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Engineering 190W - Winter 2020 - Hong Section: Conducting Research


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InterLibrary Loan

If we do not have the book you need or the UCI copy is not available, initiate a request for the book utilizing MELVYL REQUEST by clicking on the REQUEST icon in MELVYL or clicking through the UC eLink and selecting REQUEST.  This is also possible for journal articles that we do not have.  It is usually possible to borrow eBooks via ILL at the chapter level.

Getting Started

There are Subject Guides that may be helpful to consult - there is one corresponding to each academic department in the Samueli School of Engineering and the Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences and for all other academic units and subject areas such as Biology or Medicine or Environmental Sciences prepared by other librarians.  These may provide more relevant and advanced content. 

Finding Books & E-Books

FINDING BOOKS and EBOOKS:  Regardless of the format in print or eBooks, you will search Library Holdings in Catalogs such as those mentioned in the previous box that notes the Online Public Access Catalogs (opacs) and by collections, and by individual titles or authors to locate specific books.  Some collections are publisher specific and are noted below.

  • Online Catalogs:
    • Library Search – new discovery layer that allows you to search items held in the UC Irvine Libraries via Library Catalog (Langson Library – LL), Science Library (SL), and Grunigen Medical Library (GML)  and Law Library - note format - can search by  records at source level; or restricted to just Articles via a growing number of databases or Almost Anything that will retrieve all formats and a range of content.  This is not a substitute for searching subject specific databases.
    • MELVYL– UC-wide holdings (all 10 UC campuses) - easiest way to use InterLibrary Loan (ILL) is via MELVYL Request
    • WorldCat- Global library holdings with links to UCI holdings
    • Global Books in Print - directory of books in print
    • commercial inventory - can be checked for items not in our collection and ordered via ILL


  • Library of Congress Subject Headings – the authority that offers the structured vocabulary for relevant output for searching Library Search & Melvyl by Subject Headings. Keyword searching may retrieve more output but may not be as relevant. Keyword also searches the author, title, source fields and elements in an abstract when searching in a database, as well as the Subject Headings.  One easy way to establish the Subject Headings is to search Library Catalog by Subject (use pull-down tabs) and then when you find a relevant book, scroll down to the list of subject headings and click on one of them and other books in the collection will be retrieved.  Corresponding classification schemes mapped to call numbers are found in this outline.

             For your group project you will want to compare the Subject Heading, wearable technology to searching wearable technology as a "wildcard" or "Almost Anything"  and see the different outputs.  In the Advanced Search you can restrict to books or journals or articles or images.

E-Books - as noted there are an increasing number of eBooks to which you have access and most can be read, downloaded and copied at the chapter level. They are all listed in Library Search and MELVYL and by individual title and by series. There are many collections of such resources and some of the collections can be searched collectively:

CRCnetBASE - a large collection of Engineering and related books published by the CRC Press and now part of the Taylor & Francis Group. There are many titles in different subject areas - specifically EngnetBASE and within that part of the database are included books on Civil, Mechanical, Biomedical, Electrical Engineering. 

Knovel - a very large database of books in engineering, chemistry and materials science including many reference works published by a variety of publishers. UCI does NOT have access to the Sustainability Energy and Development titles yet.  Access to all other titles in collection are noted and should be available.

Safari Tech Books Online - collection of eBooks by O'Reilly

Springer Books and Series - large collection of science and engineering books published by global publisher Springer with imprint dates from 2008 forward.

National Academies Press - Output of the National Academies of Science & Engineering of commissioned research reports and books.

Wiley / IEEE Books - Available from the IEEE Xplore platform on topics ranging from bioengineering, communication, networking, robotics, signal processing, materials, electromagnetics, general topics, etc.

SPIE Online Books - Mostly on the subject of optics and photovoltaics.

ASM Books - Available via Knovel and on the ASM platform - covers materials science.

Liaison Librarian

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Julia Gelfand
Office: Science Library 228

Phone: 949-824-4971