Cohen, D. “On Holy Wars and a Plea for Peace.” USC/ISI IEN 137, April 1, 1980. To find this paper online look up “endianness” in Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org).
Heinrich, J. MIPS R4000 User’s Manual. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1993. The bible of the MIPS III architecture; lots of details, though this can make it difficult to locate information. It also takes a rather strict view in covering only those areas that are truly general to the MIPS architecture, omitting anything implementation-specific. At the time of this writing, the book is available for download as a PDF document (see the list of online resources below).
Hennessy, J., and D. Patterson. Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach. 3rd ...