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ME: Mechanical Engineering: Books/Reference


To find books and government documents in USA Libraries' collections, use SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog.

  • Catalog tips and tricks:
    • Keyword searches – use quotation marks to hold phrases together ("heat transfer")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (mechanic? finds mechanic, mechanical, mechanics)
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find additional terms for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for "heat transfer," then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that other subject terms are "heat engineering" or "thermodynamics". Click the subject heading to find more records with these subjects.)
  • Revise and refine your searches.
  • Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area.
  • Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.

Suggested Search Terms

Below are some suggested search terms to use when searching the SOUTHcat catalog or library databases. Search techniques may vary with each databases, so look at help screens or ask a librarian for suggestions about using quotation marks and truncation symbols.

Leave out the word "and" when doing a keyword search on SOUTHcat, since this is automatically added if the phrase is not in quotes. Put phrases in quotation marks to search as a phrase. Use ? as a truncation or wildcard symbol in the catalog.

mechanical engineering                                     “mechanical engineers"
electric machinery                                              asme
machine design                                                  machine?
heat transmission                                               machine and engineering
heat engineering                                                 thermodynamics                                           
power mechanics                                                elasticity                                               

In the box below are some selected books that can be found in the Marx Library. This is not a comprehensive list, and there are many more titles to be found both in the Library and in the e-book collections.                                                         

Selected Marx Library Books

Reference Books

Subscription E-Books

The USA Libraries subscribe to several subscription e-book collections. See below for some including engineering titles.

Selected E-Books