Learning at Work

This page will help you get more out of your Library resources for your assignments, projects and dissertations in Learning at Work.

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Getting Started

Options for getting started with Library resources.


Options for finding book material.

For some assignments, our Discovery Service will give you enough sources to work with. In fact it may give you too many - so think carefully about exactly what subject you are interested in and the keywords you are using.

Sometimes you may want to try specific databases or journals - perhaps your lecturer has recommended particular names as a good way of finding articles. This page lists key sources for the various subject areas that Learning at Work may cover.

Check out this video on how to find journal titles.

Check out this introductory video on finding journal articles.

If we don't have an item you're interested in, we may be able to obtain it via Interlibrary Loan.

Not all databases we have access to contain the full text of an article.  Some contain the bibliographic data and an abstract or summary of the contents.  If you want to do wider searches and literature reviews which draw on the width of the literature, you'll need to do a little more work and include results from these indexing databases in your research.  Indexing databases may link through to full text where we have it, if not try an Interlibrary Loan.

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

Engineering Village consists of three bibliographic databases, GEOBASE, GeoRef and Compendex. GEOBASE is a multidisciplinary database of bibliographic information and abstracts that indexes journal literature across the earth sciences including geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography and geomechanics from 1980-present. GeoRef covers geological literature from North America (1785-present), plus geological literature from the rest of the world (1933-present).

Compendex is the most comprehensive bibliographic database of scientific and technical engineering and computing research available. This may be of use to GIS students.

There's a quick search video tutorial and a Refining Results video tutorial

There's not a video for the Expert Search, but there are help pages here, which are very useful. 

Indexes to journal articles and conference proceedings for a wide range of topics including mathematics not simply engineering. This includes the Compendex and INSPEC databases as well as a couple of geographical ones.

Further help can be found in this Elsevier LibGuide.

Engineering Workbench hosts a collection of industry standards, codes and specifications.

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Additional access instructions:

If you are accessing Engineering Workbench for the first time, you will need to register for an account using your University email. For off campus click here

• Greenfile 

fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

GreenFILE covers research information on all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. This is a multidisciplinary resource and topics include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. 


fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

ISURV provides RICS guidance and official documents in relation to the built environment. This resource provides insight from industry practitioners and legal experts to assist in the application of theory to practice.

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fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

Includes references to journal articles, audio-visual materials, books and law reports from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

• TechRxiv 

TechRxiv (pronounced "tech archive") is an open, moderated preprint server for unpublished research in the areas of engineering, computer science, and related technology.

Some of the subject areas include:

Engineered Materials, Dielectrics and Plasmas
Engineering Profession
General Topics for Engineers


Additional access instructions:

If you can't click through to the full text of this database, consider an interlibrary loan.


• Legal Information

Links to the Library's legal information resources.

• News

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


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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