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Anthropometrics and Ergonomics

Definition of anthropometrics and ergonomics

Anthropometrics is the comparative study of human body measurements and properties. Ergonomics is the science of making the work environment safer and more comfortable for workers using design and anthropometric data.  

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Government Agencies and Government Compiled Information
Professional and Research Organizations
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Finding Books and Conference Proceedings:

Library Catalog - Locate items including books, journals, and other materials in the University of Texas Libraries collections.

Data books: Properties and Anatomy of Humans

Selected Resources -- on the web:

  • Anthropometry and Mass Distribution for Human Analogues. Report number ADA304353.pdf - full text available by report number.
  • Bone up on Anatomy, published by the Southern California Orthopedic Institute, USA. This site offers anatomical images with commentary of the knee, hip, shoulder, hand, ankle, elbow and spine.
  • Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Human Anatomic Variation. An anatomic text prepared by Dr Ronald Bergman, Dr. Adele Afifi and Dr. Ryosuke Miyauchi and hosted by the Virtual Hospital, University of Iowa. Provides information on the muscular and cardiovascular systems.
  • Selected Anthropometric Dimensions of Naval Aviation Personnel. Report number AD735101.pdf - full text available by report number.
  • Selective Guide to Literature on Industrial Ergonomics (PDF), compiled by Nester L. Osorio, Northern Illinois University Libraries

Selected Resources -- in the Engineering library:

Anthropometric source book. NASA Technical Report.
TL 787 U5494 no. 1024 Engineering Library Reference and Life Science Library Reference

Anthropometry of infants, children, and youths to age 18 for product safety design. Highway Safety Research Institute. Washington 1977.
GN 63 M62 Engineering Library

Bodyspace: anthropometry, ergonomics, and the design of work.
TA 166 P49 1996 PCL Stacks and Architecture Library. 

Engineering physiology: bases of human factors/ergonomics.
TA 166 K76 1997 PCL Stacks and Life Science Library.

Human factors design handbook : information and guidelines for the design of systems, facilities, equipment, and products for human use.
TA 166 W57 1992 Engineering Library Reference, Engineering Library Storage and Architecture Library Reference.

Handbook of ergonomic and human factors tables.
TA 166 W45 1993 Engineering Library Reference

Human factors reference guide for electronics and computer professionals.
TK 7885 W64 1987 Engineering Library Reference 

Report of the task group on reference man.
RA 1231 R2 I2 NO.23 Engineering Library Reference and Life Science Library

*Remember Interlibrary Loan Services when a book can not be obtained from the University of Texas Libraries.

Journals and Articles  


Compendex - a comprehensive bibliographic database of scientific and technical engineering research, covering all engineering disciplines.

Web of Science (ISI Web of Knowledge) - covers more than 12,000 journals in all subject areas.

INSPEC - indexes scholarly literature of physics, electronics and electrical engineering, computing and control, and information technology.

PubMed - provides access to over 10 million citations in MEDLINE, PreMEDLINE, and other related databases. Links to the full text articles are provided when available, subject to UT subscription status.

SciFinder - access a wide diversity of research from many scientific disciplines, including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science, and more.

SPORTDiscus - provides citations, many with abstracts, of periodical and monographic literature in the areas of sport, recreation, exercise physiology, sports medicine, coaching, physical fitness, the psychology, history and sociology of sport, training, and conditioning.

Remember InterLibrary Loan Services when an article or conference paper is not available in our libraries.


This is a fast-changing area - for specific up-to-date information, see the Library Catalog and the Find a Journal pages.


Product Catalogs  

  • EEM - an online resource of electronics components for engineers and purchasing professionals, featuring an inventory of over 100 authorized distributors offering over 70 million electronic components.

  • Grainger Catalog - Its catalog includes 78,000 MRO supplies, including tools, lighting, electrical supplies, distribution and control products, motors, sanitary supplies and equipment, maintenance and safety supplies and HVAC, storage and material handling equipment.

  • McMaster-Carr - Well-known supplier of more than 340,000 items. They stock everything from aluminum ingots to pipe wrenches.

  • Sigma-Aldrich Catalog - Searchable product catalog from a major research chemical supplier. Search by catalog number, name, formula, CAS registry number. Chemical/physical information, structure image and MSDS are displayable.

  • Thomas Register (ThomCat) - Electronic version of a well-known index to manufactures, producers, and sellers of industrial goods and services.


Government Agencies and Government Compiled Information

Government agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration and EPA, develop and adopt a detailed set of rules and regulations that govern day-to-day implementation and enforcement of federal laws. Regulations are detailed rules through which federal law is carried out. Regulations have the force of law. Information that is used to determine what something is or is not, how something should or should not be done, and if something is breaking or following the law.

  • EPA, Environmental Protection Agency - Environmental regulations, legislation and compliance assistance.
  • OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
  • NIST, National Institute of Standards and Technology - Provides an extensive guide as well as a toll-free number to locate your local NIST partnership.
  • CFR, The Code of Federal Regulations - Official compilation of U.S. Federal Regulations. It is arranged by subjects categories or "titles." These titles are further subdivided into chapters (one for each agency), then parts (general topic areas) and finally sections (actual text of the regulation). Citations to the CFR look like this: 49 CFR 571.213 (1998).

Professional and Research Organizations

Sometimes you need to talk with an expert. Societies and trade associations often maintain lists of experts who are willing to answer questions.

  • Associations and Societies - Excellent searchable listing by abbreviations (e.g. ASME) or name of thousands of U.S. and International professional and trade associations.
  • Community of Science - Provides information on researchers and their research activity. Most of the listed researchers are located within universities or government research facilities.

Additional Library Resources

Further Assistance

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