The Library Catalog is a database of books, media, and course reserves located in the library's collection. To find resources in the library by subject, you will need a call number which is based on the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress Classification System and leads you to the specific item on the shelf. To find the call number, use the Library Catalog. (http://library.pasadena.edu/vwebv/searchBasic)
Use the Basic Search to look for an item using keyword anywhere or in a specific field (e.g. title field or subject field).
To find information about a person, use the Subject tab and type the person’s name (last name, first).
To find information on a topic, you can use your keyword search results to identify library subject headings or you can select the Subject tab and type in a library subject heading.
Related subjects (Narrower, Broader and See also)
To search for a title you have two options: 1. select title from the drop down menu (to search by title keyword) or 2. select from the drop down menu title browse, to search by exact title wording. (Skip the first word of the title if it is an article, e.g. 'a', 'an' or 'the').
To search by author, select the Author tab, then type in the author's last name, then first name, e.g. ' Berlow, Lawrence H.'.
Advanced Search is used to combine topics, select search fields, and use other limiters to narrow a search. You may want to search for an item using part of a title and selecting the title field from the drop down menu. Another option is to search by ISBN.
To search by keyword, type in the words you want to search for then select from the menu whether you want to search for all of these, any of these (e.g., Design OR Graphics), or as a phrase (e.g., Engineering News-Record).
Examples of combined searches:
Search for: engineering [
Search for: skyscrapers [
Basically, there are two kinds of reference books: general resources, which are broad in scope and deal with all fields; and specialized resources, which deal with specific disciplines such as engineering. The titles cited below are only a representative sample of many specialized reference books that are available in the library.
- Building Trades Dictionary REF 690.03 T 1
- Dictionary of the Physical Sciences : Terms, Formulas, Data REF 503 E 1
- Illustrated Dictionary for Building Construction REF 690.03 T 2
- Illustrated Dictionary of Building Design and Construction REF 690.03 B 1
- McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Engineering REF 620.003 M 1-2
- McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms REF 503 M 1-8
- How It Works: Science and Technology REF 603 H 1
- McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Engineering REF 620.003 M 1
- Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia REF 503 V 1-5
Handbooks, Manuals & Codes
- American Institute of Physics Handbook REF 530.3 A 1-2
- American Electricians' Handbook REF 621.3 C 1-4, 2002
- Blueprint Reading: Professional Reference REF 692.1 R 1
- CRC Materials Science and Engineering Handbook REF 620.11 C 3
- Engineering Handbook REF 620 D 1
- Engineering Manual REF 620.02 P 1
- Handbook of Materials for Product Design REF 620.11 H 2
- International Building Code REF 690 I 1
- Machinery's Handbook REF 621 M 1
- Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers REF 621 S 1
- The McGraw-Hill Handbook of Essential Engineering Information and Data REF 620 M 1
- Uniform Building Code Compliance Manual REF 690 I 1-2
Thousands of journal, magazine, and newspaper articles covering all disciplines.
Includes scholarly journal articles. Includes Hoover's company database.
- use MORE SEARCH OPTIONS to remove book reviews
- use AND to combine topics
- use OR to add synonymous terms
- use quotation marks for a phrase (example: "computer aided design")
- Science Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson Database) Full text science database that covers approximately 320 journals in a broad range of science topics. Includes scholarly journal articles.
- Encyclopedia Britannica Online The complete Encyclopedia Britannica with related web links.
- Safari Books Online E-books for learning programs like AutoCAD and Google SketchUp.
To browse or search to see if the Library has a subscription to a particular magazine, newspaper, or journal title use the Periodical Title List. (http://dv2dw2vb3l.search.serialssolutions.com/)[Top of Page]
Finding reliable information on the web can be difficult.
Use the ipl2 site (Engineering section)http://www.ipl.org/ or see recommended websites below.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Article on Engineers http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos027.htm
- Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century
- Engineering at the National Academies http://www.nationalacademies.org/engineering/
- Intute - Engineering http://www.intute.ac.uk/engineering/
- Thomas.Net http://www.thomasnet.com/ Thomas Manufacturers Directory is the standard publication for finding information about manufacturers in the United States. The paper edition is a multi-volume work arranged by product. Now it can also be accessed free online
and provides much more “value-added” information. Search by type of product or component: for example “grippers.” The database links to the company website where you usually find descriptions, specifications, images of products and even CAD drawings that can be downloaded.
- WWW Virtual Library - Engineering http://vlib.org/Engineering
California Institute of Technology (http://library.caltech.edu). Caltech is a world-famous research institution close to PCC and has rich collections in engineering and science. The libraries are open to the public from M-F 8:00am-5:00pm. You can search Caltech’s vast array of databases in engineering and science on-site and save the citations to a flash-drive or floppy disk (printing is not available to non-Caltech members). Non-Caltech users can use books only onsite.
Cal State Los Angeles (CSULA) Library: PCC Students with a valid LancerCard and current registration print out can obtain a library card and check books out from the CSULA Library http://www.calstatela.edu/library/ The CSULA has an excellent collection of material (books and journals) in engineering and many databases in science and engineering.
- WorldCat http://www.worldcat.org/ The world's largest database of library catalogs from thousands of member libraries.
last updated: 07/07/2011 by P. Johnson revision #4