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Mechanical Engineering: Home

A guide to resources for library research in mechanical engineering.


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Quick Start

The most commonly used library database for mechanical engineering is the ASME Digital Library.

Using this guide

Go to the Find Articles page to learn how to find articles and conference papers in mechanical engineering.

Go to the Find Journals page to learn how to find mechanical engineering journals.

Go to the Find Books/Reference page to learn how to find mechanical engineering books.

Go to the Find Standards page to learn how to find standards in mechanical engineering. 

Go to the Find Government Info page to learn how to find patents, technical reports, and government information for mechanical engineering.

Go to the Find Web Sources page to explore suggested websites for mechanical engineering information. 

Go to the Tools page to learn about useful library tools.








Find Articles

Tip: Getting articles

The library does not subscribe to every journal published. If you don't see a Full Text link below the article citation, look for a button labeled "Get it!" This application will check for access to the full text of the article within the library's subscriptions.

If a message is displayed indicating that we don't have access, choose the Campbell Library Interlibrary Loan Request link to order the article through our Illiad online system.

Article Databases

Use these subscription databases to locate published research in mechanical engineering, or visit the library webpage Databases for Engineering.

Find Journals

Finding a journal by title

If you are looking for a specific journal in your field and want to determine if the library subscribes to it, use our E-Journal Finder. 

Enter the name of the journal in the search box. If the library has a subscription, the results list will show which library databases offer access to the journal and for what years. 

Browse engineering journals

Tip: Citation Linker

If you have a complete citation (author, article title, journal, volume, issue, date), you can use our Citation Linker form to link directly to the article.

Tip: For Faculty

The proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education are available (free) on this website.

Find Books/Reference

Finding books using ProfSearch

The easiest way to find a book that the library owns: search by title in ProfSearch. If your book is not the first result, refine your search to Books/E-Books in the Content Type facet in the left sidebar. Please note that the library does not have copies of most textbooks. 

Many books are now available in e-book format and can be viewed on your computer, tablet, or phone. 

For print books, ProfSearch will first indicate their availability, usually followed by a Call Number which identifies the book's shelf location. If the availability is followed by a date (yyyy-mm-dd), it is checked out and is due to be returned on that date. 

To locate print books on the shelf, first identify the floor and row using the initial alphabetical code, then the specific book using the rest of the call number (for example, TK5678 .G99 2008 is in the Electrical Engineering section on the 4th floor).  

Mechanical Engineering books you can check out

Books available for borrowing by students and faculty are available on the 4th floor of Campbell Library. General books on mechanical engineering are in the TJ section. Automotive and aeronautical engineering is found in the TL section, and manufacturing engineering in the TS section.

To search for mechanical engineering books in the Library Catalog, try the following Library of Congress Subject Headings: Automobile industry and trade, Aviation & aerospace, CAD/CAM Systems, Combustion, Fuel - Research, Industrial engineering, Machinery, Manufacturing processes, Materials, Mechanical engineering.


Mechanical Engineering Reference Books

Mechanical engineering reference books are located in the TJ section in the 2nd floor Reference Room of Campbell Library, behind the Reference Desk. 

Electronic reference for mechanical engineering

McGraw-Hill engineering handbooks and content study guides are now available through Access Engineering.

Find Standards

ASTM Standards

The ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library provides access to the Annual Book of Standards in online subscription format.

Engineering Standards

For help finding engineering standards, please visit the Engineering Standards research guide. 

Standards search

This website lets you search for standards by topic, across providers. Results come from ISO, ANSI, IEEE, ASTM, and other standards organizations.

Find Government Info

Patent Searching

There are several ways to search for patents.

For more help with patent searching, please visit the Patent Searching research guide.

Find Web Sources

Have you tried Google Scholar?

Academic Sites



RefWorks is an application licensed by Rowan University Libraries to help you manage your literature search process. Create an account to log in.



Books which Rowan University does not own can be borrowed from one of the participating academic libraries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania using E-ZBorrow. Use your 9-digit Banner number for Patron Id.

Interlibrary Loan

Journal articles to which we do not have full text access may be requested through our online Interlibrary Loan request system, Illiad. Articles are usually sent to your email address within a few days.

Writing Help

Here are some books available in the library to help you with writing.