Mechanical Engineering Research Guide: Tools & Software

Software in the Digital Science Center

The Digital Science Center provides a wide range of software to support research and coursework in several science and engineering disciplines.  All of the software below is available for use on the computers located in the Science & Engineering Library, and some is also available for download and use on personal computers.

Tools & Widgets


Google Scholar retrieves references to books, abstracts, and e-journal articles from selected university and scholarly repositories. Columbia's Google Scholar link above also provides direct links to the full-text article for materials in our holdings. Remember to adjust your settings and add a link to Columbia University e-link: Settings > Library Links > Columbia University > Save


Google Book Search searches the full text of books that Google scans and stores in its digital database. It provides online access to full text of public domain and out-of-copyright books, reproduced either from text provided by publishers or by the libraries.

LibX Logo Guide to Installing Columbia University LibX Firefox Plugin
Use the LibX toolbar to conveniently search Columbia Library catalogs, electronic books, journals and selected databases. You can also follow embedded visual cues from Google Scholar, Amazon, Wikipedia and The New York Times Book Review. Also available for Chrome. For Safari, please follow the instructions for the Proxy Bookmarklet.

Training Opportunities

Looking for something else?

In addition to the software available in the Digital Science Center, several other sites on campus have extensive software to support research and coursework: