In an earlier post I discussed some
of the limitations of full-text searching in digitized copies of historic
mining engineering literature, and suggested several historic index
publications specific to mining engineering that could be used to augment
your search by looking for information the old-fashioned way.
Mining engineering information also appeared in historic indexes that
covered engineering as a whole. Third-party indexes that cover engineering
topics generally include at least some of the more popular mining
engineering journals in their coverage. These indexes can help you cover
more ground, and can also help unearth the occasional mining-related article
in a general engineering periodical that might not have gotten picked up by
one of the more specialized indexes. Finally, general indexes can help
reveal how technological change in the mining industry is related to the
engineering industry as a whole.
For work published before 1893, the two index volumes compiled by Francis
E. Galloupe are valuable.
The most important index for very late 19th century and 20th century
engineering is the Engineering Index. It began publishing its compendium
volumes in 1892, with coverage back to 1884. The first two volumes were
published by the Association of Engineering Societies, but then beginning
with vol. 3, with coverage beginning in 1896, the work was done by The
Engineering Magazine. Beginning with volume 5, published in 1906, the
index covered one year per volume. Ownership has changed hands several
times, but the Engineering Index, now known as the COMPENDEX, is still
being published and updated today by Elsevier, at http://www.ei.org. A
paid subscription is necessary to access this site, but the index is very
valuable as the back files of the Engineering Index have all been
digitized and are searchable via the database.
- The Engineering Index
Another useful third-party index is The Industrial Arts Index.
Compared with the Engineering Index, the Industrial Arts Index had
more application-oriented (and business-oriented) items. Coverage
began for periodicals published in 1913. After the 1957 issue, the
publication split, becoming the Business Periodicals Index and the
Applied Science & Technology Index. The latter still exists as an
EBSCO product. The main version covers from 1984 to the present, and
an additional “Applied Science & Technology Index Retrospective”
package contains complete data back to the beginning of the
Industrial Arts Index in 1913. These are also paid subscription
- The Industrial Arts Index (1913-1957)
- Applied Science & Technology Index (1958–)