Encyclopedias and encyclopedia type publications can be used to get an overview of a topic and to get familiar with the terminology in a field. Listed here is a very small sample of what's available.
For hints on finding more encyclopedias: How do I find an encyclopedia?
Engineering handbooks can be useful for getting an overview of your discipline or a specific topic. They also contain detailed information, facts, formulas, data, and more. Here a just a few of the hundreds available:
Knovel is an online collection of over 600 engineering handbooks and reference sources. Search or browse individual books or search across the entire collection. Many of the handbooks in Knovel feature interactive tables and graphs and you can export data to Excel and other programs.
Our subscription includes the civil engineering & construction materials, electrical & power engineering, mechanics & mechanical engineering subject collections. Machinery's Handbook and other popular mechanical engineering references are in the Knovel collection.
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