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Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering: FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our electronic databases and journals are restricted for use only by UF faculty, staff, and students. If you are on campus, the library recognizes your IP address, however if you are off campus, you will need to log on using the UF VPN software.
Make sure you are logged into the UF VPN!
Click the tab above for Databases.
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Journal: Be sure that you are looking in the catalog for the journal and not just through the e-journal locator. We have an increasing number of journals online but many titles (especially older volumes) are still in print format. The print journals in Marston are shelved by call number and date: volumes after 1990 are on the 3rd floor and before 1990 on the 1st floor. If we don't hold your desired journal, you can request the individual article through Interlibrary Loan (see book below).

Book: If you can't locate the book in the catalog, you can order it through UBorrow or Interlibrary Loan. Use your Gatorlink information to log into your UBorrow/ILL account and be sure to specify as much information as you can about the desired book. In either case, please contact me, Samuel Putnam, so I am aware of the missing resource.
Marston Science Library has printers located on the second (main) and first floors. Print costs range from $0.08 - $0.75 and can be found here: PRINTING

Scanners are also available on the second (main) and first floors to make a PDF of the article which you can then save on a USB drive, save to the cloud, or email to yourself.

You can also check out most journals to photocopy articles elsewhere.
The best way to receive help is to contact me, Samuel Putnam, your librarian. I can be reached by email at, in person at L201B MSL, or by phone at 352-273-2878. Please contact me if you are having trouble finding material, wish to place material on course reserve, have questions about databases, or would like to schedule an instruction session for yourself, class, or lab group.

For general reference questions, please call the Marston Science Library reference desk at 352-273-2856 or instant message our chat reference service. For more information, please visit our "Ask A Librarian" page.
We offer RefWorks and EndNote Basic (web-based bibliographic managers), for all faculty, staff, and students. They both allow users to create an unlimited number of accounts, import and create article citations, and format and quickly output reference lists into Word, HTML, or plain text format. You will need to create an account and, if off campus, be sure to use the UF VPN.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
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