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Mechanical Engineering: Biomedical Engineering

Choosing a Database.

Engineering Databases

Engineering Databases:

  • Engineering VillageThe most comprehensive index of engineering research available, going back over 120 years.  (Only available ON CAMPUS.)
  • IEEE:  Electrical engineering journals, magazines, conferences, and standards
  • ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers): lncludes full text access to six journals from the (ASCE)
  • Wiley Online Libraryan interdisciplinary database including engineering and technology articles.

Citing Articles.

Remember to give credit to the original source when you use someone else's work or idea, whether you use a direct quote or paraphrase.  Most style guides require some form of citation in the text of your paper as well as at the end in a bibliography or list of references.

Owl logoPurdue Online Writing Center (OWL): The Purdue OWL offers detailed instructions and examples of how to write and cite in MLA or APA format.


citation machine logoCitation Machine: A free, quick, and easy to use citation generator that work for APA, Chicago, and MLA styles.


ProQuest RefWorks logoRefWorks: Use RefWorks to keep track of the articles you find as you do your library research, and use it again as you write to format your entire paper, inserting quotations and creating a list of references at the end.

Medical Databases

Medical Databases:

  • PubMed : Includes more than 29 million citations from biomedical literature going back to the 1950s.Created and maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
  • CINAHL (EBSCO): Large and authoritative database of nursing research.
  • Cochrane Library: Includes full-text systematic reviews, methodology reviews, a registry of clinical trials.
  • Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA): Citations from published and in-progress health technology projects from around the world (click on the HTA checkbox to the right of the search boxes).

Interdisciplinary Databases

Interdisciplinary Databases:

  • Science Direct: Contains original research articles in science, technology, engineering and medicine, as well as a selection of  journals in the social sciences, humanities and business.  Full text starts in 1995.
  • SAGE Journals: Includes scholarly health sciences, material sciences and engineering journals as well as social science and humanities journals.
  • ProQuest Central: very large, multidisciplinary database with documents from journals, magazines, newspapers, trade journals, reports, wire feeds, podcasts, and more