Pathfinder: Engineering Resources



How to Find Books in the WPCC Library

Clip art of tools used by engineers - calculator, triangle, protractor, ruler, and compassUse our library catalog, found at one of our catalog terminals near the library entrance or online here. If you are looking for materials about a particular topic, select “SU (Subject)” from the “Look for” drop-down menu and enter a keyword from you topic. Try different keywords if your first search does not bring up any relevant results.  You can also enter keywords into the simple search, selected from the drop-down menu. There is great value in browsing the self area where you have found a relevant book.  Look in the section of shelves marked “T” to find books specifically about engineering.


Selected Reference Books

  • Standard Plumbing Code (Ref. KF 5709 .Z95 S68 1994)
  • Dictionary of Architecture and Construction  (Ref. NA 31 .H32 2005
  • Metals Handbook (Ref. TA 459 .A5)
  • National Electrical Code (Ref. TK 260 .N45 2007)
  • Surveying, Theory and Practice (Ref. TA 545 .D45 1981)
  • ASME Handbook (Ref. TJ 233 .A572)
  • Handbook of Modern Electronics and Electrical Engineering (Ref. TK 7825 .H38 1986)


Where to Look for Periodical Articles

IMPORTANT: If you want to access these resources off campus, you will use the same username and password  you use to log in to any campus computer.

NCLive Database is a multi-disciplinary database providing the complete content – indexing, abstracts, and full text. Title include the following:



How to Start Your Search

Select the Academic OneFile database or NCLive database by clicking on the appropriate icon on the “Online Database Resources” Page. These two databases provide access to several sources containing full text periodical articles on engineering and related subjects.

You may also find full-text newspaper articles to be helpful. Try Infotrac Newstand, the New York Times (complete articles for the past 90 days), or the Wall Street Journal.


WPCC Engineering-Related Print Periodical Subscriptions

The current issues of the above magazines are located in the Periodical Reading area and are shelved by title in alphabetical order. Back issues can be obtained by contacting any library staff member.


Where to Look on the Internet

Here are some recommended sites:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers – a site for collaboration and sharing across all engineering disciplines.
  • Engineering Village – Engineering information website provides online information, knowledge and support to engineering researchers.
  • National Academy of Engineering – website that keeps students and professionals up on the latest information in engineering.
  • Envirolink – non-profit organization that offers a vast clearing house of online resources and links that include many engineering areas of interest.
  • How Everyday Things Are Made – website from Stanford University that shows how a wide variety of products are made.
  • How Stuff Works – provides articles, information on games that promote engineering and invention.


Putting It All Together

Some instructors specify the format that is expected for research papers submitted to them. Check with your instructor to ensure that you use the correct citation format.

  • MLA Style: Documenting Sources on the World Wide Web
  • A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Thesis, and Dissertations (Turabian) (Ref. LB 2369 .T8 1996)
    (online Turabian Quick Guide is available here)
  • Concise Rules of APA Syle (Ref. BF 7617 .C66 2005)
  • MLA Handbook (8th Edition) (Ref. LB 2369 .G53 2016)
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition) (Ref. BF 76.7 .P83 2010)
  • Other citation styles can be reviewed online at the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).


Feel free to ask a librarian for assistance!

updated 10/2017

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