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Access Engineering Quick Start Guide

What is Access Engineering?

Create a Personal Account in Access Engineering

Why create a personal account?

Creating a personal account provides you with additional valuable tools within AccessEngineering, including bookmarking content, saving DataVis projects, saving searches, and organizing research with labels.  A personal account also enables you to sign up for various alerts including new book alerts, saved search alerts, and spreadsheet update alerts.

How do I register for a free personal account?

  • Click on the yellow My Account button in the site header
  • Select Log in via email/username
  • Click Register, then fill in the form with your name, email address, and a password 
  • (Optional) Select topics of interest to receive email alerts when new content is added in those areas


  • Personal accounts are an optional feature and are not required to view or use any of the content on the site.
  • Personal accounts do not replace authentication via your institution; you must access the database from the NJIT Library Website, provide your UCID and password or connect to NJIT VPN.

Searching for Content in Access Engineering


  • Typeahead suggests matching taxonomy terms as you type
  • Results include matches on your exact search phrase, as well as matches on synonyms, sub-terms, and near-phrase matches

  • Related search terms and a dictionary definition appear in the search results
  • For more complex queries:
    • Boolean operators - power OR supply, power AND supply, power NOT supply
    • Grouping - (power AND supply) OR (power AND demand)
    • Wildcards - sup* will identify supply, support, superior


  • Three browsing taxonomies were created with the help of subject matter experts
  • Content is tagged to taxonomy terms using a semi-automated approach with context rules
  • Select multiple terms in the browse window, or use the search bar in the window to search the taxonomy
  • Browse options include:
    • Browse by Subject - drill down through 10 levels of terms, starting from the major engineering disciplines
    • Browse by Course - choose terms from course outlines 5 levels deep for 30 common engineering courses
    • Browse by Industry - see content tagged to 11 interdisciplinary industries

Result Filters:

  • Additional terms from browse taxonomies
  • Book Type (handbook, textbook, etc), Book Title and Book Author
  • Book Component (chapters, figures, tables, example problems)
  • Equations and Codes & Standards commentary

Access Engineering Content

BOOKS - Filter to specific book components including figures, tables, graphs, and example problems. Categories of books on AccessEngineering include:

INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS - AccessEngineering has over 1000 instructional videos created by engineering faculty that show step-by-step solutions to example problems.  All videos offer closed captioning and full transcripts.

GRAPHS, TABLES, & FIGURES - AccessEngineering's interactive graphs and downloadable tables and figures help users visualize and analyze data.  Pinpoint values on a graph or input specific values for the variables.  Download data from tables into an Excel spreadsheet for further data manipulation. 

SPREADSHEET CALCULATORS; - AccessEngineering’s Excel spreadsheet calculators contain embedded data and formulas to streamline complex calculations.  Download in Excel and save to your computer for offline use.

USER MANUALS & TUTORIALS - View available video tutorials and comprehensive user guides providing step-by-step instructions on how to use AccessEngineering's personalized research tools.  LibGuide content is available for copy and reuse in your own research guides.

Access Engineering Search & Filter Results Tutorial

Access Engineering Browse by Subject Tutorial

Access Engineering - Navigating Book Content

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