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Library Lists: recommended reading
Many reading lists are now available in Moodle courses for individual units, via the 'Library Lists' system.
See below for a link to all available Mechanical Engineering 'Library Lists'.
Past exam papers
Past exam papers
The Library provides you with access to Semester 1 and Semester 2 exam papers from the last 5 years, to help with revision. If you can't find the paper you are looking for it may be because:
• The unit code has changed
• It has been restricted by your Department
Please be aware that older papers might not be relevant to current course content.
Library and information skills (Moodle courses)
Skills for Study
Description: Interactive tutorials with activities and tests covering: reading and note making, critical thinking skills and referencing and understanding plagiarism.
Skills training and support
Aimed at undergraduates and Masters students.
Workshops and courses for doctoral students, organised by The Doctoral College and delivered by specialist university staff or external trainers.
Linkedin Learning provides access to a huge range of video tutorials on key software e.g. CAD, as well as personal and professional skills, business, marketing, web design, programming and more. Access for Engineering & Design and School of Management only.
Useful websites for Mechanical Engineers
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AiAA)
Website of the US professional society for aerospace engineering. Includes details of the society's activities, research, and publications.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Website of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Includes searchable/browsable engineering news and articles on a broad range of topics, as well details of the society's activities and publications.
Website of ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials. ASTM International is a leading international standards development orgnanization, and the site includes basic information on ASTM standards.
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
The website for the UK's independent specialist aviation regulator. Its activities include economic regulation, airspace policy, safety regulation and consumer protection. CAA publications are made available in an electronic format. Publications include Airworthiness Requirements documents for various types of flying vehicles. Use the Publications shortcut on the CAA homepage to search for specific documents.
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Information about the Institution, including publications, membership, events and careers. Student membership allows access to IET Library services and the site has a dedicated student zone.
Institution of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3)
Website of IOM3, a major UK engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle. Includes materials information and publications, membership, conferences, jobs, professional development, library and Materials Information Service.
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Website of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Includes information on student membership which allows access to IMechE library services, as well as career advice, guidance on writing project reports, and more.
Institute of Physics (IoP)
Information about the Institute and its activities, especially that of its active publishing division. The IOP publishes major research journals in pure and applied physics, including materials science, microengineering, semiconductors and biophysics.
Royal Aeronautical Society
A professional body serving the international aerospace community in the advancement of aeronautical science and engineering.
Website of SAE International, a global association of engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. Access full text SAE publication via SAE Mobilus.
Transport Research Laboratory (TRL)
Website of TRL including publlcations, providing research, consultancy, advice and testing for all aspects of transport. Core areas of expertise include transport safety; vehicle engineering & simulation; investigations & major incident forensics; human factors & behavioural science; intelligent transport systems; infrastructure asset management; and sustainability & climate change.
A gateway linking to quality aerospace and defence resources on the Internet - you can search by keyword, or browse the resources alphabetically or by subject group.
How stuff works
An award-winning source of credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations of how machines, mechanisms and processes work. The resource is mainly geared toward school-age users with science and technical projects. However, the simplified explanations and illustrations may help as an introduction to new topics. This is a commercial website, please take care to avoid the banner advertising links.
Intute Virtual Training Suite: Mechanical Engineering
Free tutorial for developing internet search skills and awareness of important high-quality sites and sources online.
Materials Engineering resource, containing a wide range of illustrated articles on metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and lubricants including their properties, applications and technologies for manufacture. Each article includes its own list of useful related links.
TechXtra is a search interface providing access to freely available full-text content from articles, websites, theses and dissertations, books, industry news, new job announcements, technical reports, e-prints, learning and teaching resources and the latest research, in engineering, mathematics and computing.