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Searchable database of material properties. Includes data sheets of thermoplastic and thermoset polymers, metals, ceramics, semiconductors, fibers, and other engineering materials.

Tools and basic information for design, engineering, and construction of technical applications.

Why use handbooks?

Handbooks are trusted and reliable sources of many kinds of information that practicing engineers need to have "on hand." Many have been around for generations and are now available online. 

Handbooks provide information such as: 

  • Material properties (elasticity, density, types of strength…) under various conditions

  • Introductory  materials

  • Data/Tables/Figures

  • References

  • Definitions

  • Formulae

Citing handbooks

How do you cite a handbook in APA style? 

Information from handbooks are often cited as a chapter from an edited book in APA Style

The information you need to include (if available) Is the following: 

  • Author(s) of the chapter
  • Date of publication of the chapter
  • Title of the chapter
  • Editor(s) of the book
  • Title of the book
  • Chapter page numbers  (e.g., 25-39)
  • Publisher
  • Either a DOI or URL if you are using an electronic resources


Examples of citations from handbooks using APA Style: 

Chapter in a multivolume edited handbook:

Destefani, J. (1990). Introduction to Titanium and Titanium Alloys. In ASM Handbook Committee (Eds.), Properties and Selection: Nonferrous Alloys and Special-Purpose Material. ASM International.

Chapter in a single volume handbook: 

Peters, S. (2002). Composite Materials and Processes. In C. Harper (Ed.) Handbook of Plastics, Elastomers, and Composites. McGraw-Hill.


See these resources for more information and examples: 

Chapter in an edited book/Ebook References. from the APA 

Missing Information for References from the APA

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