Electrical Engineering


The electrical engineering collection serves the needs of faculty and students in the Engineering Department as well as a number of other units across campus. These include the Department of Computer Science, the Centre for Integrated Computer Systems Research (CICSR), the Centre for Advanced Technology in Microelectronics, the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC), the Remote Sensing Council, and the Program in Science and Technology Management.

Overview of the strengths of the existing collection

The civil engineering collection is fairly strong. Almost all of the IEEE, IEE, and SPIE publications are held. There is a standing order for NTIS microfiche for the subjects of computer hardware and software, systems and control. UBC carries a complete set of current and superseded ANSI and CSA standards. The PATSCAN office in the UBC Library searches the worldwide literature on patents.

Current areas of collecting

The electrical engineering selector orders material to support curriculum and research requirements for applied electromagnetics, communications and signal processing, computers and computer applications, computer graphics, digital system design, microelectronics, VLSI design, software engineering, power systems and power electronics, solid state, systems and control. The selector also orders material that supports curriculum requirements for robotics, telephone, television, radio, radar, biomedical engineering.

Research and publishing characteristics

Engineers rely less on library materials than do pure scientists. Most materials utilized are in English, but many engineering materials come from Japan, the former Soviet Union, and Western Europe. Books are important for background material and as handbooks. Periodicals both old and new are important. The number of periodical titles is proliferating. Professional societies provide the core of the literature and can present problems for acquisitions. Patents, standards, and technical reports are important. Conference proceedings are gaining in importance.


Predominantly English.

Geographic origin

Predominantly North America and Europe.


Very few international standards (ISO and CCITT) are held. Artech House publications are rarely ordered. Schematics are not collected. Industrial state-of-the-art reviews are extremely expensive and are not ordered.