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The following section lists indexing and abstracting sources to aeronautics, aerospace, and related disciplines, and covers both the journal article and technical report literature. Several of the article indexing and abstracting sources listed below include partial or complete full-text coverage. See especially NASA Astrophysics Data System, and Web of Science.
In addition, a growing number of aerospace-related reports produced by the Government and other agencies are available on the Internet full-text at no charge (see below, especially DTIC and NACA). The Library owns many of these and other reports referenced below in the print or microfiche formats. The following list of sources referencing or producing technical reports and journal articles is not comprehensive; consult with a reference librarian for additional resources.
Aerospace Facts and Figures. Aero Publishers [annual].
A handbook which summarizes the aerospace industry. Includes sections on aircraft production, missile programs, air transportation, foreign trade, and other topics. Data is gathered from both government and commercial sources. [REF TL501 .A2]. Related titles include Aerospace Statistics , Economic Indicators for the Aerospace Industry , and Year-End Review and Forecast.
Benton, Mildred. The Literature of Space Science and Exploration. U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, 1958.
Of mostly historical interest today, this source has 2,274 numbered entries of books, articles and reports on theoretical and applied aspects of space exploration. Includes author and subject indexes. [REF TL787 .A29]
Cambridge Air and Space Dictionary. Cambridge University Press, 1990.
A dictionary of some 6,000 terms, with coverage extending to related areas like physics, acoustics and telecommunications. A highlight is the 66 "special articles" which describe in greater detail such topics as cosmic rays, Grand Unified Theories, and quasars. [REF TL509 .C35 1990]
Concise Encyclopedia of Aeronautics and Space Systems. Edited by Marc Pelegrin and Walter M. Hollister. Pergamon, 1993.
This work is a supplementary volume to the larger Systems and ControlEncyclopedia (8v.), 1988, ed. by Madan G. Singh, [REF QA402 .S968], with newer material added. It is comprised of survey articles of moderate length with bibliographies. Examples of articles include "Active Control Technology for Aircraft," "Remote Sensing," and "Satellites: Adaptive Control." [REF TL509 .C66 1993]
Dictionary of Applied Physics. Edited by Sir Richard Glazebrook. Macmillan and Co., 1922-23.
Principally of historical interest today, the Dictionary was one of the first multi-volume physics reference works. See especially v.5, "Aeronautics," pp.1-220. [REF QC5 .G5]
Encyclopedia of Applied Physics.George L. Trigg, editor. VCH, 1991-1994. Covers areas of physics relating to industrial applications. V.1 includes sections on Aerodynamics, pp.329-378, Aeronautics, pp.379-414, and Aerospace Medical Physics, pp.443-488.[REF Q123 .E497 1987]
Guide to Information Sources in Space Science and Technology. Edited by Bernard M. Fry and Foster E. Mohrhardt. Interscience Publishers, 1963.
Lists and annotates over 3,500 published & unpublished historical sources. [REF TL787 .Z9]
Guide to Reference Books, edited by Robert Balay. 11th edition. American Library Association, 1996. "Aeronautical and Space Engineering," pp.1569-1571.
This guide provides listings and descriptive annotations of important reference sources. Coverage includes indexes and abstracts, encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories and histories. [REF Z1035.1 .G89 1996]
Jane'sAerospace Dictionary. 2nd edition. London : Jane's, 1986. [REF TL509 .G95 1986].
Provides broad coverage of aerospace topics. Includes acronyms and cross-references.
Jane's All the World's Aircraft [REF TL501 .J3; dates of coverage: 1935, 1938-1940, 1942-44, 1948- ]
Jane's Avionics [REF TL695 .J36; dates of coverage: 1982- ]
Jane's Space Directory [REF TL790 .J36; dates of coverage: 1993- ]
Aeronautics Literature and Technical Reports
Aerospace Corporation Technical Reports
Selected unclassified, unlimited technical reports written by members of the technical staff of the Aerospace Corporation.
AIAA Electronic Library
(American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics)
Full-text access (1963-) to AIAA Journal, Journal of Aircraft, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Journal of Propulsion and Power, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer. Full-text access (1963-2006) to Meeting Papers from all conferences. Indexing to AIAA Books, Meeting Papers, Journal Papers, and Standards. The AIAA Electronic Library contains more than four decades of technical information and documents.Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals
Provides citations to military-specific periodicals, with coverage beginning in 1990.
Air University Student Research Papers
This database contains completed research papers by students at Air University since 1995. The abstracts for these papers are available in html and the full-text of the papers may be viewed using Adobe PDF reader.
This multi-database source provides access to a variety of scientific and technical databases. The Aerospace Database discussed below is particularly relevant for aerospace-related research.
Through this database, the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) indexes and abstracts defense-related government-sponsored scientific and technical reports. This includes areas such as aerospace engineering, avionics, astrophysics, aerodynamics, and many other subjects. The library owns some of these reports in print, and has nearly all of them available on microfiche. DTIC Online, which is the version linked to here, provides access to all unclassified, unlimited citations since 1975, as well as a number of full-text documents. DTIC Online Access Controlled (DOAC) provides access to all citations since 1975 as described above, plus citations to documents limited to government and DoD only. In addition, a growing number of reports on DTIC Online Access Controlled are provided as full text. Access to Private STINET is limited to U.S. students, faculty and staff, and requires an individual password. For additional information on DTIC and DOAC, including how to apply for a password, please consult the library's DTIC Information page.
Ei's Engineering Village 2
Engineering Village 2 offers access to Compendex, CRC ENGnetBASE (Engineering Handbooks Online), and records from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for information specialists, professionals, and researchers working in the applied science technical and engineering fields.
IEEE/IEE Electronic Library Online (IEEE Xplore)
This database provides full-text access to over 12,000 publications produced by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [IEEE] and the Institution of Electrical Engineers [IEE]. Included in this database are journal articles, conference papers and technical standards. Available full-text are a number of relevant conference proceedings, including Aerospace Applications Conference Digest, Aerospace Conference Proceedings, and Instrumentation in Aerospace Simulation Facilities (ICIASF). See also Principal Aeronautics Journals (below).
The online version of the Jane's publications provides access to full-text reports, articles and image files relating to the world's armed forces, geopolitics, and the defense and transportation industries. Substantial coverage of aviation and aerospace includes Jane's Aerospace Discovery, a search portal to over 3 million aerospace-related documents on the Web.
Provides citations and reviews from Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications. Coverage since 1940.
NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics)
The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) existed from 1915 to 1958 and was the predecessor for NASA. The primary product of NACA research was the NACA report series, which included Reports, Technical Notes, Technical Memorandums, Research Memorandums, Annual Reports, and other materials. A large number of their reports have been digitized and are available full-text. For more information see also: A Digital Library for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.
NASA Astrophysics Data System
A NASA-funded project whose main resource is an Abstract Service, which links to the full text of articles appearing in most of the major astronomical journals. There is also some full-text coverage of conference proceedings; astronomical data catalogs; and access to scanned astronomy books, including Martin Zombeck's Handbook of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics. For more information see also the articles "The NASA Astrophysics Data System," Astronomy & Astrophysics Supplement Series, v.143, no.1 (April 2000), pp. 41-135.
NASA Handbook of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics
NASA Technical Reports
Provides citation and abstract references to reports in the aerospace field. Coverage begins in 1915. Many of the materials cited in the NASA databases below are available at the Dudley Knox Library in either print or microfiche format.
Search NASA web sites
CASI Technical Report Server
Dryden Technical Report Server - DTRS
Glenn Technical Reports Server - LeTRS
Technical Reports Server - NTRS
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) Technical Reports
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory Technical Report Server is a database of abstracts, citations and full text to over 11,000 technical reports written by and for the scientific and technical community.
NASA Langley Technical Reports
This database provides access to publicly available online NASA documents covering aeronautical and space science. There are over 2,000 full-text technical reports, meeting presentations, journal articles, and conference proceedings.
NASA WWW Servers by Center
This multi-database source provides access to a variety of scientific and technical databases. The Aerospace Database discussed below is particularly relevant for aerospace-related research.
Rand Physics Abstracts.
Rand produces analyses of a variety of national public policy issues, including defense, international relations and regional studies, among others. From the Publications page you can search for documents in aerospace and aviation and obtain abstracts and selected reports full text.
Publications Search Engine
Recent Additions (Royal Aeronautical Society Library)
Royal Aeronautical Society Library
The Bi-Monthly Library Additions section of the Library of the Royal Aeronautical Society is a convenient source for current books, symposia, reports and papers. Includes item citations and annotations. Arrangement by topic. To access, click on Library, then on Products and Services.
Web of Science
The web version of Science Citation Index. Provides journal abstracting & indexing coverage in the physical sciences, engineering and other areas. Of principal value for its unique citation analysis, which tracks article bibliographies. Includes access to some full-text articles. Coverage is from 1984.
Produced by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Aerospace & High Technology Database is recognized as the premier bibliographic source for pure and applied research in aeronautics, astronautics, and space sciences. Coverage goes back to 1986 and includes AIAA conference papers, journals, books and international conference proceedings. Many NASA publications are covered as well. Subject scope includes intelligent materials, fluid mechanics, aircraft design, space technology and propulsion, aeronautics, astronautics, materials science, engineering, geo-sciences, life sciences, mathematical and computer science, physics, and space sciences. Also covered are technology development and applications in complementary and supporting fields such as chemistry, geophysics, communications, and electronics.
With coverage starting in 1964, NTIS (National Technical Information Service) indexes and abstracts federally-sponsored scientific and technical reports. In addition to the pure sciences, its coverage includes disciplines such as management, information technology, and sociology. NTIS duplicates some of the coverage of DTIC STINET below.
Institution of Electrical Engineers, 1903- . Part A of the print version of INSPEC. Preceded by Science Abstracts, 1898-1902. [Abstract QC1 .A26]. See also Part B, Electrical Engineering Abstracts [Abstract TK1 .A21] and Part C, Computer and Control Abstracts [Abstract TJ213 .A219].
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)This is a substantial print collection of NACA materials from 1915 to 1958. See also the entry NACA above for more information.UK Aeronautical Publications
The Restricted Resources collection includes a sizable number of historical UK reports in the aeronautical area. They include: College of Aeronautics, Cranfield (notes and reports, 1946-1972); Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (1909-1920); the Aeronautical Research Committee reports (1920-1937); and the Aeronautical Research Council (reports and memoranda, 1938-1974).Principal Aeronautics Journals
The following is a selective list of important journals in aeronautics, aerospace, and related areas. For additional titles search the Library's BOSUN online catalog using the subject headings Aeronautics--Periodicals or Astronautics--Periodicals. All titles listed below are available at the NPS Dudley Knox Library except those marked with an asterisk(*).
Aeronautical JournalAIAA Journal Aerospace Science and Technology Air Force Magazine Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology Airlift/Tanker Quarterly Approach
[scroll down to Magazines] Chemical Propulsion Information Agency Bulletin Code One
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics CompanyCrosslink Magazine: The Aerospace Corporation Magazine of Advances in Technology Defense Aerospace News FAAviation News ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Journal IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Magazine
via IEEE XploreIEEE Transactions on Aerospace & Electronic Systems
via IEEE Xplore)Interavia
selective full-textJournal of Aircraft
Journal of Geophysical Research A: Space Physics
Journal of Geophysical Research D: AtmospheresJournal of Guidance Control & Dynamics
AIAAJournal of Propulsion & Power
Journal of Space Technology & ScienceJournal of Spacecraft & Rockets
Journal of the Astronautical SciencesJournal of Thermophysics & Heat Transfer
AIAAMilitary & Aerospace Electronics Naval Aviation News
Nouvelle Revue Aeronautique, Astronautique*
Planetary & Space Science*
Zeitschrift fur Flugtechnik und Motorluftschiffahrt*Libraries and Laboratories
This is a selection of those libraries and laboratories that are of particular relevance in aerospace-related research. Please consult the our Libraries subject guide or Libraries on the Web
for additional links.Military/DoD
Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Library
The Air Force Institute of Technology Library supports the educational, research and consulting programs of the Institute. The subjects covered in its collections include aeronautics, astronautics, electrical engineering and logistics management. Library catalog. AFIT/ARL Library CatalogAir University Library
Air University Library, located at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama, supports Air University and Air Force education worldwide. Library catalog. See also: Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals and Air University Student Research Papers. Air University Library CatalogU.S. Air Force Academy Libraries
The USAF Academy Library System consists of: the USAFA Academic (Cadet) Library, the Base Library, a professional Medical Library, departmental reference collections, and field libraries in staff agencies. The Academy Libraries provide reference/research and reading collections in support of the curricular and mission needs of the USAF Academy. They also provide professional and recreational reading materials for the USAF Academy community.Academic
The main page for the Caltech Library System. Library catalog. Catltech Library CatalogEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University Libraries
The libraries at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University hold materials especially selected to support the University's unique mission in higher education. The collections include books, journals, government documents, conference proceedings, video tapes, CD-ROMs, and a historical aviation collection containing items dating back to the late 1800's. The Jack R. Hunt Library provides research tools and assistance to all students, faculty, and staff of the Daytona Beach and Extended Campus communities, including Resident Centers around the world and the Center for Distance Learning. The Prescott Campus Library serves the students and faculty of the Prescott campus of Embry-Riddle. The Aviation Virtual Library and the Aerospace Virtual Library are resources for advanced research in the fields of aeronautics and aerospace. Jack R. Hunt Library Prescott Campus Library Other Libraries
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mission and Spacecraft Library
Maintained by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Mission and Spacecraft Library (MSL) is a public source of information about space vehicles. Topics covered include research, communications, astronomy and navigation. Jet Propulsion LaboratoryWeb Sources
Bulletin Board for Libraries (BUBL)
The Bulletin Board for Libraries (BUBL) is a UK national information service based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. It furnishes a searchable, annotated reference collection with a British flavor. The aero pages are collections of links to scientific, industrial and government sources. Aerospace Astronautics Aviation Bulletin Board for LibrariesAeroseek
WWW aviation search engine and directory.Arjen's Aviation Links
Huge collection of searchable aviation-related links.Aviator's Reference Guide
This guide is an extensive compilation of links to aircraft data, designations, image archives, manufacturers, markings, registers; airline codes, data, websites; airport codes, data, fuel data, websites; aviation events, publications, regulations, safety; flight planning, training; glossaries and more.Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
The FAA's Web page includes information on regulations, news, aviation safety, traveler info, FAA organizations, and more.AERADENational Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Aviation Page Accident Investigations--Current
Accident Dockets Accident Reports
Data and Statistics
Strategic Plans and Reports Space Policy Project
Maintained by the Federation of American Scientists, the Space Policy Project provides "the public and decision-makers with information and analysis on civil and military space issues, policies and programs." Focuses on specific policy questions related to advanced technology weapons, such as ballistic missile proliferation, commercial space development, and military space systems. Federation of American Scientists
Selected Resources for Aviation Safety
In addition to the Aerospace and Aeronautics resources listed above, the following sources are available:
Aviation Accidents Database & Synopses (TranStats)
The Aviation Accident Database and Synopses is an archive of civil aviation accident records maintained by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The archive covers all accidents within the United States, its territories and possessions, and in international waters. Each accident record describes the aircraft, operations, personnel, environmental conditions, probable cause, contributing factors, and consequences.
Chemical Propulsion Information Network (CPIN)
Databases available by subscription or trial only. Dudley Knox Library doesnot have subscriptions to CPIN databases..
Ingenta is a searchable database of more than 11 million citations from over 20,000 journals, with links to selected full-text (within the NPS domain). User ID & password are unnecessary.
Provides the full text of newspapers, periodicals, reports, transcripts, and more. Sign up for a 50-minute training session at the Research Assistance Desk.
Provides access to a variety of newspapers and journals. Find research on computers, the military, applied science, management, & telecommunications. Many articles are available full-text (some with images). Others are abstract only.
Access to the full text of selected journals published by Elsevier Science and many publications of the Naval Research Laboratory.
Transportation Research Information Service
Over 450,000 records of published transportation research.
Organizations and Non-Government Web Sites
Aerospace Medical Association [AsMA]
Aviation Reference Desk
Aviation Safety Data Exchange
Aviation Safety Network
Dougal Watson's Aerospace Medicine & Human Factors Page
Flight Safety Foundation
Human Factors Research Project/University of Texas
International Aviation Safety Association
Maintenance & Ramp Safety Society
National Space Biomedical Research Institute
Federal (U.S.) Agencies, Networks, Web Sites
Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine
Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory
Technical Reports Database Search
Army Safety Program
Army School of Aviation Medicine
Air Force Safety Center/Kirtland AFB
Aviation Safety Reporting System
Aviation Physiology links
FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine/Civil Aerospace Medical Institute/Aeromedical Education
Civil Aerospace Medical Institute
DoD & Army OSH & Safety Program Management Resources
DoD Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group
Federal Aviation Administration/Human Factors Division
Federal Aviation Administration/Office of Aerospace Medicine
Federal Aviation Administration/Office of Aerospace Medicine Technical Reports
Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance & Inspection
Reports, Symposia, etc.
Joint Technical Coordinating Group on Aircraft Survivability (JTCG/AS)
Naval Survival Training Institute
Air Force [AF Safety Center, Kirtland AFB]
Naval Safety Center
NASA Ames Research Center, Human Systems Integration Division
National Aviation Safety Data Analysis Center
National Transportation Safety Board aviation page
including investigation materials, accident synopses & statistics, etc.
Naval Aerospace Medical Institute
Navy & Marine Corps School of Aviation Safety
Safety Program Management
Army Safety Center
Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center [SURVIAC]
Aircraft Survivability 2002 Conference: Combat Survivability: UAVs and Manned Aircraft.
NPS, November 18-21, 2002
DoD Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group meetings
Enhancing Aircraft Survivability: A Vulnerability Perspective
conference held at Naval Postgraduate School, October 1997
Aging Avionics in Military Aircraft
electronic book, National Academy Press, 2001
hard copy: Dudley Knox Library, call no. A367 Periodicals Collection
Aircraft Engineering & Aerospace Technology
hard copy: Dudley Knox Library, call no. A37 Periodicals Collection
hard copy: Dudley Knox Library, call no. A371 Periodicals Collection
Aviation, Space & Environmental Medicine (2003-present)
Aviation, Space & Environmental Medicine
Official web page with abstracts & tables of contents only. Hard copy: Dudley Knox Library, call no. A989 Periodicals Collection
Human Engineering Data Design Digest [DoD, 2000]
Human Factors Checklist: An Aircraft Accident Investigation Tool
by Anthony Ciavarelli & Thomas E. Sather, NPS, July, 2002
International Journal of Aviation Psychology
Journal of Aircraft
hard copy: Dudley Knox Library, call no. J325 [Periodicals Collection]
hard copy: Dudley Knox Library, call no. R843 [Periodicals Collection]