Welcome to QNL’s Engineering Subject Guide!

Everything in our lives needs to be planned and engineered before it is constructed such as roads, buildings, bridges, cars, planes, unmanned vehicles, consumer electronics, computers, phones and other devices. Engineering design is even a necessity for manufacturing the clothes we wear.

This guide provides an overview of recommended QNL collections on engineering such as databases, books, journals, reference and other resources, printed or digital, that are accessible through different websites and platforms.

Please search the QNL Catalog to find out which of the recommended resources can be accessed in digital format on the QNL website. The catalog also indicates where these resources can be obtained if available only in a printed format.

For study or general reference questions and further assistance on how to find relevant materials for your information needs, please feel free to contact us through the Ask QNL Librarians service.


The following databases include articles, books, ebooks and more related to engineering. For a comprehensive list of QNL databases, please visit QNL Online Resources

IEEE Xplore Digital Library 
IEEE Xplore provides access to 3.1 million full-text documents from some of the world’s most frequently cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics.

This search page that will simultaneously search most ProQuest resources.

Science Direct is a full-text database of scientific ebooks covering physical sciences, engineering, life sciences, health, social sciences and humanities. The Library’s current subscription provides full-text access to about 20,000 book chapters and more than 2,500 journals.

This large collection includes scientific, technical and medical ebooks and journals; ebooks that do not show a summary are available in full text.

Print Books

Below is a list of recommended books. For more books, search the QNL Catalog.

Al-Hassani, S. T. S. (Ed.), (2012). 1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society. 
Call Number: BP 190.5.S3 A15 2012
Go on a journey through years of forgotten Islamic history to explore 1,001 fascinating and captivating scientific and technological inventions that led to the great technological discoveries and advances of our time.

Ghosh, S. & Malloy, R.P. (Eds.). (2011). Creativity, Law and Entrepreneurship. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. 
Call Number: K1401 .C73 2011
This book explores and expounds on the relationship between laws, regulations and entrepreneurship.

Goddard, J. (2010). Concise History of Science and Invention: An Illustrated Time Line. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society. 
Call Number: Q125 .C576 2010
This richly illustrated reference tool is a timeline of important discoveries and inventions throughout human history.

Greiner, L. (2014). Invent It, Sell It, Bank It!: Make Your Million-Dollar Idea into a Reality. New York, NY: Ballantine Books Inc. 
Call Number: HD53 .G7454 2014
Discover the step-by-step instructions and checklists to identify the basic elements of potential and promising inventions, how to fully exploit social media to do market research, and the advantages and disadvantages of getting financing from family, friends, banks, crowdfunding, or venture capitalists.

Isaacson, W. (2014). The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. 
Call Number: QA76.2.A2 I87 2014
Uncover the history of the digital revolution in this revealing story of the people who created the computer and the internet.


Below is a list of recommended ebooks related to engineering. For more ebooks, search the QNL Catalog.

Dalzell, F. (2009). Engineering Invention: Frank J. Sprague and The U.S. Electrical Industry.
This book describes the astonishing technological breakthroughs contributed by Frank J. Sprague to the electrical industry during one of the most dynamic and influential periods in the history of technology.

Levy, R. C. (2010). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cashing in on Your Inventions
Use this reference tool to learn how to recognize your idea’s potential, avoid invention marketing rip-off schemes, protect your invention through patents and/or copyrights, create professional prototypes, and make the best win-win deal.

Reese, H. (2011). How to License Your Million Dollar Idea: Cash in on Your Inventions, New Product Ideas, Software, Web Business Ideas, and More (3rd ed.).
This book contains useful information on how to develop a new idea, taking into consideration industry needs, intellectual property and marketing.

Rossi, C., Russo, F. and Russo, F. (2009). History of Mechanism and Machine Science: Ancient Engineers’ Inventions.
Consult this publication for an overview of historical developments in engineering and machine science, from the earliest times up to the recent past.

Shaffer, J. N., Jr. (2007). Protect Your Great Ideas for Free!: First Steps That Must Be Taken to Protect the Valuable Ideas Generated by Every Small Business Owner, Inventor, Author, and Artist. This guide is for inventors, artists and authors who are seeking legal protection or to secure the intellectual property rights of their work.


Below is a list of e-journals with articles relating to engineering:

Engineering & Technology
A magazine aimed at professionals in all areas of engineering and technology, including communications, control and automation, electronics, management, IT, manufacturing, and power.

IEEE Spectrum
A magazine covering the development, applications and implications of new technologies and trends in engineering, science and technology.

MIT Technology Review
A source of information about new technologies and their impact, specifically related to biomedicine, business, computing, energy, materials, and mobile technology.

New Scientist
A weekly magazine featuring science and technology news, book and film reviews, and incredible imagery from around the world and beyond.

Popular Science
An online portal of articles and videos on technology, science, space and other related areas.

Online Resources

ThoughtCo Inventors
A resource tool with information about the history of inventors, inventions and good business practices.

This is a portal to free resources about aerospace and defense worldwide.

This free online tool allows you to search and view patent documents, but it does not give information on free patents.

The Royal Society: Engineering
A fellowship of scientists, this site offers access to videos on science, engineering and technology.


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Alexander Graham Bell

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