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Temporary Expanded Access to ASME Papers
Some ASME papers from 1953-2001 are included in the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service provided to the MIT community during the COVID-19 closure and can be found here: https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000047342.
To access the full-text of the ASME papers: Select the yellow "log in" button in the upper right corner on HathiTrust and choose Massachusetts Institute of Technology as your institution choice in the drop-down menu to login with Touchstone. Select the volume you would like and check it out by clicking the “Check Out” button. You will have one hour to view the item which can be renewed if no one else from MIT wants to access it. If you finish using the item before the hour is up, you can return the item early to make it available to others.
For additional electronic resources available during the COVID-19 closure, please visit https://libguides.mit.edu/covid19closure-resources.
Finding ASME papers & publications
Finding American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) papers can be tricky. Here are some tips on searching for ASME papers, based on the date of publication. For help accessing these papers see the box below.
- 1880 - 1988: Use finding aids (see below) to determine the paper number. You may also search Compendex to try to determine the paper number or other useful information. See below for how to access these items in the MIT Libraries.
- 1989 - 2001: Search Compendex to try to determine the paper number or other useful information. See below for how to access these items in the MIT Libraries.
- 2002 - present: ASME Technical Papers are available online in the ASME Digital Collection.
ASME standards are not available online. There are some ASME Standards in print in Barker Library (Click "Find it in the library/Request item" to see a list of standards). See the Standards Guide for more information on locating standards at MIT or to request a standard.
ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes: Check Barton for availability. Search by "Call Number Begins With..." for TJ290 .A512 to see the sections and volumes. The latest edition of the code owned by MIT is from 2017.
Locating ASME Papers in the MIT Libraries
There are several places to check to locate ASME papers in the MIT Libraries. Where to look will be determined by the date of publication. Barker Library does NOT have all ASME papers. Look for individual paper numbers in a variety of locations to try to find them.
- 1955 - 1967: Papers in microfiche are in cabinets labeled "Society Papers" in the microfiche room on the 5th floor of Barker Library. Organized by year, then paper number.
- 1955 - 2001: Papers in print were collected and bound by year. Example: paper 71-NE-14 is found in the 1971 volumes. Here is the record in Barton. These items are stored in the Library Annex. You may request the entire volume or a PDF of any individual paper(s) you need by clicking on the "Find it in the Library/Request Item" link.
- GT or Gas Turbine papers: These items are stored in the Library Annex. You may request the entire volume or a PDF of any individual paper(s) you need by clicking on the "Find it in the Library/Request Item" link.
- WA or Winter Annual papers: These items are stored in the Library Annex. You may request the entire volume or a PDF of any individual paper(s) you need by clicking on the "Find it in the Library/Request Item" link.
- 2002 - present: check the ASME Digital Collection for PDFs of proceedings papers
- Many papers are available through the Libraries as part of conference proceedings. Search Barton for the ASME conference. Sometimes searching for the section also helps (example: DETC, AMD, FED, etc).
- GT or Gas Turbine papers: search Barton for Turbo Expo (call number TJ778.A76). These items are located in the Library Annex and can be requested through Barton.
If you do not find the ASME paper that you need, Ask Us!
Use these print volumes to determine the paper number or other useful information to help track down the full text of the paper. As a last resort, the "Difficult to find engineering papers" from Linda Hall Library might help.
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