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.
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 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.
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
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.