Explore engineering articles, patents, standards, and other information.

Search for Journal Articles, News, Conference Papers, and More

Save your time! Use these search techniques:
  • Put quotation marks around PHRASES (two or more words), so that the words are searched together
    --- Example: "chicken pox"
  • Put an asterisk at the end of words, so that you get all of the word endings
    --- Example: high* = high, highs, higher, highest
  • Think of alternate spellings or synonyms
    --- Examples: house OR home OR dwelling OR residence; "cyber security" OR cybersecurity -- it's used both ways
    -- You should also add "information security" OR "computer security
  • Start by putting your search words in the TITLE. If you get nothing, you can take them out of the Title and move them to "Anywhere."

Use journal articles to get:

  • a narrow or specific part of your topic
  • up-to-date information

For specialized article databases, go the library home page --> Articles & Databases --> Databases

  • You can choose an article database by its NAME or by its SUBJECT
  • In the list of SUBJECT databases, start with the ones listed under CORE, which are the best for that subject
  • To see what the database covers, click the little round "i" button next to its name


In all databases as well as Google Scholar, always use "Advanced Search."

  • This will let you focus your search to get better results, as well as save you a lot of time










In all library databases including Google Scholar, the FIND IT@JHU link will take you to all of the ways that you can get an article.

  • On a Hopkins computer, Google Scholar automatically shows you FIND IT@JHU  links
  • But on a non-Hopkins device (like your laptop), you should
    --- go to the library home page , choose "Articles and Databases," and use the "Google Scholar" tab, OR
    --- log in through the portal (, OR
    --- configure Scholar to show the links to you: in the upper left corner, click the little icon with 3 lines; choose "Settings"; choose "Library Links"; click "Save

If you do not see "FIND IT" next to a citation, look below the citation and click on the little arrow UNDER the citation. Usually, the FIND IT link will magically appear.









In your Google Scholar list of article results, you may also see books.

  1. If you click on the title, Google Scholar will take you to Google Books
  2. However, copyright law prevents them from showing you the whole book
  3. Search the library catalog for the book you want -- if we have it, you can see 100% of it!
  4. Remember that if we do not have a book in any format, you can request it through BorrowDirect or Interlibrary Loan (on the library home page under "Borrow and Request Materials")

In addition to news, news items can also provide the names of information sources about your topics.

Plagiarism -- It is extremely important to make sure that your writing does not use someone else's work without properly acknowledging it. Even "paraphrasing" (putting someone else's writing into your own words) must be done in a very careful way.

These tutorials will help you learn the basics of avoiding plagiarism. You will always need to know this, not only during your academic career, but throughout your professional career, too.

Here are the instructions to get to these tutorials.


Here is the library's Citing Guide -- It gives help and examples for the three main reference styles and some others.

Examples of an Essay

  • Your professor has supplied two examples of what an essay looks like (attached to this guide)

  • One is an example using FOOTNOTES, and the other is an example using ENDNOTES

Citation Style -- Background Information

Your professor said that you must use either APA or "Turabian."

  • APA (American Psychological Association) style -- Information about this style is here

  • "Turabian" -- This is actually the last name of the author of this book, which is about a style called "Chicago." This style is also available online.


For Writing Help

  • Make an appointment with ESL Consulting -- They are very helpful.
  • Make an appointment with the Writing Center -- Note that they will *not* proofread your work.
RefWorks is the citation manager that is supported by JHU. It is free for you.
  • Citation managers let you export citations FROM databases INTO the manager, so that you can put them into separate folders, and print out a bibliography in whatever style you want
  • Here is our guide about how to use it

Use the NEW RefWorks! Log in here.
  • Here are video tutorials about the NEW RefWorks
  • NEVER search from WITHIN RefWorks; always search from within the database itself

HELP is the question mark at the top right:

Here are some of the links from HELP:

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Save Your Time and Use the Best Tools

ALL databases allow you to FOCUS your search, so that you get exactly what you want.

1. Engineering, Computer and IT Topics, and More -- Start with Compendex

2. Technology and Communications Industries

Gartner Advisory Intraweb -- This database has short articles and reports about the technology and communications industries

Start with "Advanced Search":

Just like all of the other databases, use the other features to FOCUS your search (and remember to put PHRASES in quotation marks):


3. Law and Policy

  • CQ Researcher (Congressional Quarterly) has topics you can browse. Under Defense and National Security --> Technology are fairly recent reports on Cybersecurity and on Privacy
  • Contact Yunshan Ye, the librarian listed on the left of this page


4. Broad Search -- Google Scholar

  • Most of the essay topics would benefit from a carefully targeted Google Scholar search as well as the using specialized databases -- here's an example of using the Advanced Search to get good results in Scholar (which sometimes is not possible)

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