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ME 448/449: Mechanical Engineering Design Concepts/Projects

This guide is for students in Penn State Harrisburg's ME 448 and ME 449. It includes databases, research tips, and other resources for various parts of the Mechanical Engineering Design Project.

Exploring Sustainability in Engineering Databases

Many of the Engineering databases listed in other sections of this guide include material on sustainability. Here are some recommended search words:

  • CAT (Penn State library catalog):
  • Compendex:
    • Sustainable Development
    • Environmental Impact
    • Ecodesign
    • ​Energy Efficiency
    • Recycling
    • Other words recommended in the Compendex "Thesaurus Search."
  • Other databases:
    • Sustain*
    • Environment*
    • Green 
    • Other words you've found in your readings on the topic.

Environmental Sciences Databases

In addition to Engineering databases, consider some of the library's Environmental Sciences databases. Some top ones are:

More Sustainability Resources

Librarians at University Park have developed several detailed, online guides for finding literature on sustainability. Many of them provide additional links to handbooks, databases, professional organizations, government resources, and more.