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Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering: Articles and Papers


All the Library's e-journals are included in the A-Z List and there are also specific journal packages that may be of interest: 

Print Journals

Hardcopies of journals from previous years are kept in the Journals Back Issues area opposite the main stairs on each floor. Go to:

  • Floor 1 for shelfmarks A-H
  • Floor 2 for shelfmarks I-P
  • Floor 3 for shelfmarks Q-Z

Current journals with shelfmarks A-P are kept on the sloping shelves on Floor 1 but those with shelfmarks Q-Z are kept with the back issues.

Some journal volumes which were published before 1981 are kept in the Library Store. On the Library catalogue the location for relevant volumes will show as McClay Journal Store. If you wish to consult a volume from the store, please ask at the Borrower Services Desk on the ground floor of the McClay Library and it will be fetched for you.


If you want to do a quick search for a few journal articles, use Article Search or an ejournal package, such as Science Direct. They will deliver the full-text immediately. If you want to do a comprehensive search, use the databases below because they have wider coverage and more search options.


Not all databases contain the PDFs of articles. For those which don't, try the QConnect service to link from the database to the full-text of an article.

The databases cover many more items than are available from the Library. If you find a paper which you cannot access online because the library doesn't subscribe to it, it can be requested via the Inter-Library Loans service.

Scopus is the world's largest bibliographic and citation database. A key resource for finding journal articles and conference proceedings in engineering and science disciplines. As well as carrying out literature searches, you can set up current awareness alerts, view citation counts, determine your h-index and assess the impact of journal titles.Scopus tutorials (video / text-only)

Web of Science gives access to citation databases, journals and conference proceedings with current and retrospective coverage in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, arts, and humanities. A good complement to Scopus. Web of Science tutorial (YouTube)

This series has more than 15,000 engines-related technical papers from 1975 to the present.

Additional SAE Technical Papers published from 1966 to 2004 are available on microfiche in the McClay Library. Please speak to staff at the Borrower Services Desk to obtain a microfiche and for any assistance you might like in using the mircofiche reader.

The Compendex backfile is great for finding engineering journal articles and conference papers which were published between 1884 and 1969. Search Scopus or the Web of Science for more recent papers.

ESDU provides access to continually updated, validated engineering methods, data, principles, worked examples and programs. The database includes relevant materials for aerospace, mechanical, structural and chemical engineering.

Business Source Premier provides access to more than 2,000 business journals. Case studies, company information and market research literature is also available. Useful for researching commercial aspects of engineering. PDFs of many indexed sources are available for download.

ABI/Inform Global is a comprehensive business database providing access to a wide range of journals and working paper series. Useful for researching commercial aspects of engineering. PDFs of many indexed sources are available for download.

Off-campus access

The library's databases and e-journals packages can be accessed both on and off-campus.

For off-campus access please follow the links to the databases from this guide or from the Library catalogue or the library's Databases A-Z list.

This will enable you to authenticate with your QUB ID card details and use the databases and e-journals when you are away from campus.

If you have queries about accessing e-books, e-journals or databases from off-campus, check our e-resources guide, or contact your subject librarian, Irene Bittles (email:

Keeping Up to Date

The ZETOC service will email you the tables of contents of new journal issues as they are published. It covers a wide range of subjects and you can select multiple journals.