Announcing Availability of Electronic Backfile of Engineering Index

Elsevier Engineering Information, Inc. is in the process of digitizing all volumes of Engineering Index back to 1884. The library has purchased this backfile containing references of major engineering innovations pioneered throughout the 19th and 20th centuries to provide you with access to citations on topics such as the first internal combustion engine, the foundations of aviation, telecommunications and computing. As of the week of April 5, the database goes back to 1910 and contains 1,272,794 records. Over 100,000 records are being added per week. When completed later this Spring, the fully digitized backfile will comprise close to 2 million records.

Engineering Index forms the foundation of Compendex, a bibliographic database covering over 175 disciplines and major specialties within engineering. The 1970 to present-day file contains over 7,000,000 references and abstracts taken from over 5,000 engineering journals, conferences and technical reports. Updated with new material on a weekly basis, approximately 250,000 new records are added to the database annually.

When digitization is complete, the Compendex database will provide one stop search access to 120 years of engineering literature. The Backfile is available for searching at Syracuse University as fast as Engineering Information can load the data. Take a look!

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