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Mechanical Engineering: Getting Started

This subject guide provides a starting point for research in mechanical engineering.

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Winter 2016 Mechanical Engineering Textbooks Online

Below is a list of Winter 2016 Mechanical Engineering course textbooks that are available electronically through the library. Click on your class department abbreviation to see if your textbook is available. To access the electronic version, click on the title of the book, then click on the "Available Online" link that appears in the catalog record. If you run into problems accessing an e-book, please report them to Ask a Librarian

THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL TEXTBOOK LIST. Books listed here may be either required textbooks or supplemental texts. Your faculty will provide you the titles of required textbooks for your classes. All engineering textbooks are available on course reserve at the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library.

Mechanical Engineering Online Textbooks

ME 311 (Barber)
Intermediate mechanics of materials by J.R. Barber. 2011. Springer. 9789400702943. Platform: SpringerLink (To purchase a print copy of the book for $25, look for the "buy now" button at the SpringerLink site).

ME 335 Section 002 (Kaviany)
Essentials of heat transfer: principles, materials, and applications by Massoud Kaviany. 2011. Cambridge University Press. 9781107012400. Platform: ebrary.

ME 382 Sections 001 and 002 (Sakamoto and Daly)
Engineering materials 1: an introduction to properties, applications and design by Michael F. Ashby and David R.H. Jones. 4th ed. 2012. Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann. 9780080966656. Platform: ScienceDirect.

Engineering materials 2: an introduction to microstructures and processing by Michael Ashby and D.R.H. Jones. 4th ed. 2012. Butterworth-Heinemann. 9780080966687. Platform: ScienceDirect.

ME 512 (Barber)
Elasticity by J.R. Barber. 3rd ed. 2010. Springer. 9789048138081. Platform: SpringerLink (To purchase a print copy of the book for $25, look for the "buy now" button at the SpringerLink site).

ME 539 (Kaviany)
Heat transfer physics by Massoud Kaviany. 2nd ed. 2014. Cambridge University Press. 9781107041783. Platform: Cambridge Books Online.

ME 555 Section 001 (Bayrak)
Principles of optimal design: modeling and computation by Panos Y. Papalambros and Douglass J. Wilde. 2nd ed. 2000. Cambridge University Press. 0521622158. Platform: Cambridge Books Online (Access to this e-book is limited to 3 concurrent users).

Mechanical Engineering

Use the tabs above to learn more about finding information in Mechanical Engineering.


  • Databases: Links to databases for Mechanical Engineering research.
  • Journals: Selected e-journals in Mechanical Engineering plus e-journals from publishers ASME, Elsevier, Springer, and Wiley.
  • Books: A quick guide to searching for books in the U-M Library.
  • Web Resources: Links to the web sites of departments, research labs, and organizations involved in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Professional Organizations: Links to the web sites of professional organizations in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Standards: A quick guide to finding industrial standards.

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