Top 5 Engineering Databases


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Engineering is a fast-paced discipline with constant updates to technology, projects, and collaborations. Stay updated on the latest in the engineering world with these databases.

IEEE Xplore Digital Library: IEEE, pronounced “Eye-triple-E”, stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Access about 150 periodicals from IEEE, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology. Union’s journal package is a subset of the full IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

ScienceDirect: ScienceDirect is a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books. There are currently more than 9.5 million articles/chapters, a content base that is growing at a rate of almost 0.5 million additions per year.

American Institute of Physics Online Journals: A collection for Mechanical Engineering and Physics.

Scitation: Scitation is a leading online publishing platform for science and technology content, serving a broad customer base with a wide array of features and services. We host over two million articles in fields that include physics, chemistry geosciences, engineering, acoustics and more.

General Science Collection (Gale): With the General Science Collection, researchers can stay current with the latest scientific developments in particle physics, advanced mathematics, nanotechnology, geology and hundreds of other areas. Updated daily, the General Science Collection includes more than 1.6 million articles.


How To Make An Appointment With A Research Coach


Did you know that the library has professional Research Coaches who can help you with your assignments? These Coaches can assist you in finding resources for papers, projects, theses, etc. When you go to a Research Coach, you will leave with an increased knowledge of how to use our databases, where to find the books you need for your topic(s), and how to use the citation style that your professor requires!

So, how can you visit a Research Coach?

One way is to find a Research Coach at the Research Desk, located on the first floor of the library near the inside stairwells. However, if a Research Coach is not available at that time, you can make an appointment with them for another day.


To make an appointment with a Research Coach:

  1. Go to the library website,
  2. Click on the “Research Coach” link under the “Quick Links” tab.
  3. Once you’re on the Research Coach page, click the red button that says “Make An Appointment With A Research Coach.”
  4. Select the time and date that works for you.
  5. Show up to your Research Coach appointment and get the help you need!

Spotlight on PubMed

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A part of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, PubMed “comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.” Essentially, PubMed is a medical database with citations, clinical trials, clinical queries, and more. Entries from MEDLINE and OLDMEDLINE are also available through PubMed.


PubMed FAQ:

Who uses PubMed?

Biology majors, nursing majors, Pharmacy students, professors, and researchers from around the world.


Does PubMed have tutorials?

Yes, their tutorials help you in searching through PubMed and finding the resources that you need.


Can I download a full article from PubMed?

No, PubMed generally just houses citations and abstracts. However, sometimes an abstract will provide a link to its full article, housed in a different database.


Can I access PubMed on my phone- is it mobile friendly?

Yes, PubMed Mobile was made to make PubMed easily accessible.

Top 5 English Literature Databases

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English majors are no strangers to writing papers, researching various texts, developing persuasive arguments, and integrating critical thinking. If you’re studying English, chances are you will need access to several different databases as you collect resources for your next assignment. Look no further: the library has you covered with the databases listed below.


MLA International Bibliography

The MLA International Bibliography provides “indexing for journal articles, books and dissertations in modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics.” Here you can find articles like “Disembodied Voice and Narrating Bodies in The Great Gatsby” and “Will, Change, and Power in the Poetry of Adrienne Rich.”



JSTOR’s not just a database, it’s a powerhouse of information with a strong social media presence. JSTOR is your go-to for older documents, high-quality scans, and quirky viewpoints. You can also narrow down your JSTOR search by discipline, which helps give you an idea of the many subjects they have content on.



Literary Sources (Gale)

The great thing about Gale databases is their “Topic Finder:” a tool that helps you find new topics and connections when you enter in phrases. This Topic Finder can be a helpful resource in developing a thesis. Literary Sources features articles like “Hemingway’s Hunting: An Ecological Reconsideration” and “Edgar Allen Poe as a Major Influence on Allen Ginsburg.”


Fine Arts and Music Collection (Gale)

This database is particularly attuned to how literature connects with the arts. If you need research on a play or other dramatic works, this is a go-to database. With more than “150 full-text magazines and journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and RILM, this collection will provide support for research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.”


Oxford English Dictionary

Need to define a tricky word, or want to discuss its etymology in your next research paper? The OED is here to help! It contains the meaning, pronunciation, and history of over 600,000 words.





How To Get Started With ProQuest RefWorks


As a Union University student, faculty member or employee, you have access to an institutional account which includes unlimited document storage, unlimited sharing inside and outside the institution, easy institution-wide sharing, phone and email tech support, training and more.

So, what exactly can you do with ProQuest RefWorks?

  • Create shared folders, discuss articles, & jointly annotate PDFs. 
  • Install an add-on to insert and edit citations from Google Docs, & RefWorks will keep your bibliography in sync.
  • With the option to “Quick Cite,” a window pops up that allows you to choose a format (APA, MLA, etc.) and then will convert your articles into the correct citation for you!


With all of this easy citation help and access to online storage, why wouldn’t you use RefWorks? All you have to do is make an account.


To create a RefWorks account:

  1. Go to and click the “sign up” link.
  2. Fill in your information making sure to use your Union email address (you can’t sign up with,, etc.).  Using your Union email address will help us know whether you are entitled to a university account (with all the benefits mentioned above!).
  3. Activate your RefWorks account through the confirmation email.

Once you activate your account (you’ll receive an email with a link to complete the registration process), you’ll get access immediately and can get started managing your documents.


Click here for more Refworks online help.

Getting A Grip on Citations: Library Workshops!


We’ve got several workshops focused on citations coming up this fall! Whether you need help with MLA for scholarly papers or want to learn how to manage the new RefWorks interface, the library has something for you to discover.

Sometimes visual help (in the form of a book!) can be useful, too. Remember that if you’re struggling with MLA, APA, or Turabian, the library has these manuals. Just search the library catalog for these books at, or ask a librarian for help finding them.

Preregistration is required for the library workshops. To preregister, go online and select which workshop you wish to attend. Click the link to start:


*Library workshops are for current Union students & faculty only.

*If you are a student on the Germantown or Hendersonville campuses, you can preregister to stream an online version of the workshops:


Come Visit The Research Desk!

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Need help finding that one pesky article? Looking for which Reference books to use for your paper?

Come by the library’s Research Desk, located on the first floor. Trained librarians are available to help you find what you need. You don’t need an appointment, but if you do want one, you can schedule to meet with a Research Coach on the library website. We’re happy to help!

Library Workshops This Fall

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It’s time: get registered for the library’s fall workshops!

You can learn about using RefWorks, making a Literature Review, and even citing sources in different styles. The library team is happy to provide these Research workshops to help you succeed!

Pre-register for the events through the library website here or through the url provided on the above graphic. Grab your seat and get ready to learn!

Spotlight on eBooks


Our library has access to over 200,000 different eBooks. Many of these eBooks have been published within the past few years, making their information up-to-date and relevant.

Do you know how to access an eBook through the library website?

All of these books can be accessed simply by searching the catalog for your preferred topic and checking the “eBook” option box on the left of the page (under the “Format” tab). Then, the catalog will update to show all of the eBooks available on your topic. Click on any of the book titles to see more information. The book’s page will include a link, usually to a site like EBSCOhost, which will in turn provide the eBook’s pages.

If you need to access an eBook while off campus, remember to log in to our system with your Union credentials. Then you will be able to see the eBook.


For help in citing eBooks, ask our staff about our Ready Reference books. The library holds Turabian, MLA, APA, and other handbooks on citation. You can also schedule an appointment with a Research Coach or visit the Research desk for extra help. We are happy to assist you!