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Mechanical Engineering Research Guide

Introductory guide to library research and resources for faculty, staff, and students in mechanical engineering.

Changes to library services due to COVID-19

The library is currently open for normal operating hours! However, some services have changed this year to account for better social distancing and hygiene.

  • Printing should be done using the print release station near the main entrance to the library.
  • Subject librarians are generally working remotely. This is expected to continue into spring 2021. Find your librarian and schedule a virtual consultation.
  • Holds and Recalls have been disabled as not everyone can safely come to campus to return their books. If someone else has a book you want to then the best thing to do is to make an ILL request.
  • ILL (Interlibrary loan) items may take much longer than normal to arrive, and you may receive an ebook instead of a paper book.
  • Material Delivery by mail is available for students, faculty, and staff who cannot visit campus.
  • Pick From Shelf is a new service that allows you to request a book and pick it up at the desk instead of having to find it in the Tiers. This service isn't instant and is only available on weekdays.

Introduction to library resources for mechanical engineering

Welcome to the library guide for mechanical engineering. While much research in this area takes place in the lab, the library is host to a wealth of information resources on the subject that can help inform and improve your research. This guide exists to familiarize students, staff, and faculty in mechanical engineering with relevant library resources and services.

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Getting started with mechanical engineering research

These science and engineering article databases will get you started finding research articles, conference papers, and more related to mechanical engineering.

Working from off campus?

You can use the LibKey Nomad browser extension to enable one-click access to library materials from Wikipedia, PubMed, publisher sites (such as SpringerLink and ScienceDirect), and more.

Using Google Scholar?

Find out how to connect your Google Scholar account with the ISU Library's resources for off-campus access:

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Library Links

The library website lists many of our services and general information tailored to students, faculty, and researchers. A few of these are highlighted below.