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Engineering Village is an essential resource for students, researchers and faculty to stay up-to-date in their field, acquire knowledge in new areas, set up research proposals and write papers. It is the leading information discovery platform specifically designed by and for the engineering community. By using Engineering Village, engineers gain easy access to information and can be confident search results are relevant, complete, accurate and of high quality.

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Engineering Village offers access to 12 engineering literature and patent databases providing coverage from a wide range of trusted engineering sources. The databases have been carefully selected to provide both breadth as well as depth of content.

Content Policy and Selection

Compendex is developed as a comprehensive resource for research and discovery of literature in the field of engineering. New publications are identified and selected periodically for inclusion in Compendex; some publications currently covered may also be discontinued. Selections are made, in part, with the advice of external, independent reviewers, based on their professional expertise and background.

Publications selected contain articles predominantly on core engineering subjects. Publications whose content is peripheral, or related, to engineering are occasionally evaluated, taking into consideration both the quality of the publication's engineering content, and the contribution its content makes to overall coverage of its particular subject in Compendex. Generally, such publications will not be selected if their engineering content is already well-covered in core literature indexed in Compendex.

To be considered for review, publications should meet these criteria:

  1. Journals must have an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) as registered with the ISSN International Centre.
  2. Publications must have an English-language title and publish English-language abstracts for all research articles. However, full-text articles can be in any language.
    1. Informative, rather than indicative abstracts are preferred.
    2. The clarity of abstracts is evaluated.
  3. Publications must publish issues in a timely manner, with a minimum of one issue per year (the exceptions being conference proceedings or monographic series which may be published less frequently).
  4. Publications must consist of peer-reviewed content and have a publicly available description of the peer review process. Exceptions would be trade journals and some conference proceedings.
  5. Publications must exhibit authority, often represented in the reputation of a commercial or society publisher.
  6. Publications must have a convincing editorial policy, with conformity to the stated aims and scope of the publication.
  7. Publications must comprise content that is relevant for and readable by an international audience, e.g., they must have English language abstracts and publications, and have references in Roman script.
  8. Overall quality must be high. Assessment of a publication's quality may include, but is not limited to, the following:
    • Academic contribution to the field wherein content and scientific merit (validity, importance, originality, and contribution to the coverage of the field in the overall contents of each publication) are key factors considered in recommending a publication for indexing, whatever the intended purpose and audience.  Articles represent original research of importance to the global scientific community.
    • International/geographic diversity of authors.
    • International/geographic diversity of editors.
  9. Publications much have a publicly available publication ethics and publication malpractice statement and adhere to publication ethics practices.
  10. Publications must have a publicly available policy demonstrating adherence to digital preservation practice(s).
  11. The appearance of the publication, i.e., print/paper/electronic/website, etc., must be high quality, clear, and accessible:
    • Either the full text or tables of contents must be available online, with a high quality English-language home page available
    • Articles and abstracts must be clear and readable

Publications that consist primarily of reprinted articles, reports of association activities, abstracts of literature, news items or book reviews, will typically not be considered for selection.

Initial eligibility of publications will be evaluated on the following minimum criteria:



Journal Policy

Convincing editorial policy

Type of peer review

Diversity in geographical distribution of editors

Diversity in geographical distribution of authors

Publication ethics and publication malpractice policy


Academic contribution to the field

Clarity of abstract

Quality of and conformity to the stated aims and scope of the publication
Readability of articles

Journal Standing

Editor standing

Citedness of journal articles in Scopus

Publishing Regularity

No delays or interruptions in the publication schedule

Online Availability

Online availability of publication content

English language publication home page available

Quality of publication home page

Digital preservation policy and practice

There is no guarantee that publications evaluated, reviewed, or meeting all of the criteria above will ultimately be selected for coverage, as other extenuating or internal factors may prevail.

Content Overview

Ei Compendex inspecgeobaseGeoRef

EnCompass  encompass-patpatentseu patents

ntis     paperchem   cbnb  chimica

Ei Compendex & Ei Backfile

Ei Compendex is the broadest and most complete engineering literature database available in the world with over 17 million records from 73 countries across 190 engineering disciplines. Every record is carefully selected and indexed using the Engineering Index Thesaurus so engineers can be confident information is relevant, complete, accurate and of high quality.

Founded in 1884, Engineering Index has recorded virtually every major engineering innovation from around the world. The Ei Backfile provides a comprehensive, historical view of engineering innovations from 1884-1969 with over 1.7 million records digitized from the original print indexes.

The Ei Thesaurus, 6th Edition is available. Order your copy today.

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IET Inspec & Inspec Backfile

Inspec, created by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), is one of the world's most definitive bibliographic scientific databases, containing 15+ million records. Librarians of the world's top universities have relied on the Inspec database as a trusted source for relevant, peer reviewed scientific content for over 40 years.

Inspec can be supplemented with the Inspec Archive to extend coverage and contains close to 900,000 records dating back to 1898. Its records have been digitized and indexed for fast, effective searching and are enhanced with current-day Inspec Thesaurus terms and Classification codes.

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GEOBASE is a database of indexed research literature unequalled in its coverage of the international geoscience literature: Earth sciences, ecology, geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography, geomechanics, alternative energy sources, pollution, waste management and nature conservation. The content crosses subject, language and cultural boundaries, providing a unique research tool to users. GEOBASE covers 2.8+ million abstract records of multidisciplinary content enabling comprehensive geological evaluation of any desired region. This includes geological structure and relation to natural resources as well as linking resource management, transport, and regional and urban planning.

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The GeoRef database is created by the American Geosciences Institute with a focus on comprehensive coverage of the global geological sciences. The content is enriched by geoscientists applying current geologic terminology and latitude/longitude location data to individual records. GeoRef is the most in-depth bibliographic database available for geology research. It helps researchers to address some of the most urgent environmental concerns, such as:

  • Continuing need for natural resources including critical minerals and fossil fuels
  • Critical shortages in clean water supplies
  • Preparedness for natural disasters – earthquakes, tsunamis
  • Developing changes in climate

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EnCompassLIT & EnCompassPAT

Comprised of two highly specialized databases, EnCompass is trusted worldwide for providing superior insights from scientific literature and patents targeted specifically for research in the petroleum refining, petrochemical, natural gas, and related energy industries. Started by the American Petroleum Institute in 1961, these databases are extensively indexed utilizing proprietary technology known as the Encompass Thesaurus. Both databases are updated weekly, with EnCompassLIT covering 1+ million records and EnCompassPAT 650,000+ records. With EnCompass, businesses can significantly improve the quality of technical information and accelerate research, maximizing the value of energy R&D dollars.

The EnCompass Thesaurus, 51st Edition is available. Order your copy today.

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Patents: USPTO & EPO

Engineering Village Patents give researchers the tools they need to take advantage of the scientific and technical information found within the United States and the European Union patent records. Whether preparing a patent application, tracking a technology, identifying a potential collaborator or competitor, or simply learning more about work that is being done in a particular field, patent documents are an essential source for thorough, successful research. The Engineering Village Patent databases contain 12.7 million patents filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and 4.4 million patents filed with the European Union Patent Office (EPO).

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National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) database is the premier source of unclassified reports from the United States and international government agencies. Engineering Village uses controlled indexing and classification to enable researchers to retrieve relevant results, providing a vital resource for identifying the latest government developments and research trends. NTIS covers 2.5+ million reports conducted in 350 subject areas, including publications from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the United States Department of Energy and Defense, the Japan Ministry of International Trade and Industry, and the United Kingdom Department of Trade Industry.

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PaperChem is a database of abstracted and indexed literature created specifically for research in the Pulp and Paper industry. One of the pulp and paper industry's most important resources for news and information, PaperChem covers targeted literature from 15 subject areas and contains 660,000+ records dating back to 1967. With 50 years coverage of the leading journals, influential conference papers and critical technical reports, PaperChem gives researchers access to the information they need to be successful in their work. New records are added weekly to ensure researchers stay informed of the latest developments in the field.

PaperChem Quick Facts

  • 640,000+ records from 1967 - present
  • Approximately 10,000 records added annually

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Chemical Business NewsBase (CBNB)

As a leading provider of worldwide chemical business news, CBNB offers timely information essential for tracking trends and developments in the chemical and chemical engineering industry. It includes financial and business data from influential chemical companies, the latest industry R&D news, intelligence on government legislation changes, and analysis of economic trends. With daily updates and over 1.6 million records, CBNB is the premiere news source for chemical business information.

CBNB Quick Facts

  • 300+ core trade journals, newspapers and company newsletters
  • Covers books, market reports, company reports, press releases and other "grey literature"
  • Updated daily


Chimica provides chemistry and chemical engineering researchers with the current and trustworthy information they need to achieve successful results. A database of literature abstracts created specifically for chemistry and chemical engineering research, Chimica indexes the most influential, international chemistry journals. Weekly updates keep engineers stay current with the latest developments in their field, including inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, applied chemistry, analytical chemistry, chemical engineering and general chemistry.

Chimica Quick Facts

  • 3.8+ million records from 1970-present
  • 180,000+ records added per year
  • 511 international chemistry journals
  • Updated weekly

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