As a Cranfield alumnus/a, you are part of a fantastic – and exclusive - alumni community where one of the key benefits is free, life-long access to an online library service. Alumni Library Online (ALO) provides a wide range of resources – from journals and databases to career advice – helping to support your personal development.

Through the ALO, you can access a growing number of major databases including:

  • ABI/INFORM Global – Alumni
    Comprehensive business database with in-depth coverage for thousands of publications and the latest business and financial information for researchers at all levels
  • ASME Digital Collection (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
    Full texts of journals and conference proceedings published by ASME, covering subject areas including aerospace and defence, design engineering, energy, environmental engineering, robotics and transportation
  • BMI Research
    Access to global financial information in a number of sectors including autos, defence and security, oil and gas, power, renewable and water
  • Research Monitor
    Reference database containing 5,500 industry/country market reports along with analysis from daily and weekly articles on emerging trends.
  • Sage Research Methods
    Provides material to guide users through every step of the research process, with more than 1000 books, reference works, journal articles and instructional videos from world-leading academics across the social science.
  • Vault
    Comprehensive career resource providing career advice, access to jobs and internship along with support for research on employers and industries.

You can also benefit from our collection of links to high-quality, subject-specific websites selected by our information specialists. This includes a number of sources for full-text journals and theses.

You can find ‘Alumni Library Online’ under the main list of links when you log in to the alumni portal

How to make the best use of ALO

A webinar that helps you make the most of your service is available from the ALO homepage covering such topics as:

  • How do I search a specific database effectively?
  • Can I access my favourite journal?
  • How can I keep up to date in my subject area?
  • How can I keep up with Cranfield research?
  • How can I effectively organise my selected articles and references?

Watch the webinar now.

Other reasons to use ALO
ALO can lend a helping hand when it comes to searching for jobs and preparing for interviews. Use the resources to do some background research into particular companies and key industry trends to make sure you’re battle-ready for your next interview.

Our top tip for using ALO
The database names may make them seem like they are highly subject-specific – for instance ‘only’ covering engineering or management. However, most of them have extensively wide coverage so it’s always worth searching for your chosen topic in all of them. You might be pleasantly surprised by the results that you find!

Questions?
Do contact your ALO team if you have any queries. We are also interested to hear any suggestions you have for improving our service.

Forgotten your login?
Please contact the Alumni team for advice on your portal login: