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Engineering: Databases

Using Library Resources

                                              Databases are used to find articles. Filters can be selected to narrow down the search criteria. 

                                              These are some of the types of documents that can be found using databases:

                                 • Primary Sources - an original item. They can include articles, movies, recordings, or diaries.

                                 • Secondary Sources - a summary of primary sources. A review articles summaries articles in a specific field.

                                 • Peer-Reviewed - works that have been examined by professionals working in the same field.                                                                                                                                         This check is done to find any duplications or results that can not be replicated.


                                               Off-campus access instructions are on the Remote Access tab at the top of this research guide.

                                               If the library does not have the article, then order it through Interlibrary Loan.

Swoop Search

You can start your search for articles in Swoop Search, found on the library's home page.

Enter your search term, and click on the Search Button.

You will see scholarly articles, articles from current magazines or newspapers, videos, definitons, and book reviews.

Advanced Search

Many assignments will require finding peer-reviewed articles. To do a search for these types of articles, once you have started your search, check out the list of limiters on the left hand side of the screen. These will help you limit to your specific needs.

Click on Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals. Type in the years of journals to be searched. Most science classes require articles written within the last 10 years.

These EBSCOhost tutorials demonstrate advanced search techniques.

Google Scholar

Discover scholarly documents across the web with Google Scholar. Book chapters, conference papers, dissertations, patents, and reports are available. If logged into the UT Tyler library and if the item is available from the library, then it can be accessed and downloaded immediately.

Here are the direct links to specialized databases for Engineering:

Database Searching Tutorials

Each database has a unique way of searching for information. The following databases provide their own video instructions or training.