Suggested Searches

This is a list of useful databases which are available to our patrons The library staff also has access to several other databases (for instance, Lexis Nexis). Our patrons can ask us to search for articles and reports in these databases or for demonstrations on how to best search the databases that are available to them.

Available to NASA HQ employees:

Aerospace Research Central (AIAA) – offers research papers in astronautics and aeronautics.  Topics include aeroacoustics, aerodynamics, combustion, fundamentals of propulsion, fluid mechanics and reacting flows, fundamental aspects of the aerospace environment, hydrodynamics, lasers and associated phenomena, plasmas, research instrumentation and facilities, structural mechanics and materials, optimization, and thermomechanics and thermochemistry.

Aviation Week Intelligence Group (AWIN) – an online database that provides business-critical information in aerospace, air transport, MRO, military defense/space, and commercial business aviation.  This link includes access to “Aviation Week” magazine and “Aerospace Daily”.

IEEE Xplore – a research database that provides access to journal articles, conference proceedings, technical standards, and related materials on computer science, electrical engineering and electronics published mainly by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Johnson Space Center Document Index System –  document index intended to provide a single source listing of all published JSC-numbered documents their authors, and the designated offices of prime responsibility (OPR’s) by mail code at the time of publication. The index contains documents which have been received and processed by the JSC Technical Library as of January 13, 1988. Other JSC-numbered documents which are controlled but not available through the JSC Library are also listed.

Kennedy Space Center Documentation Homepage – a technical database focused on primarily launch operations.

NASA Standards – database of the Agency’s technical and center standards, directives and technical memorandums and reports.

Stennis Space Center Technical Documents (SSCTD) – a technical database focused on rocketry.

SPIE Digital Library – a database focused on optics and photonics applied research.

Web of Science – an online platform that offers access to multiple databases that provide comprehensive citation data for many different academic disciplines.  (HQ employees – please call the Library for username and password).

Free Online Databases of Interest:

Astrophysics Data System (ADS) –  a digital library portal for researchers in astronomy and physics that offers preprints and full text articles in astronomy, astrophysics and arXiv e-prints.

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)– database that provides information relating to existing military systems, technical research papers, historical evaluations, theses and dissertations from military sources and schools.

Department of Energy – database that offers information relating to Biology and Medicine, Chemistry, Energy Storage, Conversion, and Utilization, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Fission and Nuclear Technologies, Fossil Fuels, Geosciences, Materials, Mathematics and Computing, National Defense, Physics, Power Generation and Distribution Renewable Energy from 1995 to present.

ERIC, Institute of Education Services – database of educational research and information.

NIH/PubMed – The PubMed database contains more than 30 million citations and abstracts of biomedical literature in life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering disciplines.

NASA Online Directives Information Services (NODIS) – full-text NASA Policy Directives (NPDs), Policy Charters (NPCs), and Procedures and Guidelines (NPGs), formerly known as NHBs and NMIs.

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) – database that provides access to aerospace-related citations, full-text online documents, images, and videos. The types of information included are: conference papers, journal articles, meeting papers, patents, research reports, images, movies, and technical videos – scientific and technical information (STI) created or funded by NASA.

National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) – Department of Commerce database covers technical reports including chemical compounds, radioactive materials, and research papers from across the government.