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British Standards Online (BSOL) This link opens in a new window
Search and access the full text of all current British Standards and many international standards (e.g. ISOs/IECs). See Terms & Conditions
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Digimap This link opens in a new window
Digimap is an online map and data delivery service. Operated by EDINA at the University of Edinburgh, Digimap offers a number of data collections, including Ordnance Survey, historical, geological, LiDAR and marine maps and spatial data. Registration is required.
ESDU Data This link opens in a new window
ESDU is an engineering knowledge base which provides essential design and analysis methods and guides, data and software tools to help solve complex engineering problems. These design guides can be used in a wide range of engineering disciplines, including ISVR, aerospace, mechanical, civil, transportation and chemical engineering.
Espacenet This link opens in a new window
Search and access full text of patents from over 90 countries. To restrict to UK patents add 'GB' to the 'Publication number' field.
MatWeb This link opens in a new window
Dataset allowing searching for specific materials matching required properties or finding properties for a specific polymer, alloy, etc.
Search for materials by properties etc,
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Collections of Technical Information
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Key Online Technical Report Collections
NASA Technical Reports Server This link opens in a new window
Search across the many abstracts and technical report servers that NASA makes available. The Scientific & Technical Information page may also be useful.
Compendex This link opens in a new window
Compendex is the broadest and most complete engineering literature database available in the world. It provides a truly holistic and global view of peer reviewed and indexed publications with over 20 million records from 77 countries across 190 engineering disciplines. Further information.
INSPEC This link opens in a new window
A leading database in the fields of physics, electronics and electrical engineering, computers and control, and information technology. It contains abstracts of articles from over 3000 journals, as well as conference proceedings, books, technical reports and dissertations. Coverage: 1966 to date. Further information
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Key Conference Collections
ACM Digital Library This link opens in a new window
Full text access to the Association of Computing Machineries journals and conferences - this includes all current content and in many cases a full backfile (to the 1950s in some cases).
IEEE Xplore This link opens in a new window
Full text access to all IET and IEEE journals and conferences since 1988 and all active and archival (but not draft) IEEE standards.