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Michigan State University

Engineering Information Resources

The purpose of this guide is to provide users with an introduction to the engineering information resources available through the MSU Libraries.


Both print books and e-books may be located by using MSU Libraries' online catalog. The online catalog can be searched by author, title, subject, or keyword. Use the author, title or author/title search to locate a known item. Use the keyword or subject search to locate items relating to a your topic. Because libraries assign subject headings to books that may not match the terms you are familar with, it is often useful to do a keyword search using the words you are familiar with and then note what subject heading(s) assigned to the items that seem to be the most useful to you and then do another search using those subject headings.


Some E-Book Collections 

The MSU Libraries provide users with access to an increasingly large number of e-books.  Some are purchased parts of collections such as those below and other are purchased as individual titles.

E-Book Collections

Includes the latest editions of sources such as Marks’ Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook, Antenna Engineering Handbook, Handbook of Optics, Maynard’s Industrial Engineering Handbook, Roark’s Formulas for Stress and Strain, and many others.
Searchable, full-text handbooks and reference works in biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, chemistry & chemical engineering, civil engineering & construction materials, food sciences, and metals & metallurgy.
SpringerLink is the platform for European based publisher Springer. It provides online access to reference works and other e-books, in addition to their journals in the scientific, technical, and medical fields.
Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science Collections
SYNTHESIS is an innovative information service for the research, development and educational communities in engineering and computer science. It combines authoritative content with advanced digital delivery to create a product that is substantially more useful than traditional print and digital publications