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Recommended academic resources for Valpo's College of Engineering students
Last Updated: Jun 19, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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You can gain off-campus access to the electronic resources (also called databases or journal collections) by clicking on the name of the database you’d like to access, and then logging in using your Valpo e-mail username and password.

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Useful Reference Books

Civil Engineering Handbook
Call Number: Ref. TA 151 .C57 2003
The introductory paragraphs for each chapter are useful to anyone exploring civil engineering as a career.

The Engineering Handbook
Call Number: Ref. TA 151 .E424 2005
A circulating copy is shelved on the 4th floor. This handbook is highly recommended by faculty in the College of Engineering.

Eshbach's Handbook of Engineering Fundamentals
Call Number: Ref. TA 151 .E8 2009

Standard Handbook for Civil Engineers
Call Number: Ref. TA151 .S8 2004

Mechanical Engineers' Handbook
Call Number: Ref. TJ 151 .M395 2006
Students researching engineering careers should look at volume 2, chapters 18-21.

Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers
Call Number: Ref. TJ 151 .S82 2007

Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Call Number: Ref. TK 9 .W55 1999
In spite of its age and title, there is much in this encyclopedia of use and interest to all areas of engineering. Students researching engineering careers should read volume 17, pages 270-276. Students researching electrical engineering careers should also read volume 4, pages 253-255.



Annual book of ASTM standards / American Society for Testing and Materials   Ref. TA401 .A653  The Library purchases ASTM standards selectively at the request of College of Engineering faculty.  Volume 00.01 is the complete index, which we purchase annually to help students and faculty determine the standard needed.

National electrical code / National Fire Protection Association  Ref. TK223 .N27 2011

National electrical safety code / American National Standards Institute  Ref. TK152 .A43 2007


  • IEEE Standards Association
    While you cannot access the full-text of the IEEE standards without a charge, you can see which standards are current and which have been withdrawn or superseded.
  • NIST Virtual Library
    National Institute of Standards and Technology home page. Links to their Standards page, their publications page, their free Journal of Research, and their library catalog.
  • Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater
    Valparaiso University students and faculty may request login and password from any member of the Library Faculty or a Library Circulation Manager. Logins and passwords cannot be given out over the telephone. Community users may use this resource in the Christopher Center Reference area.

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Guide to the Literature

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Using the Engineering Literature
Call Number: T 10.7 .U85 2012


Doing Research and Literature Reviews

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Doing Science : Design, Analysis, and Communication of Scientific research
Call Number: Q180 .A1 V35 2009
Covers each stage of research, from formulating questions and gathering data to developing experiments and analyzing results and finally to the many ways for presenting results.--from publisher description

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Preparing Literature Reviews (Second Edition)
Call Number: Q180.55 .E9 P36 2004

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Practical Research : Planning and Design
Call Number: Q180.55 .M4 L43 2010


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