Welcome! Click on a tab below to find the best sources of information for engineering students.

You'll need a College of DuPage Library card in order to use most of these resources from off campus.

Questions? Feel free to contact me, stop by the Reference Desk, or contact us by email or chat Want to know more about the COD library? Check out our orientation video.

  1. Reference
  2. Books & Videos
  3. Articles
  4. Websites
  5. Data


Use reference sources to discover background information on a topic. This will help you to refine your search in the catalog and databases (as well as your thesis!).

Knovel is a wonderful place to find reference information, materials properties, data, equations, and conversions.

Want to know more about a specific engineering project, device or technique? You can also find good online encyclopedia entries in Gale Virtual Reference Library and Credo.

You can also look at some of these specialized encyclopedias:


Energy & Electrics


Chemical Engineering


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.


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.

Finding Data for Engineering Projects

Knovel has lots of data on material properties. See the box below the main search bar.
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You can also search Science Direct for articles with extensive data. See the image below for help searching:

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