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Mechanical Engineering

This guide is designed as a starting point for doing engineering research using Preston Library's resources.

Why use books?

Books provide in-depth information on broad subject areas. Researchers use them when they need:

  • Historical context or comprehensive background information for their subject area
  • Synthesis and analysis of events and information

Note: Often a chapter or two, rather than the entire book, are all that you may need.

Search the Library's Catalog for Books

Find books about mechanical engineering by using Preston Library's catalog.

Tips for searching are:

  • Keyword
  • Subject Heading
  • Title
  • Limit by format, author, date, and more

You can also browse the mechanical engineering section on the 4th floor ; consult the list of Library of Congress Classification for Engineering.

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

ME Handbooks

Finding Books

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.

Reference Books

Front cover image for A dictionary of mechanical engineering

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.