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ACM Digital Library

Includes journal and newsletter articles and conference proceedings published by the Association for Computing Machinery and affiliated organizations. In addition to the current content OU Libraries subscribes to, ACM has made freely available the first 50 years (1951-2000) of its publications and related content, including data sets, software, slides, audio recordings, and videos.

AIAA Electronic Library

Contains information on aerospace technology, engineering, and science. Includes journal articles and conference papers from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Some full text is available.

ASCE Library

This database is an online tool for locating articles across all disciplines of civil engineering. It provides access to more than 80,000 full text articles from ASCE Journals and Proceedings.

ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library

The ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library contains a large collection of industry-leading standards and technical engineering information. This database covers a variety of engineering disciplines, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum, soil science, and solar engineering.


Indexes and abstracts over 5,000 journals, conferences, and technical reports covering over 175 disciplines and major specialties within engineering and applied science.

Engineering Village

A web-based virtual community for engineers and other technical professionals. Engineering Village includes access to EI Compendex Web database, which indexes and abstracts engineering journals, conferences, and reports. Also includes access to Knovel, Georef, and GEOBASE.

IEEE Xplore

Full text access to IEEE/IEE journals, proceedings, and standards.


OnePetro is an online library of technical literature for the oil and gas exploration and production industry. Indexes papers from the Society of Petroleum Engineering.

SciFinder n

Chemical Abstracts Service database of the chemical literature; indexes journals, conference proceedings, patents, dissertations, reports, and books. Includes step-by-step synthetic procedures for reactions, as well as retrosynthesis information. Some full text is available.

Web of Science

Multidisciplinary index covering topics in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. It is the electronic equivalent of the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Science Citation Index. Some full text is available.