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Mechanical Engineering

Use this guide to find books, articles, reports and websites related to mechanical engineering

Search Tips

Save time with these search tips in the book catalog, most article databases and even Google.

Tip Example
 Join different concepts with AND  engine AND emissions
 Join similar concepts with OR  corrosion AND (inhibiting OR resistance)
 Use * (asterisk) to find variations of your keyword  efficien* finds efficient, efficiency, efficiencies, etc.

Where to Find Conference Papers & Journal Articles

These collections contain abstracts and the full text of conference papers and journal articles. If you find a document in a database and you can't access the full text, email the engineering librarian or submit an interlibrary loan request.

How to Find Conference Papers

Researchers report many new and novel procedures, process, products, and systems at conferences. Major society conferences, like ASME, are available through their respective digital libraries, but others can be difficult to find.

Didn't find the full text in the database?

  • First, try treating the name of the conference like a book title or author and searching it as keywords in our catalogue. This will tell you if we have any proceedings from that conference in our print collection. 
  • Second, if you can't locate the conference proceeding, contact the engineering librarian
  • Third, submit an interlibrary loan request and the library will try to get a copy of the item you need from another library. 

How to Find the Whole Article

Found a blue Find It @ USNA button instead of a full article?

Click the button to see if we have access to the article elsewhere.    

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If you cannot access the full text of a document, use interlibrary loan to request it


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No longer need your copy of that proceedings?

If you've attended a conference and no longer need the published proceedings, please consider donating it to the library. Contact the Engineering Librarian for details

It can be very difficult for the library to locate and purchase copies of conference publications from smaller organizations and events after the meeting. We are especially interested in proceedings from conferences related to naval and ocean engineering.