Time, Newsweek, Popular Science, and other magazines serve the purpose of summarizing your topic. This is reporting, not scholarly research. Look through theses articles for names of researchers and institutes that are working on the project. These names may help you narrow your topic if there is too much information. These articles often include useful websites, but these are frequently are biased in one direction or another. Corporate or product websites are biased in favor of the company. Trade journals cover the news of particular industries and the latest technological developments. Scholarly articles can review the literature, comment on the research, and report the latest research and developments. These articles will tell you what the engineering world is doing. These are starter databeses for these levels of information. Your research for engineering classes should not stop here.
Academic Search Premier A general database with a mix of scholarly and popular articles.
ABI/Inform A business database that is an excellent source of industry news and scholarly business articles. Excellent for leads on new technology trends are in the business & economics of engineering.
GreenFile An environmental database that covers popular and scholarly articles.
Environmental Sciences databases A more complete list of ASU Library Research Databases related to the environment
These are some of the core databases for the engineering literature. These are required for writing any paper for an engineering class. The 3 listed below cover all types of engineering. Click on the link to see a more detailed list of engineering databases in ASU Library.
EI Compendex Web, 1884- and Inspec 1898- are combined into one searchable platform. Going to either one will default to searching both databases at the same time. You may see the same article twice, but the abstracts and descriptor/subject terms may be different. These are the major indexes that engineers have used for over a century to find their scholarly literature.
IEEE Xplore Contains full text journal articles, conference papers, and technical standards from the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE).