Books provide in-depth information on broad subject areas. Researchers use them when they need:
Note: Often a chapter or two, rather than the entire book, are all that you may need.
Find books about mechanical engineering by using Preston Library's catalog.
Tips for searching are:
You can also browse the mechanical engineering section on the 4th floor ; consult the list of Library of Congress Classification for Engineering.
Browse the shelves by using these general call numbers:
T - Technology (General)
TA - Engineering - General, Civil
TC - Hydraulic Engineering
TD - Environmental Engineering
TE - Highway/Road Engineering
TF - Railroad Engineering
TG - Bridge Engineering
TH - Building Construction
TJ - Mechanical Engineering
TK - Electrical Engineering
TL - Motor Vehicles/ Aeronautics
TN - Mining Engineering/Metallurgy
Books are useful for background information and for getting an overview of your topic. While journal articles will have the latest research and developments, they are often focused on a very narrow aspect of a topic. So start your project by looking for books on your topic. Get an overview and learn about the terminology used to describe your topic. Once you have the "big picture" you can then use the engineering databases to find journal articles on your topic.
Oxford Dictionary of Mechanical Engineering, eBook (2019)
This 2nd edition covers all aspects of mechanical engineering, including thermodynamics, heat transfer, combustion, stress analysis, design, manufacturing, materials mechanics, dynamics, and vibrations.