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Engineering: Start Here!

Searching for articles and books on engineering topics.

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Welcome to the Engineering page covering library resources that help you find information in the engineering literature. 

  • Besides the content on this page, notice the tabs at the top of this page will take you to additional content.  
  • The box to the right lists specific article databases that cover all areas of engineering.
  • Links to subject guides for selected engineering areas are below this text--these guides list specialized article databases.
  • Links to key Library resources are listed in the box below this. 

Accessible for the Spring 2020 semester

During the COVID-19 event, many publishers have increased the content available to educational institutions for the duration of the Spring 2020 semester. Those listed here may be of interest to students in engineering and related fields.


Library Quick Links:

Top Recommended Databases

Periodical Articles and Conference Papers
New developments and current research are often first presented as conference papers and/or periodical articles. The following are indexes, abstracts or full-text repositories which access this literature:

For product and industry news, try:

Freely Available Article Databases

This database is provided free of charge to all (it is not limited to Boise State University students, staff & faculty), though the full-text content may depend on your institutional access, and your location.

Remote Access

Remote access (off-campus) is available to most of these article databases.  Be sure to go through a Library page to the resource, and then use your BroncoWeb username and password to access the resource.

Additional Article Databases

To access additional article databases, or to access these through the Library's main article databases page:

  • Go to the Library's home page,,
  • Click the Databases tab,
  • Click on the first letter of the article database name (B for BIOSIS) in the grouping under "Databases by Name",
  • Click on the article database name.

Your Librarian

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Tracy Bicknell-Holmes
Albertsons Library
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What about Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier does contain engineering content, so it's a great place to start searching for technical information. 

Comparing with some of the indexes in the box to the left, Compendex has greater depth in engineering topics (many more journals, plus conference proceedings); Web of Science has more breadth in journals (covers all disciplines-- science, engineering, medicine, social sciences and humanities, with no magazine or newspaper content);  Applied Science and Technology includes fewer magazines and journals, but the focus is on applied science, engineering, and technology sources.