Mechanical Engineering

This guide features some of the Marriott Library's resources and services for mechanical engineers.

Department Approved Style Guides

Here is a list of department approved Style Guides for the University of Utah.

ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Style Resources

From the ASME website:

ASME primarily uses the Chicago Manual of Style for reference format.  Authors are encouraged to seek out precise instructions here.  ASME does not allow references to Wikipedia.

IEEE Style Resources

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is a style primarily used in engineering.

In IEEE, your citations are in text in bracketed numbers, and your bibliography is at the end on a new page with the heading References.

Citation Managers

There are four common citation managers: EndNote, NoodleTools, Zotero and Mendeley

EndNote, EndNote Basic, and Zotero are bibliographic management programs that help you manage, store, and organize references.

EndNote remains the favored, time-saving solution for organizing references and creating instant bibliographies.

  • Significant learning curve
  • If you are a scholar or aspiring scholar you should invest the time now in order to save time and headaches later
  • You may purchase Endnote X.7 from the Office of Software Licensing (You may want to use both EndNote  and EndNote Basic)
  • See EndNote Desktop guide

EndNote Basic (formerly known as EndNote Web) is free for U of U students, staff, and faculty.

NoodleTools is free for U of U students, staff, and faculty.

  • Easy to Use
  • Undergraduate student focus
  • Self-guided tool that teaches how to properly document sources in MLA, APA or Chicago/Turabian
  • Produces a fully formatted Works Cited/References page
  • See NoodleTools User Guide


  • Freely available
  • Easy to import citations from Usearch, many library databases, and many websites
  • Can import dozens of citations at a time from Google Scholar
  • Compatible with EndNote Basic and Mendeley
  • See Zotero guide


  • Freely available
  • Can import citations from many library databases and webpages
  • Can share citations through groups feature
  • See Mendeley guide

University Writing Center

An office behind glass doors.  There are sectioned cubicles for writing consultations behind a front desk area with an iMac computer.  Above the doors is a sign that reads "University Writing Center."

The University Writing Center is here to help you become a more confident writer by providing individual consultations with peer tutors.  We work on papers from all disciplines - not just writing classes. Best of all, the Writing Center is a FREE service to students and faculty of the University of Utah.
The University Writing Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Marriott Library in room 2701.
Make an appointment

Writing Guides

If you are interested in improving your writing, the library has several excellent writing guides. To find writing guides in the catalog, you can either search by title or try some of the following search options:

English Language Grammar: English language -- Grammar -- Problems, exercises, etc

Academic Writing: Academic Writing

Composition and Creative Writing: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing

Rhetoric: English language--Rhetoric--Handbooks, manuals, etc.or English language--Rhetoric

Style: English language--style

Technical Writing: Technical writing--Handbooks, manuals, etc


Look in PNs, at reserve section, bird by bird, on writing, elements of style, they say i say, on writing well, a rulebook for arguments.  Add these five to writing resources, add photo of them, contact writing 2010 and writing center and ask what books they're using and list them on guide

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