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Reference Sources: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Using Reference Sources

Reference sources are a good way to begin the research process because they:

  • summarize and clarify a topic.
  • define unfamiliar terms.
  • provide brief, factual information.
  • identify other relevant information sources.

They include dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, manuals, atlases, almanacs, mathematical tables, yearbooks and statistical sources.

Some databases for finding full-text reference information:

Highlighted Reference Books - Print

These books are on the fourth floor of the Library under the Library of Congress call numbers shown.

Dictionary of Engineering Materials (TA 402 .K43 2004)

Encyclopedia of Science, Technology and Ethics (Q175.35 E53 2005)

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms (Q123 .M34 2003)



IEEE Standards Association

A "consensus building organization" that "drives the functionality, capabilities and interoperability of a wide range of products and services." 

IEEE Standards

"Published documents that establish specifications and procedures designed to maximize the reliability of the materials, products, methods, and/or services... [They are] protocols to help maximize product functionality and compatibility, facilitate interoperability and support consumer safety and public health."

Featured Reference Sources