Mechanical Engineering: Other Suggested Resources

June 15, 2009

Derwent Innovations Index

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

August 15, 2008

How Products Are Made

Non-technical descriptions of manufacturing processes for a variety of objects, from bulletproof vests to mayonnaise to silly putty. Also available in the print reference collection (Ref TS146 .H67).

August 15, 2008

How Everyday Products Are Made

Brief videos explaining manufacturing processes (e.g., injection molding, hydroforming) and how some products (e.g., plastic bottles, golf clubs, chocolate) are made. From the Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing at Stanford.

August 15, 2008


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.

August 15, 2008

Annual Reviews

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

August 15, 2008

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.

August 15, 2008

USPTO Web Patent Databases

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, or by downloading one of the TIFF image viewer plugins recommended on the USPTO website.)

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