ENGIN 296: Master of Engineering

Your Librarians

Lisa Ngo
Office Hours: by appointment
Office Location: 110 Bechtel Engineering Center
Contact info: lngo@library.berkeley.edu

Hilary Schiraldi
Office Hours: by appointment
Office Location: Haas School of Business, S350
Contact info: hschiral@library.berkeley.edu


About this Guide

This is a resource guide for students in the Master of Engineering program.


This research guide for Master of Engineering students is designed to help you find resources for your capstone projects. It is by no means an exhaustive list of everything the library has available. Due to the specialized nature of each group's projects, we recommend that groups make appointments with librarians if they are not finding what they need with the resources listed.


On campus wireless access use: Airbears 2: wireless access on campus.

Off-campus access to many resources is limited to current UCB faculty, staff and students.
To access these resources from off-campus, please use one of the following:

Proxy Server
The proxy server is a computer on campus that will re-route your requests for licensed resources after authenticating you as a Berkeley student, faculty or staff member. You must configure your web browser in order to use it.

Proxy changes: Recent changes in the proxy server may have affected some users; see the Library's Proxy Server FAQ. iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch proxy server setup instructions.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
The VPN is a software program that will establish a "tunnel" to our campus network, allowing you to access a broader variety of licensed resources.


Campus Library Map

Click on the image below to see a larger interactive version of the campus library map.

UC Berkeley Library campus map

You can also view/download a PDF map of library locations. For library contact information and building addresses, visit our directory.

Find Articles

These databases index scholarly journal and conference articles in engineering and technology subjects.  Click the orange UC-eLinks button to link out to the full text of the article if Berkeley has a subscription, or to the catalog to find a print copy if there is no online copy. ucelinks 

For more engineering-related indexes and subject-specific databases, see the Engineering Library's Article Databases guide.

Find Patents

patent illustration

A US patent is a property right granted to an inventor "to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling" the invention in the United States or "importing" the invention into the United States for a period of 20 years from the date of application.  (USPTO

United States Patents

Google Patent Search
US patents from 1790 to the present, excludes patents issued in the most recent months and published applications.  Keyword and advanced searches.  PDFs of documents.

United States Patent and Trademark Office
US patents from 1790 to present; published applications 2001 to present.  Keyword and advanced searches from 1976 to present; prior to 1976, search by number, date and classification only.  TIFF Viewer required to view or print patents.

International Patents

European Patent Office - 1836 to present for ~180 countries

Patent Lens
Search data from the World Intellectual Property Organization, European Patent Office, U.S. Patent Office, and the Australian Patent Office.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - A special United Nations agency formed in 1967 "to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world through cooperation among the states."  Search international patent applications.

Free Patents Online - Fun for its lists of patents in various areas, including Crazy Patents

For more information about finding patents, see the Engineering Library's Patents guide.


Find books and e-books

Numerous books are available electronically for use at UCB. Some are included in publisher packages or as special subject collections. See the Bioscience Library's Electronic Books page for full-text collections such as ENVIRONnetBASE, Springer E-books, ebrary, and Knovel Library.

Use OskiCat (UCB) to find books, ebooks, journals, conference proceedings, videos and more.

In OskiCat you can:
items checked out by another patron or held in storage
your checked-out items online.|
Limit your search to "Available Online" for ebooks only.

Journals: When searching on exact journal titles, change the search field to Title and limit the search to Journals/Magazines/Newspapers.

For materials not owned by UC Berkeley: Borrowing from Other Libraries.

Use Melvyl (UC) catalog to search the libraries of all UC campuses.

OskiCat Advanced Search
Melvyl Advanced Search

Finding E-books

OskiCat: Find ebooks in the OskiCat catalog by changing the drop-down menu that defaults to Entire Collection to Available Online.

Full text searches of publisher collections of e-books like Safari Tech Books and Springer e-books can be done by searching the publisher's native interface. See a list of Berkeley subscribed publisher packages here.

Find Market Research Reports

These databases include ready made market research reports.  Generally these include:

Company Information

Company & Industry News

The following databases cover all areas of business and industry and include articles from journals, magazines, newspapers, and trade publications. When you see an article you're interested in, the orange UC-eLinks button will link you to the full text of the article if Berkeley has a subscription. ucelinks

Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.  Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but any are easier than doing it by hand!

  1. RefWorks - free for UC Berkeley users. It allows you to create your own database by importing references and using them for footnotes and bibliographies. Use the RefWorks New User Form to sign up.

    Introduction to RefWorks handout (from October 12, 2012 class)

  2. EndNote: may be purchased from UC Berkeley's Software Central.Supports many citations styles in science and engineering.

  3. Zotero: A free plug-in that works exclusively with the Firefox browser: keeps copies of what you find on the web, permits tagging, notation, full text searching of your library of resources, works with Word, and has a free web backup service.

It's always good to double check the formatting -- sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.

Contact Lisa Ngo if your group would like to schedule a demonstration of these tools and an overview of how they can help your literature reviews.


Having trouble with your project? We are available for appointments!

Make an appointment with an Engineering Librarian.

Make an appointment with a Business Librarian.

Engineering Library

Address: 110 Bechtel Engineering Center

Semester Hours
M-Th 8 am - 10 pm
F 8 am - 5 pm
Sat 1 pm - 5 pm
Sun 1 pm - 10 pm

Phone: 510.642.3366

All library hours

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Business Library

Address: Haas School of Business, S350

Semester Hours

M-Th 9 am - 10 pm
F 9 am - 5 pm
Sat 12 noon - 5 pm
Sun 12 noon - 8 pm

Phone: 510.642.0400

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