Overview of the Engineering Collections at UCR

Overview of the Engineering Collections at UCR

The UCR Science Library collects books, journals, indexing and abstracting publications, and some standards to support the College of Engineering. Some of these resources are available electronically while others are available in print in the Science Library.


Within the library, materials are arranged by LC call numbers. Call #'s of importance to engineers tend to start with T, i.e. TK=Electrical Engineering.
By discipline, engineering call numbers are as follows:
Aerospace Engineering  TL
Automotive Engineering  TL
Chemical Engineering  TP and QD (chemistry)
Computer Science  QA75-76
Electrical Engineering  TK
Environmental Engineering TD
Mechanical Engineering  TJ
These numbers are useful for browsing, and if you become familiar with the system you may find even more specific call numbers which pertain to your key area of study (i.e. TJ211-212=robotics). While this method is the best way to browse the information, to find known items and to look up interdisciplinary topics, it is useful to use one of the libraries electronic book catalogs, MELVYL (The UC Catalog) and Scotty (the local UCR Library Catalog).


Most research projects require the use of journal articles. Journal articles can be found in electronic indexes such as INSPEC, COMPENDEX and Applied Science and Technology Index. Once the useful journal articles are identified they may be found in print journals in the libraries, electronic journals accessible from UCR, or through Inter-library loan. We have several hundred engineering and computer science journals in the library as well as several hundred more available electronically. ANY journal article not found in the UCR collection is available through Inter-Library Loan. It is always good to start research projects early in order to have time for articles to come from ILL. It takes 2-3 days if the journal is held by another UC school or 5-7 days if it is not.


We collect very few standards because there has not yet been a significant need for them. We have the IEEE standards available electronically through the INSPEC database and the ASTM standards available in the Science Library reference section. Standards are also available through interlibrary loan if necessary. Be sure to specify if you need the latest standard available.

Web Resources

We collect web resources using a locally-created database called INFOMINE. INFOMINE is a selective collection of scholarly web resources. It can be found at, or search here for keywords:
Enter INFOMINE Query:

Technical Reports

Technical reports can be found through the INFOMINE system on the WWW.

Tutorials and Research Guides

We have prepared several tutorials and research guides and these are available on-line and in the library. These can help you learn how to use specific resources or help you with specific research projects.

For more detailed help or for any other questions you may have, feel free to contact the Engineering Librarian, Michele Potter, at 827-2975 or by email at or drop by the Science Library anytime!

Last modified: 1/11/2005 11:11 AM by by M. Potter

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