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Mechanical and Automotive Engineering: Home

Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Library services for studying online [COVID-19]

*STUDYING ONLINE - COVID-19 SUPPORT* 

In addition to this guide, please see our guide to Library Services for Studying Onlinewhich will help you to effectively use our online services.

For the latest information on access to the Library building, computers and books, please see our COVID-19 FAQs.

Introduction

Welcome to the library guide for Mechanical and Automotive Engineering. Here you will find the key databases to use for your subject, along with links to other useful information, such as market research and the latest industry news. Use the "help with searching" tab above to view guides on how to use the library's databases.

Please contact us on library@hud.ac.uk, or come and see us at the Subject Enquiry Desk on Floor 4 of the Library, if you need any help, and please let us know if there are any key resources you think should be added to this guide.

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The guides cover how to plan, research, structure and write different types of academic and scientific reports.

Library Computer Software

Adobe and Microsoft programmes are installed on all library computers as standard. Engineering and Computing students will also have access to the following on library computers:

  • ActiveState Komodo Edit 8
  • Blue J 3.1
  • Crimson Editor
  • Dr Java
  • Kara
  • Microsoft Direct X SDK June 2010
  • Notepad Plus Plus
  • Oracle 10g
  • Paint.NET
  • PuTTy
  • SICStus Prolog
  • Xming
  • XML Notepad 2007
  • XNormal

For a full list of all software available in the library, see: What software is in the Library?

Key Resources

The main way to search for books, journal articles and more is by using Summon. However sometimes you may need to use more specialist resources for your studies, particularly for final year projects, research and dissertations.

Use the links below to access specialist information for your subject area - these resources may be harder to find via Summon, and Google won't find them at all!

Use the links below for news and opinions on the mechanical and automotive industries, aimed at industry professionals.

Market research, from reputable sources, is usually not freely available. We subscribe to several sources of market information which are available through the links below. These can be useful for researching the market for engineering applications.

These online resources are useful sources of information on energy policy, energy sources, and renewable energy

Finding Open Access research online

Below are some useful tools for finding Open Access research papers outside of Summon.

Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts (also known as BoB) is an archive of free-to-air TV and radio programmes available to you through the University of Huddersfield Library subscription.  You can choose to watch previously recorded programmes, request future programmes and save lists of programmes for your learning, teaching or research.

Click on the tabs above for a series of instructional videos to take you through the basics of using Box of Broadcasts.

                                               Box of Broadcasts promotion poster http://hud.ac/hpj

Click on this link to go direct to BoB. You can also access it from the A-Z list of electronic resources, and find BoB under the letter B.

You will be prompted to log in with your University login and password. The first time you access BoB, it will ask you to register your university email address (undergraduates and postgraduate taught students = u1234567@unimail.hud.ac.uk). You will need to confirm your address by checking your email and clicking on the link provided.

 

Here's a useful video from Learning on Demand who run Box of Broadcasts.

 

This short video shows you how to request TV and radio programmes to be recorded.

Box of Broadcasts provides extensive help on their website:

Frequently asked questions

How to use BoB videos

If you have any further questions, contact your Subject Librarian at the Help Centre on Floor 4 of the Library or email library@hud.ac.uk and we will be happy to help.

Student watching video on phone

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