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AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Refsheet

Overview of AIAA publications

The AIAA publishes books, journals and conference papers (often jointly with other engineering societies). Individual conference papers are published within conference proceedings for specific conferences, and are also part of the AIAA paper series. The AIAA paper series contains most papers presented at AIAA conferences, with each paper being given an AIAA Paper Number. Because of the dual publishing format, (paper series and conference proceedings), AIAA paper citations may be received in either of the two forms.

Retrieving AIAA papers

AIAA Aerospace Research Central

    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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AIAA Aerospace Research Central

Includes full text of AIAA journal articles and technical papers from 1963 - present as PDFs, as well as full text of the publications of the American Rocket Society and the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences, 1930 - 1962. Citations (not full text) of AIAA standards are also available. See the or detailed instructions on finding AIAA documents.  

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Search for the paper using author, title, paper number of whatever information you have to identify the document.

If the AIAA site is not available for some reason, use the following methods:

Citation for AIAA papers

If the citation uses the AIAA Paper Number from the AIAA paper series, retrieve the paper from the VT AIAA paper series holdings at TL501 A688 A22x. If the paper is not available from our holdings of the AIAA paper series, use either of the following resources to determine if the paper was presented at a conference. If it was, use Addison to see if we have the conference in paper format.

Aerospace Database from ProQuest

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Aerospace Database from ProQuest

Aerospace Database indexes citations and abstracts from journal articles, conference papers, magazines, books, patents, and technical reports on the engineering and physical science aspects of aeronautics and space. You can limit to peer-reviewed sources. 1962-present.  

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NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS)

    NASA Technical Reports Server
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NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS)

NTRS indexes citations, full-text documents, and multimedia content from NACA and NASA publications and research reports. Content includes conference papers, journal articles, meeting papers, patents, research reports, theses and dissertations, images, movies, and technical videos. Full text available as PDFs. 1903-present.  

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This provides information on many AIAA technical papers. This database provides a longer backfile than the Aerospace & High Technology Database mentioned above, but does not index all AIAA papers.

Citation as a conference paper

It's possible that the cite may be to a conference such as A collection of technical papers / AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference. A title or author search on the conference name can be used to locate the proceedings. If the proceedings is not available, it is still possible that the paper can be retrieved from the AIAA paper series using the AIAA Paper Number.

If the AIAA Paper Number is not included in the citation, find the number using one of the sources mentioned above.

AIAA publications at Virginia Tech

The University Libraries has many of the individual conferences in hard copy. These conferences are individually classed and cataloged

The University Libraries also has most of the individually numbered papers in the AIAA paper series.

The Addison title entry for the series is AIAA paper.

Years Call # Format Coverage Location
1962-1972 TL501 A688 A22x Hardcopy Incomplete Storage
1972-present TL501 A688 A22x Fiche Complete Fiche

If the fiche is missing, it is sometimes possible to find the paper as part of the separately cataloged proceedings.

For example, AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference in TL875 A111

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