A path through the information jungle

Forget trawling through webpage after webpage to find what you need. Use the IET’s Virtual Library to get the information you require, and quickly.

The internet can be a confusing and frustrating place, with quality content either expensive or simply lost in a tangle of unreliable information. Luckily, the IET Library is here to help you find your way through the jungle. Our Virtual Library brings together a range of high quality subscription resources available to IET members, and also provides links to good quality, free content such as open access academic journals.

A focus on engineering and technology

Unlike your university library, we specialise in engineering and related subjects, so you can be sure of finding something relevant and timely, whatever your query or project.

Access to the Virtual Library is easy, wherever you are in the world. All you need to do is log into the IET website and ensure that you are recognised as a member. Access is seamless from our Virtual Library web pages and no further log in is needed.

Perfect for general research or specific queries

The Virtual Library includes over one thousand e-books from top technical publishers such as Wiley, Reed Elsevier and CRC Press. They are available through three platforms, Knovel, the Engineering and IT Reference Library (Books 24x7) and Wiley. They include engineering and scientific reference books and handbooks, and with Knovel and the Engineering and IT Reference Library, you can search across tables, numerical data and equations as well as text. Whether you need an introduction to a new subject, or have a specific query, accessing our e-books is quicker and easier than leafing through the print version.

Electronic journals

Electronic journals on the Virtual Library are mainly accessed through the EBSCOHost databases. This range of databases and academic e-journals includes around ten thousand titles, which can be searched from a single easy to use web interface.

There are seven databases in total:

  • Business Source Corporate covers engineering as well as business and management;
  • Science and Technology Collection and General Science Collection both cover general science and technology subjects;
  • Computers and Applied Sciences Complete covers computing and electrical engineering;
  • Energy and Power Source deals with energy-related issues and information;
  • Sustainability Reference Centre and Greenfile both cover environmental subjects.

All of the databases contain peer-reviewed scholarly e-journals, trade magazines and company and industry reports. Whether you need an in-depth technical article, information on a company for a job application, or simply the latest news in your field, you can find it here.

Market reports

The Virtual Library also provides access to market reports from Keynote and Faulkner’s, covering a range of subjects including computing, security management, electrical engineering, power and energy and telecommunications. These define and analyse the relevant market or industry, and also give useful topic overviews as well as technology tutorials, product profiles and standards reports.

The easiest way? Search all

If all this seems confusing, fear not – there is an easier way. Our Search all feature allows you to search all of the library’s online content from a single interface. Using Search All is a good place to start if you want to get an overview of the kinds of resources available on a particular subject. You can then move on to individual sources to search at article level. Some of the resources listed are only available in the Library reading room, these are clearly marked and we can always supply articles from them through our Document Supply service.

Help and advice for using the Virtual Library is available on our library website. There’s a whole world of content out there, whether you have a specific question or simply want an update on a new field of interest. Enjoy your explorations.

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