Mechanical Engineering

by Melinda M. Livas – November 17, 2021

Library resources for Mechanical Engineering. 

Welcome to the subject guide for Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. UC Davis Library provides a wealth of subscription and licensed resources that can help students, faculty and researchers identify articles, proceedings, reports, standards, and books in print or electronic format. This guide will point you to a selection of specialized and related resources in mechanical & aerospace engineering.

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In this Guide:

  • UC Library Search: UCD Library Catalog

    UC Library Search, the new Library catalog includes all of the UC library collections.  This setting is specific for the UC Davis libraries including (for the first time) the holdings of the Law Library. If you Sign in (on the top right corner) using your UCD login and Kerberos passphrase, you are prompted with your loan period, can renew books online, and request items that have been checked out to another borrower, or are in storage.


BROWZINE is a web-based journal engagement platform that allows you the ability to:

  • Quickly follow
  • Find
  • And access licensed e-Journals on any platform

Take a look at this BROWZINE Subject Guide for more information.

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory

Ulrichsweb is an easy to search source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more.

14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century

AIAA Meeting Papers Database

AIAA meeting papers contain the most recent discoveries in aerospace and related fields. Coverage: 1963 – present.

Applied Mechanics Reviews

Contains abstracts and bibliographic citation information on articles in mechanics and related fields published in over 500 international journals. Available at PSE TA1.A6, V.1, 1948-2004.

ASME Digital Collection

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is the premier professional membership organization for more than 127,000 mechanical engineers and associated members worldwide. ASME also conducts one of the world’s largest technical publishing operations in the world, offering thousands of titles including some of the profession’s most prestigious journals, conference papers and proceedings, and ASME Press books. The entire collection can be searched via the ASME Digital Collection.

ASCE’s Civil Engineering Database

The database provides access to over 97,000 bibliographic and abstracted records. Coverage: 1956-

NACA Digital Library

Contains abstracts and full-text documents (1917-1958) to NASA’s predecessor the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.

National Technical Reports Library

NTRL (National Technical Reports Library) is from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). NTRL indexes government-sponsored research, development and technical reports and provides full-text access to reports that have been digitized. Searches over 2 million reports with links to over 500,000 full-text reports. Our academic subscription provides access to “Digital-on-demand”, which will digitizes reports not currently full-text that UCD users find in the NTRL database.

NASA Technical Report Server

Keyword searchable database of NASA-wide technical reports.


More Publisher Collections

Springer eBooks Package-

Springer eBooks include more than 60,000 titles in English (and selectively in German) from every scientific discipline and many social sciences.


Wiley Online Library Ebook Collection – NOTE: Interface does not separate ebooks from Wiley ejournals.

Over 2,000 books with 2011-2016 publication dates. The Wiley ebook license comes with broad and favorable rights for, scientific, scholarly and educational uses.


UC Press eBooks Collection [via eScholarship]

The University of California eBooks Collection includes about 2,000 titles and is made available through a partnership between the University of California Press and the California Digital Library’s eScholarship program.


Books  is a searchable database of books, but not all the content is available for free. To search for full-text books only:

  1. Go to the Advanced Book Search
  2. Specify your search criteria
  3. Make sure you select Search:  Full View Only

HathiTrust is a collection of books digitized by US research libraries. You can search the full-text of over 10 million books, but access to some of the content is restricted. To search for full-text books only:

  1. Use theFull-text Search
  2. Enter your search terms
  3. Limit to: Full View Only   (UC Davis is a partner member of HathiTrust. If you would like to download full PDFs of public domain books, you must login.)
Dictionary of Mechanical Engineering Abbreviations   Signs and Symbols PSE Reference TJ9.D5
Encyclopedia of Fluid Mechanics PSE Reference TA357 E53 1986
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Mechanical and Design      Engineering PSE Reference TJ9.M395 1984
ASHRAE Handbook. Fundamentals (I-P ed.) PSE Reference TH7201 A82
ASHRAE Handbook. Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Applications (I-P ed.) PSE Reference TH7005 A82
ASHRAE Handbook. Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Systems and Equipment (I-P ed.) PSE Reference TH7005 A825
ASHRAE Handbook. Refrigeration (I-P ed.) PSE Reference TH7011 A48
ASME Steam Tables PSE Reference TJ270 A4 1993
CRC Handbook of Mechanical Engineering Also: PSE Reference TJ151 C73 2005
CRC Handbook of Tables for Applied Engineering Science PSE Reference TA151 C2 1973
CRCnetBASE Fluid Flow Calculator
Engineering Reference Book on Energy and Heat PSE Reference TJ260 E54 1992
Handbook of Heat Transfer PSE Reference QC320.4 .H36 1998
Handbook of Mechanical Engineering Calculations Also: PSE Reference TJ151 .H327 2006
Heat Exchanger Design Handbook PSE Reference TJ263 H38 1983
Instrument Engineers’ Handbook v.1 Process measurement and analysis

v.2 Process control and optimization

PSE Reference TS156.8 .I56 2003 v.1-2

Inrternational Steam Tables MatWeb: The Online Materials Information Resource
Machinery’s Handbook PSE Reference TJ151 M28 2012
Measurements Converter McGraw Hill’s Access Engineering

250 engineering handbooks and a dictionary, searchable and online

Mechanical Design Handbook PSE Reference TJ230 M433 2006
Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual PSE TJ159 L5 1995
Mechanical Engineers’ Handbook PSE Reference TJ151 M395 2006
Mechanisms & Mechanical Devices Sourcebook (4th ed.) PSE Reference TJ181 M32 2011 (5th ed.)
Metallic Materials and Elements for Aerospace Vehicle Structures             (see MMPDS for latest edition)
MMPDS (Metallic Materials Properties Development and Standardization handbook)  Phy Sci Engr Library Media TL698 .M48 2012 CD-ROM
Pump Handbook PSE Reference TJ900 P79 2008
Standard Handbook of Fastening and Joining PSE Reference TJ1320 S74 1997
Thermodynamic Data and Property Calculation Sites on the Web Thermodex
Tool and Manufacturing Engineers Handbook PSE Reference TS176 T63 1983
Tribology Handbook PSE Reference TJ1075 T762 1995

Standards and specifications are documents that describe and/or recommend a set of rules and conditions for how materials and products should be manufactured, defined, measured, or tested.


Patents are defined as “A license to manufacture, sell, or deal in an article or commodity, to the exclusion of other persons; in modern times, a grant from a government to a person or persons conferring for a certain definite time the exclusive privilege of making, using, or selling some new invention.” (Oxford English Dictionary 2nd edition).


Standards Searching and Indexing

ASSIST ASSIST-Quick Search provides direct access to Defense and Federal specifications and standards available in the official DoD repository.
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)s Scientific and Technical Information Network Provides access to citations of unclassified unlimited documents that have been entered into DTICs Technical Reports Collection from December 1974, as well as the electronic full-text of many of these documents.
Document Center Global Engineering Documents
ILI Standards & Specifications (requires registration) NSSN: A Global Resource for Standards



EndNote is citation management software that allows you to store, manage, and format bibliographic citations, and easily change formatting of citations in Word documents.  Available, and free to UC Davis students, faculty & staff (campus has a site license).

Two versions are available:

  • Endnote client/desktop:   Requires installation of software, more powerful, best choice for faculty and grad students.   

    • To download,  log-on to MyUCDavis,
      • RESOURCES > SOFTWARE > Type EndNote in the search box >  Select download link that corresponds to your desktop’s operations system.
    • For installation help, contact Campus IET or your department’s computer support.
  • EndnoteWeb:   Requires online registration. EndNoteWeb allows you to store, share, and organize your research content.

    • Web-based; able to access content 24/7.
    • Perfect for sharing citations with a group.


Recommended Guides

Visit these reputable sources for examples of APA style citations.

How to Cite: IEEE Format 2017

  • Citing references begins on page 34.

Purdue OWL: APA Formatting and Style Guide

This comprehensive resource from Purdue University includes instructions on creating in-text citations and References lists.

APA Citation Quick Guide

Created by the University of California Libraries.

What is it? 

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)- distinguishes your research from other researchers by providing a persistent digital identifier.

What it does:

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  • seamlessly links to multiple research formats, i.e., grants, manuscripts, etc.
  • ensures that your work is recognized

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 What is it?

Altmetric provides a social media profile for an article, including: blogs, tweets,  Facebook, Google+, CiteULike, Wikipedia, Mendeley, Connotea,  Reddit, and news outlets that have referenced the article.  Includes links to postings and metrics.

What it does: 

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