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Mechanical Engineering Research Guide

For both new and experienced library visitors: learn about library services and the resources available to faculty, staff, and students in Mechanical Engineering.

How to find articles, papers, & journals

This page contains links to scholarly databases which will help you locate the research articles and other information you are seeking. You can browse the A-Z list or use the drop-down menus at the top to limit by subject or type.

Selected indexes & databases

These databases cover journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, meeting reports, and more. See individual resource descriptions for more specific information about what each database contains and specialized search tools that may be available. If you would like help using any of these databases, contact your librarian.

Core mechanical engineering databases
Science & engineering databases
Business & market databases

Mechanical engineering journals

The Iowa State University Library subscribes to many journals across all fields of engineering. You can use the following tool to explore mechanical engineering journals and view the latest articles that have been published in this field - it's a great way to stay current in your area of interest. Scroll down for additional resources to help you locate articles and papers relevant for mechanical engineering research.

Looking for a specific journal?

To find out if we have online access: try the Library's Journal Search.

  • Search for the journal's title.
  • Click Get It @ ISU to view which volumes are available.
  • Click the database name and navigate to the correct issue.

If you do not find what you are looking for by using Journal Search, especially if the paper or journal issue you need was published before 1990, there may be a physical copy at the library. To find out if we have a journal in print, use Quick Search.

  • Change the first drop-down option to "Title". Change the second drop-down option if needed.
  • Type the journal's title into the search box.
  • Change the Material Type drop-down to "Journals".
  • Search!
  • Click the title or location to see which volumes we have and where they are.

ISU affiliates (students, staff, faculty) get unlimited document deliveries. To save yourself a trip to the library, request the article you need via our Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery service. We'll scan it and send you a PDF copy.