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Automotive Industry: A Research Guide

Industry Car Manuals

This section provides print resources from major publishers of automotive guides, which can be used by individuals seeking retail and car-buying information. However, some publishers have moved their more current content online. Some catalog records have links directly to the publisher's website. The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.


Chilton's auto manuals are comprehensive resources that aid car owners with the knowledge they need to understand their vehicles effectively. These manuals offer clear, concise repair instructions, detailed vehicle diagrams, and aid in troubleshooting support. Our collections include manuals from 1953-2000.

Kelley Blue Book

Kelley Blue Book is a resource that provides car buyers and sellers with information on vehicle pricing, market values, trade-in values, car reviews, car ratings, and suggested retail prices for new and used vehicles. Additionally, it offers pricing information specific to different regions throughout the United States.

National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)

The National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) provides detailed pricing information for vehicles such as cars, trucks, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles. The guide helps consumers buy, sell, finance, and insure vehicles. Additionally offers pricing information for different regions across the United States.


Ward's is a comprehensive resource that offers statistics on dealers, car reviews, ratings, analysis, emerging technologies, safety, performance, fuel efficiency, vehicle production, and design.