Major Research Tools

ASME Digital Collection

Full-Text, Index

Index of journals, conference proceedings and ebooks from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Contains full-text of all journals.

ASME Standards Collection


Full text of ASME codes and standards, excluding the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. Includes Elevators and Escalators (A17 Series), Piping and Pipelines (B31 Series), Bioprocessing Equipment (BPE), Valves, Flanges, Fittings and Gaskets (B16), Nuclear Components and Processes Performance Test Codes.


Full-Text, Reference

Database providing technical data and information from hundreds of engineering reference sources, including handbooks, material and chemical property data, and interactive elements such as graphs, equations, and tables. 10 subject areas covered: Chemistry & Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering & Construction Materials; Engineering Management & Leadership; Environment & Environmental Engineering; Food Science; General Engineering & Project Administration; Industrial Engineering & Operations; Mechanics & Mechanical Engineering; Oil & Gas Engineering; Process Design, Control, and Automation; Sustainable Energy & Development; Transportation Engineering.

Web of Science: Science Citation Index

Coverage: 1955-present

Index covering the journal literature of science and technology. Allows you to search for a topic, an author, or for articles that cite a known author or work.

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Annual Reviews

Full-Text, Index

Index coverage: vol. 1 - present; Full-text coverage: 1996-present

Full text of articles reviewing the scholarly literature for a variety of topics in the physical, biomedical, and social sciences.

Derwent Innovations Index


Coverage: 1963-present (patents); 1973-present (patent citations)

Database of information on international patents in chemical, electrical and electronic, and mechanical engineering. Allows for patent citation searching.



Database of European patent information provided by the European Patent Office and the national offices of its members states. Abstracts in English are available for most patents; original language page images of the complete patent are available for many.

How Products Are Made


Non-technical descriptions of manufacturing processes for a variety of objects, from bulletproof vests to mayonnaise to silly putty.

Patent Public Search


Full text of all U.S. patents issued since 1976, and full-page images for all U.S. patents issued since 1790. (Note: Full-page images can be viewed using, which generates PDFs based on patent numbers)


Full-Text, Reference

Reference information on topics relating to heat and mass transfer, fluid flow and thermodynamics. Based upon the International Encyclopedia of Heat and Mass Transfer. While most of the information is free, some requires a subscription, which Lafayette does not have.

Thomas Net


Provides information on manufacturers of industrial products, such as contact details, size of company, brief overview, etc. A valuable aid in design projects.