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Library Research Guide for Engineers
What Are Trade Magazines?
Engineering trade magazines, also called trade
journals, are publications that provide news and interest stories about
engineering industries and professions. Trade magazines will usually discuss
a development before conference papers,
journals or books; however, articles in trade
magazines do not go through a peer review process and do not hold the same
authority as scholarly articles.
In general, trade magazines are useful for keeping
up with the news in the field, while scholarly journal articles are used
to find research-based, in-depth information. The information contained
in trade magazines is very current and written from a non-scholarly perspective.
Many trade magazines are published by professional societies like the Institute
of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
for a list of important trade magazines for engineers.
Finding Trade Magazines in the Engineering Library:
You will look for trade magazine articles in the same index databases you search to find conference papers or journal articles. As with journal articles, the article citation found in index databases gives article title, author, journal title, volume and page numbers and a brief article abstract. Some databases frequently used by engineers to find trade magazine articles are the following:
When you know what trade magazine you are looking for, you can search PITTCat to see if the library subscribes to it and which issues are owned. A list of Engineering related databases can be found on the Databases by Subject section of the ULS Web Site or you can access an alphabetical listing of all the databases ULS subscribes to on the Databases A to Z section.
- EI Compendex - all fields of engineering.
- INSPEC - electrical engineering, computer engineering, electronics, physics and information technology.
- Science Citation Index - all fields of science, including technology.
- Business Source Elite - business information, useful for industrial engineering.