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Engineering Resources for Students and Educators

This guide provides selected resources to get you started in learning about engineering.


What is Engineering?

Palmer, Alfred T., photographer. Mechanical operator on boiler parts, Combustion Engineering Co., Chattanooga, Tenn. June 1942. Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information color slides and transparencies collection (Library of Congress).

"Science can amuse and fascinate us all, but it is engineering that changes the world." - Isaac Asimov 1

Engineers use math, science, material properties, and computer methods to solve problems and design new products. There is no limit to what engineers can accomplish, ranging from designing and building roads to space stations, medical equipment, and much more. The kinds of work engineers do can vary from administration, construction, consulting, design, teaching, etc across many different fields.2

"Engineering is different from science in that it uses natural phenomena to benefit people personally and economically; whereas scientists discover and formulate these phenomena into acceptable theories. Engineers require creative imagination and innovation. A typical engineer must have a broad, yet thorough understanding of both science and the humanities." 3

The purpose of this guide is to provide engineering resources for students and educators . It covers grade levels from early childhood education to secondary school.

Our guide provides a list of print materials from our catalog, internet websites, and subscription databases. If you need more books or materials on engineering, search for additional titles using the library's catalog or suggested Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH).

About the Science Section

Part of the Science & Business Reading Room at the Library of Congress, the Science Section is the starting point for conducting research at the Library of Congress in the subject areas of science, medicine and engineering. Here, reference specialists in specific subject areas of science and engineering  assist patrons in formulating search strategies and gaining access to the information and materials contained in the Library's rich collections of science, medicine, and engineering materials.


  1. Asimov, I., & Shulman, J. (Eds.). (1988). Isaac Asimov’s book of science and nature quotations (1st ed) (pp. 78). Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Back to text
  2. Kosky, P., Balmer, R., Keat, W., & Wise, G. (2013). Chapter 1. In Exploring engineering (third edition) (pp. 3–4). Elsevier/AP. Back to text
  3. McGraw-Hill concise encyclopedia of engineering. (2005). (pp. 288). McGraw-Hill. Back to text