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

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

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


Most subject areas have a research guide.

  • Research guides have all of the information that you will need about a subject, including specialized information such as where to find statistics, or examples of worked problems and solutions
  • The librarian for each subject or topic is listed on the guide's home page
  • You can also find the librarians for all subjects in this directory


On a Hopkins computer, Google Scholar automatically shows you FIND IT@JHU  links.

But on a non-Hopkins device (like your laptop), you should

  1. log in through the portal (, OR
  2. go to the library home page and use the "Google Scholar" tab so that you can see the links to our full text ("FIND IT")

If you don't see "FIND IT" next to the citation, click on "More," which is *below* the citation. It will turn into "FIND IT."

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 Borrow Direct 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.

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

Citation style: Your professor said that you must use either APA or Turabian

APA (American Psychological Association) Style

"Turabian" -- This is actually the last name of the author of this book


For Writing Help -- Make an appointment with the Writing Center.

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.


Save Your Time and Use the Best Tools

1. Use synonyms! For example, 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."

2. Put quotation marks around PHRASES (two or more words), so that the words are searched together

3. Put an asterisk at the end of words, so that you get all of the word endings (for example, high* will get high, highs, higher, and  highest)

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. 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.

3. 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):


4. Broad Search -- Google Scholar

  • Most of these class 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)

5. What are people saying?

  • What are people saying about cyber security insurance? I looked in the Financial Times, which is a British newspaper, and ABI/INFORM, which has business newspapers and trade journals -- there were 4 and 11 hits, respectively, and they were about what real companies experienced
  • Also, use Scholar, remembering to list both spellings, and putting all words in the TITLE (use ADVANCED search)