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Compendex / Engineering Village

Creating a persistent link:

Select the item you wish you link to, and open it. Once inside, select the "share" option from the top of the screen:


From here, simply copy and paste the persistent link given:

Using Compendex / Engineering Village

Engineering Village—Compendex is the broadest and most complete engineering literature database available in the world with over 20 million indexed records from 77 countries across 190 engineering disciplines. Every record is carefully selected and indexed using the Engineering Index Thesaurus so engineers can be confident information is relevant, complete, accurate and of high quality.


  • Search a single database or across multiple databases simultaneously (with deduplication)
  • Choose Quick or Expert Search options, both of which allow you to save and combine searches
  • Refine results by search codes, document type, year, author/inventor, affiliation or assignee, controlled term, language, treatment type, IPC code and more
  • Group results according to data facets to prioritize and eliminate the need to filter through long lists of results
  • Link to full-text articles and other library resources using CrossRef and other services


The thesauri on Engineering Village comprise the controlled vocabulary used to index articles in the Compendex, Inspec, GeoRef, GEOBASE and EnCompass databases. Controlled vocabulary is used to standardize the way articles are indexed, enabling consistent and precise search and retrieval.


Tag records with user-defined keywords so it's easy to find them again. Or, search other users' tags to gain new perspectives, or tag externally to Engineering Village lets you choose if, when and how to collaborate. You can create groups and share tagged records within companies or institutions, or with the entire Engineering Village community.


Engineering Village's mapping tool uses Google map technology to plot geographical locations from GeoRef and GEOBASE search results on a digital map, giving further insight into the geographical context of results. More information.


Register on Engineering Village so you can take advantage of personalized features that can enhance your research and help you stay up to date with the latest information. 

  • Personalized email alerts and RSS feeds 
  • Ability to save searches and create personalized folders 
  • Search history and updating of previous searches
  • Ask an Expert


Get answers to "how-to" questions through our Ask an Expert service, which has been customized for your institution. You can easily reach out to Engineers, your Librarian or one of our Product Specialists. You'll find this useful link in the navigation bar at the top of every Engineering Village page.


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