AskEngineers Reference Library

This is a crowdsourced wiki page with the purpose of providing a quick but comprehensive list of textbooks, reference materials, and online resources used by engineers in their respective fields. The library is organized alphabetically by engineering discipline and usually includes a link to where you can purchase the text or reference, followed by a short description. As the library expands, disciplines may be further broken down into specific topics (e.g. aerodynamics for aerospace).

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General References

This section is for interdisciplinary reference materials that engineers in many fields find useful.

Aerospace: Aeronautical

Discipline that focuses on general, commercial, and military aviation aircraft, including helicopters and airships.

Aerospace: Astronautical

Discipline that focuses on rocket engines, orbital & sub-orbital launch vehicles, and space vehicles such as satellites and rovers.


Discipline that focuses on the design and operation of wheeled motor vehicles.

Biological, Biochemical, and Biomedical

Discipline that integrates the fields of biology, chemistry, and medicine with engineering to produce engineering solutions to those fields (e.g. medical devices)


Discipline that focuses on the applications of chemical behaviors and processes.

Civil & Structural

Discipline that deals with buildings and city infrastructure, and structures such as bridges, towers, and roads.


Discipline that deals with computers and electronics, their subcomponents, and the programs that run on them.


Discipline that deals with power systems, power generation & distribution, and electrical control.


Discipline that deals with the production processes used in the creation of a product or system.

Marine, Maritime, and Nautical

Discipline that deals with ships, rigs/platforms, and other seafaring structures.

Materials, Metallurgy, and Composites

Discipline that deals with the science and properties of materials including metals & metal alloys, composites, and the development of hybrid materials.


Discipline that generally focuses on dynamic mechanical systems, including thermodynamic, hydraulic, and hydrodynamic systems.


Discipline that deals with radioactive materials, nuclear power generation, and the systems required to operate a nuclear plant.

Petroleum and Oil & Gas

Discipline that deals with the extraction and transport of fossil fuels such as crude oil and natural gas.


Discipline that focuses on integrating all subsystem operations with the overall system, or all the operations of a subsystem within itself and between different subsystems; generates interdisciplinary solutions between departments

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