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Senior Design: Books

Why books?

  • Books take a while to write and publish, so the information is "old"
  • Books are good for background information
  • Books are good for in-depth coverage of a topic
  • There's a handbook for just about every topic from circuits and filters to biomaterials


  • Handy for looking up definitions and background information
  • Some are in paper in the library's reference collection
  • Access Science is online
    • Same as McGraw Hills' Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
    • Includes more stuff like videos and biographies

Searching for books

         Three ways to find books                                                               

  • Check the library catalog 
    • It lists all the books, print and online.
    • It doesn't search the text, just the book titles, subject headings, and chapter titles if any (metadata)
  • Try the ebook databases to search inside the books
    • Access Engineering (lots of McGraw Hill handbooks, Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook or Mark's Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers
    • CRCnetBASE - 75 selected titles in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer science, electrical, energy, environmental science, IT, materials science, mathematics, mechanical, nano, physics, and water.  (Check box for Full Access Content Only.)
    • ebrary - 120,000 ebooks on lots of topics including engineering
    • Ebsco ebooks - 150,000 ebooks on diverse topics including over 3,000 engineering books
    • Elsevier books - 2012 and 2013.  Use Advanced search to limit to subscribed publications
    • Knovel - engineering ebooks plus interactive graphs, tables and charts.  (Click on My Subscription to get subscribed content.)
    • Safari books online - 30,000 books online on information technology and business
    • Springer books online - 43,777 science, technology and medicine 2005-2015 (uncheck Preview-Only content box)
  • Try OneSearch - our discovery tool
    • It searches everything at once - well, almost everything
    • After you search, limit the results to books

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