Welcome to the Engineering Research Guide.

Click on a tab below to find books, videos, articles, and websites for use in engineering classes.

Guides for other Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering are linked at Physical Sciences.

If you need additional help, stop by the Reference Desk or contact a reference librarian: Ask A Librarian.

  1. Books & Videos
  2. Databases and Journals
  3. Websites

Finding Books

Use the COD Library catalog to find books & videos. Click on the "keyword" tab to search using multiple search terms and limit your results by
material type (book, video), date, or language. You'll need a current College of DuPage Library card to check out books.

Reference Works

Reference works, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are useful for learning about background information on a topic
Please note that print reference books may be used while in the library only. Online reference books may be accessed from any on or off-campus computer. You'll need a College of DuPage Library card to access online books and articles from off-campus.
Click on the links below to access the online book/website or record/description of the print book.


The Library owns many Engineering films in DVD, VHS and streaming formats. Check the list of titles at:


The Library subscribes to many databases that provide access to thousands of popular and credible, scholarly journals. Many databases provide access to full-text articles, while some provide information about the article only (citation). Request (for free!) through Interlibrary Loan copies of articles to which the Library doesn't have full-text access.
Access the article databases listed below.

Best Bet links: Databases and Journal Holdings


  • ASCE: American Society of Civil Engineers
    Use the ASCE Research Tools (under Knowledge & Learning) to locate articles from all disciplines of civil engineering in the Civil Engineering Database and ASCE Library.Title, authors and abstract are retrieved, although full text is available on-line to ASCE online subscribers only. See Library Reference Desk for interlibrary loan information.
  • College of DuPage Library Physics Research Guide
    Links to physics information and websites with much valuable data for engineers.
  • eFunda
    Engineering Fundamentals website presenting a huge collection of data and information on materials, processes, formulas, mathematics and more for the engineering community. The site covers the engineering basics, primarily college level material covered in engineering schools.
  • Engineers Edge
    Data and explanations of such engineering and physics concepts as fluid flow, strength of materials, hydraulics, corrosion, and more.
  • Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record
    From the American Memory Project, 350,000 drawings, plus photographs, and histories of over 35,000 structures from the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collectionsof the Library of Congress. Searchable by subject and place.
  • How Everyday Things Are Made
    Stanford University's Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing sponsors this streaming video guide to 40 different products and manufacturing processes. Includes 4 hours of manufacturing video.
  • Martindale's Reference Desk: Calculators and Engineering
    Links to numerous engineering websites and online calculators.
  • Ultimate Civil Engineering Directory
    Gateway to the "top ten" civil engineering sites, plus building codes, structures, and organizations.
  • Yahoo's Index of Engineering Links
    Search for information by engineering subject categories or by keyword.