it even tells you how to set out a reference to what you find. Try out the 'Mind Map' feature to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work.

These short videos show you how Credo can speed up your research:

  1. Search tips
  2. Using the automated mind map

Additional access instructions:

For off campus access use this link


fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

The full-text of thousands of articles from more than 100 peer-reviewed journals published by Emerald. Subjects include health and safety, management, human resources, engineering, marketing and training. For the most relevant results, use the advanced search and restrict to case studies or literature reviews.

The full-text of thousands of articles from more than 100 peer-reviewed journals published by Emerald. Subjects covered include education, management, human resources, marketing and training - will often have engineering related articles.


What

  • A variant of Google that searches for academic literature

Why

  • Provides access to articles, books, conference papers and preprints
  • Links to Full-text @ Portsmouth where available when settings are applied

How

  • Simple or advanced searching allowing refinement by date, author etc
  • A Library Guide to this resource is available

• JSTOR 

fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

JSTOR is best known as an academic journal archive containing thousands of articles on a wide range of subjects. To find the most recent years, you will need to search other databases like Discovery or go to the journal sites themselves. JSTOR also contains ebooksresearch reports and 1000+ collections of images and primary sources from libraries, museums and archives around the world. 

For some tips on searching JSTOR, watch this short video. You can also use JSTOR's Text Analyzer to find other documents or keywords relevant to your research. If you use JSTOR a lot, it's worth setting up a free, personal account so that you can use JSTOR's Workspace to store articles and notes.  


• Kanopy 

A unique collections of films including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases on every topic imaginable. Content can be searched or browsed.


• Nexis Uni 

Full text articles from many news sources and trade journals both UK and international. Archives sometimes stretching back to the mid 1980s.

Use this for news articles - although remember that these won't be considered scholarly literature.

Additional access instructions:

For use in the UK only


fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

The national record of over 60,000 biographies, 72 million words, 11,000 portraits of significant, influential or notorious figures who shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century - extremely useful for detailed biographies about literary figures.


The world’s largest database for public policy, with more than 3.2 million reports, working papers, policy briefs and data sources from more than 24,000 international organisations, NGOs, think tanks, and research centres. Topics include education, health, housing, local government, international relations, business, industries etc. and all areas of the world are covered. Use options in Advanced Search if you want to search specific countries.

Watch this short video to see how it could help you.

Additional access instructions:

Free registration required. This gives you access to 25 free searches a month.

 

Referencing

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Support for plagiarism and referencing

Your Subject Team

 Timothy Collinson

Faculty Librarian

email timothy.collinson@port.ac.uk

phone (023) 9284 3224

 Marie Smith

Assistant Faculty Librarian

email Marie.smith@port.ac.uk

phone (023) 9284 3339