Books are useful for background information and for getting an overview of your topic. While journal articles will have the latest research and developments, they are often focused on a very narrow aspect of a topic. So start your project by looking for books on your topic. Get an overview and learn about the terminology used to describe your topic. Once you have the "big picture" you can then use the engineering databases (Find Articles tab) to find journal articles on your topic.
Subject encyclopedias and handbooks can also help you get an overview or background on a topic. Here are a few of the many available for ECE topics:
Knovel is an online collection of over 600 engineering handbooks and reference sources. Search or browse individual books or search across the entire collection. Many of the handbooks in Knovel feature interactive tables and graphs and you can export data to Excel and other programs.
Our subscription includes the civil engineering & construction materials, electrical & power engineering, mechanics & mechanical engineering subject collections. Machinery's Handbook and other popular mechanical engineering references are in the Knovel collection.
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Ebooks from these collections will appear in your Library Catalog search results. You can also search or browse in the collections. Additional features in ebook collections include:
Ebrary Academic Complete
This collection of over 100,000 ebooks includes ebooks from the Computers & IT Collection. Topics include: programming, networks, security, graphics, human-computer interaction, computer architecture, and more.
Our subscription includes the electrical and power engineering subject collection.
IEEE-Wiley eBook Library
Over 700 books from this major sci-tech publisher. Relevant book chapters will appear in your IEEE Xplore search results.
Momentum Press Ebooks
A collection of over 100 ebooks in a range of engineering disciplines – civil and environmental, mechanical, industrial, electrical, chemical engineering and materials science.
Safari Books Online
Over 6000 ebooks. Topics: programming, networks, security, business, web and desktop applications, more.
All Springer ebooks with 2015 publication dates plus ebooks from Springer book series back to 1997 (e.g., Lecture Notes in Computer Science).
Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering & Computer Science
Short books, or "lectures", on a range of engineering topics including RF/microwaves, power electronics, signal processing, communications, computer graphics, more.