Using the Engineering Literature
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The field of engineering is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary, and there is an ever-growing need for engineers to investigate engineering and scientific resources outside their own area of expertise. However, studies have shown that quality information-finding skills often tend to be lacking in the engineering profession.
Using the Engineering Literature is a guide to the wide range of resources in all fields of engineering. The information age has greatly impacted the way engineers find information. While print is still important, resources are increasingly being made available in electronic formats, and the Web is now a major resource. Engineers have an effect, whether direct or not, on almost all aspects of our lives, and it is vital that they find the right information at the right time to create better products and processes.
The book takes an engineering sub-discipline approach, detailing those resources that are most important for the practicing engineer and the librarians who work in engineering. Each chapter provides a short history and description of the discipline, then lists the most important resources by format: handbooks, dictionaries, texts, journals, websites, etc. Most references include a short annotation. The authors of each chapter are well-known, experienced librarians or faculty in the appropriate engineering discipline, sharing their expertise and experiences with engineering information.
This is a guide to resources that are often unknown to the practicing engineer. It also serves as a textbook for the library school student or new engineering librarian, as well as a time-saving handbook for current librarians. The arrangement of materials provides easy and logical access to evaluated resources in engineering and supporting disciplines, providing a tool that is useful in reference services and collection development.
Brings together a broad range 53 54 Using the Engineering Literature, Second Edition of information in aeronautical engineering and aviation in a compact package. Chapters cover aerodynamics, flight dynamics, aircraft design and performance, fluid mechanics, and airport design. Schetz, J. A. and A. E. Fuhs, eds. 1996. Handbook of Fluid Dynamics and Fluid Machinery. (3 vols. ) New York: John Wiley & Sons. A three-volume work for the practicing engineer and researcher. The volumes are titled “Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics,” “Experimental and Computational Fluid Dynamics,” and “Applications of Fluid Dynamics.
110 INTRODUCTION In 2000, Mechanical Engineering readers voted on the top 10 engineering achievements of the twentieth century. Bioengineering was ranked no. 9 (Rastegar, 2000, 75–76) stated: The 20th century was known as the Century of Physics. The 21st century is believed to be the Century of Biology. The definition of bioengineering is broad, but the key characteristics are the application of engineering principles to the study of biological sciences and biological systems. In addition, it includes various traditional fields of science: physics, chemistry, mathematics, and 93 94 Using the Engineering Literature, Second Edition computing.
Or, you can shake off your technochondria and embrace and accept that the positive metamorphosis will continue to happen, as it has so many times before (pp. 75–76). Librarians have been at the center of many of the changes in our information world. They were early adopters and pioneers in many ways and in many technologies. If a new means of communication was created, they looked at it, evaluated it, and determined how it could be used to deliver better services to their patrons. New service models have been adopted by librarians.
2006. Ecodesign: A Manual of Ecological Design. London: Wiley-Academy. Another title by a leader in the field. MONOGRAPHS AND TEXTBOOKS Allen, E. 2005. How Buildings Work: The Natural Order of Architecture. New York: Oxford University Press. A clear and engaging explanation of building systems design. Bachman, L. R. 2003. Integrated Buildings: The Systems Basis of Architecture. New York: John Wiley & Sons. Stresses integration issues between architecture and technology. Baird, G. 2001. The Architectural Expression of Environmental Control Systems.
Most of the engineering conferences fall into specific fields of interest. There are resources and guidelines that help develop the search strategy for locating any conference or paper within a conference. Two titles available through online subscriptions are the Directory of Published Proceedings and Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISTP). The directory identifies the conference, the location, and its sponsor. Some societies append a number to each paper. Attempts to index by number vary by society.