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EG5911R Information Literacy Skills for Research (Engineering): Tools


Major Engineering Databases



Web of Science

Engineering Village

IEEE Xplore


Scopus Covers scientific, engineering, technical, medical, social sciences, arts and humanities fields. Has over 60 million records from over 5,000 publishers from around the world. It covers peer-reviewed journals; selected articles from trade journals; book serials; non-serial books (monographs, edited volumes, major reference works, and graduate level text books); conference papers from nearly worldwide events; patents from five patent offices. Updated daily. Scopus does citation tracking. A researcher can find out how many times a particular article has been cited.

Web of Science is one of the largest multidisciplinary index covering literature from sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. It indexes scholarly journals, books, conference proceedings, and patents. It offers the option to find the Hot and Highly Cited papers, the most impactful papers within a subject field.

Engineering Village is the essential research database for engineering literature from journals, conferences proceedings, patents, e-books, and many more. In a single interface, you could simultaneously search across four databases, namely Compendex, Inspec, NTIS and GeoBase. The thesauri on Engineering Village contains the controlled vocabulary used to index articles in the Compendex, Inspec and GEOBASE databases. This enables consistent and precise search and retrieval.

IEEE Xplore provides full-text access to more than three-million full-text documents from some of the world's most highly cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics. Including journals, eBooks, magazines, standards and conference proceedings published since 1988.

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Database Type

Citation and abstract

Citation and abstract

Citation and abstract


Types of Sources

Journals, conference papers, books, book series, patents

Journals, conference proceedings, books

Journals, conference proceedings, e-books, book series, patents, dissertations, trade magazines, government reports and documents

Journals, conference proceedings, books, e-books, magazines, standards

Subject Areas

Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Health Sciences

Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities

Physical Sciences, Life Sciences

Physical Sciences






No. of Journals



Compendex: 3945


Inspec: >5000

NTIS: >240 (US and international
government agencies)


Time Coverage

1823 -

1800 -

Compendex: 1970 -

GEOBASE: 1974 -

Inspec: 1969 -

NTIS:1899 -


Update Frequency




2 times/week

Citation Analysis






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