Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

by Melinda M. Livas – November 19, 2021

Welcome to the library subject guide for Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)! UC Davis Library provides a wealth of  subscription and licensed resources that can help students, faculty, and researchers identify articles, proceedings, standards, and books in a print or electronic format.

I am working remotely, however I am still available to assist you with your research needs.
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Melinda M Livas

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In this Guide:

UC Library Search: UCD Library Catalog Setting

UC Library Search, the new Library catalog includes all of the UC library collections.  This setting is specific for the UC Davis libraries including (for the first time) the holdings of the Law Library. If you Sign in (on the top right corner) using your UCD login and Kerberos passphrase, you are prompted with your loan period, can renew books online, and request items that have been checked out to another borrower, or are in storage.

Books  is a searchable database of books, but not all the content is available for free. To search for full-text books only:

  1. Go to the Advanced Book Search
  2. Specify your search criteria
  3. Make sure you select Search:  Full View Only


HathiTrust is a collection of books digitized by US research libraries. You can search the full-text of over 10 million books, but access to some of the content is restricted. To search for full-text books only:

  1. Use theFull-text Search
  2. Enter your search terms
  3. Limit to: Full View Only   (UC Davis is a partner member of HathiTrust. If you would like to download full PDFs of public domain books, you must log in.)


WorldCat Catalog

OCLC catalog: millions of records for books, journal titles and materials in other formats from approximately 12,000 libraries worldwide.  Coverage: 1000 A.D. to the present.

A selection of references book useful in the ECE fields


General ECE

  • The Computer Engineering Handbook, 2v

2008 edition available in Print at PSE Library, call no. TK7885 .C645 2008

2002 edition available online

            Available in print at PSE Library, call no.  TK151 .K583 2007

         Available online

Older editions (1997 & 1993) available in print at PSE Library, call no. TK145 .E354

Available online

Also available in print at PSE Library, ,call no.  TK7825 .E34 2005


Available online

1999 edition available in print at PSE Library, call no. TK2941 .H26 1999

Available in print at PSE Library, call no. TK2901 .C75 1995

Available Online

Available in Print at PSE Library,  call no. TK2901 .H36 2011

NTRL (National Technical Reports Library) is from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). NTRL indexes government-sponsored research, development and technical reports and provides full-text access to reports that have been digitized.

Search NASA reports, NACA documents and selected non-NASA archives in the fields of aeronautics, space science, chemistry and materials, engineering, geosciences, life sciences, mathematics and computer sciences, and physics.

Bibliographic citations for Department of Defense (DOD)reports from 1974 to the present available in the STINET’s Scientific and Technical Documents database. Includes selected full-text reports. Also search the DOD Specifications and Standards database and link to full-text copies.

How to find UC and non-UC ECE dissertations

Individual UCD ECE dissertations and masters theses are cataloged in the Library of Catalog — search for “Dissertations Academic University of California Davis electrical engineering”

This page describes how to locate and access UCD titles.

The Dissertation Abstracts International (DAI) database is the authoritative source for finding doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. It also provides access to the full-text of all dissertations from University of California campuses since the late 1990s

Dissertations & theses from 31 USA colleges & universities, including Ohio State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and North Carolina State University. This is a small subset of published dissertations & theses, but does include some that are not indexed elsewhere. Use in conjunction with other databases such as Dissertations & Theses and PQDT Open.

OATD.org aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world.

ProQuest Open Access Dissertations & Theses- (PQDT)


A list of professional society home pages related to electrical engineering

The following is a list of  professional trade societies related to electrical engineering. Note: The links below simply take you to the homepage, not their publications. To access society publications see the ‘Where to Start’ page.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Societies & Technical Councils

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) [formed by a merger of the IEE and IIE]

International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)

Optical Society of America

How to Cite in IEEE Format

Also see Citation Guides: This guide describes what a publication citation is and provides information on the most common disciplinary styles — MLA, APA, Chicago, CSE and more.

Managing Citations

The campus has a licensed subscription to Endnote, which is a bibliographic manager program that is available as software and as a web-based version. Many people use Endnote because of its compatibility with Microsoft Word. The libraries offer help and classes on Endnote.


Introduction to Patents and literature about Patents.

Standards and Specifications

Standards and specifications are documents that describe and/or recommend a set of rules and conditions for how materials and products should be manufactured, defined, measured, or tested.

UC Davis

Electrical and Computer Engineering- Link to Department