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MECH 546: Vehicle Systems Dynamics: Journals + Databases

This guide is to help students in MECH 546 navigate library resources in preparation for class projects.

Engineering Databases

These are all engineering-specific databases, and a good place to continue your research if you have exhausted GoogleScholar. 

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Databases are accessible on or off campus.

Backward + Forward Citation Searching

Citation searching, sometimes called cited reference searching, refers to finding articles that have cited a previously published older work (i.e. following research forward). Citation searching can also include looking at the citations within a paper (i.e. the Reference List) to trace research backwards.

The number of times a paper is cited in the work of others can be an indication of its usefulness. Through citation searching, you can discover how a known idea or innovation has been confirmed, applied, improved, extended, or corrected. Citation analysis can also be used to identify emerging areas of research, identify a field's leading researchers and to assess research output.



The Kettering database Web of Science has a 'Citation Network' box next to each article. This gives a snapshot of how many times the article was cited (forward citation searching) and how many cited references the article contains (backward citation searching.) 

The Citation Map below shows a visualization of both backward and forward citation searching. Note that only articles included inside Web of Science are counted.


Vehicle System Dynamics Journal + Org

Top Mechanical Eng Journals

Kettering subscribes to all the highest cited journals in Mechanical Engineering as determined by Journal Citation Reports and GoogleScholar Metrics. Those journals are listed below and are a good place to start your research.

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