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Finding Resources

As an Engineering student, you are expected to find and use high quality literature. You'll need to use a range of different sources and demonstrate your ability to find good results in order to impress your tutors and to develop your research skills.


Books can be a great place to start your reading around a topic.

Electronics and Physics books are located in the U section on the third floor of the JB Morrell Library. Many books will also be available online as e-books. Look for the links in YorSearch, under the View It section of each book.

Shelf location Subject
U Electronics and Physics
U 4 Acoustics
U 7.5 Electronics
U 7.9 Electrical Engineering

Journals & databases

All journal titles are listed on YorSearch, and can be found by searching the journal title.

If you don't have a specific title in mind, you can browse journals in your subject area on Browzine. Journals are organised by field of research, such as:

Websites and eResources

Standards are codes of best practice that contain technical specifications and guidelines about the manufacture of a product or the delivery of a service. They are technical documents.

At York we have access to British Standards through British Standards Online  (BSOL). Please note that we do not have access to the unadopted  ASTM, ISO and IEC standards that can also be found on BSOL.

We also have access to all current IEEE standards.

What is a patent?

A patent protects an invention by law and excludes others from making, using or selling the invention.

At York we have three resources that include patent records: Scopus, IEEE Xplore and SciFinder.

Information about patents

Databases that include patent records

The company's own corporate website is a good starting point for finding company information. The corporate website, developed for people who are interested in the business, usually contain annual reports and other financial information.


To start a more detailed search for articles and other research evidence, you'll need to use online databases. These are collections of resources that allow you to search for articles from hundreds of different journals at the same time.

Resources by Field