Reference sources are a good way to begin the research process because they:
They include dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, manuals, atlases, almanacs, mathematical tables, yearbooks and statistical sources.
Some databases for finding full-text reference information:
These books are on the fourth floor of the Library under the Library of Congress call numbers shown.
Dictionary of Engineering Materials (TA 402 .K43 2004)
Encyclopedia of Science, Technology and Ethics (Q175.35 E53 2005)
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms (Q123 .M34 2003)
A "consensus building organization" that "drives the functionality, capabilities and interoperability of a wide range of products and services."
"Published documents that establish specifications and procedures designed to maximize the reliability of the materials, products, methods, and/or services... [They are] protocols to help maximize product functionality and compatibility, facilitate interoperability and support consumer safety and public health."