This guide will help you find books, videos, articles and websites about Electronics and Electrical Technology. Use the tabs below and the menus on your right to start searching for different types of materials.
If you need additional help, come to the Library Reference Desk or Ask A Librarian.
The best way to start searching the Library catalog is to do a keyword search for words that describe your topic. Try to choose specific keywords. You may need to experiment with keywords to find ones that work for your topic. Once you find some items, you can use subject headings to find other items that cover the same topic.
Browsing the Collection
Use these topics to browse the General Collection and the Reference Collection.
There are several encyclopedias, handbooks and dictionaries in the Library and online to use for a quick look up. Here is a selection:
National Electrical Code
National Electrical Code Handbook
NFPA Codes This online collection includes the National Fire Codes, the National Electrical Codes, the Life Safety Code and many more National codes from the NFPA.
These online books can be accessed from the COD network or anywhere on the internet if you have a Library card.
This database is a cross-searchable collection of electronic books covering many subjects in technology, engineering, applied technology, science, chemistry and physics and much more. This collection contains a large selection of materials about electronics and electrical engineering, including:
Electrical and Power Engineering
Electronics & Semiconductors
Sustainable Energy & Development
The library is a part of a consortium of academic libraries known as I-Share. As COD students, you can request items from other libraries online by creating an I-Share account. For more information, visit our I-Share Information Web Page.
Electronics Videos in the Library
Videos in the Library are available to both students and faculty. Students can check out most of the Library videos but sometimes they have to be used in the Library. If you would like to take a reserved video home, please contact the Librarian to get permission for a brief loan.
Faculty, if you'd like to use a video in your class, please call the Circulation Department at 630-942-2106 to have the item delivered to the TEC building or held for pickup at the Library. You can book your videos well in advance of your classes and are strongly encouraged to do so. (Make sure to check out our online streaming video collection too!)
How to Search for Videos in the Catalog
When you are in the Library catalog, do a search. (Ex. Electronics) Then use the limiters on the right side under Narrow your Search to limit your search to Video. You can also choose to limit the search to a specific video format: VHS, DVD, or eVideo.
Have your library card handy to watch online videos from off-campus.
Use database to locate journal, magazine, newspaper or specialized articles. You can use your COD Library card to download articles from off-campus.
Databases are organized collections of information that you can search on a variety of fields, like title and author's name. iTunes is a database and so is Amazon. Even your contacts list in your phone is a type of mini database. The Library has databases of articles from newspapers, magazines and journals. We also have databases of streaming videos, music and e-books. The difference between our databases and iTunes or Amazon is that our stuff is free for you to use. You can browse all of the library's databases here: http://codlrc.org/databases
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- Business Source Complete
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- NFPA Codes
- Includes the National Fire Codes, the National Electrical Codes, the Life Safety Code and many more National codes from the NFPA.
Other Database Choices
See the Electronics Databases page for other useful databases.
Listed below are high-quality websites useful for a variety of Electronics topics, but there are many others you can find on your own. Remember there are many specialized search tools you can use and also remember to carefully evaluate any information you find on the web.
Here is a selection of websites that you might find useful on the topic of electronics.
- IEEE Portal
- All things IEEE can be found at this site. Check out the sections for students.
- Datasheet Archive
- An archive of datasheets from a variety of manufacturers. Fully searchable.
- Datasheet Catalog
- A very large compilation of datasheets from a variety of manufacturers.
- Thomas Register--Electrical and Power Generation
- The Thomas Register Online provides access to manufacturers around the country. Use this resource to find components, or get creative by using Thomas to find a job!
- Robotics and CNC Links
- A grocery list of links about robotics and some good ones about CNC's.
- How Stuff Works--Electronics Channel
- Fun and explicit explanations of basic concepts in electronics, how some electric gadgets work, sections on telecommunications and much more!