Selected Resources for: Engineering, Aerospace

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Brian Conn

This subject covers the development, design, construction, testing, and operation of aircraft and space vehicles. It also includes aeronautics, aircraft, aviation, astronautics, and space flight.

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Article Databases and Indexes

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Search both Inspec and Compendex for articles and conference papers related to engineering, computer science, and physics.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Includes journal articles and technical papers (including conference papers) of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Full text is available online for meeting papers from 1996 forward; full text journal coverage for most journals is 2003 forward. For earlier publications, most AIAA papers and journals are available at Walter Library.

Full-text access to the transactions, journals, magazines and conference proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Includes all current IEEE Standards.
Remote access available for University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities students, staff and faculty

An abstract and citation database with a single search platform searching content from ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciTopics, and relevant Web content.

Search within a comprehensive interdisciplinary collection of journal article citations. Subjects generally covered are within Science and technology, arts and humanities, and social sciences . Use the citation web to find articles and journals with the most impact. Coverage runs from 1975 to the present. Helpful tutorials can be found on their website.

Catalogs & Indexes to Government Publications

The bibliographic records in this file represent the document series produced by NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), as well as various other aviation reports.

Provides citation with abstracts mostly to technical reports relating to aerospace research. Covers NASA documents published since 1962, and NACA documents from 1915-1960. Many of the reports indexed can be found on microfiche in the Science and Engineering Library.

Provides access to full-text documents produced by the RTO.

General Reference Sources

Data Compilations/Algorithms

A reference for engineers and students, this volume devotes more than 300 pages to theoretical and experimental considerations. It progresses from elementary materials to methods used in the design of NACA low-drag airfoils, and it presents techniques for using wing-section data to predict wing characteristics. Requires differential and integral calculus and elementary mechanics.

General Reference Works

Knovel provides online access to reference books, databases, and conference proceedings from a number of publishers that cover all areas of engineering and includes content relevant to related sciences (e.g., chemistry and earth sciences). It includes interactive graphs and tables and is a good starting point when you need a piece of data quickly.

Handbooks and Manuals

A condensed collection of "commonly used engineering reference data to assist the design engineer in creating and defining practical aerospace products." Published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Available online or in print at Walter Library.

Introduces the procedures and practices of civil aircraft design involving conflicting requirements of performance, quality, safety, and environmental issues.

A comprehensive handbook for Aerospace engineers.


Access point for standards developed and adopted by NASA programs.

Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

An extensive collection of links to aerospace- and aviation-related websites. Maintained by Emory Riddle Aeronautical University's Hunt Library.

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

Gateway to current and historical regulations and guidelines issued by the FAA and related agencies.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

Writing Guides

Library Information

Science and Engineering Library

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East Bank, Minneapolis Campus
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