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.
The main publications of ASME are journal articles (contained in ASME journals), conference papers (contained in ASME conference proceedings), and ASME standards. The University Libraries subscribes to the ASME journals and conference proceedings. We do not subscribe to ASME standards, but we do have copy of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.
ASTM publishes ASTM Standards as well as journals, manuals, and the ASTM Special Technical Publications. Current standards can be retrieved from ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library while historical standards are available in our print collection.
Information on finding standards from ASABE, ASME, ASTM, IEEE, SAE J, military specifications, ordering standards via interlibrary loan, and standard indexes online.
Many of the Virginia Tech documents are cataloged in Addison, and can be located easily by a title or author search. However, some documents are in the collection but not cataloged. If you have a SuDoc number, check both the paper and microfiche collections to see if Virginia Tech has the item
Disclaimer: The titles and call numbers listed below are meant to be used as a possible finding aid for some of the US Forest Service publications owned by the University Libraries at Virginia Tech. An Addison search is also recommended and should be used alternatively.
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) contain data about the properties of a product. While MSDS contain information helpful for consumers, their primary audience is not consumers, but employees who work with hazardous materials. Employers are required to have a MSDS in the workplace for each hazardous material employees work with. There is no requirement for a retail outlet to provide a MSDS for products they sell to consumers.
NACA (National Advisory Comittee for Aeronautics) existed from 1917 - 1958, with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) existing from 1958 - present. Both have produced huge amounts of literature. Some of the earliest literature is still being used by researchers and students.
This list of resources will enable you to retrieve most U.S. patents or trademarks, if you have a specific citation. However, if you have a product idea and want to determine if a similar item has been patented, searching these resources to determine patentability may be difficult.
SAE publishes several hundred Technical Papers annually. Each paper has an assigned accession number, with the first two digits indicating the year of publication. The complete set of Technical Papers makes up the Technical Papers series.
Selected Technical Papers are published as part of the Special Publication (SP) series.
Some Technical Papers are published in the Proceedings of the SAE series.
The SP and Proceedings series are published throughout the year. A paper presented at a conference will be published as part of the Proceedings of the SAE soon after the conference is held. The complete Technical Papers series will also contain that conference paper.
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