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E 140 Guide to Technical Information

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Off-Campus Access

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Identify engineering literature

This movie gives a brief introduction to the different types of engineering literature, including explanations of technical reports, conference proceedings, patents, and more.
» Getting started in engineering research: engineering literature (movie: approx. 5mm:00ss)

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How do I find technical terminology?

You can try these online dictionaries to find definitions for technical terms:

You can also try the other online dictionaries listed on our Electronic Books page, or use the technical dictionaries and multilingual technical dictionaries shelved in our Dictionaries section.

How do I find background information?

You can try these online encyclopedias and handbooks to find background information on topics in engineering.

You can also try the other online encyclopedias and handbooks in our list of Electronic Books, or use the encyclopedias and handbooks shelved in our Reference section, especially

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How do I keep up with hot topics in my field?

You can browse the current issues of trade journals and society magazines in your field to find news and features about research, products, and innovations. You can find the current issues for all of these titles in our Display Journals section.

Trade Journals and Society Magazines in Engineering

You can also check these web sites for breaking news on science and technology research and products. Most are freely available and some permit you to sign up for email notices when new items are added to your area of interest.

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How do I find journal articles and conference papers?

You can search article databases to find research published in journal articles and conference papers. Use keywords, boolean operators, truncation, and limits as appropriate in your search. Choose the article index most appropriate for your topic.

There are two article databases essential to engineering research:

Compendex   UCB access only
Coverage: 1884–present
All areas of engineering, journals and conferences.
» Guide: HTML, PDF

INSPEC  UCB access only
Coverage: 1898–present
Electrical engineering, computer science, physics, and related fields.
» Guide: HTML, PDF

There are several other article databases appropriate to engineering research:

Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management  UCB access only
Coverage: 1981–present
All areas of the environment and pollution.
» Quick Reference Card: PDF

PubMed  UCB access only
Coverage: 1947–present
Medicine, life sciences, health administration.
» Guide: HTML, PDF

You can also search the other articles indexes in our list of Article Databases, using the descriptions to choose indexes appropriate to your needs.

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How do I find books, journals, and conferences in the library?

You can search on titles in the library catalog to find books, journals, and conferences. Remember that conferences can be difficult to find, so consult our guide on How to Find Conference Proceedings for assistance.

Use the call numbers to locate books, journals, and conferences on our shelves. Remember that call numbers are based on subject matter. Once you find call numbers for books on your topic, you can look at other books shelved nearby to find additional resources.

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How do I find patents?

You can search patent databases to find patents on particular technologies, methods, and processes. You can also search patent databases for patents issued to specific inventors, companies, or institutions. All U.S. patents back to 1790 are available in full-text TIFF images for free online.

You can also search for foreign patents using the patent databases in our list of Patents links.

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How do I find quality websites in engineering?

You can use search engines and gateways to find technical information on the web:

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UC Berkeley Project Websites

Here are links to a few projects currently underway at UC Berkeley. For additional projects, check the College of Engineering website or the UC Berkeley website.

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How do I get help in the library?

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