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Compendex is the most comprehensive bibliographic database of engineering research available today, containing over eight million references and abstracts taken from over 5,000 engineering journals, conferences and technical reports.

The broad subject areas of engineering and applied science are comprehensively represented. Coverage includes nuclear technology, bioengineering, transportation, chemical and process engineering, light and optical technology, agricultural engineering and food technology, computers and data processing, applied physics, electronics and communications, control, civil, mechanical, materials, petroleum, aerospace and automotive engineering as well as narrower subtopics within all these and other major engineering fields.

Online coverage is from 1969 to the present. Approximately 500,000 new records are added to the database annually from over 175 disciplines and major specialties within engineering. Compendex is updated weekly to ensure access to critical developments in your field.


Extensive and detailed help is available. Look in the upper right-hand corner of the screen for the Ask an Expert and Help button.

For help using these indexes see: How do I find an article on my topic?

User tools and features

Specification and Standard Index Search, Email Alerts, Saved Record Folders and Search Histories, Browse-able Thesauri and Look-up Indexes

Dates covered

1969 to present.

Updating frequency



The records in the database are drawn from over 5,000 engineering journals, conferences, technical reports, and other materials. Multinational and multilingual in scope.

Type of coverage

Contains abstracts and full bibliographic citations. No full-text; however, many journals covered are included in Science Direct

Print counterpart or
related resources

Based on The Engineering Index.

Producer/content provider

Engineering Information Inc.

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Engineering Village

Core Subject(s)

Supplementary Subject(s)