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Engineering: Recommended Resources

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The type of database you choose for your research will depend on

  • the type of project you are considering
  • and the types of research questions you are trying to answer.

In many cases, preliminary research to help formulate your research questions and solidify your research project can be best conducted in a general purpose database. These include reference databases and books and are the best bet sources to answer general questions. On the other hand, if you have a focused research question, articles in a periodical database often results in more focused content. Use the tabs to search for different types of sources (articles, reference books, books). If you cannot find what you need using BC3 Library databases, then try using Google Scholar. It will limit your web search to scholarly articles and books.


MIT Press Direct is is a collection of over 3,000 eBooks and approximately 150 added each year, or subject-specific collections. 

Key subject areas covered in the complete collection include art and architecture, biomedical sciences, business and finance, computer science, cognitive science, design, education, environment, game studies, humanities, information science, linguistics, neuroscience, new media, philosophy, and social sciences.

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar includes both books and articles. Be careful when selecting that the source is reputable. If an article is not made freely available online, remember that you can use the BC3 Library's Request an Article service to request it and we will do our best to obtain it and email it to you - free of charge.


Ted Talk. Why we need engineers now

Air Bag Design- PBS Video

Air bag design PBS video

Featured Books


The BC3 Library has both print and electronic books for engineering. All of the print books and many of the ebooks are listed in the BC3 Library Catalog where you will find Dewey call numbers to locate print books on the shelves (lower level of the library) and links to connect you to e-books. E-books can also be searched separately in our two e-book collections: e-Book Central by Proquest and e-Book Collection by EBSCO.

Browsing the Stacks

You will find books related to engineering primarily in the 600 section of the library

600s - Technology (Applied Sciences) books are in the 600 section of the Dewey system. Here is a sketch of some of the different relevant classification numbers for the books.

  • 604 - Technical drawing
  • 620 - Engineering
    • 621 Applied physics 
    • 622 Mining
    • 623 Military and nautical
    • 624 Civil engineering
    • 625 Railroads and roads
    • 627 Hydraulic engineering
    • 629 Other branches of engineering
  • 660 Chemical engineering
  • 670 Manufacturing





Web Sources

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Google Patents

Use the Google Patents site to search for patent applications, which often provide a significant amount of information including images.

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Jean Shumway
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