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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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.

AccessEngineering is a collection of critical, regularly updated engineering reference information. It includes instructional videos, interactive tables and charts, as well as personalization tools.

• Barbour 

Barbour is a health and safety information service providing information sourced from over 900 providers. Information within it includes legislation, technical guides and best practice along with director level briefings and employee training guides. The legislation diary identifies all known upcoming changes in legislation relating to different health and safety topics.

The following video from Barbour shows you how to get the best from this resource

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Guidance on how to download a standard 

A database which provides details of tens of thousands of current, draft and withdrawn standards from the UK's national standards body, the British Standards Institution (BSI).
Use of the University of Portsmouth Library British Standards Online subscription is for educational purposes only.
Excessive downloading and printing of the material is prohibited. For more information on these restrictions please contact the library.

Additional access instructions:

Authentication required for off campus access.

fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

The Energy Citations database (1943-present) has been designed and developed by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). It contains bibliographic records for energy and energy-related scientific and technical information providing access to DOE publicly-available citations from 1948 through the present, with continued growth through regular updates

Engineer-it provides you with instant access to over 1,800,000 pages of full-text, full colour catalogues, technical data sheets, handbooks, selector guides and manuals from an extensive range of suppliers

fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

A wide range of video and text material focusing on engineering failures and successes. The collection will eventually contain 250 hours and 50,000 pages of quality documentaries, accident reports, experiments, visualizations, case studies, lectures and interviews from leading engineering institutions around the world.

Additional access instructions:

Authentication required for off-campus access

• Esp@cenet 

Espacenet offers free access to more than 80 million patent documents worldwide, containing information about inventions and technical developments from 1836 to today.

Search for and compare companies, industries, sectors, economies and cities across the world. Includes macroeconomic data, industry and company reports and analysis, business news, product launches and ads, and job analytics. 

Library Basics Video Guide (further support videos are available within the database)

GlobalData User Guide

Use this commercial site to check the validity of standards across different countries. Search the Library catalogue for the few HIS Standards we have purchased.

Containing over 1700 images from the archives and historic book collection of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) this resource charts the history of the Institution and of mechanical engineering, covering topics from railways to manufacturing, spanning the late 1800's to the late 1900's.

International Telecommunication Union's Radio Communication Sector recommendations are a set of international technical standards covering static and mobile communication technologies, the management and use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits, broadcasting systems and space communications and transmissions.

International Telecommunication Union's Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) produce over 160 new and revised standards (ITU-T Recommendations), covering the information and communications infrastructure from core network functionality and broadband to next-generation services like IPTV. Most are freely downloadable

• Knovel 

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Knovel enables you to manipulate engineering data from a wide range of sources. In addition to full-text ebook content it also provides access to equations, materials and substances data, and interactive charts and graphs. Its materials database covers everything from mechanical to chemical properties data, corrosion data and material properties. Knovel provides interactive engineering tools that enable data analysis, and specialized data search and taxonomies that make it easy to discover answers to technical questions.

This is a video tutorial to get you started with Knovel.

This LibGuide from Elsevier provides more help and support.  And this marketing page from Elsevier gives a good overview of the support for learning and teaching that Knovel and Engineering Village can offer to all "engineers of the future".


This video has been recorded specifically for Mechanical & Design engineering students and shows several key features.  The passcode is: %K*P7$?k

Particularly of use to product design students, but also helpful as an exemplar, this 4.5 minute video shows how to Design a Bicycle with Knovel or if you prefer, this one on Brewing Beer.



• News

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

• Non-subject specific resources

General resources which may nevertheless proove useful to engineering students and researchers.


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