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Access Engineering User Guide

What is AccessEngineering?

AccessEngineering is an award-winning engineering references and teaching platform that delivers world-renowed, interdisciplinary engineering content integrated with analytical teaching and learning tools. AccessEngineering prepares students to solve real-world problems, makes curriculum planning and delivery easy for faculty, and helps professionals find relevant information faster, driving increased ROI.

Access Engineering is located in the library's Databases by Subject & A-Z List. Use the search box on the right hand side of this page to search for "Access Engineering."

Searching for Content in AccessEngineering


  • Typeahead suggests matching taxonomy terms as you type
  • Results include matches on your exact search phrase, as well as matches on synonyms, sub-terms, and near-phrase matches
  • Related search terms and a dictionary definition appear in the search results
  • For more complex queries:
    • Boolean operators - power OR supply, power AND supply, power NOT supply
    • Grouping - (power AND supply) OR (power AND demand)
    • Wildcards - sup* will identify supply, support, superior


  • Three browsing taxonomies were created with the help of subject matter experts
  • Content is tagged to taxonomy terms using a semi-automated approach with context rules
  • Select multiple terms in the browse window, or use the search bar in the window to search the taxonomy
  • Browse options include:
    • Browse by Subject - drill down through 10 levels of terms, starting from the major engineering disciplines
    • Browse by Course - choose terms from course outlines 5 levels deep for 30 common engineering courses
    • Browse by Industry - see content tagged to 11 interdisciplinary industries

Result Filters:

  • Additional terms from browse taxonomies
  • Book Type (handbook, textbook, etc), Book Title and Book Author
  • Book Component (chapters, figures, tables, example problems)
  • Equations and Codes & Standards commentary

AccessEngineering Searching & Filtering Tutorial

AccessEngineering Browsing by Subject & Course Tutorial

Content Types in AccessEngineering


Search and read the latest editions of renowned engineering handbooks, reference, and upper-level textbooks.  Filter to specific book components including figures, tables, graphs, and example problems. Categories of books on AccessEngineering include:

Instructional Videos:

AccessEngineering has over 900 instructional videos created by engineering faculty that show step-by-step solutions to example problems.  All videos offer closed captioning and full transcripts.

Graphs & Tables:

AccessEngineering's interactive graphs and downloadable tables help users visualize and analyze data.  Pinpoint values on a graph or input specific values for the variables.  Download data from tables into an Excel spreadsheet for further data manipulation. 

Spreadsheet Calculators:

AccessEngineering’s Excel spreadsheet calculators contain embedded data and formulas to streamline complex calculations.  Download in Excel and save to your computer for offline use.


AccessEngineering Using Book Content Tutorial