Finding Background Information: Engineering

When you are doing research on a topic, you will often need a quick definition of a term, a specific fact, or condensed, detailed information about particular topics. Listed below are some representative engineering reference titles.

Finding definitions (dictionaries)

Dictionary of Computer Science, Engineering, and Technology
REF: QA76.15.D5258 2001

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (9th ed., 20 vol.)
REF: Q121.M3 2002

Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia
REF: Q121.V3 1995

Finding biographical information

American Men and Women of Science (20th ed., 1998-1999)REF: Q141.A47

Famous Names in Engineering
REF: TA139.C37 1981

McGraw-Hill Modern Scientists and Engineers
REF: Q141.M15

Memorial tributes. National Academy of Engineering. Volume 5

Memorial tributes. National Academy of Engineering. Volume 7

Memorial tributes. National Academy of Engineering. Volume 10

Finding quick facts (handbooks, directories, catalogues)

Over 1,500 equipment manufacturers, research institutions, and consulting and engineering companies.

Civil Engineer’s Illustrated Sourcebook

Electronic Engineers Master Catalogue: EEM
This Catalogue covers electronic components.

Engineering Handbook
REF: TA151.E424 2004

Handbook of Mechanical Engineering Calculations (2nd ed.)

Machinery’s Handbook: A Reference Book for the Mechanical Engineer
REF: TJ151.M3 2004

McGraw-Hill’s Engineering Companion
E-Book and TA145.M294 2003

A searchable database of manufacturers and service companies.

The Requirements Engineering Handbook

Standard Handbook of Engineering Calculations (4th ed.)
TA332.S73 2005

Standard Handbook for Civil Engineers (5th ed.)
TA151.S8 2004


Created by: Norine Hanus, B.Ed., B.L.S.
Date Created: September 2005
Date Modified: June 2007


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