Reference works are intended as resources from which information can be retrieved quickly. They can be used to get a general idea of the desired topic and terminology, and for checking individual facts.
Encyclopedias and handbooks offer systematic references of different fields with basic and research information in summarized form. They can be either multidisciplinary or specific to a certain field.
Dictionaries are either monolingual works with definitions of words, or bilingual for translation purposes. Dictionaries can be generic, or specific to a certain field with special terminology.
Location service helps you to find printed books, encyclopedias, dictionaries etc. in the Aalto University libraries and shelf-classes.
Collections essential for research - methodology, science and philosophy - are located on the first floor of the Learning Centre.
Building Information Infra Net is available mainly in Finnish, but it includes 25 standards sheets in English. There are also altogether 40 standards sheets in Estonian, German, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian and Swedish.
The electronic MOT language service includes dictionaries, proofreading software and translation software.
The service contains monolingual dictionaries and thesauruses in English and generic dictionaries supplemented with vocabulary on technical sciences and economics.
- Hering, L. & Hering, H. 2010. How to write technical reports: understandable structure, good design, convincing presentation. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. ISBN 9783540699286 (printed). ISBN 9783540699293 (electronic).
- Paradis, J. & Zimmerman, M. 2002. The MIT guide to science and engineering communication. 2nd ed. Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: MIT Press. ISBN 0262661276.
- Pringle, A. S. & O’Keefe, S. 2003. Technical writing 101: a real-world guide to planning and writing technical documentation. 2nd ed. Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA: Scriptorium Press. ISBN 097047332X.
- Rumsey, S. 2008. How to find information: a guide for researchers. Maidenhead, United Kingdom; New York:Open University Press. ISBN 9780335226313 (printed). ISBN 9780335235544 (electronic).
- Swales, J. & Feak, C. 2012. Academic writing for graduate students: essential tasks and skills. 3rd ed. Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472034758.