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


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InterLibrary Loan

During Spring Quarter 2020 all InterLibrary Loan options are open to Undergraduates.  If you need journal articles, chapters from eBooks or digital content from sources we d1on't have at UCI, we will try and obtain them for you.  When searching MELVYL, please utilize the REQUEST feature that will open up an ILL transaction for you to enter your UCI NetID and the 16 digit number on your Photo ID that starts with 219... And in databases, click through the UC eLink taking you to that same confirmation place to register your borrowing details.  It is not usually possible to borrow an entire eBook via ILL. 

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.

·  Google books

The Google legal agreement has been settled and there are 3 categories of books that can be searched: 1) In copyright & in-print books: titles that are available for purchase and may already be in our library collections to borrow 2) In-copyright but out of print books: titles that may be in library collections but can be purchased from special sources that handle out of print titles 3) Out of Copyrighted Books: Books that users can read, download and print and for which links will be available.



Commercial site that may direct you to interesting items including some that may still be forthcoming; you can check to see if they are at UCI by consulting Library Search.

·  Hathi Trust Digital Library

As a digital repository for the nation’s great research libraries, HathiTrust brings together the immense collections of partner institutions ... HathiTrust membership currently consists of the member libraries of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) the University of California system, and the University of Virginia. You can register and save information by forming customized collections.

·  America's WILD READ

A virtual book club that will engage and inspire people to connect with the outdoors.

·  National Emergency Library

Created as an expansion to the Internet Archive at this time when libraries are closed, putting content in the public domain ahead of copyright legislative actions.

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Julia Gelfand
Office: Science Library 228

Phone: 949-824-4971