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This guide provides resources and information to assist with Engineering research.

Reference Resources

Use Reference Sources, such as encyclopedias, to get a general overview of your topic. They are not intended to be read cover-to-cover, but rather provide you with more concise information as you begin to explore a topic. Reference sources generally provide several things:

  • Background information about a topic.
  • Brief, factual overviews of topics.
  • Information about important dates, events, and people associated with a topic.
  • Terminology and definitions of terms related to a topic.
  • Articles written by authors with expertise in the subject matter.
  • Bibliographies of sources for further reading.

Reference books are located on the Main Floor of the Library.

Print Reference Resources in STL

Online Reference Resources

Crowdsourced Online Reference

Looking for Project/Topic Ideas?

Check out science news and project websites.  If there is a particular inventor or company whose innovations inspire you, go to the Patents tab to look up their work.

Browse thousands of open access documents by topic, or check out design competitions from engineering professional organizations like ASME and IEEE in Cornell's arXiv online repository. Use the competitions for project ideas or to enter to win!