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Electrical and Computer Engineering

A guide for finding articles and other resources for electrical engineering

Choosing a Catalog

For book searching, there are several options in terms of search tools or catalogs.

If what's needed is more or less immediate access to any reputable source on a given topic, a subject search in the library catalog of NYU, BobCat, will show the titles available in those collections.

In those cases where what is required is a specific title or a more exhaustive survey of the existing literature on a topic, WorldCat, the catalog of The Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), is the best available tool.

Searching Strategies: Exploratory Searching Using Subject Terms

BobCat and WorldCat all use Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) to classify materials by their subject matter. This system allows them to group together materials on the same subject whether or not the texts themselves use the same vocabulary. Using the catalog's terminology in subject searches can be an efficient way to pull together all the resources relevant to your search into a single list. Below is a list of LCSH terms likely to be useful to NYU Tandon Computer Science students and researchers.

When you come across a catalog record for something relevant to your project or interest, look in the subject field (see Related Subjects in record below) for LCSH terminology you can use to formulate subsequent searches and find other relevant sources.


Select Library of Congress Subject Headings in Electrical, Electronics & Computer Engineering

The following are a non exhaustive list of subject headings that are used by the Library of Congress and relevant to researchers in ECE.  NYU uses the Library of Congress system for its catalog.


Control theory, Electromagnetic theory, Nonlinear control theory, Electromagnetic waves, Estimation theory, Microwaves, Radio waves, Computer architecture, Computer network architectures, Electrooptics, Fiber optics, Signal detection, Signal processing, Robots, Signal theory (Telecommunication), Robots -- Error detection and recovery, Electric Circuits, Semiconductor switches, Electronic circuits, Electric switchgear, Printed circuits, Radar circuits, Image processing, Microwave circuits Computer vision, Microwave integrated circuits, Optical data processing, Integrated circuits -- Very large scale integration, Information theory,Imaging systems in medicine, Error-correcting codes (Information theory), Diagnostic imaging, Electric power systems, Local area networks (Computer networks), Metropolitan area networks (Computer networks), Asymptotic distribution (Probability theory), Electronic data processing -- Distributed processing Distribution (Probability theory), Computer networks -- Security measures, Limit theorems (Probability theory), Radio -- packet transmission, Mixture distributions (Probability theory), Computer networks, Uniform distribution (Probability theory), Data transmission systems, Wireless communication systems, Systems engineering, Digital communications, Large scale systems, Detectors (use for "Sensors"), Stochastic processes, Electric power system stability, Systems engineering, Electric power systems -- Control, System theory, Transients (Electricity), Digital control systems, Feedback control systems, Pulsed power systems, Adaptive control systems, Electric power distribution, Electric power transmission, Nanotechnology, Radio frequency identification systems, Microwave communication systems