The simplest and quickest way to find good quality academic reading relevant to your lectures and assignments is to search for the online reading list using your module code. This will link you directly to eBooks and articles in eJournals as well as trustworthy websites. These lists can also be accessed via SurreyLearn.
Subject databases are online searchable collections providing access to a range of information including journal articles, newspapers and trade papers. Some databases will link to the full text of articles, others will only provide the reference.
Key databases for Electronic Engineering are Inspec and Compendex. The E-print Network is based in the USA and covers sciences, engineering, energy research, computer and information technology.
Please see your Information Skills Librarian for advice about searching the databases.
Journals and ejournal are available in print or online and are published frequently, i.e. monthly, quarterly, journals can be peer reviewed: read by other experts in the field prior to publication.
To help you find journal articles and journals use our SurreySearch facility that will enable you to search a wide range of University of Surrey Library content all in one place.
eBooks allow you to access textbooks online either in subject areas or larger collections. Useful collections for Aeronautical Engineering textbooks are ENGnetBASE, Safari Books online, Ebrary and Knovel. There are also links to title on SurreySearch to electronic versions of the text - look for View Online.
SurreySearch allows you to search for books, articles, AV materials, databases, items in our archives and special collections and the research outputs of our academics and PhD students.
Use SurreySearch to find the exact shelfmark and location for each book. If you are searching for books on a particular topic, use a keyword search.
Google Scholar can be used to find a range of searches including articles and open access repositories, providing a cross disciplinary search with links to full text documents.
Newspapers are available online using the Nexis database. Print copies of some of the broadsheet newspapers are available on Level 1 and older copies are kept on Level 2. A digital edition of The Times (London) from 1785-1985 is also available online via the subject databases
Clearinghouse: Manufacturing and engineering technologies
A searchable database of information submitted by educators globally.
EELS - Engineering Electronic Library, Sweden
Quality assessed Internet resources in the technical sciences.
Journals TOC is a free service which provides Tables of Contents to the latest scholarly journals..
Access to journal and conference literature and web resources in engineering. Access to the world's best engineering libraries and to online databases (charged).
Web links for the engineering profession, commercial and government organisations and professional bodies provided by The Royal Academy of Engineering.
Engineering Design Information - Full text of all ESDU documents available using your personal Athens Username & Password
WWW Virtual Library in Control Engineering
Maintained by Cambridge University, this gateway offers links to Control Groups around the world (mainly University-based); Professional Societies; Journals; Companies.
Virtual Training Suite
The Virtual Training Suite offers free tutorials on Internet research skills to help with your university course.
Google books There are relatively few recent books which are freely available, but older books may still be of use in some sectors.
Online free books: Electrical Engineering has a collection of links to books which can be downloaded.
Electronics encyclopedia includes a series of linked articles on aspects of electronics from the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition (2008), as well as related articles from newspapers, and magazines.
Electronics dictionary includes an alphabetical listing of terms, definitions of abbreviations and technical information such as capacitor codes and logic levels for chips.
Digital Image Processing at Imperial College has lecture notes, presentations and tutorial sheets in zip format.
Feedback and Temperature Control at the University of Exeter includes course material as well as problems and exercises.
Teaching Aids for Microwaves and Antennae at the University of Surrey includes course notes and tests.
Electronic Reference and Tutorials includes links to a wide range of information resources for engineers.
Higher Education Academy - Engineering Subject Centre is aimed at UK higher education. It provides educational resources, news and events information as well as a discussion forum.
Scots Guide to Electronics is based at the University of St Andrews and includes notes on components and systems.
Lighting Tutorials has information on equipment and techniques for lighting as well as safety tips.
OpenDOAR offers access to repositories worldwide and provides a trial search service for the full-text of material held in open access repositories listed in the Directory.
Google Scholar is searchable database of academic publications which are freely available online.
Communications News has full text articles from the current issue of the magazine as well as searchable archives back to 1997.
Circuit Cellar INK has sample articles from current and previous issues, but most require a subscription to access.
International Journal of Automation and Control has full text articles covering automation and control platforms including macro, micro and nano scale machineries and systems.
Home Energy includes full text articles with archives back to 1993 which can be searched.
Open Access Journals
Communications Engineering and Design (CED) Magazine is an online magazine which covers broadband communications technology. The current issue and archives are provided.
Electronics Weekly includes industry news stories and articles on technology from the current issue of the journal.
Industrial Ethernet Articles has an archive of articles going back to 2000.
IEEE EMC Society Newsletter has a full text archive going back to 1998.
Other Library Catalogues
COPAC is a union catalogue, giving free access to the merged online catalogues of many of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland plus the British Library.
British Library Catalogues on the Web The British Library is the national library of the UK and receives a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland. Their catalogues list over 150 million items held in the collections - most of which can be ordered by inter-library loan from your local library.
Other Libraries' Web Catalogues is a list of other library catalogues on the Internet, including the national libraries of other countries.
Other Internet Tools
World Wide Web Virtual Library for Electrical and Electronics Engineering contains links to about 600 selected sites including information resources, journals and academic departments.
Z-Electronic Table of Contents (ZETOC) is a searchable database of the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents. This includes around 20,000 current journals and around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year dating back to 1993, and is updated on a daily basis. It includes an email alerting service.
OFCOM (Office of Communications) is the regulator for the UK telecommunications industry, and the site includes an archive of publications on technical standards and policies. Consultation documents, consumer information and industry information are provided.
IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) is a professional society for engineering and technology in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The site includes lists of publications, teaching resources and information on events and training. The Engineering & Technology magazine is also available.
IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical and electronic technologies. The site includes information on the various committees and their work, as well as an archive of newsletters and publications.
International Commission on Illumination (CIE) prepares and publishes international standards for lighting technologies. The site includes an online newsletter as well as information on publications, technical committees and conferences.
British Automation and Robotics Association (BARA) has case studies, an events listing, newsletters and a twenty page pdf document giving an introduction to robotics.
Engineering Council UK (ECUK) sets standards of professional competence and ethics for engineers, technologists and technicians. The site includes a wide range of publications in pdf format.
Women's Engineering Society includes a message board, news stories and careers information.
British Standards Institute (BSI) provides independent certification of management systems and products in the UK. The site includes information about current standards as well as ones which are being developed and describes the work of the organisation.
Associations / Institutions
The national representative body of the engineering profession.
European Society for Engineering
SEFI is a non-profit making organisation which aims to promote information on engineering education, develop cooperation between educational engineering institutions, and promote cooperation between industry and educational institutions. This site gives information about the Society, its membership, its Working Groups, its publications, and a diary of forthcoming SEFI meetings and events.
IEEE - The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers USA
The IEEE, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The web site contains details of Meetings, Publications, Standards and other Information.
Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency - Archive
Archive of CCTA, the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency, it was to improve the delivery of public services by the best use of information technology.
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
These pages contain information about regulations, reports, contact names and news.
Office of Gas and Electricity Markets
Ofgem was formed in June 1999 by combining the functions of the former Office of Gas Supply (Ofgas) and the Office of Electricity Regulation (OFFER).
Ofcom(formerly Radiocommunications Agency and Oftel)
Ofcom is the regulator for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services.
Conferences / Meetings
IET events training sessions, conferences and events from the Institution of Engineering and Technology
IEEE conferences search for conferences, meetings and events sponsored by the IEEE
ConferenceAlerts.com: engineering lists academic conferences and events in engineering and related fields
Allconferences.com: electronics directory focusing on conferences, conventions, trade shows etc.
IET Power Generation, Conversion and Utilisation Network is a professional network which includes a blog.
Electrical Engineering for Beginners includes diagrams and exercises.
Wikiversity Introduction to Electrical Engineering includes descriptions of the various fields of electrical engineering as well as pictures and cross references.
Widgetbox Digital Tech News provides news on high technology and new gadgets.
IET Power Generation, Conversion and Utilisation Network is a professional network which includes a discussion forum.
Communications Engineering Forum is provided by EngTips. It's not very frequently used, but does have highly technical questions and answers.
Video sharing sites
YouTube EDU: electrical engineering webcasts, lectures and video clips from US universities.
Academic Earth: electrical engineering video lecture courses from US institutions.
IET.tv video portal from the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Sustainable Energy brings Power to the People is one of a series provided by the University of Bath.
Email discussion lists
JISCmail is the national academic mailing service for the UK. Check its directories for relevant lists. It is possible to search descriptions of lists and archived messages before you decide to sign up.
Relevant JISCmail lists include:
Here's a selection of some of the best examples of news and media for electrical, electronic and communications engineering
Lightwave includes news on optical engineering.
ElectronicsTalk covers components, developments, systems and testing.
EE Times UK has news listed under a variety of topic headings including communications, embedded systems, power engineering, semiconductors, test and measurement and also wireless.
The Engineer has sections on electronics, energy and the environment.