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The most important database for ECE students is IEEE Xplore and this guide has an entire section devoted to Xplore (see IEEE Xplore page). Often it is the only database students use, but this is a mistake. Before you move on to IEEE Xplore, take a few minutes to read about a few other databases you should use. You want to be sure to use databases that cover a range of publishers, not just IEEE. Try:
This database includes journals, conference proceedings, and other publications of the Association for Computing Machinery. ACM is more focused on computer science than engineering, but the society publishes much of interest to engineers.
From Engineering Information. Indexes over 2600 journals published worldwide in all engineering disciplines and the applied sciences. Compendex also covers conference papers, reports, and publications of engineering societies. You'll find many IEEE papers in Compendex but you will also find much more.
Provides seamless access to Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Science Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Over 10,000 journals are indexed in this multidisciplinary database. 1991 to present.
Look for Find It! in your search results for links to articles.
OneSearch is the Library's all purpose search interface. OneSearch brings in search results (books, articles, more) from the Library Catalog and most of our databases. OneSearch is still under development and has some quirks. Take a look at our OneSearch FAQ to learn more.
IMPORTANT! OneSearch does not actually search everything. OneSearch does NOT search Compendex, our primary engineering database, and it does not search the full text of other important engineering resources such as IEEE Xplore or Knovel.
Go ahead and try OneSearch, but for most of your engineering research you will have better results if you use one of the databases recommended for your major. Look for the Databases link in the Featured Links area of the Library homepage.
Using the Compendex Database
Take a few minutes to look at some training videos and tips for Compendex: