Design Bibliography Database: McGill University
Design Bibliography Database
Centre for Intelligent Machines
McGill University

Design Bibliography Database

The Design Bibliography database has been designed as a dynamic, multilingual, self-archiving utility to support research in the field of Design. The database will provide a snap-shot of the retrospective literature on the subject, which is drawn from J.N. Siddall’s unpublished comprehensive bibliography References on Mechanical Design (1966) and the extensive bibliography published in Hubka and Eder’s Design Science (Springer-Verlag, 1996).

At the same time that the Design Bibliography Database captures the past literature, researchers in the field of design will be able, by filling in the submission form, to dynamically self-archive bibliographic information, making this information accessible to researchers around the world. The subject of Design is treated mainly within the context of engineering, urban planning, architecture and other related domains.

The Database is not a document repository. Rather, it will serve the bibliographic needs of the research community. Contributors are not required to upload electronic copies of pre-prints, journal articles, or conference papers. However, when possible, they provide hypertext links to documents that may exist on their own institutional servers.

Although commercial indexing databases, like Compendex and INSPEC, serve as the most important resources in the field for monitoring the literature, the Design Bibliography Database provides subject focus that draws upon the commercial databases for content, but also includes a listing of other publication types such as preprints, web sites, etc. that may not be included in Compendex or INSPEC.

The database and web site have been developed in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering, the McGill University Library’s Digital Collections Program and a subject specialist Librarian in the Schulich Library of Science and Engineering, with the additional support of two graduate students in the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies.