ENGE 1215 / 1216 Research Resources: Searching

Basic search

To search across all of Virginia Tech's books and ebooks and about 80% of our articles, enter your search terms in the main search box on the library homepage (circled below): 

Screenshot of search box on homepage with circle around text entry area

Background Resources

Using the search box above can bring back a lot of results. To search in a more narrow context, try these online collections of ebooks and encyclopedias. 

Recommended Periodicals

Browse or search within these journals for articles that will give you an overview or introduction to different topics. 

Not all of these are scholarly journals, so if you find articles that you like in these particular journals, think about where the information is coming from. Ask yourself questions like: Is the article summarizing research that was published elsewhere?  Who completed the research, and where can you read more about it? Oftentimes it's helpful to find the original article discussed in the popular source.  

Recommended Engineering Databases

Virginia Tech Libraries has over 600 scholarly databases that you can search. Whenever you start a research project, you can begin by browsing our subject guides, which will point you to the best 4-5 databases for a particular research topic.  

Here are three engineering-specific databases, listed below. Each of these databases contains information related to science and engineering, and should give you plenty of options to choose from as you search for articles.

Search Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

While it's easy to search, Google Scholar will usually bring back far more results than you could ever look through. However, it can be a helpful supplement to the library resources described on this page. To learn how to connect Google Scholar to VT Libraries and increase your chances of finding the full text of items, check out the video below. 

Engineering Education Librarian