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Electrical & computer engineering handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries

Below is a selection of the more important sources of information on Electrical & Computer Engineering available at Concordia Library. It includes material held in the Webster Library (WEB) on the Sir George Williams Downtown Campus, the Vanier Library (VAN) on the Loyola Campus and/or available online. Most materials are located in the Reference area (REF). This is not a complete list. Additional resources may be found by searching CLUES, the library catalogue.




Handbooks can provide both background and detailed technical information. Diagrams, formulas, algorithms, specifications, charts, tables and statistics are featured in handbooks. A handbook’s index provides easy access to its contents. Current, updated handbooks are located in the reference collection while older editions are in the circulating collection. To check CLUES for specific handbooks, do a word search using a topic and the word "handbook", eg: WORD> engineer* handbook.

Power engineering


Communications and signal processing






These resources enable you to identify articles from periodicals (journals) and conferences. They generally provide author and subject indexes, and some also have a classification system. Some databases provide access to online full-text articles, while other provide citations to the articles. Article citations contain the name of the periodical or conference, as well as the date of publication, volume, issue and page numbers.

In order to locate a periodical, check CLUES under Journal Title to see if the periodical is available at Concordia. To locate a conference, do a Word search in CLUES using words from the conference name. Periodicals and conferences that are not available at Concordia may be requested through Inter-Library Loans.

For more details on locating articles and using indexes consult how to find articles.

  • ACM Digital Library
    • Covers the publications of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in a wide range of subjects including software engineering, networking, wireless communications, and information technology. ACM Digital Library provides online fulltext access to articles from ACM publications.
  • Compendex
    • Comprehensive international index with abstracts covering all engineering disciplines.
  • IEEE Xplore
    • Covers journals, conference proceedings, and standards of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the British-based Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE). Fulltext content from 1988.
    • Citations with abstracts to literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics and computing and information technology. Includes technical journals, conference proceedings, books and reports. Contains Physics Abstracts, Electrical and Electronics Abstracts and Computer and Control Abstracts. Updated quarterly.
  • Proquest Dissertations & Theses Full Text
    • Citations with abstracts to over two million doctoral dissertations and masters theses. Full text available for many titles from 1997 onward.
  • Web of Science
    • A multidisciplinary database that indexes leading engineering journals. It is also a citation database that shows how often articles are cited.

If you are unable to locate the information you need, consult a Reference Librarian. The index or database you have chosen may not be the best source for your topic. There may be other resources or databases which are available, or are more appropriate, for the work you are doing and have not been listed above.

Directories and guides


Standards are located in the first row of shelves in the Reference area. They are in alphanumeric order, filed by the name of the society or company which produces them. Some standards are listed in CLUES but many are not. Examples of some of major standard producing organizations are:

  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • IEEE Standards Software Engineering
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