E-books and Reference Sources in Science and Engineering

E-books and Reference Sources in Science and Engineering

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Access Science - The McGraw-Hill Online Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Full access to over 8,500 articles, 115,000 dictionary terms, 15,000 illustrations and graphics, bibliographies containing more than 28,000 literature citations, and hundreds of Research Updates in all areas of science and technology. Updated daily. Also includes biographies of more than 2,000 well-known scientists from the Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Print Version
American Chemical Society (ACS) Books Peer-reviewed books developed from the technical symposia of the ACS national and regional meetings. Along with chemistry, covers nanoscience, chemical education, polymers, renewable materials, medicinal chemistry, food and agricultural chemistry, and environmental science. Includes the earlier Advances in Chemistry series and The ACS Style Guide.  
American Geophysical Union (AGU) Digital Library Books (1956-2013) Includes 580 book titles and nearly 9,500 book chapters on Earth and space sciences research.  
ASM Alloy Phase Diagram Center

Search and view more than 35,000 binary and ternary phase diagrams and associated phase data for more than 6,200 systems.

ASM Handbooks Online

Contains complete contents of 28 ASM Handbook volumes, several ASM Handbook supplements, and two ASM Desk Editions.

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ASME eBooks (1993-2014) Professional and reference works, handbooks, select non-ASME conference proceedings, as well as advanced monographs in established and emerging areas of interest to mechanical engineers and allied disciplines.  
ASTM eBooks Symposia Papers, STPs, Manuals, and Monographs from ASTM (formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials).  
ATSDR's Toxicological Profiles

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) produces "toxicological profiles" for hazardous substances found at National Priorities List (NPL) sites. These profiles cover more than 250 substances.


CHEMnetBASE is a collection of chemistry databases from CRC Press. It includes the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Combined Chemical Dictionary, Dictionary of Natural Products, Dictionary of Organic Compounds, Dictionary of Drugs, Dictionary of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds, Dictionary of Commonly Cited Compounds, Dictionary of Marine Natural Products, Dictionary of Food Compounds, Dictionary of Carbohydrates, Polymers: A Property Database, and Properties of Organic Compounds.

Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences

This collection consists of a library of 50 to 100 page electronic books, each of which synthesizes an important research or development topic.

Comprehensive Organic Synthesis: Selectivity, Strategy, and Efficiency in Modern Organic Chemistry (2001)

e-Reference for seeking information on the solution of various synthetic problems.

Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry III (2007)

Presents a comprehensive overview of the major developments in the field of organic chemistry since 1993.

CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics Online compendium of mathematical definitions, formulas, figures, tabulations, and references. Print Version
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics The CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics is a comprehensive one-volume reference resource for science research. Print Version
CRCnetBASE CRCnetBASE offers instant access to thousands of scientific, technical and medical e-references.  
Current Protocols Current Protocols is a series of e-laboratory manuals for life scientists.  
Digital Library of Mathematical Functions (Formerly Handbook of Mathematical Functions) Digital handbook of mathematical functions with formulas, graphs, and mathematical tables. Managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Print Version
Elsevier eBooks (2014) This collection covers science, technology, and health sciences disciplines (exclusing specialty medical titles) and includes 850 titles  
Encyclopedia of Biostatistics (Wiley) Reference to support the development and use of statistical methods for addressing the problems and critical issues that confront scientists, practitioners and policy makers engaged in the life and medical sciences.  Print Version
Engineering Handbook (CRC) The Engineering Handbook, Second Edition provides a single volume a ready reference for the practicing engineer in industry, government, and academia. Print Version
ENGnetBASE (CRC) Includes over 2,310 books in civil, mechanical, electrical, and general engineering.  
ENVIROnetBASE (CRC) Complete with the latest research on pollution reduction, emissions, and environmental contamination, this e-book collection provides complete access to references on methods for site assessment, remediation, and soil and water quality monitoring.  
e-EROS: Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis Provides in-depth information on reagents and catalysts.  
FOODnetBASE (CRC) Provides guidance on food safety, quality assurance, processing, brewing, regulations, and microbiology. This collection also offers information on latest functional foods, antioxidants, foodborne pathogens, and packaging technologies.  
This collection has essential references in crisis management and negotiation methods, arson and homicide investigation, expert witnessing, and forensic pathology.  
IEEE-Wiley eBooks (1974-2010)
See Wiley eBooks for 2011-2014 IEEE-Wiley books
IEEE Xplore eBooks provides Web access to more than over 1,000 eBooks from the fields of electrical engineering, computer science and electronics.  
IET eBooks (2010-2014) The IET Digital Library is a global repository of more than 5,000 e-book chapters on science, engineering and technology focused content.  
InfoSECURITYnetBASE (CRC) Provides information on information security, with a wealth of material exploring system analysis, server set-up, cryptography, cyber-crime, and other modern risks.  
Institute of Physics (IOP) eBooks (2013-2014) Access to 35 titles being published throughout the year in two series: IOP Expanding Physics (which offers in-depth texts on key areas in Physics) and IOP Concise Physics (which contains shorter texts focused on rapidly advancing areas).   
International Tables for Crystallography The series comprises articles and tables of data relevant to crystallographic research and to applications of crystallographic methods in all sciences concerned with the structure and properties of materials. Emphasis is given to symmetry, diffraction methods and techniques of crystal structure determination, and the physical and chemical properties of crystals. Print Version
International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry, and Technology (Knovel) Contains physical, thermodynamic, mechanical, and other key properties of inorganic and organic compounds, and pure substances. Print Version
Internet Archive: Text Archive Download free books and texts. The Internet Archive Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books.  
ISI Journal Citation Reports Evaluates and compares journals using citation data drawn from over 11,000 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 80 countries. It is the only source of citation data on journals, and includes virtually all areas of science, technology, and social sciences.  
ITknowledgeBASE (CRC) / Auerbach Publications From architecture and hardware issues to cryptographic protocols and personnel training, this online resource offers access to handbooks, references, and journals.  
Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology Presents articles on chemical substances, properties, manufacturing, and uses; on industrial processes, unit operations in chemical engineering; and on fundamentals and scientific subjects related to the field. Print Version
Knovel Library Knovel is a web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools to provide answers engineers can trust.  
Knovel Critical Tables This interactive Knovel reference contains tables of physical, solvent, and thermodynamic properties. The physical property tables alone include over 21,000 inorganic and organic compounds, and pure substances.  

Data collections in all areas of physical sciences and engineering.
Using SpringerMaterials to Locate Your Landolt-Börnstein Volume and Chapter
Landolt-Börnstein Substance/Property Index

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Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers Quick access to more than 100 topics relating to modern mechanical engineering principles, standards, and practices. Print Version
MATHnetBASE (CRC) This collection contains Chapman & Hall/CRC references, handbooks, pocketbooks, and primers for pure mathematics, biology, agriculture, finance, or engineering.  
McGraw-Hill's AccessEngineering (selected titles) The Access Engineering e-book collection consists of selected engineering texts from McGraw-Hill. The collection focuses on the Electrical, Civil, Mechanical and Chemical engineering disciplines, and includes important resources such as Perry’s Handbook for Chemical Engineers and Marks’ Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers.  
McGraw-Hill's AccessMedicine AccessMedicine® from McGraw-Hill Medical is an online resource that provides students, residents, clinicians, researchers, and all health professionals with access to more than 75 medical titles, updated content, thousands of images and illustrations, interactive self-assessment, case files, time-saving diagnostic and point-of-care tools, a comprehensive search platform, and the ability to view from and download content to a mobile device.  
MD Consult MD Consult provides instant access to full-text articles from over 80 medical journals and clinics, 50 leading medical references across a wide range of specialties, clinically relevant drug information, and over 15,000 patient handouts.  
Merck Index An encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals that contains more than 10,000 compounds. Print Version
MIT Press eBooks: The Computing & Engineering Collection (1943-2014) The collection includes more than 450 titles from 1943 to the present in the fields of computer science and engineering technologies, including artificial intelligence, information theory, computer programming, information technology, and electrical engineering.    
Momentum Press eBooks (2007-2014) Momentum Press digital library includes manufacturing, mechanical, civil, environmental technology, and materials science and engineering books.  
NASA eBooks Provides access to all eBooks published by NASA. Can be download to a tablet or read as a PDF.  
National Academies Press eBooks The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine, providing authoritative information on important matters in science and health policy.  
NEUROSCIENCEnetBASE (CRC) Groundbreaking studies, classic texts, and illustrative atlases offer the latest on Parkinson's and Alzheimer's as well as circadian studies, cytokines research, and computational neuroscience.  
Organic Syntheses Detailed, reliable, and carefully checked procedures for the synthesis of organic compounds. Some procedures describe practical methods for the preparation of specific compounds of interest, while other procedures illustrate important synthetic methods with general utility. Print Version
Oxford English Dictionary The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.  
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses A&I Provides full text dissertations and theses back to 1996 from participating institutions, including UCLA dissertations and theses after 1997.  
Reaxys (Formerly CrossFire Beilstein and Gmelin) Reaxys gives you access to over 16,000 periodicals and e-books containing 500 million experimentally verified facts.  
Royal Society of Chemistry eBooks

Over 1,000 e-books are available digitised as fully-searchable pdf files in all areas of chemical science.

Safari Technical Books Online for Programmers (O'Reilly) Safari Books Online is an on-demand digital library providing over 24,000 technology, digital media, and business books.  
Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials Sax's is a source of information covering the evaluation of the hazardous potential of substances used in commerce. Provides information with regard to toxicology, flammability, reactivity, explosive potential, and regulatory information. This resource now covers over 26,000 substances. Print Version
Science of Synthesis/Houben-Weyl Methods of Molecular Transformations Science of Synthesis provides over 28,000 generally applicable synthetic methods with more than 250,000 reactions for over 2,700 different kinds of organic compounds. Print Version
SIAM eBooks SIAM books has over 400 e-books in applied mathematics and computational science.  
Smithsonian Physical Tables, Ninth Revised Edition (Knovel) This reference source comprises 901 tables of general interest to scientists and engineers, and of particular interest to those involved with physics in its larger sense. Print Version
SPIE eBooks (1989-2014) The SPIE Digital Library and eBooks is an extensive resource for over 160 e-books on optics and photonics.  
Springer eBooks (2005-2014) Provides one of the largest collections of science, technology, and medicine e-books available. Over 120,000 e-books are available, fully indexed and most are available by PDF download.  
Springer Protocols (1980-2013) SpringerProtocols is the largest subscription-based electronic database of reproducible laboratory protocols in the Life and Biomedical Sciences.  
STATSnetBASE (CRC) A repository of statistical science e-resources across a wide range of disciplines.  

Synthesis: Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science

The Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science is a collection of 50- to 100-page e-books that synthesize key research and development topics written by leading engineers and scientists in their field.  
Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry Subject areas include: inorganic and organic chemicals, advanced materials, pharmaceuticals, polymers and plastics, metals and alloys, biotechnology and biotechnological products, food chemistry, process engineering and unit operations, analytical methods, environmental protection, and many more.  
Ulrich's Periodical Directory

Ulrichsweb is an easy to search source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more.

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Wiley eBooks (2011-2014)
Includes 2011-2014 IEEE-Wiley books
Wiley Online Library hosts over 11,500 online books covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities.  
Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged Comprising over 450,000 vocabulary definitions, each with etymological and phonological descriptions, this dictionary is presented in a fully searchable form. Print Version
World Almanac (OCLC FirstSearch) Searches Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia and other four almanacs. Offers a fundamental reference source that includes biographies, encyclopedia entries, facts, statistics. Print Version
Yaws' Critical Property Data for Chemical Engineers and Chemists This database contains over 300,000 data records covering physical, thermophysical, thermodynamic, transport, safety, and environmental properties for over 5,000 inorganic substances and over 35,000 organic substances. Coverage also includes solutions, refrigerants, mixtures, building and insulation materials, and pure metals and alloys.