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Dictionaries and encyclopedias are a good starting point when researching a topic as they provide definitions, explanations or general overviews.


Print and electronic journals can be located via the Library Search Box.

Relevant Article Databases

Journal articles often provide the most current and authoritative research on a topic. The Library subscribes to databases to provide you access to these sources which are usually not freely available via the World Wide Web. You can search databases on your chosen topic and locate fulltext articles, abstracts of articles or citations. Check the UWS catalogue by journal title if the database does not give you the fulltext or a linkage to fulltext elsewhere. A comprehensive listing of databases is provided on the main e-resources page

  • AccessEngineering (McGraw-Hill)  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
    AccessEngineering offers the widest and deepest repository of fully searchable engineering content available online - from the authors and industry-leading titles engineers have trusted and depended on for years. Focused around 14 major areas of engineering, AccessEngineering features a new taxonomy book view offering comprehensive coverage and faster title-by-title access to our engineering collection. Includes 250 engineering books, 690+ instructional, faculty made videos, Excel spreadsheet calculator tools, 3900+ interactive tables and charts, as well as personalisation tools allowing users to organise crucial project information as they work.
  • Academic OneFile (Gale)  Icon  Icon
    Includes peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources, with extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Articles are available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily. Coverage: 1980 - Present.
  • APAFT - Australian Public Affairs - Full Text (RMIT)  Icon  Icon
    Provides full text coverage of scholarly articles on current affairs, economics, humanities, law, literature, politics and social sciences. As from January 2014, APAFT will be brought into line with the content delivery model of the Informit Collections. In particular, for new content, users will benefit from: freely available metadata, higher quality pdf files, shorter duration between journal publication and availability, cover-to-cover full text content and improved indexing. APAFT content will be fully migrated to the Informit Collections model by March 2014. Full text articles: 1995 - Present; Index: 1978 - Present.
  • BuildingGreen Suite (BuildingGreen)
    Authoritative online resource for reliable content on sustainable design strategies, green building materials, and case studies of high performance buildings.
  • Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI) (ProQuest)
    DAAI is an international index to abstracts and bibliographic records for articles, news items, and reviews published in design and applied arts periodicals. Covers both new designers and the development of design and the applied arts since the mid-19th century, surveying disciplines including ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood, metalsmithing, graphic design, fashion and clothing, textiles, furniture, interior design, architecture, computer aided design, Web design, computer-generated graphics, animation, product design, industrial design, garden design, and landscape architecture. Includes 212,000+ records. Coverage: 1973 - Current.
  • Engineering Village (Compendex) (Elsevier)
    The most comprehensive bibliographic database of research literature for engineering, computing, mathematics and related disciplines. The database contains references to over 5000 engineering journals and conferences. Coverage : 1884 - current.
  • ENGINE - Australian Engineering Database (Informit, RMIT)  Icon
    Bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts published and unpublished material on Australian engineering information, particularly information published by the Institution since 1980. Includes all branches of engineering including agricultural, aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, coastal, computer, earthquake, education, electrical, electronic, geotechnical, management, materials, mechanical, military, ocean, railway, structural, transport, tunnelling and water. Produced by the Institution of Engineers, Australia. Coverage: 1980 - Present.
  • ScienceDirect (Elsevier)  Icon
    ScienceDirect is a full text database for scientific research in the life, physical, medical, technical, and social sciences. Online content includes journals, books and reference titles with multiple user access.

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