Reference Works

This subject resource guide is available courtesy of Jennifer Doherty?? 2009.? ?She can be contacted at

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NASA Patents Abstracts Bibliography

NASA Scientific and Technical Information Program Office. (2008). NASA patents abstracts bibliography: A continuing bibliography (Bibliography No. NASA/SP-2008-7039/SUPPL69). Hampton, VA: NASA Langley Research Center. Retrieved from

Included in the bibliography are citations and abstracts of NASA-owned inventions covered by U.S. patents and patent applications. When available, a key technical illustration is included.? The current issue and one previous issue are available online in PDF format.? Other issues are available for order.


Dictionary of Aviation

Crocker, D. (2007). Dictionary of aviation [electronic resource] (2nd ed.). London: A & C Black.

The terms are those used in everyday work on aircraft, and cover parts of the aircraft, manipulating the aircraft on the ground and in the air, instructions to passengers, conversations with air traffic control, weather, emergencies, etc. The definitions are presented in plain English, which makes the dictionary accessible to airplane enthusiasts as well as experienced aviation professionals. It also provides examples to show how the words are used in context

Dictionary of Geophysics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy

Dictionary of geophysics, astrophysics, and astronomy (2001). In Matzner R. A. (Ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. (

This dictionary provides a working lexicon for scientists to apply terminology consistently to papers, articles, and books in which physics-related topics are discussed.? The terms cover a variety of fields such as Astronomy, astrophysics, high resolution mapping of planets, geophysics, and climate change.? The dictionary is designed as a resource for both students and professionals.

Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use

Allen, W. H., editor. (1965). Dictionary of technical terms for aerospace use (Dictionary No. NASA/SP-7). Washington, D.C.: NASA.

The dictionary was intended to ease the problem of communication among the various space science disciplines by providing authoritative definitions of terms commonly used in the literature of space exploration.? It was designed for use by a person with a scientific or engineering education who is writing or reading in a field outside his own specialty.? This dictionary was one of the primary resources used to develop the NASA Aerospace Science and Technology Dictionary.

Facts on File Dictionary of Space Technology

Angelo, J. A. (2004). The facts on file dictionary of space technology. New York, NY: Facts on File.

Per the publisher, The Facts On File Dictionary of Space Technology, Revised Edition defines the basic terms and phrases that are used in the science of space, space flight, and space technology.

High Energy Astrophysics Dictionary

High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center. High-energy astrophysics dictionary., 2009, from

Multilingual Aeronautical Dictionary

North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development. (1980). Multilingual aeronautical dictionary = dictionnaire aeronautique multilingue. Neuilly sur Seine, France: Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development, North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

This is multilingual dictionary to aid scientists, engineers, and translators in the field of aeronautics. The dictionary contains an alphabetical list of English terms, accompanied by English language definitions and translations of each term in ten languages: English-French-Dutch-German-Greek-Italian-Portuguese-Turkish-Spanish and Russian. Also, the dictionary is accompanied by a List of English language aeronautical acronyms and abbreviations with their expansions.? The dictionary is available from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Research Technology Organization (NATO RTO) website.

NASA Acronym Listing

NASA Scientific and Technical Information Program Office. (2009). NASA acronym listing, 2009, from

An online resource listing aerospace and other scientific and technical acronyms developed and maintained via text analysis by abstractors/indexers at the NASA Center for AeroSpace Information, NASA Langley Research Center and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Library.

NASA Aerospace Science and Technology Dictionary

NASA Headquarters Library. (2009). NASA aerospace science and technology dictionary.

The NASA Aerospace Science and Technology (AS&T) Dictionary is an online resource that brings together term definitions from over 20 NASA and non-NASA sources-totaling more than 10,000 entries and over 9,000 embedded cross references. This compilation was developed to provide a convenient resource for assisting researchers, educators, students, technical writers and others in understanding and using aerospace technical terminology.


Companion to the Cosmos

Gribbin, J. R. (1996). Companion to the cosmos. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co.

Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Encyclopedia of astronomy and astrophysics online [electronic resource] (2001). London; Bristol: Nature Publishing Group; Institute of Physics.

The encyclopedia is on online comprehensive reference on astronomy and astrophysics with over 3,000 full text entries that is keyword searchable by index terms and contributors.? This resource is updated quarterly and new material is added periodically.? Summary records are available to non-subscribers; however subscriptions are required to view full-text entries.

Encyclopedia of Space and Astronomy

Angelo, J. A. (2006). Encyclopedia of space and astronomy. New York, NY: Facts On File.

Per the publisher, the Encyclopedia of Space and Astronomy focuses mainly on modern astronomy and space achievements but also includes the most important accomplishments of classical astronomy. The impact of astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology is presented in terms of the development of the scientific method and also with respect to philosophy. History-related entries trace the evolution of astronomy and space technology from ancient times, and selected entries discuss important observatories and organizations such as NASA, as well as contemporary events.

Encyclopedia of Space Exploration

Angelo, J. A. (2000). Encyclopedia of space exploration. New York, NY: Facts on File.

Encyclopedia of Space Science and Technology

Encyclopedia of space science & technology (2003). In Mark H. (Ed.), New York: Wiley.

The encyclopedia is written at a high technical level, by experts in the space science disciplines for an audience of technically literate people who are not experts in space science or technology.? It contains articles that describe the technology of space exploration as well as the scientific results and their applications.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Universe

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Universe.? (2001). New York:? Watson-Guptill Publications.?

The encyclopedia provides broad coverage of the history from the theories of the Ancient Greeks and findings of Copernicus and Galileo to today?s current astronomical research and the space program.? The encyclopedia is geared more toward undergraduates, and includes a glossary, bibliography, web sites, and listings of spacecraft missions, mathematical concepts, and celestial data.? (Reviewed in Library Journal)


Handbook of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics

Zombeck, M. V. (2007). Handbook of space astronomy and astrophysics (3rd ed. ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

The Third Edition is a comprehensive compilation of the facts and figures relevant to astronomy and astrophysics, including data from space-based observations. The handbook includes tables, graphs, diagrams and formulae as well as a comprehensive index and bibliography.

Metallic Materials and Elements for Aerospace Vehicle Structures

United States. Dept. of Defense. (2003). Metallic materials and elements for aerospace vehicle structures [electronic resource] (Knovel interactive ed. ed.). Norwich, N.Y.: Knovel.

This handbook contains standardized design values and related design information for metallic materials and structural elements used in aerospace vehicle structures.? This is an electronic resource available thru Knovel.

The Standard Handbook for Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineers

The standard handbook for aeronautical and astronautical engineers (2003). In Davies M. (Ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

The Standard Handbook for Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineers represents efforts to amalgamate aeronautical and astronautical engineering into a single handbook. There are five sections on basic engineering science and mathematics that are the foundation of aerospace operations and design.? The handbook is written for both students of these engineering disciplines and engineering professionals.

Other Reference Tools

NASA Scope and Subject Category Guide

NASA Scientific and Technical Information Program Office. (2008). NASA scope and subject category guide. from

The Scope and Subject Category Guide is a high level subject classification scheme for categorizing and classifying aerospace technical literature.? The guide was developed for use as a classification schema in the NASA scientific and technical information databases, the NASA Aeronautics and Space Database and the NASA Technical Reports Server.? The guide is available as a PDF that can be downloaded, an interactive HTML interface and can also be ordered on CD-ROM.

NASA Thesaurus

NASA thesaurus: Volume 1 – hierarchical listing with definitions (2009). (Thesaurus No. NASA/SP-2009-7501/VOL1). Hanover, MD: NASA.

NASA thesaurus: Volume 2 – rotated term display (2009). (Thesaurus No. NASA/SP-2009-7501/VOL2). Hanover, MD: NASA.

The NASA Thesaurus is a listing of authorized subject index terms used within the NASA scientific and technical databases to index materials.? This would be interest to scientists, engineers, librarians or information managers interested in using a controlled vocabulary to organize aerospace and technical literature.? The NASA Thesaurus is available as a two volume set, or can also be purchased as a CD-ROM.

Introduction???? Archives and Databases???? Associations??? ?Catalogs and Conferences???? Journals???? Reference Works??? ?Research Groups and Organizations???? Websites and Electronic Resources

This subject resource guide is available courtesy of Jennifer Doherty?? 2009.? ?She can be contacted at