Engineering Library Reference Manual



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Engineering Library Reference Manual

Online: http://faculty.washington.edu/julesck/Engineering%20Library%20Reference%20Manual08.pdf

7th edition revised and maintained by Julie Cook

Engineering Information Services Librarian

September 2008

First Edition – 6th edition June 1998-2001.

1st-5th edition, by Chandra R. Heller

Engineering Reference Librarian

Revised by Louise M. Richards and Julie M. Cook

Engineering Reference Librarians

5/02, 6/04, 10/04, 10/06.

Engineering Library

University of Washington

Box 352170

Seattle, Washington 98195-2170

englib@u.washington.edu

http://www.lib.washington.edu/engineering/

Please direct any questions about or corrections to this manual to:

Julie Cook

julesck@u.washington.edu

(206) 685-8367

©1998-2008 University of Washington Engineering Library

Contents


First Day Information 3

First day paperwork 3

1.Payroll Information Form 3

3.I-9 form documentation 3

4.W-4 form 3

5.Application 3

Other Paperwork 3

Direct Deposit request form 3

Reference Assistant Information Sheet 3

Patron Confidentiality Statement 3



Work Schedules and Attendance Policies 4

Reference Desk Schedule 4

Substitutions and Switching 4

Illnesses 4

Holidays 5

Breaks 5


Training Classes 5

Dress Code 5

Code of Conduct 5

Time Sheets and Pay Days 5

Keys and Building Permits 6

Inclement Weather Policy 6

Innovative (III)/Millennium/Denali 6

Communication 6

Mail Boxes 7

Meetings 7



Position Description 8

After Library School 10

Reference Assistant Task List 10

Information about the UW Libraries 11

Libraries Mission Statement 11

Libraries Strategic Plan: Vision 2010 12

UW Libraries Homepage 12

Libraries Web Catalog 12

Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress Call numbers 12

Assistance for Users with Disabilities 12

Remote Storage Access 12

Voter Registration 13

Tax Forms 13

Libraries Guide to Computer Use 13

UW Guide to Computer/Email Use 13

Libraries Policy on Disruption 13

Food Policy 13

Digital Collections 14

Suzzallo Renovation Plan 14

Science Libraries 14

Other Libraries on Campus 14

Securing Library Items 14

Document Delivery and Copying Services 14

Interlibrary Loan 14



Photocopying and Printing Information 15

Dawg-Prints Cards 15

Copying 15

Printing 15

Copy Centers 15

Creative Communications (Publications Services) 15



The College of Engineering 15

Departments in the College of Engineering 15

Interdisciplinary Programs 16

Enrollment in the College of Engineering 16

College Offices 16

Department Offices 16

Faculty Research areas 16

Engineering Open House 17

ABET 17

FE Exams, P.E. Exams and E-I-T information 17



FE (formerly EIT) Exam 17

Information about the FE Exam 18

Tau Beta Pi 18

The Engineering Library 18

Library Staff 18

Tour of the Engineering Library 19

Engineering Library Locations and Services 22

Engineering Library Address and Directions 22

PC Workstations in the Engineering Library 23

Access+ Machines 23


Research or Guest Workstations 23

Wireless Access 23



Other Information about the Engineering Library 23

Engineering Library Instruction Center (ELIC) 23

Engineering Library Photocopy Machines 24

Nearby Copy Centers on campus 24

Other Printing or Copying Facilities 24

Interlibrary Loan Copy Room (basement) 24

Engineering Staff Lounge 24

Engineering Basement Access / Engineering Storage 24

Telephones 25

New Book Shelf 26

Outside Book Drop 26

Supplies 26

Building Coordinator 26

Making Change 27



Circulation and Reserves 27

Reserve Materials 27

Electronic Reserves 27

ACM Depository Items 27

Group Study Rooms 27

Holds and Recalls 27



Borrowing Privileges 28

Borrowers’ cards 28

Loan periods at the Engineering Library 28

Circulation by Special Permission 29

How to get Borrowing Privileges 29

Renewing 29

Obtaining books from other units 29

Obtaining items from storage 29

Status Information in the Libraries Web Catalog 29

Shelving and Shelf Reading 30



Emergency Procedures 31

Emergency exits 31

Exit Alarms 31

Violent Behavior 32

Bomb threat 32

Fire/Earthquake 32

Medical 32

UW Police Department 32

Physical Plant 33

Systems Down / computer network problems 33

Emergency Troubleshooting Checklist 33

Individual Computer Problems 34

Equipment Troubleshooting 34

Microform/Reader Printers 34

Printing, Printers, and Printer Difficulties 34

Patent Microfilm Reels and Cabinets 35



Working at the Reference Desk 36

Opening and Closing the Desk 36

Opening Desk 36

Closing Desk 36

Reference Desk Items 37

Materials at desk 37



Posting Notices/Display Cases 37

Suggestions Box - Purchase Suggestions Form 37

Referrals 37

To Other Library Units 37

To Writing Centers 38

To Gifts Processing Section 38

To Off-Campus Libraries 38

To a Corporate or Special Library 39

To Information Brokers 39

To Patent or Trademark Attorneys 39

39

Strategies and Tips for Working at the Reference Desk 39

Reference Interview 39

Verifying Incomplete/Incorrect Citations 39

Frequently asked questions 39

Engineer’s Research Methods 40

General Searching Tips and Tricks 40

British Spellings and Variants 41

Reference Collection 41

List of Common Acronyms and Abbreviations in Engineering 41

Engineering Literature and Publications 45

Guides to the Literature 45

Organizations and Societies and Associations 45

People Information 46

Acronyms 46

Serial Title Abbreviation Guides 46

Online 46

At Reference Desk 46

In Reference 46



Handbooks 46

Call Number Ranges 47

Indexes and Abstracts 48

1. Aerospace Databases 48

2. Applied Science and Technology Index 48

3. Ceramics Abstracts/World Ceramics Abstracts 48

4. Corrosion Abstracts 49

5. Engineered Materials Abstracts 49

6. Compendex/Engineering Village 2(EV2) 49

7. IEEE Xplore (IEL) 49

8. Index to IEEE Publications 49

9. INSPEC 49

10. Mechanical Engineering Abstracts 50

11. METADEX 50

12. NTIS 50

Society or Agency Specific Indexes 51

ACM: Association for Computing Machinery 51

AIAA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 51

ASCE: American Society of Civil Engineers 51

NASA 51

SPIE: The International Society for Optical Engineering 51



Electronic Resources: General UW Libraries Policies and Resources 53

Current Awareness Services 53

Databases 53

Network Overview 53

Other Library Catalogs 54

Remote Access 54

UW Libraries Catalog 54

Web Sites of note 54

Periodicals 56

Periodicals lists 56

Periodical Abbreviations 56

Periodicals check-in 56

Article Delivery 56

Finding Journals at the Engineering Library 56

Shelving periodicals by title – unique problems 56

Title Changes 57

To Bind 57

Problem Titles 57

Circulation 57

Current Issues 58

Electronic Journals 58

Journals in Translation 58

Locations 58

Reshelving Areas 58

Cancellation of serial titles 58

Periodical vendors 59

Guides to finding Society Journals 59

Guide to ASCE Journal Titles 59

Guide to ASME Journal Titles 62

Conference Proceedings: Also called Congresses, Symposiums, Colloquiums, etc. 64

Proceedings of Specific Organizations 65

ACM – (Association for Computing Machinery) 65

AIAA – (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) 65

ASME – (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) 66

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) USA 67

IEE (Institution of Electrical Engineers) UK 67

SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) 67

SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) papers 68

SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering) 69

Very Obscure Conferences (VOCs)


69

Standards 69

Standards vs. Regulations vs. Specifications 70

U.S. Industry Standards vs. Foreign and International Standards 71

Common U.S. Standards Organizations 71



International and Foreign Standards Bodies 72

IEEE and CCITT “Colored Books” 72

ISO 9000/14000 73

Standards Sources not in Engineering Standards Database 73

Standards books/collections not in the Standards Area 73

Standards Indexes 74

Standards Print Information Sources 74

Federal or Military Specifications ("Mil-Specs", "Fed-Specs, " Mil-Stds") 75

Standards Document Delivery Suppliers 75

Technical Reports 76

UW Departmental Reports 77

Engineering Experiment Station Reports 77

UW Aeronautical Laboratory Technical Report 77

UW Computer Science Technical Reports 77

UW Civil Engineering Department Technical Reports 78

Charles W. Harris Hydraulics Laboratory Reports 78

UW Electrical Engineering Technical Reports 78

UW Mechanical Engineering Technical Reports 78

University of Washington Urban Data Center Technical Reports 78

University of Washington Urban Transportation Program 78



Computer Science Reports 78

Carnegie-Mellon 78

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 79

Stanford University 79

University of California, Berkeley. Computer Science Division 79

Other report series not specifically mentioned above 79



Governmental Reports 79

Microfiche Collection 80

Gray Literature 82

Governmental Reports Finding Guide 82



Specific Agency Reports 83

AEC (Atomic Energy Commission) 84

AGARD (Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development) 84

ARC: (Aeronautical Research Council) (Great Britain) 85

Department of Energy (DOE) 85

Energy Research Abstracts 85

Earthquake Engineering Research Center (EERC) Reports 85

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) 86

EPRI Reports 86

FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) Reports 86

NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) 86

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) 88

NUREG (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) 89

Transportation Reports 89

Waterways Experiment Station Technical Reports (WES-TR) 90

Other Places to look for Technical Reports 90

ACM Depository Collection 91

The ACM Digital Library 91

Patents and Trademarks 93

United States Patent and Trademark Office 93

Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program 93

Patent and Trademark Resources in the Engineering Library 95

Patent or Trademark Research Resources
98


Types of Patents 99

Index to the Classification System 100

Manual of Classification 101

Official Gazettes 102

Full Text Patents 103

Other Patent Resources 104

Little Known Facts about Patents 104

Reissue Patents 104

Patent Document Delivery 106

Trademarks 106

Service mark 106

Trade Name or Brand Name 106

Federally Registered Trademark 107

State Trademarks, Business Names, Common law trademark 107

Trademark Reference Tools 109

UW Libraries Miscellaneous Collections and Resources 113

Career Materials 113

Resume/Cover Letter Information 113

Job Seeking/ Job Market Information 114

Corporate Information 114

Graduate Program Information 114

Salary Surveys 114

Membership Directories 115

Theses 115

ASHRAE Handbooks 117

ASTM Special Technical Publications (ASTM STP) 117

Blueprints of UW buildings 117

Conversion and Equation Questions 118

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) documents 118

Ethics in Engineering Resources 118

FAX Delivery Information 118

Highway Research Board Bulletin 118

Jane’s: All the World’s Aircraft 119

Local Libraries 119

Materials and Materials Properties Information 119

Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) 120

Metals and Plastics Pricing Information 120

NetLibrary 121

Parts Catalogs 121

Report/Thesis/Technical Writing Guides 121

Style Guides 122

Citing Electronic Resources 123

Statistics 123

Uniform Codes 124

United States Bureau of Mines 124

United States Forest Service Homepage 124

United States Geological Survey 124

University Bookstore 124

UW Alumni Association 125

UW TV (not the same as TIE) 125

Videotapes 125

Washington State Business License Information Line 125

Washington State Department of Transportation Publications 126

Handout List 127

List of Handouts in the Reference Manual 127

Alphabetically by Title 127

Grouped by Subject 129

INDEX 132

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