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Access Engineering: Digital Engineering Library

Includes over 200 engineering reference sources, with the latest editions of Marks Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, Perry's Chemical Engineers Handbook, Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers, Roark's Formulas for Stress and Strain, and many more.

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ASTM Standards and Digital Engineering Library
Coverage:Active ASTM standards only

Includes all Active standards from the 80+ volume Annual Book of ASTM Standards. Content is updated as standards are released.  The Engineering Digital Library provides access to Standard Technical Papers and Symposia papers, e-books, manuals, 6 journals, and a terminology dictionary.   

McMaster's subscription does not include the historical standards, or additional standards - e.g., UOP - which may be referenced but are not immediately available online.

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BASE

BASE is a project at Bielefeld University Library [Germany]. BASE offers an integrated search in heterogeneous scientific resources worldwide.

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Cambridge Journals Online

Cambridge is a not-for-profit publisher dedicated to the world-wide dissemination of knowledge across a wide range of subject areas, and currently publishes over 220 peer-reviewed academic journals. As well as those journals owned by the Press itself, they publish on behalf of over 100 learned and professional societies.

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Compendex
Coverage:1969 to present

This database is the online version of the Engineering Index. It contains citations, abstracts and some full-text to more than 5,000 engineering journals, conferences and reports. Subject coverage includes chemical and process engineering, computers and data processing, applied physics, electronics and communications as well as civil and mechanical engineering. Online coverage is from 1969 to the present, and files are updated weekly. CRC Press ENGnetBASE: Ei Engineering Village 2 provides a search interface to bibliographical information of the CRC Press engineering handbooks. US Patent Office: Ei Engineering Village 2 provides a search interface to the freely available, full-text patents of the US Patent and Trademark Office. Full-text patents are available from 1976 onward, and full-page images from 1790. A plug-in software is required to view full-page images. A link to the European Patent Office is available. Website Abstracts: This is a searchable database of over 10,000 engineering web sites. It contains selected and indexed web sites by Ei (Engineering Information, Inc.) subject specialists.

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CSA Standards
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The Canadian Standards Association is a not-for-profit membership-based association serving business, industry, government and consumers in Canada and the global marketplace. McMaster Library's subscription to the CSA Standards include those in the following areas: construction and engineering; electrical; energy; environmental; health and safety; mechanical and industrial equipment; quality and business management systems.  We do not have access to the Information Technology and Telecommunication standards.

The CSA website does not render properly in Google Chrome. Internet Explorer is the only fully-supported browser.

The FileOpen plugin is required.  If you do not have this installed, you will see 'Done' and a blank screen when you download your standard.  You can get the plugin from the FileOpen web site.

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E-print Network

This site is a gateway to over 12,700 Web sites and databases worldwide, containing e-prints in basic and applied sciences, primarily in physics but also including subject areas such as chemistry, biology and life sciences, materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research, computer and information technologies, and other disciplines of interest to DOE.

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ECS digital library
The Digital Library (DL) provides searchable online access to the various journals, books, and other collections published by The Electrochemical Society.
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Energy Citations Database (via SciTech Connect)
Coverage:1948-

Energy Citations contains bibliographic records for energy and energy-related scientific and technical information from the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies, the Energy Research & Development Administration (ERDA) and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). The Database provides access to DOE publicly available citations from 1948 through the present, with continued growth through regular updates. Energy Citations includes bibliographic records of literature in disciplines of interest to DOE such as chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, computer science and related disciplines. It includes citations to report literature, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents.

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Engineering Village (Compendex, INSPEC, GeoRef, GeoBASE)
Coverage:1969-present

A gateway to several scientific, applied science, technical and engineering-related databases, collections, and services, chiefly Compendex and Inspec. Updated weekly.

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Fuel and Energy Abstracts

A bi-monthly summary of world literature on all scientific, technical, commercial and environmental aspects of fuel and energy. 

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IEEE Xplore

Scientific and technical content published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and its publishing partners. Includes journals, conference proceedings, and standards.

McMaster Libraries online subscription includes access to full text published since 1988 and select content published since 1913.

# of users:50 simultaneous users
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IET E-Books

Over 300 e-books published by the IET (Institute of Engineering Technology) on general electrical engineering topics, power system management, control systems, radar, and more.  All titles are also listed in the library catalogue.

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INIS
Coverage:1970 to the present

The International Nuclear Information System (INIS) is an international bibliographic database containing over 3 million references covering all aspects of the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology, with an emphasis on engineering, energy, safety and life sciences. INIS contains information in many languages. All records describing non-English documents include an English translation of the title. English abstracts are included for 85% of the database. The original text of the non-conventional literature is available from the INIS Clearinghouse in both electronic and microfiche forms.

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Inspec (Engineering Village)
Coverage:1969 to present

Inspec is a bibliographic database that indexes world-wide literature on physics, astronomy/astrophysics, electronics, electrical engineering, control theory and technology, computers and computing, information technology, manufacturing and production engineering and materials science. The types of literature indexed and abstracted include journal articles, conference proceedings, books, reports and dissertations. The database is available from 1969 onwards and is updated weekly.

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Journals @ Scholars Portal

The Scholars Portal e-journals database contains over 50 million articles from over 20,000 full text journals covering many disciplines. Allows you to

  • search and access full text articles from a range of academic publishers
  • browse journals by subject
  • subscribe to RSS feeds for journal updates
  • search for figures and tables within articles
  • link to cited and citing references
  • print, email and download records
  • save citations to bibliographic management software
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National Research Council of Canada Publications Archive

A searchable online repository of NRC-IRC's large collection of publications, papers and reports issued since its founding in 1947, with fulltext access to over 12,000 fulltext reports.

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North American Transportation Statistics Database

Presents information on transportation and transportation-related activities among Canada, the United States and Mexico, both within individual countries and between the countries. This database, presented in French, English, and Spanish is, accessible in table and time series formats, and covers twelve thematic areas, including transportation and the economy, transportation safety, transportation’s impact on energy and the environment, passenger and freight activity, and transportation and trade. 

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NTRS
The NASA Scientific and Technical Information (STI) Program's mission is to collect, archive, and disseminate NASA aerospace information, and locate domestic and international STI pertinent to NASA's missions and Strategic Enterprises.Examples of NASA's STI include research reports, journal articles, conference and meeting papers, technical videos, mission-related operational documents, and preliminary data. NASA's technical information is available via the NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS) to provide students, educators, and the public access to NASA's technical literature. NASA citations and full-text documents found on NTRS are unli mited, unclassified, and publicly available.NTRS also collects scientific and technical information from sites external to NASA to broaden the scope of information available to users. NTRS's Simple Search searches for NASA information only and its Advanced Search can search for NASA and non-NASA information.Most of the NASA information does not have full-text document images and documents can be ordered by contacting the NASA Center for AeroSpace Information.
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ProQuest Databases
Coverage:Varies by database

Allows you to cross-search over 30 indexing, abstracting, and fulltext databases in a range of subjects.

For the most part, these databases help you find scholarly journal articles, although you may also find scholarly websites and other types of documents. Some databases provide the full text of online articles, and some only provide citations. Use the get it! button to link to available full text. 

The following databases are included on the ProQuest platform:

  • ABI/INFORM Collection (Dateline, Global, Trade & Industry)
  • Accounting, Tax & Banking Collection
  • Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)
  • Asian & European Business Collection
  • BHI: British Humanities Index (or Humanities Index)
  • Business Market Research Collection
  • Business Premium Collection
  • Canadian Research Index
  • CBCA Reference and Current Events
  • Dissertations & Theses @ McMaster University
  • ebrary e-books
  • Entrepreneurship Database
  • ERIC
  • Humanities Index
  • Index Islamicus
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
  • J.P. Morgan Research
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Nursing & Allied Health Database
  • PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) Index
  • Periodicals Archive Online‎ 
  • Philosopher's Index
  • Physical Education Index
  • PILOTS: Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress‎
  • Political Science Database 
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (A & I; UK & Ireland)
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers (Globe & Mail; The New York Times; Washington Post; Wall Street Journal)
  • ProQuest Sociology Collection
  • PsycARTICLES
  • PsycINFO
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Sociology Database
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
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SAGE Research Methods (SRMO)

Contains information on the full range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods for the social and behavioral sciences, as well as many methods commonly used in the hard sciences, pulled from over 750 handbooks, encyclopedias, and journal articles. Supports researchers in every step of a research project, from writing a research question, choosing a method, gathering and analyzing data, to writing up and publishing the findings.

Includes

  • Fulltext e-books
  • Handbooks, Encyclopedias, Dictionaries
  • “Little Green Books” (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences)
  • “Little Blue Books” (Qualitative Methods in Social Science)
  • short videos
  • Methods Map - a visualization tool showing the relationships between methods

 

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Science Accelerator

This search engine searches for information resources of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) scientific and technical information. These resources contain the results of DOE research and development (R&D) projects and programs, descriptions of R&D projects under way or recently completed, major R&D accomplishments, and recent research of interest to DOE.  Includes resources on Green Energy.

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ScienceDirect - Elsevier
Coverage:Varies by title

ScienceDirect provides online access to over 2000 journals published by Elsevier from their first volumes to current, with strong collections in the social sciences, pure and applied sciences, engineering, and medicine.  This service allows you to browse or search the journals and access full text articles (PDF & HTML).  McMaster has access to most but not all journals on this site. 

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SciTech Connect: DOE Scientific and Technical Information

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has launched SciTech Connect, a new portal to free, publicly available DOE research and development (R&D) results. SciTech Connect incorporates the contents of two of the most popular core DOE collections:  OSTI's Information Bridge, and Energy Citations databases.
 

Documents are primarily from 1994 forward and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees.  Includes citations and documents relevant to environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics of interest related to DOE's mission

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Springer eBook Collection
Coverage:eBooks, 2005 to current (with some exclusions) | Selected series, 1997 to current

Includes online access to the 2005- book collection from Springer, along with select series back to 1997. Covers subjects in the areas of: behavioral sciences, biomedical & life sciences, business & economics, chemistry & material science, computer science, earth & environmental sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences & law, mathematics & statistics, medicine, and physics & astronomy

Exclusions: McMaster has not purchased the humanities and social sciences titles (primarily Palgrave, 2016- ), or the Energy collection. Select imprints, and the 'Methods in' series, are also not included in the purchase.

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Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science (Morgan & Claypool)
Coverage:2005-

SYNTHESIS is a digital library of 50- to 100-page electronic books that synthesize important research or development topics, providing concise introductions to new fields and methods of staying current on developments at university, corporate, and government labs. 

McMaster has purchased collections 1 through 7:  green checkmarks indicate access. Individual titles are also accessible via the library catalogue.

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TRAIL: Technical report archive and image library

This site is a collaborate project that seeks to digitize, archive, and provide persistent and unrestricted access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1975. Currently it contains the following report series: NBS Monograph Series. Major contributions to the technical literature on various subjects related to the National Bureau of Standards and published between 1959 and 1982. These detailed reports include materials data, mathematical functions, time series, diffraction patterns, measurements, standards, methods and much more. Most of the data provided is from direct measurements.

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Web of Science
Coverage:1976 to the present, but can vary by index

The Web of Science Core Collection consists of several separate multidisciplinary citation indexes that can be searched independently or in combination. Included by default are the:

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI)
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (CPCI-S)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)

​Indexing over 12,000 scholarly journals (including open-access titles) and over 160,000 conference proceedings, the Web of Science contains bibliographic information on all types of documents appearing in journals including articles, citations, letters, corrections, additions, excerpts, editorials and reviews. Information from these indexes can be retrieved by topic (i.e., includes title,abstract and keywords), by author, by publication name, by address, by organization, by cited reference (or bibliography) and more. 

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Wiley Online
Coverage:Varies: 1995 onwards for many titles. Includes backfiles for former Blackwell titles.

Provides fulltext articles from more than 1400 journals in a wide range of subjects.

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WorldCat (McMaster only)
WorldCat Open WorldCat

WorldCat is the world's largest library catalogue, merging the holdings of over 72,000 institutions worldwide. The database includes books, journals, maps, recordings, films, scores, and other materials located in public, academic, corporate, school and specialized libraries all over the world. McMaster's holdings will be listed first. Items not in our library can be requested via RACER (interlibrary loans).

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