Professional Communications

Databases and Resources

ECE Graduate Students

Technical Areas | Academic Information | Business and Career Information

Technical Areas

Aerospace and Automotive Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Materials and Metals
Bioengineering and Biomedicine Energy Mathematics
Chemistry Engineering (General) Optics, Physics and Geophysics

Academic Information

Books Electronic Reserves Classic Catalog HintsInspec Search Hints
Citation Indexes (Cited References in Bibliographies) Current Awareness Alerts Technical Research Reports
Dissertations and Masters Theses Interlibrary Loan and Interlibrary Use Handbooks
Electronic Journals Linking to Library Resources Proxy Server and Log-in Account Information

Business and Career Information

Associations and Research Centers
Government Information Standards and Specifications
Company, Industry and Product Information Patents Trademarks
Professional Organizations


Aerospace and Automotive Bioengineering and Biomedicine Chemistry Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Energy Engineering Handbooks Materials and Metals
  • Materials Research Database.  ProQuest (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts)
  • Aerospace Database 1962+ (ProQuest)
  • Chemical Abstracts 1907+ (SciFinder Scholar). See also Reaxy ; Landolt-Börnstein ; Kirk-Othmer ; Ency of Polymer Sci & Tech chemistry handbooks and encyclopedias
  • ASM Handbooks Online. ASM International, the Materials Information Society. ASM Handbooks Online features the complete content of twenty ASM Handbook volumes plus two ASM Desk Editions.
  • Combine Inspec and Compendex together ("Select Database"); choose Inspec when removing duplicate records .
  • Mathematics Optics, Physics and Geophysics
  • Inspec database (1896 to present) Journals and conference papers in physics, optics, photonics, computing, automation, simulation and modeling, biomedical technology, electrical and computer engineering, communications, etc. Includes Inspec Thesaurus online.
  • Inspec search hints and database examples are at
  • Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers.  SPIE. Optics and photonics.  Indexed in the Inspec and Compendex databases.  SPIE Digital Library SPIE Proceedings and Journals 1990+ (full coverage 1998+). Search.  Library owns print volumes in the Catalog for earlier years.
  • Selected AIP, IOP, OSA electronic journals go back before 1969, such Proceedings of the Physical Society 1874+ or Physical review 1893+.
  • GeoRef  (1785 to present).  ProQuest. Geoscience literature of the world, including geophysics and geochemistry. Geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses. North America from 1785 to the present and the geology of the rest of the world from 1933 to the present. Search multiple ProQuest databases at one time, removing duplicate records; click on "Searching: 1 database" (blue, top row); check boxes - "Use selected databases." Search hints and search example. Search hints Search example. search hints and search example.

    Books Citation Indexes (Cited References from Bibliographies and Footnotes)
  • Web of Science Core Collection. Thomson Reuters/ISI  Includes: Science Citation Index Expanded (1900-present). Social Sciences Citation Index (1956-present). Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present). Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (1990-present). Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (1990-present). Book Citation Index– Science (2005-present). Book Citation Index– Social Sciences & Humanities (2005-present). Current Chemical Reactions (1985-present); includes Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data back to 1840. Index Chemicus (1993-present).
  • Web of Science provides access to research literature through standard access points and to cited references (bibliographies, footnotes) published with a scholarly paper.  A tutorial is available.  Use the first author named in the bibliography reference or footnote.  Use the author index browse icon to locate variations.
  • Web of Science: Science Citation Index search example is at  ISI Web of Science "Help" (top, upper right corner). "Cited Reference Search." Use "first author" name.  "Cited Author" (with and without middle initial).  If too many records, use "Current Limits" -- "Timespan" before using "Cited Year(s)" -- conferences can be held one year and published 1-3 years later. Avoid using "Cited Work" search box.  Review all screens, looking for all possible title variations.  Watch for typographical errors -- incorrect page numbers, volume numbers, years etc.  Click on "Finish Search"  then "Output Records" -- "Records _ to _" then Print, Email or Save To.
  • Web of Science: Science Citation Index. (1900 to present)   Thomson Reuters/ISI. Web of Science
  • Cited reference searching locates articles that have cited a previously published work. Through a cited reference search, one can determine how a known idea or innovation has been confirmed, applied, improved, extended, or corrected. Steps for Cited Reference Search: (1) Enter the name of a Cited Author (FIRST AUTHOR). Then click Search. (2) If you too many hits are retrieved, return to the form "Limit to Timespan."  If necessay use Cited Year. (3) After clicking Search, note references from the citation index that contain the cited author/cited work data entered. Look for variants; papers are sometimes cited incorrectly.  (4) Select reference(s) from the citation index, and then click Finish Search.  Clicking on "Finish Search" will retrieve records of articles that cite the references selected from the citation index. Tips: Enter the name of the first author of a multi-authored article or book. Try doing the cited reference lookup without entering a Cited Year in order to retrieve variations of the same cited reference.
  • The Citation Index is a useful way to find articles that cite classic references.  The "classic reference" can be of any date and from any source, such as patents, dissertations, books, conference paper, technical reports, or from journal articles.  The Citation Index is also used by scientists and engineers to determine whether their work has been applied or criticized by others.
  • Author names.  Web of Science captures full author names as they are listed in original records.  This feature is not available for records prior to 2006. The full author names will not be retrospective (old records will remain author initials only). Browse using the author index icon to find name variations (initials only; full first name; with and without middle initial; one or no spaces between initials).
  • Web of Science  "All Databases" (drop down menu, top of screen) combines all Web of Science databases, including Web of Science Core Collection, BIOSIS, Data Citation Index, Derwent Innovations Index (patents), Medline, SciELO Citation Index, and Zoological Record. Includes tutorials.
  • Journal Citation Reports (Thomson Reuters/ISI). InCites Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is comprised of the Science Edition and the Social Sciences Edition. This resource allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over scholarly and technical journals. InCites Journal Citation Reports is part of Thomson Reuters/ISI Web of Science which also includes the Essential Science Indicators (top row).
  • Doctoral Dissertations and Masters Theses Electronic Journals Electronic Reserves Current Awareness Alerts Interlibrary Loan and Interlibrary Use Database Search Hints -- Classic Catalog

    Database Search Hints -- Inspec and Compendex Databases Technical Research Reports and Contracts


    Company, Industry and Product Information Government Information Patents Professional Organizations

    Standards and Specifications

    Trademarks Proxy Server, Log-In, Printing, andLinking to Library Resources.
  • Add GT proxy bookmark, prefix
  • GT Web Localizer/LibX GT
  • Link Maker/Linking to Library Resources.  .
  • "DOI" Citation Linker.
  • Off-campus access to the Library's e-journals, subscribed databases, and Galileo password requires authentication by entering through the Library's Proxy server. Enter at "Databases" "E-Journals" or "GT Classic Catalog" using your "GT Account" ID and password (used for Spectrum email and WebCT). PASSPORT website offers tools for GT Account and GT Active Directory password changes, email aliasing, student activation and GT Directory options. OIT's Help, FAQ, User Accounts. The GT "Active Directory" password has stricter rules than the "GT Account" password.
  • Remote access to campus resources via Cisco AnyConnect Virtual Private Network Client (VPN,Cisco)
  • Scanners.  The 1st floor west OIT Library West Commons is equipped with scanners; at least one scanner is located on the 2nd floor east counter.  Machines on the 2nd floor east are available to copy (enlarge), scan and e-mail microfilm or microfiche.
  • OIT Printing  Note costs for printing (beyond $2.20 each week).  Print jobs can also be submitted from student's personal computer by downloading the OIT Mobile Print Package available on the OIT Software Distribution website. CentralPS - printed offsite and delivered to the student bins in the Student Center (2nd floor). There is a "1200 page print limit for central-ps per user per semester. Once the user's quota is expended, no further printing will be allowed through the central-ps service." OIT printing webpage.
  • Copy Services. Photocopy machines are located on the 2nd floor east. Standard and legal photocopies are $0.10 per page.  Use BuzzCard.

  • Contact for one-on-one in-depth and quick database search assistance, or for group instruction/course web guides, including customized instruction for project or lab groups:
    Bette Finn, Subject Librarian for ECE
    Georgia Tech Library, mail code 0900
    Phone 404/894-1790, 1-888-225-7804
    A librarian is available for brief drop-in assistance at the Expert Consultation Center located on the 1st floor west of the Library nearby the entrance to the Clough building; hours are Monday through Friday
    noon to 4:00pm (when classes are being held).
    Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Guide
    Database Tutorials Guide. Most vendors will also offer search hints, tips, training, or help information for their databases

  • Georgia Tech Libray Research Data Management (NIH, NSF, etc.).
  • Georgia Tech Library's Scholarly Communication and Digital Curation department.
  • Scholarly Communication, Open Access, Copyright and Author Rights.  Georgia Tech Library LibGuide, compiled by Patricia Kenly.

  • ECE Graduate Professional Communications  Resources
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    Acknowledgements: The author of this Guide used significant business, copyright and government information material from previous Georgia Tech Library Research Guides compiled by Patricia Kenly.