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The following are selected resources that are available at Fogler Library or on the Internet. If you have questions about finding information related to Spatial Information Science & Engineering, please contact the Science and Engineering Center at 581-1691 or email Martin Wallace. Or use our Ask a Librarian service.

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Indexes & Databases for Locating Journal Articles Data Sets
e-Journals Standards & Specifications
News Sources & Newspaper Indexes Selected Internet Sites
Library Catalogs Software
Grant & Funding Sources Government Agencies
Patents Professional Societies & Research Organizations
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias Graduate School, Postdoctoral Studies, Careers, Jobs, & Internships
Company & Product Directories Consider Engineering
Handbooks, Manuals, & Other Reference Works Company & Product Directories


Use these databases to locate citations or full text for journal articles, conference papers, technical reports and theses. Once you have located relevant articles, search URSUS by journal or book title to determine if Fogler Library owns the item. We may own journals in print or online or both formats. Need to check the record listed as Serials (for print holdings) and E-Serials (for electronic holdings). Must click on the "Restricted Access UM" link to see the online holdings. If we do not own the item you need, consider requesting through Interlibrary Loan. Remember most of the articles listed in these databases cannot be located by using a regular web browser such as Google. These databases provide the means to locating scholarly research articles.

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Digital Library. Access all Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) journals, magazines, transactions, conference proceedings, and newsletters back to early 1950s. See also ACM's Author Profile Pages which include Bibliometrics, a snapshot of an individual author's contributions to computing, and a basic measure of their influence on the field.
  • IEEE Xplore & IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL). Complete full-text access to the IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL). Includes over 160 journals published by the IEEE and IET, transactions, conference proceedings and active IEEE standards. Indexing extends back to 1988 for all journals and conference proceedings and further back to 1913 for selected publications. Offers an alerting service, saved searches, and other valuable Web 2.0 capabilities for users who register for free personal accounts.
  • INSPEC. Coverage is 1969 - Present. Provides worldwide coverage of the research literature for the fields of physics, electrical engineering, electronics, computer hardware and software, control engineering and information technology. It is produced by the Institution of Electrical Engineers, Great Britain. Literature is reviewed from over 3,500 journals and 1,500 conference proceedings each year. Database is updated weekly. Searching in combination with Compendex is recommended and utilize the "Remove Duplicates" feature.
  • Compendex (Engineering Index). Coverage is 1970 - Present. The best multidisciplinary engineering database that indexes over 5000 engineering journals, conferences and technical reports. Use their subject headings to obtain more precise results. Access is provided by the following indexes: author, author's affiliation (university or company), keywords from the abstract and title, subject terms and source title (journal or conference title). Compendex is part of the Engineering Village. This service also provides specialized indexing of the Internet, a technical standards database, and a link to the U.S. Patent Database. Print copy located at Sci Index TA1.E6, 1884 - 1995.
  • Web of Science. Coverage is 1900 to present. Online version of Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. Citation searching provides one method for bringing your list of references more up-to-date. Take your most important known papers and use this index to determine if they have been cited by more recent journal articles. They index over 8,500 journals but do not include technical reports, conference papers or theses.
  • Academic Search Complete. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE. Provides full text for over 3,200 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Good resource for a few basic articles on a topic. This database is designed for undergraduate research. For a more comprehensive search, search Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete and Master File Premier at the same time. Select the Choose Databases link in the EBSCO interface to select multiple databases.
  • AGRICOLA. Coverage is 1978 - Present. An electronic database with records for articles, technical reports, and book chapters on all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including agricultural economics, and GIS analysis. (Non-UMaine users may want to use the AGRICOLA database at the National Agricultural Library website. )
  • ASCE Library. The most extensive resource for civil engineering research and application-oriented content, with full text technical and professional articles from 34 ASCE Journals (1983 to the present), more than 340 Conference Proceedings, and more than 300 DRM-free E-books and Standards encompassing all civil engineering content areas, including construction, structures, transportation, geotechnics, environment, water resources, and civil engineering practice. For coverage prior to 1983, The Civil Engineering Database covers bibliographic records of ASCE documents published back to 1958, including journals, conference proceedings, books, standards, manuals, magazines, and newsletters. Fogler Library also has the print copy of "Cumulative Index to ASCE Publications," 1950 - 1979: Sci Index TA1.A53.
  • Business Source Complete. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE. Provides full text for over 3200 business and industry journals. Coverage is back to the 1950's for some important publications and contains detailed company profiles for the world's 5,000 largest companies
  • Scientific Literature Digital Library. NEC Corp. Indexes Postscript and PDF research articles on the Web. Has citation searching component.
  • Citidel. Computing and Information Technology Interactive Digital Educational Library. Guide to internet tools and research resources developed by a university consortium.
  • CogPrints. CogPrints is an electronic archive for papers in many areas of Computer Science (e.g., artificial intelligence, robotics, vison, learning, speech, neural networks). Access is provided by browsing a subject category or searching by keyword. Full text of the cited references is available.
  • Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies. A collection of bibliographies on subjects such as artificial intelligence, neural networks, computer graphics, etc. maintained by researchers worldwide. Journal articles, conference papers, and technical reports are listed. Some links to the online fulltext.
  • Computing Research Respository (CoRR). This service is sponsored by the ACM,, NCSTRL and AAAI. This is a database of preprints in computer science. Mechanisms for searching, downloading and submitting preprints are provided. These preprints are not referreed.
  • CountryWatch Country Reviews. Accessible as a subset of Business Source Complete.  Two pages of navigation links (A-Macedonia; Madagascar-Z) take you to tables of contents for all editions of Country Reviews of 191 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.  These online publications in pdf format include demographic, political, economic, business, cultural and environmental information, updated annually within the Business Source Complete database.  For further information please contact Stephen Fadel email or call 207-581-3610.
  • Digital Dissertations Indexes dissertations and theses written by graduates of North American and European universities. The complete text of dissertations written at the University of Maine after 1996 is included.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Provides access to the full text of over 1100 free scholarly journals. Some journals are searchable at the article level. Also provides access by broad subject areas.
  • Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC). Scientific and Technical Information Network. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE. Access to all unclassified, unlimitedcitations to documents added into DTIC from late December 1974 to present, many from 1998 to present in full text.
  • Ecology Abstracts. Coverage is 1982 - present. Indexes the broad area of the interactions of organisms with their environment. Includes information on conservation, pollution, ecosystem management, and GIS.
  • EECS Technical Reports. A searchable database of computer science technical reports from over 100 institutions worldwide. Over 20,000 reports are available in full text.
  • Environmental Engineering Abstracts. Coverage is 1990 - Present. Produced by Cambridge Scientific Abstracts. The focus of this database is engineering aspects of air and water quality, environmental safety, and energy production. More than 700 primary journals are covered and over 2,500 additional sources, including monographs and conference proceedings. Also indexes evaluated internet sites.
  • Environmental Protection Agency. Databases and Software for Geographic Information Systems.
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management Produced by Cambridge Scientific Abstracts. Provides access to several databases at once: Agricultural & environmental biotechnology abstracts (1993-present); AFSA Aquatic pollution & environmental quality (1990-present); Ecology abstracts (1982-present); EIS Digests of environmental impact statements (1985-present); Environmental engineering abstracts (1990-present); Health & safety sciences abstracts (1981-present); Industrial & applied microbiology abstracts (Microbiology A) (1982-present); Bacteriology abstracts (Microbiology B) (1982-present); Pollution abstracts (1981-present); Risk abstracts (1990-present); Toxicology abstracts (1981-present); Water resources abstracts (1967-present). Helpful to search all the files at once. Also indexes evaluated internet sites.
  • ESRI Virtual Campus: GIS education and training on the web. This database contains over 17,500 references to GIS research information for 1991 to present. Very comprehensive. Contains links to online journals and magazines and the table of contents and abstracts for many conference proceedings. Some conference proceedings have the full text available.
  • Forest Products Abstracts. current 10 years online. Index to all aspects of the forest products literature including wood properties, timber extraction and damage, composites and laminates, pulp industry, and business issues. This databases is updated bi-monthly and indexes over 450 journals. Print index located at Sci Index SD 430 F66.
  • Georef. Coverage: 1785+ for North America and 1933+ for the rest of the world. Produced by the American Geological Institute, it covers geology and related disciplines including: geochemistry, geophysics, hydrology, mineralogy, and paleontology. Indexes over 3,500 journals as well as books, reports, theses and dissertations, maps, and conference proceedings and corresponds to the following print indexes: Bibliography and Index of North American Geology, Bibliography of Theses in Geology, Geophysical Abstracts, Bibliography and Index of Geology Exclusive of North America, and the Bibliography and Index of Geology. Updated monthly. Print copy located at Sci Index QE1.G2145
  • Geospatial Data Clearinghouse. Searches over 250 spatial data servers.
  • IngentaConnect. (Formerly UnCover). Coverage is 1988 - Present. A global research gateway providing free online searching of over 12,000 journals in all disciplines. Indexing is limit to author, keyword from the title and abstract (not all records have an abstract), and journal title. Subject headings are not available. It is updated daily and this would be an excellent choice to look for articles published in a particular journal or published very recently.
  • Lecture Notes in Computer Science. WWW Database. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE. Freely available on the web and allows searching and provides abstracts for volume 500 of the series to the present. Also we have a subscription to Springer-Verlag Link searching service. Allows access to full text papers from Lecture Notes in Computer Science and searching by author, title, abstract keywords, conference title, etc. First time login requires User-ID: roj575uj Password: qvh706ye
  • Literature Search of Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences
  • Maine Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program Index. (MEMAP). Listing of programs that monitor and assess Maine's environment.
  • MasterFILE Premier. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE. Provides full text for over 1,830 general reference, business, consumer health, general science. Full text extends back to January, 1990. Indexing and abstracts is available for an additional 1,000 journals.
  • MathSciNet. Coverage is 1940 - Present. Searchable database of citations and abstracts of mathematical journal articles and books. It also includes full-text reviews of many of the articles. This is the electronic version of Mathematical Reviews (Sci Index QA 1 M7) and Current Mathematical Publications (shelved in Sci Periodicals).
  • National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) Publications list and access to many full text documents.
  • National Standards Systems Network (NSSN). Searchable bibliographic database of thousands of industrial standards and specifications and links to many standards-issuing organizations.
  • NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS). This database collects, archives, and disseminates aerospace information produced by NASA and other relevant worldwide research.
  • National Technical Reports Library (NTRL). Provides indexing to a collection of more than 2.2 million historical (pre-1900) to current U.S. government-sponsored technical reports archived by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). Over 700,000 documents are available in full-text format. Subject coverage includes engineering, computer science, transportation, medicine, biology, energy, communications, agriculture, and more.
  • Oceanic abstracts. 1981-present online. Material covered includes ecology, environmental protection, and marine pollution. Over 3,500 journals and other resources including conference proceedings and technical reports are indexed.
  • Pollution Abstracts. 1981 - present. Presented by Cambridge Scientific Abstracts this resources covers air, water, land and noise pollution. Industry pollution problems and solutions are covered. Updated monthly.
  • Rural Development Abstracts. Part of the CABDirect Package. Use the advanced search option to restrict to the Rural Development subset only. Indexes journals as well as books, reports, and conference proceedings. Updated weekly.
  • Science Accelerator, Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Department of Energy. Search collections of DOE research results, project descriptions, and accomplishments. These collections enable you to find out about ongoing research projects, explore significant DOE discoveries, learn about DOE Nobel Prize Winners, access and search scientific e-prints, locate science conference papers and proceedings, patents, and more.
  • 5.0. A free, integrated single-search gateway to reliable science and technology information from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies - access to over 200 million pages of scientific information.
  • Science Citation Index. Paper copy at Sci Index Q1.A1S36. Holdings are 1965 to present. An excellent multidisciplinary science information source which leads you to papers that cite a paper of interest, thus resulting in records for articles that you may not find using traditional subject or keyword searching. To learn how to use it, ask a Science and Engineering Center librarian. Online access is available through Web of Science.Coverage is 1900 to present.
  • ScienceDirect. FULL TEXT FOR UMAINE SUBSCRIBED JOURNAL TITLES ONLY (1800+). Online access to full text from 1995 for most titles. Sign up for automatic notification when new issues are published.
  • SciTech Connect. Formerly two separate databases: Energy Citations Database and DOE Information Bridge. Coverage is 1948 - Present. Contains bibliographic records and many full texts for energy and energy-related scientific and technical reports and papers sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies. It provides coverage of traditional and alternative forms of energy production and conservation. Many aspects of electrical engineering and applied physics are covered including fission and fusion.
  • SPIE Digital Library. Bibliographic database of publications of The International Society for Optical Engineering.
  • SPIN: Searchable Physics Information Notices. A bibliographic database published by the American Institute of Physics. It is updated every 2 weeks with coverage of all AIP journals and proceedings. Coverage also includes journals from other societies including the Electrochemical Society, Russian Academy of Sciences, etc.
  • State of Maine. Department of Transportation. They have a publications page which has some recent reports in PDF format.
  • TI Technical Articles. Find links to technical articles written by TI engineering experts for engineering trade magazines. Topics include how to select or design with amplifiers, data converters, clocks, interface and power management. They also address applications, such as audio, industrial, medical, high reliability and many others. Several sorting options can help you with your search.
  • Transportation Research Board. Fogler owns almost all of their publications. They publish several technical reports series that disseminate important transportation research results. Use the TRB Publications Index or the URSUS online catalog to locate reports on your topic. Technical report series include:
    National Cooperative Highway Research Program. Report (TE7.N25)
    National Cooperative Highway Research Program. Web Documents
    Synthesis of Highway Practice (TE7.H51)
    Synthesis of Transit Practice (TA1001.5.N381)
    Transit Cooperative Research Program. Report (TA1001.5.N361)
    Transit Cooperative Research Program. Web Documents
    . Transportation Research Board. Special Report (TE1.N25)
  • TRID: the TRIS & ITRDDatabase. TRID is the world's largest and most comprehensive bibliographic resource on transportation research information. It is produced and maintained by the Transportation Research Board of the US National Academies with sponsorship by State Departments of Transportation, the various administrations at the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other sponsors of TRB's core technical activities. ITRD is produced by ITRD member organizations under the sponsorship of Joint Transport Research Centre (collectively JTRC) of the International Transport Forum and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and ITRD. TRID covers all modes and disciplines of transportation and contains more than 900,000 records of published research. Over 64,000 records contain links to full-text documents. A Transportation Research Thesaurus is available to download and provide guidance on searching TRID.
  • URISA Proceedings and Journal articles index. Coverage is 1987 - 2002. Keyword search and table of contents available.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Databases and Software for Geographic Information Systems.
  • Virtual Technical Reports Center.Maintained by the University of Maryland Libraries. Links to institutions worldwide that provide full text and indexing to their reports, dissertations, reprints and preprints.
  • Water Resources Abstracts. Index to international scientific literature on all aspects of water resource issues. Includes abstracts of journal articles, monographs, technical reports, books, and conference proceedings. Updated quarterly. Coverage is 1967 to the present.


News Sources & Newspaper Indexes

  • C|net. Online home of CBS Interactive's C|net program. Includes current reviews of software and hardware, industry news and a vast archive of freeware, shareware and demos.
  • EurekAlert. Service of the AAAS.
  • GeoCommunity. Spatial News.
  • LexisNexis Academic. Worldwide coverage of newspapers, newsletters, and trade journals with good coverage of environmental and water resources issues.
  • Maine Newsstand. Indexes four Maine newspapers.
  • New York Times Article Archive. 1851− present. Full text of articles can be purchased online or use the microfilm collection in Fogler Library.
  • News on the Web - Archive. Provides links to U.S. and international newspaper archives that are searchable. Also has links to TV and radio broadcast archives.
  • ProQuest Newspapers. Full text of more than 500 U.S. and international news sources. Includes The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and the Times of London, plus hundreds of other news sources and news wires. Years of coverage vary by title. Maine papers included: Bangor Daily News (1992+), Portland Press Herald (1995+), and selected business coverage from Maine Times (1994-2002) and Central Maine Morning Sentinel (1993-1997).
  • SciCentral. Gateway to the best scientific and engineerting research news sources


  • URSUS- University of Maine System catalog. Use the Request function to request items from other campuses. Items are sent to Orono and loaned for 4 weeks.
  • MaineCat - College and university libraries in Maine. Use the Request function to request items from other libraries. Items are sent to Orono and loaned for 4 weeks.
  • WorldCat. International catalog containing the holdings of over 8,000 libraries.
  • Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) Catalog.



Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

  • Access Science. Online version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms. Includes over 8,500 online encyclopedia articles and 15,000 illustrations from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 10th Edition and regularly updated, fully-searchable media-rich content, terms, images and video.
  • Dictionaries, thesaurus, quotations, etc.
  • Credo Reference (online). Over 3.2 million entries from more than 450 encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, guides, and atlases in all fields.
  • Encyclopedia of geographic information science / editor, Karen K. Kemp; SAGE Publications. (SciRef G70.212 .E53 2008)
  • ESRI Dictionary of GIS terms.
  • Glossary for the Geographer's Craft. Univ. of Colorado.
  • Glossary of the Mapping Sciences. ASCE, ACSM and ASPRS, 1994. (Sci Ref TA505.G57 1994)
  • International GIS Dictionary. GeoInformation International, 1995. (Sci Ref G70.212.M33 1995)
  • Practical Handbook of Digital Mapping: terms and concepts. CRC, 1994. (Sci Ref GA139.P73 1994)
  • Practitioner's Guide to GIS terminology. Data West Research, 1994. (Sci Ref G70.2.P73 1994)
  • Remote Sensing Data Book. Cambridge, 1999. (Sci Ref G70.4.R435 1999)


  • GIS WWW Resource List. University of Edinburgh and the Association for Geographic Information maintain this site. Lists software, societies, journals, map and statistical databases and corporate web sites.

Handbooks, Manuals, & Other Reference Works

  • CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae. 31st ed. CRC Press, 2003. (Sci Ref QA47.C17 2003)
  • Credo Reference (online). Over 3.2 million entries from more than 450 encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, guides, and atlases in all fields.
  • The Earth Science Reference Handbook. (Formerly EOS Reference Handbook) NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, 1999.
  • Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. Wiley, 2002. (Sci Ref GE45.S73E53 2002 vol. 1 - 4) Covers the use of quantitative measurements in the analysis of environmental phenomena and problems.
  • Engineering Fundamentals (EFUNDA). Materials, Formulas, Mathematics, Processes and Design, Etc.
  • Free Tech Books. Lists many books on programming languages, operating systems, compilers, etc.
  • Handbook of computer networks / edited by Hossein Bidgoli; John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (SciRef TK5105.5 .H32 2008)
  • The handbook of information and computer ethics / edited by Kenneth Einar Himma and Herman T. Tavani; Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, c2008. (SciRef QA76.9.M65 H36 2008). Also available as a Wiley e-book.
  • Land development handbook : planning, engineering, and surveying. McGraw-Hill, 2002. (Sci Ref TA549.L29 2002)
  • Land Surveyor Reference Manual. 3rd ed. Professional Pubs, 2001. (Sci Ref TA551.H37 2001)
  • NIST/SEMATECH e-Handbook of Statistical Methods. Workbook on statistical methods for scientists and engineers
  • Remote Sensing Data Book. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1999. (Sci Ref G70.4.R435 1999)
  • Standard Handbook of Environmental Science, Health and Technology. McGraw-Hill, 2000. (Sci Ref GE123.S73 2000)
  • Surveying Handbook. 2nd ed. Chapman & Hall, 1995. (Sci Ref TA555.S87 1995)
  • The water encyclopedia : hydrologic data and Internet resources / edited by Pedro Fierro, Jr., Evan K. Nyer; CRC/Taylor & Francis. (SciRef TC403 .W38 2007)


Several kinds of  Library resources are informally referred to by the term "maps" including: sheet maps, nautical charts, atlases and globes, each of which represents a different format compiled for a specific purpose.  The Library's collection includes maps from the United States federal and state and Canadian federal and provincial governments, as well as those of other foreign national governments, and intergovernmental and international bodies, commercial organizations and scholarly societies.

Paper is no longer the sole medium, as maps and charts are available in microform, CD-ROM, and DVD.  Also, via video and other visual media, maps may sometimes include motion, development and web links.  Much geographic coverage is now available in various new formats including orthophotoquad, false color, geomagnetic and infrared, blurring the lines between conventional maps and aerial photographs or computer plots.

Fogler Library has about 85,000 sheet and folded maps, 3000 atlases of various kinds, and an estimated 200,000 maps enclosed within publications.  Physical locations include the Map Area on the first floor, the closed stack areas of the Special Collections and the Government Publications, Maps, GIS & Microforms Departments.  Further, thousands of maps not on the premises are accessible online via links in URSUS and web search engines.  Inquire at the Reference Desk for assistance.


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Web sites that describe the engineering profession, link to college and university web sites, and that provide guidance on choosing a major field of study.

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Created by: Martin Wallace | Revised: 06/20/2014

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