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ME 444 Mechanical Engineering Design: Government Publications

This course guide provides information on a variety of library materials in print or online.

Government Publications @ Preston Library

"The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 51 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives...subsequent main editions have been published every six years since 1934. In between editions, annual cumulative supplements are published in order to present the most current information." - GPO

United States Code, current edition.  GovPub KF 62 2012 (multi-volume set located on 6 1/2)

Access the United States Code, current and past editions -

Technical Reports

What are technical reports? Technical reports describe research in scientific and technical fields and are typically produced for government, private industry and academic groups, which sponsor the research. The U.S. government is one of the largest sponsors of technical reports in the world.

Where to find technical reports?  Search the web sites to U.S. government agencies such as the Dept. of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and multiple U.S. agency resources including NTIS and TRAIL.

DTIC (Defense Technical Information Center) @

NTIS (National Technical Information Service) @

TRAIL, Technical Reports Archive & Image Library.  Find it @

Identifying and locating technical reports can be challenging as their publication and distribution is controlled by the funding agencies. If you have any difficulties locating a technical report, please Ask A Librarian for assistance.

Online Government Publications

Engineers often access the following federal publications:

Government Web Sites

Here are some additional web sites to government resources for engineers:

  • - is a gateway to "authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results" available from over 60 databases and over 2200 selected websites from 15 federal agencies.
  • - "offers background materials and useful links for locating information about the use of standards in government. Our primary focus is on federal agency use of standards and conformity assessment for regulatory purposes."
  • U. S. Environmental Protection Agency - Provides access to EPA laws and regulations.
  • -"As the U.S. government's official web portal, makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web."