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Using the Engineering Literature

Edited by Bonnie A. Osif

© 2006 – CRC Press

640 pages

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The field of engineering is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary, and there is an ever-growing need for engineers to investigate engineering and scientific resources outside their own area of expertise. However, studies have shown that quality information-finding skills often tend to be lacking in the engineering profession.

Using the Engineering Literature is a guide to the wide range of resources in all fields of engineering. The information age has greatly impacted the way engineers find information. While print is still important, resources are increasingly being made available in electronic formats, and the Web is now a major resource. Engineers have an effect, whether direct or not, on almost all aspects of our lives, and it is vital that they find the right information at the right time to create better products and processes.

The book takes an engineering sub-discipline approach, detailing those resources that are most important for the practicing engineer and the librarians who work in engineering. Each chapter provides a short history and description of the discipline, then lists the most important resources by format: handbooks, dictionaries, texts, journals, websites, etc. Most references include a short annotation. The authors of each chapter are well-known, experienced librarians or faculty in the appropriate engineering discipline, sharing their expertise and experiences with engineering information.

This is a guide to resources that are often unknown to the practicing engineer. It also serves as a textbook for the library school student or new engineering librarian, as well as a time-saving handbook for current librarians. The arrangement of materials provides easy and logical access to evaluated resources in engineering and supporting disciplines, providing a tool that is useful in reference services and collection development.


Winner of the 2007 Best Reference Work Award of the American Society for Engineering Education

"… this would be a good reference to start for those seeking references in an engineering field they are not familiar with."

—American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) Online, 2008

"As Bonnie Osif, the editor of this impressive work, points out, quality information retrieval skills are often lacking in the engineering profession. This publication will hopefully go some way to rectifying this situation, and will help those within, and without, the profession to discover and exploit the many information tools that exist—some of which are at present unfortunately underused. … The basics are covered very well. There are hints on searching library catalogues … A lot of work has gone into compiling this book, and the result is an extremely useful reference work which should be purchased by all libraries serving engineers of any kind."

Internet Resources Newsletter, Issue 146, December 2006

"… this reference guide[s] readers to engineering information resources with the goal of avoiding information overkill by pointing to good resources in a wide variety of formats that address most needs."

SciTech Book News, September 2007

Table of Contents

Introduction, B. A. Osif

General Engineering Resources, J.Z. Piety and J. Piety

Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, T. W. Conkling

Agricultural and Food Engineering, K. Fescemyer and H. Smith

Architectural Engineering, B. Opar

Bioengineering, M. D. Steiner and L. Martinez

Chemical Engineering, D. Roth

Civil Engineering, C. Reese and M. Chrimes

Computer Engineering, H. Ramachandran and R. McHenry

Electrical and Electronics Engineering, L. Thompson

Engineering Education, J. Powell

Environmental Engineering, L. Vida and L. Widmer

History of Engineering, N. Osorio and M. Osorio

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, N. Osorio and A. W. Osorio

Materials Science and Engineering, G. Johnson

Mechanical Engineering, M. Desart and A. Greenwood

Mining Engineering, J. Kowalyk

Nuclear Engineering, M. Lembo

Petroleum Engineering and Refining, R. Reichardt

Transportation Engineering, R. Evans

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)