The main publications of ASME are journal articles (contained in ASME journals), conference papers (contained in ASME conference proceedings), ASME books, and ASME standards. The University Libraries subscribe to online access to the ASME journals, conference proceedings, and books. We do not subscribe to a comprehensive set of ASME standards, but we do have a print copy of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.
If you have citation information for a specific ASME document, use the following procedure to retrieve the full text.
It is generally not good to limit a subject search to only one publisher. Doing so excludes other publishers who have information on the topic. However, if you wish to limit your search to only ASME documents, there are three main ways to search.
The ASME Technical Papers are published by numerous divisions of the ASME. All of these papers have been presented at conferences. Selected technical papers are published in various journals of the ASME.
Until 2002, Virginia Tech received the ASME Technical Papers from two subscriptions: the ASME Technical Papers package and the ASME conference proceedings. The Technical Papers package contained papers presented at conferences which did not have their own published conference proceedings. These divisions, such as GT (Gas Turbine), sent individual conference papers to us which we arranged alphabetically according to the sponsoring division, bound, and placed in the stacks under TJ7 A4 for each year of publication. The conference proceedings subscription contained papers from divisions such as ICE (Internal Combustion Engines), which published their proceedings each year, and which we placed in our collection under various call numbers.
In 2002, the ASME Technical Papers package ceased. From 2003 - 2005, VT received scattered ASME technical papers through our conference proceedings subscription. In 2005 we began receiving all ASME Technical Papers published each year as part of a comprehensive ASME Conference Proceedings plan. In 2013 we began receiving Technical Papers as part of an online ASME package, and ceased getting them in hardcopy.
In 2016, we purchased perpetual archival access to the Technical / Conference papers presented from 2002 – 2007. This purchase filled the gap in our holdings described above. Because our print holdings for some of these years were incomplete, the few print holdings we had were discarded.
Because of the various ways we've received the papers there is no single way that the papers can be retrieved from the collection.
For any papers published in 2002 or later, by far the easiest way to obtain the full text is through the online ASME Digital Collection. Search for the paper directly at the ASME site. DO NOT try to search for the paper through Summon, because the Summon indexing for the papers is poor.
For papers published before 2002, and only available in print, there are a variety of strategies to use:
One way to search the library catalog is with a title search using the abbreviation of the division followed by the word "series" (e.g., AMD series). Some of the ASME abbreviations used in our catalog are:
However, not all proceedings are listed under a division abbreviation. For these it may also be necessary to search under keywords of the division, along with the keyword asme. For example, not all documents within the PVP series may have PVP in the Addison record. It may be necessary to do a keyword search such as pressure vessels ASME.
Finally, there are some papers which don't show up anywhere in Addison. For instance, the citations to these papers offer nothing retrievable in Addison:
Werner, Klaus. "Improved gas trubine performance perdiction using a map based fleet analysis." ASME 2001-GT-32.
Cole, Tanya A. "Fishing aid for wheelchair recreation." 98-WA/DE-14.
The clue in both citations is the paper number. GT stands for Gas Turbine, and WA/DE stands for Winter Annual / Design Engineering. Both of these papers are in the collection at TJ7 A4.
In general, to find a paper format ASME document, start with a title search using the division abbreviation. If that doesn't work, use a keyword search of the division name along with asme. If that doesn't work, there's a possibility that the papers before 2002 are contained in the bound proceedings at TJ7 A4.
Virginia Tech receives current issues of ASME journals only in online format. Online coverage starts with 1960. Publications prior to 1960 are only available in hardcopy, housed at the Remote Storage Building. The easiest way to obtain copies of pre-1960 articles is through Document Delivery, which will scan the article and send it to you. If you need to look at the print volume you can request it from storage. Be aware that the title of the ASME journals may sometimes be listed in various formats. E.g. Transactions of the ASME. Journal of Tribology... or as Journal of Tribology, Transactions of the ASME.
ASME standards are available as a request through Interlibrary Loan. Virginia Tech has the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code in hardcopy in the Reference collection on the second floor. There are a few selected ASME standards in the MADCAD collection.
The library has many of the ASME books in print format. We have also purchased the online ASME archive of selected books. These books can be accessed online through a Summon search. Beginning with publication year 2016 all new ASME books have been purchased only in online format.
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