Materials Science and Engineering

Guide to Shelfmarks
Electronic Books
Key Reference Books
Online Databases
Other Useful Library Resources
Useful Web Links


 Guide to Shelfmarks

The main collections of books can be found on Levels 4 and 5 of the Library.

Books in heavy demand are placed in the Short Loan Collection on Level 1. The Short Loan Collection contains 1 day loan books; 7 day loan books are shelved with the ordinary loan books on the upper levels.

Use the Library Catalogue to find the exact shelfmark and location for each book. If you are searching for books on a particular topic, use a keyword search.

The main collection of books for Material Science & Engineering has shelfmarks beginning 620.1 and is shelved on Level 5.



Printed Journals

These are kept in the library. Search by the journal title on the Library Catalogue to find out where a journal is shelved. Some current issues are shelved on Level 1.

Electronic Journals

The ejournals@surrey portal links to the full-text electronic journals available from the University of Surrey. You can view the full-text articles on screen and save, email, print them, create alerts for searches etc. Collections of Science e-journals are available at these sites (follow links from the ejournals@surrey portal)

Open Access

Subscription journals check Ejournals@Surrey

  • Journal of electronic materials reports on the science and technology of electronic materials while examining new applications for semiconductors, magnetic alloys, insulators, and optical and display materials.
  • Journal of materials science pulishes reviews, full-length papers, and short Communications recording original research results on, or techniques for studying the relationship between structure, properties, and uses of materials.
  • Anti-corrosion methods and materials provides a broad coverage of the materials and techniques employed in corrosion prevention. Coverage is essentially of a practical nature and designed to be of material benefit to those working in the field.


 Electronic Books

You can use the Electronic Books page to access eBooks on Material Science & Engineering. The most useful collections for textbooks will be EngNetbase.  The full text of 490 books in the field of Material Science & Engineering in MaterialsNetbase. Other relevant books are available via Safari Books online, Ebrary and Knovel.

There are also links from some titles on the Library Catalogue to electronic versions of the text - look for "e-link"


 Key Reference Books

Credo Reference is a good starting point for background information. It includes the Dictionary of Engineering terms, Butterworth-Heinemann.

There is always one 1 Day Loan book held in the Short Loan collection on Level 1 of every textbook

  • Encyclopedia of Materials Science & Engineering 620.3 BEV
    Multi-volume work which is indexed well.
  • Encyclopedia of Polymer Science & Engineering 678 ENC
    Multi-volume work which is an excellent first reference source.
  • Engineering Tables and Data QR 62.01 HOW
    Useful figures, values, data, equations.
  • Kaye & Laby’s Tables of Physical and Chemical Constants. QR 53.081 KAY
    Compact and easy to use source of physical and chemical data.
  • Kempe’s Engineers Year-Book QR 62 KEM
    Excellent references to relevant standards and Codes of Practice.
  • Mechanical Engineers Reference Book 621 MEC
    Extensive references and suggested further reading are included


 Online Databases

  • ISI Web of Knowledge gives access to Web of Science, a multidisciplinary database which includes materials science resources.
  • Compendex is a comprehensive interdisciplinary engineering database containing over seven million references and abstracts taken from over 5,000 engineering journals, conference and technical reports.
  • Scientific.Net includes the full text of the materials science and engineering publications published by Trans Tech Publications including research papers, proceedings and letters. The Trans Tech series included in the database are Materials Science Forum, Key Engineering Materials, Applied Mechanics and Materials, Advanced Materials Research, Defect and Diffusion Forum, Solid State Phenomena, Materials Science Foundations and Journal of Metastable and Nanocrystalline Materials.
  • PubMed is a medical bibliographic and full-text database which includes biomaterials resources.


 Other Useful Library Resources


The Library takes certain daily British broadsheet newspapers. Recent copies are on Level 1of the Library and older copies are kept on Level 2.

British newspapers and a huge variety of international papers can also be read electronically on Nexis.

Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985: The complete digital edition of The Times (London) capturing the entire newspaper, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.

Also of interest may be The Times (1910-1999) and The Sunday Times (1970-1999) which are held on microform on Level 2 of the Library.


The Library's printed statistics collection is on Level 2. The collection includes statistics from the British Government and international organisations. There are two sequences in the statistics collection, books/monographs all with the shelfmark beginning 31 and also statistical periodicals shelved in A-Z order by title.

Check StatnetBase The full text of 70 books in the field of statistics

Some useful websites are:

National Statistics - The site for the UK's official statistics, it includes information on the economy, population, and society.

ESDS International This is a database only available by using your Athens username and password. ESDS International provides access to a range of datasets including macro data from OECD, IMF, World Bank and IEA.

Eurostat -The EU Statistical Office. It is possible to view structural, long, and short term indicators free of charge as well as the online version of Statistics in Focus which provides information on key statistical surveys.


The EDC collection is on Level 2 of the Library and contains a variety of materials produced by the Official Publications Office and other agencies and institutions of the EU

Standards and  Patents

The Standards and Patents page tells you which sets of standards are available for use in the Library and on the web and where to find them. The University Library subscribes to the complete set of British Standards Online.

The library does not keep copies of patents. You can search for worldwide patents via the UK Patent Office web site but you cannot obtain the full text online. Once you have identified a patent you want, you can obtain a copy through the Interlibrary Loan service.

Exam Papers

The Exam Papers Database offers past papers from 1998. 

Guides to Referencing

Look in your course handbook for guidance to begin with, and also look at the help pages provided by the University of Surrey.

Further guides are available from:

University of Birmingham and Bournemouth University (especially useful for citing electronic references.)

Also look at Pears, R. A and Shields, G. (2010) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. 8th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. which is available in the Library at 808.02 PEA


 Useful Web Links


Intute Gateway to subject catalogues (including Material Science & Engineering) with links to high quality Internet sites, selected and described by specialists from within British academia.

The Virtual Training Suite offers free tutorials on Internet research skills to help with your university course.

Online Textbooks

Mechanics of Materials is a textbook written by Madhukar Vable, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. It is freely available online and has a sample syllabus, lecture slides, and sample exams.


Reference Works

  • Advanced Materials by Design, Volume 22, Part 46 was produced by the United States Congress Office of Technology Assessment in June 1988. It covers advanced ceramics, composites and structural materials and their applications.
  • Polymers and Liquid Crystals is a virtual textbook laboratory introducing polymers and liquid crystals, produced by Case Western Reserve University.
  • Encyclopedia of Smart Materials includes abstracts and sample articles covering the field of intelligent materials. Discussions of theory, fabrication, processing, applications, and uses of these materials are presented in a collection of entries.
  • Engineers Handbook is a design guide for mechanical engineering. It includes sections on materials, manufacturing methods, design and prototyping.
  • A+ Materials Science and Engineering Glossary of Terms is an A to Z glossary of materials science and engineering terms.
  • How to Interpret MSDS Information Sheets is provided by the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford. It provides concise guidance to the different sections of materials safety data sheets (MSDS) sheets with extracts and commentaries.
  • Material Selection and Processing was developed by the Department of Engineering at Cambridge University to aid good practice in the selection of materials for product design. It has information on materials, properties, processes, product design and more.
  • eFunda provides limited free searches for higher education level reference information including datasheets, formulae, unit conversions, physical constants and mathematics. Monthly and annual subscriptions to the full service are available.

E-Learning Materials

MATTER for Universities is a consortium of UK universities producing e-learning resources for materials science and engineering under-graduates. Online resources include:

  • provides e-learning resources on steel technologies for students and steel industry supply chain employees. These include highly interactive modules on: steel processing, steel applications, sustainability and ferrous metallurgy.
  • SteelMATTER provides interactive educational software resources aimed at helping students understand the key concepts and relationships in ferrous metallurgy. It is produced in partnership with Corus and the University of Birmingham.
    MAST (Materials Science and Technology Teacher's Workshop)was prepared by the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Modules covering metals, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, composites, concrete and energy can be downloaded.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare is the freely accessible web-based publication of Massachusetts Institute of Technology course content in Materials Science and Engineering. Lecture notes, tutorials, simulations, images and project materials are available.
  • UK Centre for Materials Education supports high quality education in Materials and related disciplines, by encouraging and coordinating the development and adoption of effective practices in learning, teaching and assessment. It is a Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy, and is based at the University of Liverpool. The website has links to events, projects, news and a database of teaching and learning resources.
  • Materials Digital Library Pathway (MATDL) provides content and services to undergraduate and graduate students, educators, and researchers, including a repository, tool for open access development of modelling and simulation tools, and virtual labs.
  • OER Commons is a community gateway to open educational content, and can be browsed or searched by subject and level (post-secondary resources are included).

Preprints & Eprints

  • provides access to 600,550 e-prints, including some in materials science. It is hosted by Cornell University. Recent additions by subject to the repository can be seen.
  • DRIVER is a European-wide service searching across over 255 institutional repositories of eprints and preprints.
  • E-print network is a searchable gateway to over 32,000 websites and databases worldwide, containing over 5 million e-prints.
  • University of Surrey Materials Institute preprint server
  • OpenDOAR offers access to repositories worldwide and provides a trial search service for the full-text of material held in open access repositories listed in the Directory.
  • Virtual Technical Reports Center has a list of full-text reports, or searchable extended abstracts of their technical reports on the World Wide Web.


  • EThOS (electronic theses online service) is a system to enable users to access the full text of electronically stored theses produced by students at UK Higher Education Institutions, either from the British Library or from institutional (or consortium) repositories.


Other Library Catalogues

  • COPAC is a union catalogue, giving free access to the merged online catalogues of many of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland plus the British Library.
  • British Library Catalogues on the Web The British Library is the national library of the UK and receives a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland. Their catalogues list over 150 million items held in the collections - most of which can be ordered by inter-library loan from your local library.
  • Other Libraries' Web Catalogues is a list of other library catalogues on the Internet, including the national libraries of other countries.

Specialist Internet search tools

  • Corrosion Source links to corrosion information, products, data and services.
  • TechXtra provides a free, comprehensive search facility to find engineering resources. Find articles, key websites, books, the latest industry news, job announcements, ejournals, eprints, technical reports, the latest research, theses and dissertations.
  • Polymer search is a free directory and search engine dedicated to the polymer industries.
  • Scirus searches across 370 million scientific information websites

Professional Organisations

  • IOM3 - Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining is the leading UK professional institution for materials science and engineering. Selected publications - Materials World, Wood Focus and Clay Technology - are available online, as well as details of publications, events, conference proceedings, service for members and library services. It is an extensive and useful site.
  • The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society is an international society serving the needs of the materials science and engineering profession. Their website gives details of the society's structure and activities with a link to the Journal of Electronic Materials and to Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A and B which provide searchable tables of contents and abstracts for the current volume in the year.
  • The Welding Institute is an independent research and technology organisation, and the website includes a searchable database of publications, events and conferences, and services for members.

Conferences & Events

  • ZETOC: z-electronic table of contents is a searchable database of the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents. This includes around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year dating back to 1993, and is updated on a daily basis. It includes an email alerting service.
  • IOM3 events is a comprehensive international diary of events relevant to materials, minerals and mining. Can be searched by location or by subject.

Social Media

Blogs and Wikis

Video sharing sites

  • YouTube EDU: materials presents video lectures, tutorials and guides uploaded by academic and professional institutions.


  • Materials Today podcasts 10 minutes audio podcasts from the authors of Materials Today, explaining the reasoning behind their research, results and future visions
  • Engineering Innovation podcast and radio series: materials are provided by National Academy of Engineering and highlight engineering innovations and stories that add technical context to issues in the news.

News and media

The Internet is an excellent source of news and information about current affairs.
Here's a selection of some of the best examples of news and media for materials science and engineering:


For further information please contact

Evi Tramantza

Academic Liaison Librarian - Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

T: 01483 68 2874
Room number: 02 LB 02

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