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Mechanical Engineering Resources

The following are selected resources that are available at Fogler Library or on the Internet. If you have questions about finding information related to Mechanical Engineering, please contact the Science and Engineering Center at 581-1691 or email Martin Wallace. Or use our Ask a Librarian service.

Table of Contents
Indexes & Databases for Locating Journal Articles Professional Societies & Research Organizations
News Sources & Newspaper Indexes Government Agencies
Library Catalogs Maine Organizations
e-Books Codes of Ethics
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias Biography & History
Handbooks, Manuals, & Other Reference Works Citation Guides, Writing Manuals & Evaluation Criteria
Standards & Specifications Consider Engineering
Patents Grant & Funding Sources
Company & Product Directories Graduate School, Postdoctoral Studies, Careers, Jobs, & Internships
Selected Internet Sites


Use these databases to locate citations or full text for journal articles, conference papers, technical reports and theses in mechanical engineering. Once you have located relevant articles, search URSUS by journal or book title to determine if Fogler Library owns the item. We may own journals in print or online or both formats. Need to check the record listed as Serials (for print holdings) and E-Serials (for electronic holdings). Must click on the "Restricted Access UM" link to see the online holdings. If we do not own the item you need, consider requesting through Interlibrary Loan. Remember most of the articles listed in these databases cannot be located by using a regular web browser such as Google. These databases provide the means to locating scholarly research articles.

Tips for Searching:

  • Use truncation to allow for the various spellings of a word. Truncation symbol for most databases is the * (asterisk). For example: Comput* will retrieve: computer, computing, computers, computational, etc.
  • Use double quotes to search for an exact phrase: "wave energy" will retrieve much more precise results. Searching without quotes in most databases yields a search for - wave and energy. Finds the words anywhere in the same record not as a phrase.
  • Check the length of the article. Would probably not want to pursue articles under 3 pages unless you are looking for news items to gather information on companies or research labs making news.
  • Use synonyms to make your search more comprehensive. Link synonyms with 'or' operator. For example: underwater or submers*
  • Link concepts with the 'and' operator. Use parentheses to group synonyms together when using one search box. For example: (hybrid* or electric*) and (automobile* or vehicle* or cars or car)
  • When you have located some relevant articles, review the abstract and subject headings of these records. Utilize subject headings for more precise results. Most databases you can click on a subject heading for a new search and then refine this new search with additional keywords.
  • Utilize the bibliography at the end of relevant research papers to expand your list of resources. Some of these references may have errors. It has been found that 20% of the references cited will have an error.

Most relevant databases:

  • Compendex (Engineering Index). Coverage is 1970 - Present. The best multidisciplinary engineering database that indexes over 5000 engineering journals, conferences and technical reports. Use their subject headings to obtain more precise results. Access is provided by the following indexes: author, author's affiliation (university or company), keywords from the abstract and title, subject terms and source title (journal or conference title).compendex is part of the Engineering Village. This service also provides specialized indexing of the Internet, a technical standards database, and a link to the U.S. Patent Database. Print copy at Sci Index TA1. E6, 1884 - 1995. For more comprehensive results, choose the option to search Compendex and INSPEC together. Then use the remove duplicate feature to eliminate the overlapping records.
  • INSPEC. Coverage is 1969 - Present. Provides worldwide coverage of the research literature for the fields of physics, electrical engineering, electronics, computer hardware and software, control engineering and information technology. It is produced by the Institution of Electrical Engineers, Great Britain. Literature is reviewed from over 3,500 journals and 1,500 conference proceedings each year. Database is updated weekly. Searching in combination with Compendex is recommended and utilize the "Remove Duplicates" feature.
  • Web of Science. Coverage is 1900 to present. Online version of Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. Citation searching provides one method for bringing your list of references more up- to- date. Take your most important known papers and use this index to determine if they have been cited by more recent journal articles. They index over 8,500 journals but do not include technical reports, conference papers or theses.
  • Academic Search Complete. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE. Provides full text for over 3,200 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Good resource for a few basic articles on a topic. This database is designed for undergraduate research. If you only want research level articles limit your search to peer reviewed articles. For a more comprehensive search, search Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete and Master File Premier at the same time. Select the Choose Databases link in the EBSCO interface to select multiple databases.
  • DOE Information Bridge. FULL TEXT DATABASE. Full-text reports for 1995 to present contracted by the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
  • Renewable Resource Data Center.
  • NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS). This database collects, archives, and disseminates aerospace information produced by NASA and other relevant worldwide research.
  • National Technical Reports Library (NTRL). Provides indexing to a collection of more than 2.2 million historical (pre-1900) to current U.S. government-sponsored technical reports archived by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). Over 700,000 documents are available in full-text format. Subject coverage includes engineering, computer science, transportation, medicine, biology, energy, communications, agriculture, and more.
  • Science Accelerator, Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Department of Energy. Search collections of DOE research results, project descriptions, and accomplishments. These collections enable you to find out about ongoing research projects, explore significant DOE discoveries, learn about DOE Nobel Prize Winners, access and search scientific e-prints, locate science conference papers and proceedings, patents, and more.
  • TRID: the TRIS & ITRDDatabase. TRID is the world's largest and most comprehensive bibliographic resource on transportation research information. It is produced and maintained by the Transportation Research Board of the US National Academies with sponsorship by State Departments of Transportation, the various administrations at the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other sponsors of TRB's core technical activities. ITRD is produced by ITRD member organizations under the sponsorship of Joint Transport Research Centre (collectively JTRC) of the International Transport Forum and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and ITRD. TRID covers all modes and disciplines of transportation and contains more than 900,000 records of published research. Over 64,000 records contain links to full-text documents. A Transportation Research Thesaurus is available to download and provide guidance on searching TRID.

Databases that may also be helpful:

  • Advanced Technology Vehicles. Document Database. Provides indexing and access to the full text of technical reports on fuel cells, hybrid vehicles, alternative fuels, etc. Produced by the Dept. of Energy, Clean Cities Program.
  • Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center. Background information and full text publications by the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
  • Business Source Complete. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE. Provides full text for over 3200 business and industry journals. Coverage is back to the 1950's for some important publications and contains detailed company profiles for the world's 5,000 largest companies.
  • Digital Dissertations and Theses (Proquest). Indexes dissertations and theses written by graduates of North American and European universities. The complete text of dissertations written at the University of Maine after 1996 is included.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Provides access to the full text of over 1100 free scholarly journals. Some journals are searchable at the article level. Also provides access by broad subject areas.
  • DOE Data Explorer. Indexes raw data collections funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Energy. Data collections reside at national laboratories, data centers, user facilities, colleges and universities, or the Web sites of professional organizations, consortiums, corporate institutions, or international organizations.
  • DTIC (Defense Technical Information Center) Scientific and Technical Information Network. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE. Access to all unclassified, unlimited citations to documents added into DTIC from late December 1974 to present, many from 1998 to present in full text.
  • E-Print Network. Maintained by the Dept. of Energy. Allows simultaneous searching of a variety of preprint servers.
  • Energy Citations Database. Coverage is 1948 - Present. Contains bibliographic records for energy and energy-related scientific and technical reports and papers sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies. It provides coverage of traditional and alternative forms of energy production and conservation. Many aspects of electrical engineering and applied physics are covered including fission and fusion.
  • Environmental Engineering Abstracts. Coverage is 1990 - Present. Produced by Cambridge Scientific Abstracts. The focus of this database is engineering aspects of air and water quality, environmental safety, and energy production. More than 700 primary journals are covered and over 2,500 additional sources, including monographs and conference proceedings.
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management. Provides access to the electronic versions of several standard indexes: Agricultural & environmental biotechnology abstracts (1993-present); AFSA Aquatic pollution & environmental quality (1990-present); Ecology abstracts (1982-present); EIS Digests of environmental impact statements (1985-present); Environmental engineering abstracts (1990-present); Health & safety sciences abstracts (1981-present); Industrial & applied microbiology abstracts (Microbiology A) (1982-present); Bacteriology abstracts (Microbiology B) (1982-present); Pollution abstracts (1981-present); Risk abstracts (1990-present); Toxicology abstracts (1981-present); Water resources abstracts (1967-present). Helpful to search all the files at once.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Makes available many databases that index technical data and research reports. Also review the list of research programs.
  • Fire Research Information Services (FRIS) FIREDOC database. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE, FIREDOC indexes over 55,000 reports, articles and proceedings. Made available by the Building and Fire Research Laboratory BFRL, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). BFRL Publications since 1994 are available in full-text.
  • IEEE Xplore. IEEE Xplore is a searchable database which includes the 130+ journals published by the IEEE and IEE and also their conference proceedings and the current edition of IEEE standards. Indexing extends back to 1988 for all journals and conference proceedings and further back to 1950 for selected publications. Full text of IEEE journal articles is available for 1998 to present. Full text is not available through IEEE Xplore for the IEE journals or IEEE and IEE conference proceedings and standards. Check URSUS to determine our holdings of these publications. The database allows simple keyword and phrase searching or complex search queries employing a variety of operators. Tables of contents are available for browsing and there is also a useful alerting service. Register to have an email alert sent of the table of contents when a new issue is published. We have contracted for 5 simultaneous users.
  • MasterFILE Premier. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE. Provides full text for over 1,830 general reference, business, consumer health, general science. Full text extends back to January, 1990. Indexing and abstracts is available for an additional 1,000 journals.
  • MathSciNet. Coverage is 1940 - Present. Searchable database of citations and abstracts of mathematical journal articles and books. It also includes full-text reviews of many of the articles. This is the electronic version of Mathematical Reviews (Sci Index QA 1 M7) and Current Mathematical Publications (shelved in Sci Periodicals). MathSciNet Guidebook and MathSciNet Search Help.
  • Military and Government Collection. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE. Search over 600 military titles, government periodicals, trade publications and newsweeklies for topics concerning all branches of the military. Full text is available for more than a third of the periodicals indexed. Over 240 pamphlets are also included.
  • MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) Search - National Repository. FULL TEXT DATABASE. This site pulls together in one place a great many sites containing material safety data sheets. Large list of manufacturers is included.
  • National Environmental Publications Internet Site (NEPIS). This Environmental Protection Agency site contains the full text of over 6,000 EPA documents. Searching is by keyword.
  • Pollution Abstracts. 1981 - present. Presented by Cambridge Scientific Abstracts this resources covers air, water, land and noise pollution. Industry pollution problems and solutions are covered. Updated monthly.
  • Recent Advances in Manufacturing. Covers over 500 journals.
  • 5.0. A free, integrated single-search gateway to reliable science and technology information from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies - access to over 200 million pages of scientific information.
  • Science Accelerator, Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Department of Energy. Search collections of DOE research results, project descriptions, and accomplishments. These collections enable you to find out about ongoing research projects, explore significant DOE discoveries, learn about DOE Nobel Prize Winners, access and search scientific e-prints, locate science conference papers and proceedings, patents, and more.
  • Science Citation Index. Paper copy at Sci Index Q1.A1S36. Holdings are 1965 to present. An excellent multidisciplinary science information source which leads you to papers that cite a paper of interest, thus resulting in records for articles that you may not find using traditional subject or keyword searching. To learn how to use it, ask a Science and Engineering Center librarian. Online access is available through Web of Science. Coverage is 1900 to present.
  • ScienceDirect. FULL TEXT FOR UMAINE SUBSCRIBED JOURNAL TITLES ONLY (1800+). Online access to full text from 1995 for most titles. Sign up for automatic notification when new issues are published.
  • Scirus. Produced by Elsevier. Use for searching instead of ScienceDirect interface. Use this Advanced search which provides many options for full text searching and across a variety of databases.
  • SPIN: Searchable Physics Information Notices. A bibliographic database published by the American Institute of Physics. It is updated every 2 weeks with coverage of all AIP journals and proceedings. Coverage also includesjournals from other societies including the Electrochemical Society, Russian Academy of Sciences, etc.
  • State of Maine. Department of Transportation.
  • STAT-USA. Primary source for U.S. economic data includes over 2,000 current and historical U.S. statistical data reports from the Department of Energy. This set of data provides state and national statistics for various energy sectors, including coal, petroleum and renewables.
  • Virtual Technical Reports Center. Maintained by the University of Maryland Libraries. Links to institutions worldwide that provide full text and indexing to their reports, dissertations, reprints and preprints.

News Sources & Newspaper Indexes

  • ASME News.
  • EurekAlert. Service of the AAAS.
  • LexisNexis Academic. Worldwide coverage of newspapers, newsletters, and trade journals with good coverage of environmental and water resources issues.
  • Maine Newsstand. Indexes four Maine newspapers.
  • Nanotechnology Now.
  • New York Times. 1999 - present. Full text of articles.
  • New York Times Historical. 1851 to 4 years ago. Full indexing and full page image of articles, reviews, advertisements, photos, etc.
  • News on the Web - Archive. Provides links to U.S. and international newspaper archives that are searchable. Also has links to TV and radio broadcast archives.
  • PE Magazine. News magazine from the National Society of Professional Engineers.
  • Physics News Sites. From the AIP
  • ProQuest Newspapers. Full text of more than 500 U.S. and international news sources. Includes The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and the Times of London, plus hundreds of other news sources and news wires. Years of coverage vary by title. Maine papers included: Bangor Daily News (1992+), Portland Press Herald (1995+), and selected business coverage from Maine Times (1994-2002) and Central Maine Morning Sentinel (1993-1997).
  • SciCentral. Gateway to the best scientific and engineering research news sources



  • Electronic Library of Mathematics.
  • Free Tech Books. Lists many books on programming languages, operating systems, compilers, etc.
  • Collection of tutorials, books, and web sites on programming languages including MATLAB, C, C++, JAVA, Visual Basic, etc. Full text tutorials are extensive.
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System. digital library.
  • National Science Digital Library. A digital library of exemplary resource collections and services, organized in support of science education at all levels.
  • NetLibrary. A collection of 7,400 e-books (3,400 copyrighted titles and 4,000 in the public domain). Although access to the public domain titles is unrestricted, users must create a personal account in order to check out copyrighted titles and in order to access these titles from non-University IP addresses or commercial internet service providers. The check-out period is 4 hours and can be repeated.
  • Numerical Recipes Online. Online versions of these classic textbooks.
  • Online Books Page. Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania.


  • Access Science. Online version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms. Includes over 8,500 online encyclopedia articles and 15,000 illustrations from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 10th Edition and regularly updated, fully-searchable media-rich content, terms, images and video.
  • Dictionaries, thesaurus, quotations, etc.
  • Credo Reference (online). Over 3.2 million entries from more than 450 encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, guides, and atlases in all fields.
  • Encyclopedia of Energy. Ed. by C. Cleveland. Elsevier, 2004. (SciRef TJ163.2.E539 2004)
  • Encyclopedia of energy engineering and technology. CRC Press. (SciRef TJ163.2 .E385 2007 Vols. 1-3).
  • Encyclopedia of Energy Technology and the Environment. Wiley-Interscience, 1995. (SciRef TJ163.235.E53 1995)
  • Encyclopedia of Fluid Mechanics. Gulf Pub. , 1986-1993. (ORO Stacks TA357.E53 1986 vol. 1 - 10 and Suppl. 1- 3)
  • Encyclopedia of microfluidics and nanofluidics / edited by Dongqing Li; Springer, 2008. (SciRef TJ853 .E53 2008)
  • Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Ed. by H. Nalwa. American Scientific Pub. , 2004. (SciRef T174.7E53 2004 vol. 1 - 10)
  • Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. 4th ed. John Wiley, 1991. (SciRef TP9.E685 1991) Starting to receive the 5th ed. John Wiley, 2004. (SciRef TP0/K54 2004) Excellent resource for students and researchers of all levels. Covers all areas of chemical technology and articles are written by experts in the field. General scientific and technical articles are included. Extensive bibliographies. May need to consult the 2nd and 3rd editions for some topics in the ORO stacks.
  • Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy. Macmillan Reference, 2001. (SciRef TJ163.28.M33 2000)
  • Manufacturing Engineer's Reference Book. Butterworth, 1993. (SciRef TS176.M25 1993)
  • Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. Wiley - Interscience, 7th ed, 2003. (SciRef TP9.U57) Contains information complementary to that of Kirk-Othmer.
  • Wiley Encyclopedia of Packaging Technology. Wiley, 1997. (SciRef TS195.A2W55 1997)


  • Alternative and Advanced Fuels Properties Database. From the Dept. of Energy and includes data on various physical, chemical, operational, and environmental, safety, and health properties.
  • ASHRAE Handbook. 4 volumes: Fundamentals, HVAC Systems and Equipment, HVAC Applications, and Refrigeration. (SciRef TH7011.A54 to TH7011.A835)
  • CRC Handbook of Mechanical Engineering. CRC Press, 1998. (SciRef TJ151.C73 1998)
  • CRC Materials Science and Engineering Handbook. 3rd ed. CRC Press, 2001. (SciRef TA403.4.C74 2001) Contains thermal conductivity, tensile strength, yield strength, hardness, modulus of elasticity, corrosion rates, resistivity,
  • CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae. 31st ed. CRC Press, 2003. (SciRef QA47.C17 2003)
  • Credo Reference (online). Over 3.2 million entries from more than 450 encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, guides, and atlases in all fields.
  • Energy Efficiency Manual. Energy Institute Press, 1999. (SciRef TJ163.3.W85 1999)
  • Engineer's Cost Handbook. M. Dekker, 1997. (SciRef TA183.E64 1997)
  • Engineering Fundamentals - EFUNDA. Materials, Formulas, Mathematics, Processes and Design, Etc.
  • Engineering Mathematics Handbook. (SciRef TA332.T85 1998)
  • Fundamental Physical Constants. CODATA and NIST.
  • Geotechnical Engineering Calculations and Rules of Thumb; Boston: Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann, c2008. (SciRef TA705 .R283 2008)
  • Handbook of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill, 2001. (ORO Stacks TH7687.S27 2001)
  • Handbook of Applied Mathematics. (SciRef QA40.H34)
  • Handbook of Fluid Dynamics and Fluid Machinery. Wiley, 1996. (ORO Stacke TA357.H286 1996 vol. 1 - 3)
  • Heating & Air-Conditioning of Buildings. 9th ed. Butterworth, 2002. (ORO Stacks TH7222.O94 2002)
  • HVAC Systems Design Handbook. 4th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2003. (ORO Stacks TH7345.H35 2003)
  • Machine Design Data Handbook. McGraw-Hill, 1994. (SciRef TJ230.L718 1994)
  • Machinery's Handbook. 26th edition. Industrial Press, 2000. (SciRef TJ151.M3)
  • Manufacturing Processes Reference Guide. Industrial Press, 1994. (SciRef TS183.T63 1994)
  • Marks' Standard Handbook of Mechanical Engineers. 10th ed. McGraw-Hill, 1996 (SciRef TJ151.S82 10th 1996)
  • Mathematics Handbook for Science and Engineering. (SciRef QA41.R34 1995)
  • McGraw-Hill Recycling Handbook. 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill, 2001. (SciRef TD794.5.M397 2001)
  • Mechanical Design Handbook. McGraw-Hill, 1996, (SciRef TJ230.M433 1996)
  • Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook. 3rd ed. McGraw-Hill, 2001. (SciRef TJ181.S28 2001)
  • MEMS Handbook. (Microelectromechanical systems) CRC Press, 2002. (SciRef TJ151.M46 2002)
  • Methods for phase diagram determination / edited by J.C. Zhao; London: Elsevier, 2007. (SciRef QD503 .M48 2007)
  • Opto-Mechatronic Systems Handbook. Ed. by H. Cho. CRC Press, 2003. (ORO Stacks TJ163.12.O66 2003)
  • NIST/SEMATECH e-Handbook of Statistical Methods. Workbook on statistical methods for scientists and engineers
  • Roark's Formulas for Stress and Strain. (SciRef TA407.2.R6 2001)
  • Standard Handbook of Engineering Calculations. (SciRef TA332.S73 1995)
  • Tables of Integrals, Series, and Products. (SciRef QA55.G6613 2000)
  • ThermoDex. Index of selected thermodynamics data handbooks. Links you to the handbooks and contain the data you require.


Standards are located in the last row of reference shelving toward the center of the room. See the Fogler Guide to Engineering Standards and Specifications for more information.

Indexes Standards








Biography & History


Citation Guides and Style Manuals at Fogler

  • Using the engineering literature / edited by Bonnie A. Osif; New York: Routledge, 2006. (SciRef T10.7 .U85 2006)
  • A writer's handbook for engineers / David A. McMurrey, Joanne Buckley; Toronto, Ont., Canada: Thomson, c2008. (SciRef T11 .M3685 2008)


Web sites that describe the engineering profession, link to college and university web sites, and that provide guidance on choosing a major field of study.



Created by: Martin Wallace | Revised: 02/25/2014

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