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Collection of science and engineering eBooks (includes aerospace and radar) with interactive tables, graphs and spreadsheets. OFFSITE ACCESS: Please search for Institution - Cranfield University, enter your Cranfield username and password.

SpringerLink eBook Collection

Provides access to purchased eBooks in the areas of computer science, engineering, business and management, mathematics and materials science.


EBSCOhost research databases

Offers a broad range of full text and bibliographic databases designed for research including: Business Source Complete, E-Journals, eBook Collection, Environment Complete, ERIC, GreenFile, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, and Regional Business News.

I/ITSEC Papers Online Repository

Provides access to papers from the training, simulation and education conference. I/ITSEC currently offers free downloads to papers, register for a free account to search the database and download papers.

IEEE Xplore

Full text access to the IBM Journal of Research & Development, IET (formerly IEE) and IEEE journals, transactions and conference proceedings from 1998 onwards, and select content from 1872. Also includes all current IEEE standards.

IHS Jane's Defence Equipment and Technology

Data, information and analysis on the air, land, naval and joint defence platforms, weapons and systems in service and under development around the world. Its content underpins market-leading products such as Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft. Access to Data Analytics is also available, including specifications analysis. Register via the site for an individual account in order to save searches and request RFID feeds.


Details of articles from over 13,500 publications from many different publishers, covering areas of engineering and the sciences. Some full-text availability, including access to the Brill Journal Archive (full-text Brill journals up to 1999).

Journal of Artificial Intelligence

Full text articles in pdf and postscript format, covering all areas of artificial intelligence (AI), and incorporating refereed research articles, survey articles and technical notes. Produced by the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. Also provides a current awareness service (requires registration).

Journal of Defense Modeling & Simulation

Quarterly journal focusses upon modelling and simulation in the military and defence context.


Full-text access to the archive of mathematical journals of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) up to 1996. NB: Available off-site via the VPN only.

Oxford Journals Archive 1849 to 1995

Historical archive. Full text of 140 Oxford journals from volume one, issue one, to 1995. Can be cross-searched or browsed by subject clumps - humanities, law, medicine, science and social science. *Please note:* using the Search facility will search all journals irrespective of date. Any articles published post 1995 will not be available.


Full text journals published by Elsevier mainly in the field of science and technology. Also contains individual Elsevier eBooks that have been purchased by Cranfield University Libraries.

SIAM Journals Online

Database of abstracts of mathematical journals from SIAM (the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics). *Full text is available on campus only from 1997 - present for the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing. A few titles are also available via Business Source Complete (EBSCO) For articles from SIAM journals older than 1996 please go to LOCUS in the A-Z list of resources where full text is provided for all SIAM titles.


Over 580 journals about health, science and mathematics plus thousands of engineering eBooks. Also includes index to Brill journals (not full text).

Wiley Online Library

Full text journals from Wiley-Blackwell covering science, technology, forensics, business and management, computer science, education, engineering, law, and mathematics.

E-papers and Reports

MOD Joint Service Publications

Some titles are available through the Barrington Library Reports Section.

Government Websites


Includes details of NATO operations, full-text publications and multi-media resources.


Defence Image Database

Browseable and searchable database of armed forces images. May be limited by Army, Navy or Air Force if required. Material is Crown copyright and limited to use for research or private use.

Defence Image Gallery

Image galleries of Australian armed forces operations. Can be browsed by month and year.



Free, internet-based collection of over 4000 quality assessed resources worldwide. The resources are selected, evaluated, regularly monitored and last updated by subject specialists from Cranfield University. Each resource is described so that you can assess its potential value to you before you visit it.


The Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals (AULIMP) is a free, web-based service provided by the Defense Technical Information Service (DTIC). It contains citations to articles in English language military journals, concentrating particularly on management and the sociological aspects of the armed forces. There are links to full text electronic journals available on the internet including Army Logistician, Engineer, Joint Force Quarterly, Parameters, Signal and Soldiers.

DTIC Online

Unclassified reports added to the Defense Technical Information Centre. Previously known as STINET.


Abstracts of US government-funded scientific, technical, engineering and business related information. Hosted by the United States Department of Commerce.


A large multidisciplinary abstract and indexing database that provides access to over 20,000 peer-reviewed titles, including 2,800 gold open access journals, from more than 5,000 international publishers. Scopus indexes more than 50,000 books, 6.5 million conference papers and 24 million patents from five patent offices.

Web of Science

The Web of Science covers many disciplines in the areas of engineering, science and the humanities, and provides access to the Web of Science, ISI Proceedings, MEDLINE and Journal Citation Reports (JCR).

Professional Institutions


Web site of the UK Chapter of INCOSE - the International Council on Systems Engineering. Offers useful tools, guidance documents, news, and events.

Recommended Websites

Acquisition Operating Framework

The AOF provides a structured source of information, policy, guidance and instruction on procurement for the UK MOD and Industry partners. This tool governs and controls the way the UK MoD conducts acquisition processes and has replaced the Acquisition Management System (AMS).

Lists current industry/defence projects and links to contractors' web sites.

The website lists free online computer, programming, mathematics, engineering, and technical Books, lecture notes and tutorials.

GIS Data Depot

GIS downloads and information on geospatial data resources, plus job opportunities, news and events.

Standards and Patents

British Standards Online

Access British Standards and ISOs. To set up search alert notifications for this resource, contact us to sign up for an individual account.

European Patent Office

Worldwide patents searchable by subject, person or organisation. Gives patent number, date, inventor and a descriptive abstract.

US Patents

Full text US patents and published applications. Patents from 1790 to 1975 are searchable only by Patent Number and Current US Classification. From 1976 they are searchable by all fields. Note: images will be read-only unless your pc has the appropriate TIFF reader. For more information, see