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Library Resources for ECE 100 & 101: Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering


Popular Magazines, Trade Magazines, Scholarly Journals: What's the difference and why should I care? See: Identifying Scholarly Journals vs. Popular & Trade Magazines


  • Popular Magazines: New Scientist, Scientific American, Wired
  • Trade Magazines: ACM Queue, Communications of the ACM, EE Times
  • Scholarly Journals: Journal of the ACM, Microelectronics Journal
  • Conference Proceedings

Library Catalogs

  • URSUS - University of Maine System catalog.  Use the Request function to request items from other campuses.  Items are sent to Orono and loaned for 4 weeks.
  • MaineCat -  College and university libraries in Maine.  Use the Request function to request items from other libraries. Items are sent to Orono and loaned for 4 weeks.


Use the following databases to locate citations or the full text of journal articles, conference papers, technical reports, standards, and theses in electrical and computer engineering.  Once you have located relevant articles, search URSUS by journal or book title to determine if Fogler Library owns the item.  We may own journals in print or online or both formats.  You will need to check the record listed as Serials (for print holdings) and E-Serials (for electronic holdings).  Must click on the "Restricted Access UM" link to see the online holdings for this campus.  If we do not own the item you need, consider requesting through Interlibrary Loan. Remember most of the articles listed in these databases cannot be located by using a regular web browser such as Google.  These databases provide the means to locating scholarly research articles. 

Most relevant databases:

  • IEEE Xplore: Complete full-text access to the IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) - over 3.5 million documents. IEL includes 160+ journals and magazines published by the IEEE and IET along with transactions, conference proceedings and active IEEE standards. These publications are relevant to many disciplines including: electrical engineering, computer science, electronics, spatial information science, and sensors technology. Indexing extends back to 1988 for all journals and conference proceedings and further back to 1872 for selected publications. The IEEE Xplore search platform allows simple keyword and phrase searching or complex search queries employing a variety of operators. It also offers an alerting service, saved searches, and other valuable Web 2.0 capabilities for users who register for free personal accounts. We have contracted for 15 simultaneous users.
  • ACM Digital Library: Full-text articles from the Association for Computing Machinery, an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of information technology. The Digital Library Core Package includes the full-text of over 40 ACM computing and information technology journals, magazines and transactions in an online archive ranging from the 1950s to current publications. The Digital Library Master Special Interest Group (SIG) Package includes the full text of all ACM Conference Proceedings and newsletters in full text, dating back to the early 1950s.
  • Engineering Village: A platform for searching some of the most comprehensive and trusted databases in the field of engineering. Included with Fogler Library's subscription are Compendex, 1970 to present, with over 14 million journal articles and conference proceedings indexed; Inspec, 1969 to present, with over 13 million items indexed; and Ei Patents, with granted patents and patent applications from both the US Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office. Combined, Over 1.6 million new records are added each year. The Compendex, Inspec and Ei Patents databases may be searched combined (default) or separately. NOT A FULL TEXT DATABASE. USE THE ARTICLE LINKER BUTTONS TO CHECK FOR FULL TEXT AVAILABILITY.
  • Academic Search Complete: A large scholarly, multi-disciplinary, full-text database, with more than 7,400 full-text periodicals, including more than 6,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 11,500 scholarly, popular, trade, and special interest serials, and a total of more than 12,000 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, and more. Updated daily. 

Tips for Searching:

  • Use truncation to allow for the various spellings of a word.  Truncation symbol for most databases is the * (asterisk).  For example:  Comput*  will retrieve:  computer, computing, computers, computational, etc.
  • Use double quotes to search for an exact phrase:  "wave energy" will retrieve much more precise results.  Searching without quotes in most databases yields a search for  - wave and energy.  This finds the words anywhere in the same record not as a phrase.
  • Check the length of the article.  Would probably not want to pursue articles under 3 pages unless you are looking for news items to gather information on companies or research labs making news.
  • Use synonyms to make your search more comprehensive.  Link synonyms with 'or' operator.   For example: underwater or submers*
  • Link concepts with the 'and' operator.  Use parentheses to group synonyms together when using one search box. For example:  (hybrid* or electric*) and (automobile* or vehicle* or cars or car)
  • When you have located some relevant articles, review the abstract and subject headings of these records. Utilize subject headings for more precise results.  Most databases you can click on a subject heading for a new search and then refine this new search.
  • Utilize the bibliography at the end of relevant research papers to expand your list of resources.  Some of these references may have errors.  It has been found that 20% of the references cited will have an error.

Print Materials

Don't forget, not everything can be found on the Web. At the Science & Engineering Center you will find useful resources such as:

Print Indexes (for journal articles too old to be included in online indexes)

  • Electrical and Electronics Abstracts. Sci Index TK1.E4
  • The Engineering Index. Sci Index TA1.E6
  • The Index to IEEE Publications. Sci Index TK1.I2

Industry Standards

  • ANSI/IEEE Standards.  Sci Ref TK275.A56

Subject-specific Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Handbooks

  • Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering    Sci Ref TK9.E53 1999
  • Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology    Sci Ref T174.7.E53 2004
  • Wiley English-Spanish, Spanish-English Electrical and Computer Engineering Dictionary    Sci Ref TK9.K37 1996
  • The Electrical Engineering Handbook    Sci Ref TK145.E355 2005


These are only a few tools for finding information for your needs. Many other resources are available for students' use at the Science & Engineering Center on the 2nd floor of Fogler Library, and additional electronic journals and databases are accessible from the library's website. For a comprehensive listing of resources available for use in the Electrical and Computer Engineering program, see the Electrical Engineering subject guide.

If you need additional help, don't hesitate to contact us - that's what we're here for! There are many ways you can reach us:


Created by: Martin Wallace | Revised: 01/06/2014
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