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Electrical & Computer Engineering Resources

The following are selected resources that are available at Fogler Library or on the Internet. If you have questions about finding information related to Electrical & Computer Engineering, please contact the Science and Engineering Center at 581-1691 or email Martin Wallace. Or use our Ask a Librarian service.

Table of Contents
Indexes & Databases for Locating Journal Articles Selected Internet Sites
News Sources & Newspaper Indexes Professional Societies & Research Organizations
Library Catalogs Maine Organizations
e-Books Biography & History
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias Citation Guides, Writing Manuals & Evaluation Criteria
Handbooks, Manuals, & Other Reference Works Educational Resources
Standards & Specifications Graduate School, Postdoctoral Studies, Careers, Jobs, & Internships
Patents Grant & Funding Sources
Company & Product Directories


Use these databases to locate citations or full text for journal articles, conference papers, technical reports 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.

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.
  • Utilize articles that are more than one year old and use the Web of Science database to locate more recent articles that have cited the know paper.

Most relevant databases:

  • IEEE Xplore & IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL). Complete full-text access to the IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) - over two million documents. IEL includes the 160+ journals 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 1913 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.
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Digital Library. Access all Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) journals, magazines, transactions, conference proceedings, and newsletters back to early 1950s. See also ACM's Author Profile Pages which include Bibliometrics, a snapshot of an individual author's contributions to computing, and a basic measure of their influence on the field.
  • INSPEC. Coverage is 1969 - Present. Part of the Engineering Villageinterface. Provides worldwide coverage of the research literature for the fields of physics, electrical engineering, electronics, computer hardware and software, control engineering and information technology. It is produced by the Institution of Electrical Engineers, Great Britain. Literature is reviewed from over 3,500 journals and 1,500 conference proceedings each year. Database is updated weekly. Searching in combination with Compendex is recommended and utilize the "Remove Duplicates" feature. If you need articles prior to 1969 use the print copy of Electrical and Electronics Abstracts which is located in the Science and Engineering Center Reference Room at Sci Index TK1.D4, 1903 - 1968.
  • Compendex (Engineering Index). Coverage is 1970 - Present. The best multidisciplinary engineering database that indexes over 5000 engineering journals, conferences and technical reports. Use their subject headings to obtain more precise results. Access is provided by the following indexes: author, author's affiliation (university or company), keywords from the abstract and title, subject terms and source title (journal or conference title). Compendex is part of the Engineering Villageinterface. If you need articles prior to 1970 use the print copy of Engineering Index which is located in the Science and Engineering Center Reference Room at Sci Index TA1.E6, 1884 - 1995.
  • Web of Science. Coverage is 1900 to present. Online version of Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. Citation searching provides one method for bringing your list of references more up-to-date. Take your most important known papers and use this index to determine if they have been cited by more recent journal articles. They index over 8,500 journals but do not include books, technical reports, conference papers or theses.
  • Academic Search Complete. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE. Provides full text for over 3,200 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Good resource for a few basic articles on a topic. This database is designed for undergraduate research. For a more comprehensive search, search Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete and Master File Premier at the same time. Select the Choose Databases link in the EBSCO interface to select these multiple databases.
  • Science Accelerator, Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Department of Energy. Search collections of DOE research results, project descriptions, and accomplishments. These collections enable you to find out about ongoing research projects, explore significant DOE discoveries, learn about DOE Nobel Prize Winners, access and search scientific e-prints, locate science conference papers and proceedings, patents, and more.
  • SciTech Connect. Formerly two separate databases: Energy Citations Database and DOE Information Bridge. Coverage is 1948 - Present. Contains bibliographic records and many full texts for energy and energy-related scientific and technical reports and papers sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies. It provides coverage of traditional and alternative forms of energy production and conservation. Many aspects of electrical engineering and applied physics are covered including fission and fusion.

Databases that may also be helpful:

  • Business Source Complete. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE. Provides full text for over 3200 business and industry journals. Coverage is back to the 1950's for some important publications and contains detailed company profiles for the world's 5,000 largest companies.
  • Citeseer.com. Scientific Literature Digital Library. NEC Corp. Indexes Postscript and PDF research articles on the Web. Has citation searching component.
  • Citidel. Computing and Information Technology Interactive Digital Educational Library. Guide to internet tools and research resources developed by a university consortium.
  • CogPrints. CogPrints is an electronic archive for papers in many areas of Computer Science (e.g., artificial intelligence, robotics, vison, learning, speech, neural networks). Access is provided by browsing a subject category or searching by keyword. Full text of the cited references is available.
  • Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies. A collection of bibliographies on subjects such as artificial intelligence, neural networks, computer graphics, etc. maintained by researchers worldwide. Journal articles, conference papers, and technical reports are listed. Some links to the online fulltext.
  • Computing Research Repository (CoRR). This service is sponsored by the ACM, arXiv.org, NCSTRL and AAAI. This is a database of preprints in computer science. Mechanisms for searching, downloading and submitting preprints are provided. These preprints are not refereed.
  • Digital Dissertations. (Proquest) Contains records of dissertations and theses written at American universities. Dissertations written at University of Maine since 1996 are available online, full-text.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Provides access to the full text of over 1100 free scholarly journals. Some journals are searchable at the article level. Also provides access by broad subject areas.
  • Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC). Scientific and Technical Information Network. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE. Access to all unclassified, unlimitedcitations to documents added into DTIC from late December 1974 to present, many from 1998 to present in full text.
  • EECS Technical Reports. A searchable database of computer science technical reports from over 100 institutions worldwide. Over 20,000 reports are available in full text.
  • E-Print Network. Maintained by the Dept. of Energy. Allows simultaneous searching of a variety of preprint servers.
  • IngentaConnect. (Formerly UnCover). Coverage is 1988 - Present. A global research gateway providing free online searching of over 12,000 journals in all disciplines. Indexing is limit to author, keyword from the title and abstract (not all records have an abstract), and journal title. Subject headings are not available. It is updated daily and this would be an excellent choice to look for articles published in a particular journal or published very recently.
  • MasterFILE Premier. PARTIAL FULL TEXT DATABASE. Provides full text for over 1,830 general reference, business and industry, . Full text extends back to January, 1990. Indexing and abstracts is available for an additional 1,000 journals. Cover over 75 magazines in electronics and power.
  • MathSciNet. Coverage is 1940 - Present. Searchable database of citations and abstracts of mathematical journal articles and books. It also includes full-text reviews of many of the articles. This is the electronic version of Mathematical Reviews (Sci Index QA 1 M7) and Current Mathematical Publications (shelved in Sci Periodicals).
  • MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) Search - National Repository. FULL TEXT DATABASE. This site pulls together in one place a great many sites containing material safety data sheets. Large list of manufacturers is included.
  • NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS). This database collects, archives, and disseminates aerospace information produced by NASA and other relevant worldwide research.
  • National Standards Systems Network (NSSN). Searchable bibliographic database of thousands of industrial standards and specifications and links to many standards-issuing organizations.
  • National Technical Reports Library (NTRL). Provides indexing to a collection of more than 2.2 million historical (pre-1900) to current U.S. government-sponsored technical reports archived by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). Over 700,000 documents are available in full-text format. Subject coverage includes engineering, computer science, transportation, medicine, biology, energy, communications, agriculture, and more.
  • Science.gov 5.0. A free, integrated single-search gateway to reliable science and technology information from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies - access to over 200 million pages of scientific information.
  • Science Citation Index. Paper copy at Sci Index Q1.A1S36. Holdings are 1965 to present. An excellent multidisciplinary science information source which leads you to papers that cite a paper of interest, thus resulting in records for articles that you may not find using traditional subject or keyword searching. To learn how to use it, ask a Science and Engineering Center librarian. Online access is available through Web of Science. Coverage is 1900 to present.
  • ScienceDirect. FULL TEXT FOR UMAINE SUBSCRIBED JOURNAL TITLES ONLY (1800+). Online access to full text from 1995 for most titles. Sign up for automatic notification when new issues are published.
  • SPIN: Searchable Physics Information Notices. A bibliographic database published by the American Institute of Physics. It is updated every 2 weeks with coverage of all AIP journals and proceedings. Coverage also includes journals from other societies including the Electrochemical Society, Russian Academy of Sciences, etc.
  • TI Technical Articles. Find links to technical articles written by TI engineering experts for engineering trade magazines. Topics include how to select or design with amplifiers, data converters, clocks, interface and power management. They also address applications, such as audio, industrial, medical, high reliability and many others. Several sorting options can help you with your search.
  • Virtual Technical Reports Center. Maintained by the University of Maryland Libraries. Links to institutions worldwide that provide full text and indexing to their reports, dissertations, reprints and preprints.

News Sources & Newspaper Indexes

  • C|net. Online home of CBS Interactive's C|net program. Includes current reviews of software and hardware, industry news and a vast archive of freeware, shareware and demos.
  • EDN Magazine. portal to a wide array or resources.
  • EE Times. Worldwide industry news, products, job postings, etc.
  • Engineer online. British News on all areas of engineering.
  • EurekAlert. Service of the AAAS.
  • LexisNexis Academic. Worldwide coverage of newspapers, newsletters, and trade journals with good coverage of environmental and water resources issues.
  • Maine Newsstand. Indexes four Maine newspapers.
  • Nanotechnology Now.
  • New York Times. 1999−present. Indexing and full text of this important newspaper.
  • Online Newspaper.com. Provides links to U.S. and international newspaper archives that are searchable. Also has links to TV and radio broadcast archives.
  • PE Magazine. News magazine from the National Society of Professional Engineers.
  • ProQuest Newspapers. Full text of more than 500 U.S. and international news sources. Includes The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and the Times of London, plus hundreds of other news sources and news wires. Years of coverage vary by title. Maine papers included: Bangor Daily News (1992+), Portland Press Herald (1995+), and selected business coverage from Maine Times (1994-2002) and Central Maine Morning Sentinel (1993-1997)/
  • Robotics Online.
  • SciCentral. Gateway to the best scientific research news sources
  • Technology Review.com. Online version of MIT produced magazine. Full text also available in Academic Search Complete database.
  • Wall Street Journal. Index to and full text coverage of the nation's leading business daily from 1984.


  • 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.
  • WorldCat. International catalog containing the holdings of over 8,000 libraries. Great resource to verify a book, conference proceedings, journal or technical report.
  • Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) Catalog.



  • Access Science. Online version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms. Includes over 8,500 online encyclopedia articles and 15,000 illustrations from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 10th Edition and regularly updated, fully-searchable media-rich content, terms, images and video.
  • Bartleby.com. Dictionaries, thesaurus, quotations, etc.
  • Communications Standard Dictionary. Sci Ref TK5102.W437 1996
  • Credo Reference (online). Over 3.2 million entries from more than 450 encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, guides, and atlases in all fields.
  • Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures. Compiled by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • Encyclopedia of Electronics. Sci Ref TK7804.E47
  • Encyclopedia of Energy. ed. by C. Cleveland. Elsevier, 2004. (Sci Ref TJ163.2.E539 2004)
  • Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Ed. by H. Nalwa. American Scientific Pub., 2004. (Sci Ref T174.7E53 2004 vol. 1 - 10)
  • Free On-line Dictionary of Computing. An ever expanding dictionary of computing terminology and humor
  • International Electrotechnical Commission. International Electrotechnical Vocabulary (IEV) online database. Over 20 000 terms in English, French, German and Spanish some with definitions in English and French.
  • Linktionary.com. Dictionary and encyclopedia on networking and internet topics.
  • New IEEE Standard Dictionary of Electrical & Electronics Terms. Sci Ref TK9.I478
  • Oxford Dictionary of Computing (SciRef QA76.15 .D526 2008); also available as an Oxford Reference Online e-book
  • Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Wiley, 1999. (Sci Ref TK9.E53 1999 vol.1 - vol.24 and suppl.)


  • American Electrician's Handbook. Sci Ref TK151.S855
  • Antenna Engineering Handbook. 3rd ed. McGraw-Hill, 1993. (ORO Stacks TK7871.6.A67 1993)
  • Bilbao Crystallographic Server. Supplies crystallogrphic programs and databases using the International Table for Crystallography.
  • Broadband Telecommunications Handbook. 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill, 2002. (Sci Ref TK5103.4.B38 2002)
  • Chip Directory. Contains numerically and functionally ordered chip lists, chip pinouts, etc.
  • Circuit Archive. Circuit designs for engineering students
  • Circuits and Filters Handbook. 2nd ed. CRC Press, 2003. (ORO Stacks TK7867.C4977 2003)
  • Communications Handbook. 2nd ed. CRC Press, 2002. (Sci Ref TK5101.C6583 2002)
  • CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae. 31st ed. CRC Press, 2003. (Sci Ref QA47.C17 2003)
  • Credo Reference (online). Over 3.2 million entries from more than 450 encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, guides, and atlases in all fields.
  • Electrical cost data, 2008 / RS Means ; senior editor, John H. Chiang; Kingston, Mass. : R.S. Means Co., c2007. (SciRef TK435 .M42 2008)
  • Electrical Engineering Handbook. IEEE and CRC Presses, 1997. (Sci Ref TK145.E354 1997)
  • Electronic Components: Selection and Application Guidelines. Sci Ref TK7870.M399
  • Electronic Failure Analysis Handbook. McGraw-Hill, 1999. (ORO Stacks TK7870.M37 1999)
  • Electronic Materials and Processes Handbook. ed. by C. Harper. 3rd ed. McGraw-Hill, 2004. (Sci Ref TK7836.E4654 2004)
  • Engineering Fundamentals - EFUNDA. Materials, Formulas, Mathematics, Processes and Design, Etc.
  • Essential Circuits Reference Guide. Sci Ref TK454.M29
  • Fundamentals of Microfabrication. 2nd ed. CRC Press, 2001 (ORO Stacks TK7836.M33 2002)
  • Fuzzy Logic and Neural Network Handbook. McGraw-Hill, 1996. (ORO Stacks TJ217.5.F9 1996)
  • Handbook for Digital Signal Processing. Sci Ref TK5102.5.H318 1993
  • Handbook for Sound Engineers. Sci Ref TK7881.4.H36 1991
  • Handbook of computer networks / edited by Hossein Bidgoli; John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (SciRef TK5105.5 .H32 2008)
  • Handbook of Electronics Formulas, Symbols, and Definitions. Sci Ref TK7825.B73
  • The handbook of information and computer ethics / edited by Kenneth Einar Himma and Herman T. Tavani; Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, c2008. (SciRef QA76.9.M65 H36 2008). Also available as a Wiley e-book.
  • Handbook of Thin Film Materials. Academic Press, 2002. (Sci Ref TA418.9.T45H34 2002 vol. 1 - 5.) Contains sections on ferroelectric and dielectric thin films, semiconductor and superconductor thin films and nanomaterials and magnetic thin films.
  • High Performance Printed Circuit Boards. McGraw-Hill, 2000. ORO Stacks TK7868.P7H545 2000. Provides a wide range of property and performance data and also includes chapters on design, soldering, and cleaning. Also has a chapter on environmental concerns and reliability.
  • The human-computer interaction handbook : fundamentals, evolving technologies, and emerging applications, 2nd ed. / edited by Andrew Sears and Julie A. Jacko; Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. (SciRef QA76.9.H85 H8568 2008)
  • IC Master. Sci Ref TK7874.5.I35
  • Logic IC Master Reference. Sci Ref TK7868.L6H451
  • Mechatronics Handbook. CRC Press, 2002. ORO Stacks TJ163.12.M434 2002.
  • NIST/SEMATECH e-Handbook of Statistical Methods. Workbook on statistical methods for scientists and engineers
  • Opto-Mechatronic Systems Handbook. Ed. by H. Cho. CRC Press, 2003. (ORO Stacks TJ163.12.O66 2003)
  • Printed Circuits Handbook. 4th ed. McGraw-Hill, 1996. ORO Stacks TK7868.P7P76 1996
  • Reference Manual for Telecommunications Engineering. Sci Ref TK5102.5.F68 1994
  • Springer handbook of lasers and optics / Frank Träger (ed.); Springer (SciRef QC688 .S67 2007). Also available as a Springer e-book.
  • Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers. 14th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2000. (Sci Ref TK151.S83 2000)
  • Television Handbook. Sci Ref TK6642.T437


Standards are located in the last row of reference shelving toward the center of the room. See the Engineering Standards and Specifications Guide for more information.


  • NSSN. National Standards Systems Network. Searchable bibliographic database of thousands of industrial standards and specifications and links to many standards-issuing organizations. Provides information on purchasing standards from Global Engineering Documents.
  • TechStreet. The information store for technical professionals. Index to standards from more than 300 organizations. Can download a standard online by payment with a credit card.


  • ANSI / IEEE Standards. (Standards Collection, Sci Ref TK275.A56) Fogler Library owns some IEEE standards in print. They are shelved in the standards section of the Science and Engineering Reference Collection, by standard number. We also have access to all current active IEEE standards via IEEE Xplore & IEEE/IET Electronic Library.
  • National Electrical Code. NFPA 70. NFPA, 1999. (Standards Collection, Sci Ref TK223.N37 1999)
  • National Electrical Code Handbook. 8th ed. National Fire Protection Assoc., 1999. (Standards Collection, Sci Ref TK260.N47b )
  • National Electrical Safety Code 2002 ed. IEEE, 2002. (Standards Collection, Sci Ref TK152.N345 2002) and NESC Handbook. (Discussion of the National Electrical Safety Code) 5th ed. IEEE 2001. (Sci Ref TK152.N345 2001)
  • Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Benchmarks. A non-profit corporation formed to establish, maintain and endorse a standardized set of relevant benchmarks that can be applied to the newest generation of high-performance computers.
  • U.S. Dept of Energy. Technical Standards.
  • Wireless LAN Standard. IEEE 802.11g.





Codes of Ethics


Biography & History


Citation Guides and Style Manuals at Fogler

  • Using the engineering literature / edited by Bonnie A. Osif; London ; New York : Routledge, 2006. (SciRef T10.7 .U85 2006)
  • A writer's handbook for engineers / David A. McMurrey, Joanne Buckley; Toronto, Ont., Canada : Thomson, c2008. (SciRef T11 .M3685 2008)


Graduate School, Postdoctoral Studies, Careers, Jobs, & Internships


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