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Chemical Engineering: Databases & finding articles

What is a database?

A database is an electronic index to journal or magazine articles, containing citations, abstracts and often either the full text of the articles, or links to the full text.

What is an academic/peer-reviewed article?

Peer-reviewed or academic articles are articles written by academics/experts/researchers on a specific field of study. These articles usually contain a bibliography at the end of the article and information on the author’s academic qualifications and university at the beginning of the article. A peer-reviewed journal article was reviewed by people with credentials in the article's field of study before being accepted for publication.

Interlibrary loans

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Key Chemical Engineering databases


For the complete list of all the databases that the SU Library Service subscribes to, use the Databases A-Z link

Some more useful databases

  • Creamer Media's research channel: Africa
    Intelligence on industry and mining. (Logon codes needed. Call 021 808 4884 or email
  • IEEE Xplore
    The IEEE Xplore digital library provides access to scientific and technical content published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and its publishing partners. The content covers electrical engineering, computer science, biotechnology, telecommunications, power and energy, and electronics.

Quick access to full text articles

  • Follow the full-text link from the database ("Find It" Button)
  • Search the A-Z list of our journals available online by journal title
  • Search article titles on Google Scholar (Activate access to SUN full text journals from the Google Scholar Settings)
  • Use Unpaywall to find legal free versions of articles
  • EndNote Click (formerly Kopernio) provides one-click access to millions of journal articles and academic research papers worldwide, improving and facilitating access to scholarly articles.