Searching for literature and understanding how that interlinks with writing up your findings and influencing new ideas for your research is a vital skill. The graphic below may help you to understand these processes and how they are inter-linked.
The Library stocks a publication called Significant Ships (from 1990-). We also hold Significant Small Ships (from 1998-). Both titles are shelved at D 623.81 SIG. The Short Loan Collection contains a set, and copies for longer loan are also available in the Lending books collection. The latest edition is kept with the Reference book stock on Level 1. Significant Ships is published by RINA and contains illustrations and drawings of the vessels that are being described along with information about the designer and shipbuilder and other descriptive details. The technical particulars (e.g. length, breadth, draught, engine & speed etc) are given along with the ships classification.
Library books are arranged by the Dewey Decimal classification scheme whereby each subject is represented by a number.
You wil find books on the same subject will have the same number. The shelfmark is preceded by the letter D and will be followed by 3 letters, which are usually the first 3 letters of the author's name.
Here are some useful shelfmarks.
D 620.4162 Ocean engineering
D 621.3121 Renewable energy
D 622.3382 Petrolium engineering
D 623.81 Naval architecture
D 623.82 Shipbuilding