Answered By: Amy Krug
Last Updated: Jun 03, 2015     Views: 102

Thank you for your question, and for pointing out this problem. I assume you tried to access the engineering journals through the Magazines & Journals tab of the Engineering & Technology Library Guide? I just tried the same thing, and got the same message. I will notify the administrator of our website. I suspect the problem there is that, as we update that particular library guide to a newer architecture, the links or permissions have gotten broken or otherwise compromised. Thankfully, as with most websites there are other pathways to the same destination. We will talk about a couple here.

First, you can access Engineering titles on our Electronic Resources main page. Look to the bottom left, under More Resources, for Journal Titles A-Z. Clicking on that will take you to a search page. You can either type something like Engineering in the top search box to get a list of all journals with that word in the title, or browse by subject area (the bottom pulldown menu box) for all titles in the Engineering & Applied Sciences subject category. That will give you a large list of various engineering disciplines, with the number of titles in each. Clicking on any of those will take you to a list of particular titles, and which databases contain each title.

Unless you have a particular journal title in mind, though, a second and better way may be to do a wider search in particular databases. This will enable you to search by your subject, but in multiple journals at once. For example, visit the list of databases in our Sciences Library Guide. Some of those databases (e.g., Environmental Studies and Policy, GREENR, Academic OneFile, Academic Search Complete, etc.) could possibly yield good results. Try combinations of terms (different, broader, narrower) related to your topic. For example, for electric vehicles you might try "electric cars," "hybrids," "cars AND alternative energy," "Nissan Leaf," or "Chevy Volt."

Also, in any of these databases, if you see a check box that says "Limit to Full-Text," make sure it is checked. That will keep you from getting returns that are not fully available through the database/your computer. Also, if your assignment demands that your articles be academic/scholarly journal articles, check any boxes you see that say "peer-reviewed," "academic," "scholarly," or "refereed." That will help ensure you get the type of source material your professor will be looking for.

If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you.


Richard Black-Howell