What is the best overall database to use to find Engineering articles?
Compendex is the best overall database for Engineering topics. You can find it in any of the Engineering Subject Guides under "Get Journal Articles" or in the Databases A-Z list on the library home page. Compendex indexes thousands of journals, conferences, proceedings, and technical reports. It has over 14 million records covering over 190 engineering disciplines.
Compendex uses "controlled vocabularies" to index articles. You can use any search term you want, but for best results, use a controlled term. To discover a controlled term, go to the Thesaurus (3rd tab in Compendex). Enter your search term and press "Submit." Terms in normal font are recommended, terms in italics are not. Click on the italicized term to find the controlled equivalent.