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Engineering: Resources

Quick Reference Guide for CMU/UCB Engineering Students

CU Boulder Engineering Students Note:

Printable version of this guide


Colorado Mesa University Tomlinson Library:
            Note: Most of the links that follow in this guide can be found at the above Website.
UC Boulder Leonard H. Gemmill Library:

Need Help? Contact the Research Help Desk

Help is available from the Research Help Desk  which is staffed most hours the library is open.
                  In Person: at the Research Help Desk as you enter the library on the main floor.
                  Phone: 970-248-1860
                                    Also AIM: mesalibrarian, Yahoo: mesalibrarian, MSN:

                   The above services are available whenever the Research Help Desk is staffed:

                                                                                       Library open                                  Research Help Desk staffed
                                    Sunday                                          1:00 pm - Midnight                       1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
                                    Monday-Thursday                         7:30 am - Midnight                        8:00 am - 9:00 pm
                                    Friday                                            7:30 am - 5:00 pm                        8:00 am - 5:00 pm
                                    Saturday                                      10:00 am - 5:00 pm                      10:00 am - 5:00 pm

                  Hours will vary for Summer, J-Term, library remodeling and vacations. Consult library webpage for further information.

Additional help is available from the Leonard H. Gemmill Engineering Library at CU Boulder:

                  In Person: at the CU Engineering Library in Boulder, CO
                  Phone: 303-492-5396
                  Chat: found at library’s website at

When a CMU or UC Boulder librarian isn't available try our online chat service at

Online Catalog

The library’s online catalog  ( is the primary access point to held items with the library including Books, DVDs, Reserve materials, etc.

Prospector:  This online catalog  includes multiple academic libraries in Colorado and beyond.  To search this catalog, start searching in Tomlinson Library’s online catalog (above), and click on the Prospector link to repeat your search  there.  You can also access this catalog directly (  Prospector items may be requested for delivery to either the Tomlinson Library Circulation Desk or at the Bishop campus Building A in the Administrative Office.  Prospector is the best way to get books etc.  from the CU Boulder Engineering Library

Connecting to electronic resources form off campus

To access resources from an off-campus computer, such as at home, you will usually be asked for your MAVzone login.  Occasionally you may be asked to instead use the "Library" number as it appears on your MAV card. This is a 13 digit number in the lower right corner of your MAV card beginning with 408. To use the "Library" number login you will also need to input your name as it appears on your MAV card.

Journal Titles

Journals by title: To find a journal title, use the Journal Finder (  You would use this resource to find out if we carry a particular journal of magazine, such as for example National Geographic.  This will provide availability and access information for both print and electronic versions.  Electronic journals can be accessed from any internet capable terminal; other journals can be requested through Interlibrary Loan (see below).

Journal Articles on a particular topic

To find articles on a particular topic try one of our databases (  Databases of particular interest to Engineering may be found under that subject by using the "All Subjects" pull-down box. If you don't choose a particular topic, the list is alphabetical and you may jump to any database you wish to search. To search across many article databases at one time, select the "Article Search" option from beneath the search box on the library home page (

Interlibrary Loan

For materials you need but can't find at Tomlinson Library.

If you find materials that we do not have in print or online you can request them from the CU Boulder library using the "Materials Request Form" at  This link is also available on our inter-library loan FAQ page at

Helpful resources

                  Online Reference materials, such as encyclopedias and dictionaries can be found at
        , or from the "Internet Reference Sources" link from the main library Web page under "Research Resources".

                  CU Boulder online catalog (Chinook) (Use Prospector to request items.)

                  Specific database of interest to Engineering Students include:

                                 Academic Search Complete (ASC).  This database is a broad database covering a wide variety of topics including engineering, much of which is available with online full-text.

                                 OmniFile Select. Omni-File is an all full-text broad topic database that includes science & technology materials.

                                 PROLA.  This database contains journals from the American Physical Society.

                                 Science Direct.  This database covers a wide variety of topics including Engineering.  Some will be available directly in full-text.
                                    If not listed as full text, check our Journal Finder  (

                                 SpringerLink eBook Collection.  Contains over 50,000 online eBooks published by Springer.  They may be searched in the our Online Catalog and downloaded as PDF files.

                                                       Links to the above databases can be found at

                  Relevant resources freely available on the Web:

                        searches over 42 databases and over 2000 selected websites from 14 federal agencies.
                        SciTech Connect, covers Dept. of Energy collection


Additional Help

Remember, if you need help try the CMU or UC Boulder Research Help/Reference Desk (see above) or when they aren't available try our online chat service at (nearly 24/7 except holidays.)