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The word electroniks is derived from the Greek word Elektron, which means the study of behavior of an electron under different conditions of an externally applied field. The Institution of Radio Engineers gave the standard definition of electronics in the proceedings of IRE Volume 38 (1950) as

that field of science and engineering which deals with the study, design and use of devices which deals with the conduction of electricity through a gas, vacuum or semiconductor.

The development of Integrated Circuits (IC) in 1961 was a great achievement in the field of electronics and after that rapid developments were made in the IC technology[1]. Electrical Engineering basically covers the generation, transmission, distribution and applications of electric power. Read these interesting articles on EEE:

  1. Comparison of electrical “engineering” of Heaviside’s times and software “engineering” of our times [available in IEEE Explore database]
  2. From large technical systems to technological complexes [available in IEEE Explore database]

Course structure

Electrical and Electronic Engineering curriculum in NTU focuses on the six main divisions of Power Engineering, Circuits and Systems, Microelectronics, Control and Instrumentation and Communication and Information Engineering. These cover the fundamentals and specialized subjects on the broad spectrum of technologies encompassed by the area of electrical and electronic engineering. The fundamental subjects are:

  1. Semiconductor Fundamentals
  2. Electronics
  3. Circuit Analysis
  4. Data Structures and Algorithms
  5. Signals & Systems
  6. AC Circuits & Machines
  7. Power Systems & Conversions
  8. Engineering Electromagnetics
  9. Semiconductor devices & Processing
  10. Introduction to photonics

Other basic areas are Engineering Electromagnetics, Integrated Electronics and Microprocessors.


Literature in Electrical and Electronic Engineering spans a wide range of formats including books, conference proceedings, journal articles, white papers, reviews, standards, patents, transactions, reports and datasheets.

Commercial Publishers

Major publishers are Elsevier, Springer, McGraw-Hill, Taylor and Francis, John Wiley, Pearson Prentice‐Hall, Oxford University Press, Morgan Kaufmann.

Institutional Publishers

Organizations such as Institution of Electrical and Electrical Engineering (IEEE), Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) and Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) are also important publishers in EEE. Reference 1. R.S. Sedha, A textbook of applied electronics, rev. ed., New Delhi: S Chand & Company, 2006 Available in Lee Wee Nam Engineering and Science Library; Call no: TK7816.S445

Topics/Course Guides

Course guide for Nuclear Power

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Resource Guide on Electric Power

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Citation Styles for EEE

IEEE is a numbered style with two components: In-text references where references are numbered [1] in the order of appearance in the article A reference list, displayed at the end of the article, provides full details of all references cited in the text. The...

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Integrated Circuits & Systems

This is a list of selected library resources on Integrated circuits and systems. It is organized according to books, conference proceedings, e-books, print and electronic journals. The last section contains some web resources (online articles and videos) sourced from...

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Books are useful as they usually provide detailed information and longer exposition about a topic. Many books also consolidate previous knowledge about the topic, thus helping the reader to understand the topic better. You can either BROWSE the book collection (which is arranged in systematic classified order) in the Library OR SEARCH the catalogue for list of relevant books.


Browsing the collection

The main EEE book collection is located at Level 5 of Lee Wee Nam Library. Most books relating to EEE are classified with call numbers beginning with TK. The major EEE areas and their range of call numbers are shown below. Don’t forget that other relevant EEE books can be classified in other locations.

Subject Terms LC Class
Generation of Electric power TK 1001-1184
Distribution and transmission of Electric Power TK 3001-3521
Applications of Electric Power TK 4001 – 4102
Electronics TK7800
Optoelectronic devices and photo electronic devices TK 8300-8360

LC Classification for Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Searching for books

You can find a list of books on a specific subject in EEE by searching the Library Catalogue under the appropriate subject headings in the subject field. Improve your search results with thesecatalogue tips. To help you to get started, I have compiled a list of books on specific topics. Click on the following topics to retrieve relevant books. Electronics Electric power Microelectronics Photonics Control Engineering Semiconductors

The library does not have a particular book? Recommend it to us

Students can send an e-mail to with as much details about the item as possible – Title, Author/editor, Place of publication, Publisher or producer, Date of publication, ISBN, Edition and Price. Staff can use Staff Link. Under Resource Request — Library Services — Book Recommendation. Refer to New Title Recommendation for more details.


E-books or electronic books are the digital version of print books, designed to be read on a personal computer with internet connection or on an e-book reader such as Sony Reader or Amazon’s kindle.


Browsing by E-book Providers

The major providers of e-books in the field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering are listed below. They are organized alphabetically. Click on the titles to access. You may be asked to login with your NTU network username and password.

  1. CRCnetBASE
    The collection is categorized into subsets like ElectricalEngineeringnetBase, ENGnetBASE, TeleCommunicationnetBASE, and etc. Search the individual collections or the whole set.
  2. Elsevier Reference Works and Book Series
    Access is through the database platform Science Direct. Browse or search the collection covering physical sciences and engineering reference collection. Full text availability is indicated by green key symbol.
  3. IEEE-Wiley eBooks Library
    This eBooks collection spans numerous content areas, including Bioengineering, Power & Energy and Communication technologies, among other growing areas of research. These can be accessed from the IEEE Xplore database or by doing a Library Catalogue search.
  4. Knovel
    Browse the collection by subjects – Electrical and Power Engineering, Electronics and Semiconductors, General Engineering and Engineering Management etc or by the alphabetical listing or search for titles.
  5. MIT CogNet
    Provides access to the collection of online publications in the subject areas of Cognitive Science, covering the topics of Computational Intelligence, Neuroscience, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Linguistics and Language.
  6. NetLibrary
    Provides access to the full text of reference, scholarly and professional electronic books.
  7. Referex Engineering
    Access is through the database platform Engineering Village. You can search for e-books or browse the collection in four subject areas, namely Electrical & Electronic engineering, Materials & Mechanical, Chemical, Petrochemical & Process and Civil & Environmental.
  8. Safari Tech Books
    Provides access to the IT-related printed books online from the IT publishers and covers the subject areas of Artificial Intelligence, E-commerce, IT management Graphics and Hardware.
  9. SpringerLink
    Provide access to e-books and e-book series in the subject areas of Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence (including Robotics), Computer Communication Networks, Software Engineering, Database Management, Data Encryption, Physics and Astronomy, and Mathematics and Statistics.
  10. Synthesis digital library
    Provide access to lecture notes on a wide range of topics in Electrical and electronics and computer engineering such as power electronics, digital circuit and systems, computer vision, RF/Microwaves, tissue engineering, speech and audio processing, image video and multimedia processing, and etc.
  11. Wiley Online Library
    The e-books are mainly found in the ‘Physical Sciences and Engineering’ collection.

Searching for E-books

You can also access and search for individual e-books titles using the Library catalogue. See this step-by-step instruction guide for finding e-books.

Selected E-books for Electrical and Electronic Engineering

I have compiled a short list that you can take a quick look before exploring further via the e-book publishers’ platforms or the Library Catalogue.

Reference Works

Reference books are books to refer to when one needs quick and basic information. They are usually not meant to be read from cover to cover. Examples include Dictionaries, Handbooks, Encyclopedias, Yearbooks, Abstracts, Almanacs, Biographies and etc.


Find reference titles for EEE using “Advanced search” in the library catalogue and specifying the“TYPE” as “REFERENCE”. A list of selected reference titles on Electrical and Electronic Engineering is listed below. Click on the hyperlinked titles to check availability in the Library. Electronic copies are denoted accordingly and direct access will be provided if available.

Content at a Glance



  1. Comprehensive dictionary of electrical engineering [e-book]
    Print copy also available at Lee Wee Nam Library. Check availability
    Call No.: TK9.C737
  2. Wiley electrical and electronics engineering dictionary
    Call No.: TK9.K17
  3. IEC multilingual dictionary: electricity, electronics and telecommunications [CD-Rom]
    Call No: J307529 (Enquire at Lee Wee Nam Library Service Desk)
  4. Standard data element types with associated classification scheme for electric components. Part 5, Extensions to the EXPRESS dictionary schema
    Call No.: QC100.B862 BS EN 61360-5 2004 Closed Stacks (Enquire at Lee Wee Nam Library Service Desk)
  5. The new IEEE standard dictionary of electrical and electronics terms (including abstracts of all current IEEE standards)
    Call No.: TK277.I22N


  1. Encyclopedia of modern optics
    Call No: QC351.2.E56
  2. Concise encyclopedia of materials for energy systems
    Call No.: TK1005.C744
  3. The modern amplifier circuit encyclopedia
    Call No.: TK7871.2.G736
  4. Encyclopedia of life support systems: electrical engineering
    Call No.: TK145.E56 V1 to V3
  5. Survey of instrumentation and measurement
    Call No.: T50.S963
  6. Encyclopedia of RF and microwave engineering [e-book]
    Call No.: XX(346665.1)
  7. Encyclopedia of electronic circuits on CD-ROM [CD-Rom]
    Call No.: TK7867.E56 (Enquire at Business Library Service Desk)
  8. The modern detector circuit encyclopedia
    Call No.: TK7870.G736


  1. Nuclear engineering handbook
    Call No.: TK9151.N964U
  2. Cambridge illustrated handbook of optoelectronics and photonics
    Call No.:TA1750.K19
  3. Electro-optics handbook [e-book]
    Print copy is also available in Lee Wee Nam Library. Check availability
    Call No.: TA1750.E38EH 2000
  4. Embedded systems handbook: embedded systems design and verification [e-book]
    Call No.: XX(624338.1)
  5. Electrical power engineering, reference & applications handbook
    Call No.: TK4035.F3A277 2007
  6. Electronic packaging and interconnection handbook
    Call No.: TK7870.15.E38 2000
  7. Power electronics design handbook: low-power components and applications [e-book]
    Print copy is also available in Lee Wee Nam Library. Check availability
    Call No.: TK7881.15.K96
  8. Power electronics handbook: devices, circuits and applications
    Call No.: TK7881.15.P887PE 2007
  9. Handbook of lasers [e-book]
    Print copy available at the Lee Wee Nam Library. Check availability
    Call No.: TA1683.W375H
  10. Instrument engineers’ handbook [e-book]
    Print copy is also available at Lee Wee Nam Library. Check availability
    Call No.: TS156.8.I59 2003-2006 Vol 1 and 2
  11. The electronic packaging handbook [e-book]
    Print copy is also available. Check availability
    Call No.: TK7870.15.E38P
  12. The circuits and filters handbook. Computer aided design and design automation [e-book]
  13. The circuits and filters handbook. Analog and VLSI circuits
    Print copy is also available in Lee Wee Nam Library. Check availability
    Call No.: TK7874.654.C578
  14. Standard handbook of engineering calculations [e-book]
    Print copy is also available in Lee Wee Nam Library. Check availability
    Call No.: TA332.S785 2005
  15. Standard handbook of electronic engineering
    Call No.: TK7825.E38 2005 + 1 CD
  16. Power distribution planning reference book [e-book]
    Print copy is also available at Lee Wee Nam Library. Check availability
    Call No.: TK3091.W734 2004
  17. Electrical engineer’s reference book [e-book]
    Print copy is available at Lee Wee Nam Library. Check availability
    Call No.: TK145.E38E 2003
  18. Ugly’s electrical references
    Call No.: TK151.H325
  19. The IEE electrical installation design guide: calculations for electricians and designers
    Call No.: TK452.I22
  20. Electrical engineering: a pocket reference
    Call No.: TK151.S354
  21. Microelectronics failure analysis: desk reference
    Call No.: TK7871.M626 2004 + 1 CD

Core databases

  1. IEEE Xplore: Offers full text access to IEEE & IET transactions, journals, magazines, conference proceedings and current IEEE standards. Browse by journal title, conference name; search by author, subject, journal, and affiliation. Read more…
  2. Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science: Access the lecture series in a wide range of topics ranging from Digital Circuits & Systems, Electrical Engineering, Energy & the Environment, Engineering, Engineers, Technology, & Society, Image, Video and Multimedia Processing, Power Electronics, Signal Processing, Solid State Materials and Devices, Speech and Audio Processing and Technology. Read more…
  3. SPIE Digital Library: Offers full text access to the journals and the proceedings of the International Society of Optical Engineering. Subjects covered include Microelectronics, Optoelectronics, Micromachining, Electronic Imaging, Displays, Medical Imaging, Lasers and Applications and etc. Read more…
  4. Engineering Village: This platform provides access to multiple databases for the latest applied science and engineering research developments. Databases include Compendex, Inspec and NTIS. It also provides access to CRCEngNetbase and Referex e-book packages, and patents produced European Patent Office (EPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Read more…
  5. Springerlink: Provides access to journals, e-books published by Springer in the areas of engineering, Computer Science, and etc. Read more…

Access the full list of EEE databases.

Related databases

  1. Scopus: It is a multidisciplinary database covering research literature in Engineering, Science, Economics and Social Sciences. It also provides citation analysis. Read more…
  2. Web of Science: It provides access to abstracts and citations drawn from leading professional science and social sciences journals. The database also offers access to articles’ cited references, which include government publications and patents. Read more…
  3. MIT Cognet: This database has a collection of online publications on the subject area of Cognitive Science, covering the topics of Computational Intelligence; Neuroscience; Psychology; Cognitive Science; Philosophy; Psychology; Linguistics; Language; and etc. Read more…
  4. IEC Collection: The IEC collection, available through IHS Engineering Resource Center (ERC) via Specs & Standards, is published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). IEC is a leading global organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. Read more…
  5. USPTO Patent database: A free database which contains full-text U.S. patents for over 3,000,000 patents from 1976 to the present.
  6. SurfIP: An intellectual property information system for patent attorneys, researchers and inventors developed and maintained by the Government of Singapore.
  7. Dissertations & Theses via Proquest: This database provides access doctoral dissertations and master’s theses from other universities in different subject areas including engineering. Full text content is available from 1997. For previous years, the content is bibliographic with abstract. Please view the 24 page review of the thesis/dissertation before downloading the full text document. Read more…

The academic journal is the dominant communication medium for disseminating and sharing research findings, particularly in science and engineering. There are a couple of ways to look for journal articles at the library:


1. NTU Library Subscribed E-journals A-to-Z list

If you have a specific journal in mind, try to find the electronic copy in the NTU Library Subscribed E-journals A-to-Z list first. There are 4 ways to search the A-to-Z list:


  1. Browse the index of e-journal providers (if you are familiar with the journal publishers)
  2. Search for titles subscribed by the library. E-journal title search can done using “Title Name”, “Publisher Name”, “ISSN”, “Subjects” or all of the above.
  3. Browse by subjects
  4. Browse through a list of free e-journals

The search result will present the databases in which the journal can be found in and the period of subscription covered. Click on the database title to proceed.

2. Databases

If you do not have a specific journal in mind and just want to search on a specific subject or topic, use databases relevant to EEE instead.

3. Print Journals

We also have the print equivalent of some journals. Current print journals are physically located at level 2 and bound journals (i.e. older issues) are in the Lee Wee Nam Library at level 5. You can browse through the shelves to see what journals are available. Moreover, many older issues of journals are still not available in digital format. Therefore it is good to know how to find them physically.

If you have a specific title in mind, you can locate the call number and location via the library catalogue. Search using the “journal title” from the drop down menu.

Important Note: Articles titles are not searchable in the library catalogue. You can only search for journal titles.

Journal Ranking

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is a resource that provides the data to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 11,000 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers. I have compiled 2 lists of top cited EEE journals according to JCR. One for 2008 and one for 2009.

Top EEE Journals according to ISI Impact Factor 2009


The Audio Visual collection is located in the Business Library at Level B2. Staff and Masters/PhD students can borrow the titles home while undergraduate students can approach the service desk to borrow a title and view it in within the premises of the library.


Some of the EEE AV titles are listed below. Click on hyperlinked titles to check availability in the Library.

  1. Power Electronics Education
    Call No.: D304767
  2. Batteries and magnets
    Call No.: T173.8.B335 Discs 1-2
  3. Circuit designs and technology for RF-CMOS
    Call No.: B511584, E511580, G511581, J511582 and L511583
  4. Electronics industry applications
    Call No.: TK7835.E38
  5. Electrical safety in the workplace
    Call No.: T55.G326 GS008
  6. Principles of high voltage engineering
    Call No.: H509990, K509988, A509989 and K509991
  7. Electrical wiring 101 for homebuilt aircraft
    Call No.: TL691.W5E38
  8. 100 hour/annual inspection, powerplant
    Call No.: TS156.2.H841
  9. ESD: See It! Believe It! Control It!
    Call No.: QC571.E75
  10. E444 circuits and systems: industrial talk – designing on-chip phase-locked loop circuits
    Call No.: G510741

Searching for AV titles

Here is a step-by-step instruction guide to search for AV titles in the library catalogue.

Web Resources

Here are some selected web resources on Electrical and Electronic Engineering.


Content at a Glance

EEE Institutions and Societies
Topical sites
Search Engines
Datasheets and buyer guides
Hobbyist guides
Discussion forums
Directories of Sources
Institutions of higher learning

EEE Institutions and Societies

  1. IEEE
    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is the world’s largest technical professional society dedicated to advancing innovation and technological excellence.
  2. IET
    The Institution of Engineering and Technology is a leading professional society for the engineering and technology community. It provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world.
  3. AES
    The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology.
  4. SPIE
    The International Society for Optical Engineering has taken up the fundamental mission to provide world-class education and information services, which enhances and promotes the profession and field of optical engineering. This adds quality and value to the careers of the members it serves.
  5. NARTE
    The National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers is a professional organization, certifying qualified engineers and technicians in the fields of telecommunications, electromagnetic compatibility/interference, and electrostatic discharge control.
  6. AAAI
    The American Association for Artificial Intelligence aims to increase public understanding of artificial intelligence.
  7. ACM
    The Association of Computing Machinery is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society and delivers resources that advance computing as a science and as a profession.

Topical sites

  1. All About Circuits
    Offers access to a series of online books on electricity and electronics.
  2. Discover Circuits
    This site provides many electronic circuits categorized with cross-references.
  3. National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    This website of laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development in USA provides numerous quality literatures on topics of renewable energy, power electronics and etc.
    In this site you  can find an informative list of  resources for electrical engineers like 101 best electricity resources compiled by Ms. Sarah Paige
  5. Circuits Archive
    This site is a circuit database for all electrical engineers from the College of Engineering at the University of Washington.


Datasheets and buyer guides

  1. Chip Directory
    This is a searchable directory, providing numerically and functionally ordered chip lists, chip pinouts and lists of manufacturers.
  2. ChipDocs
    This is a datasheet source for electronic components and semiconductors and is a good source to find obsolete parts.
  3. Datasheet Locator
    This is a free electronic engineering tool that allows you to locate product datasheets from hundreds of worldwide electronic component manufacturers. The access is granted through the company name.
  4. EngNet (Electrical and Electronics)
    This site serves as a products directory and buyers guide.
  5. EEM: Electronic buyer’s guide
    This site provides information on electronic products, manufacturer, services and equipments.

Search Engines

  1. Circuit Scout
    This site offers teaching and learning materials in engineering, contributed by staff and students from leading educational institutions.
  2. refSeek
    This site offers free online service created by a consortium of seven UK universities, providing access to technology web resources.
  3. Scitopia
    This site is a free, federated search portal initiated by the collaboration of 15 leading science and technology societies.
  4. TechXtra
    This site offers free services to help you find articles, books, the best websites, the latest industry news, job announcements, technical reports, technical data, full text eprints, the latest research, thesis & dissertations etc in engineering, and computing.
  5. Infomine
    This site offers a virtual library of Internet resources compiled by US librarians.

Hobbyist guides

  1. Electronics Hobbyist
    Offers interesting articles, news snippets, magazine links and links to discussion forums for hobbyists.
  2. The Electronics Club
    This site provides guidance for newcomers on electronic components, projects and circuit symbols.

Discussion Forums and News groups

  1. All about Circuits forum
    This site is a general electronics discussion forum.
  2. EDA Board
    This site explores active discussions on specialized areas of digital signal processing, microcontrollers, power electronics, hardware and pcb design and much more.
  3. Electronics Zone Discussion
    Offers access to active discussions on electronics.
  4. Electronic Engineering Times Asia
    Offers access to news and trends, white papers, datasheets, interviews and application notes.

Directories of Sources

  1. Open directory project – Science: Technology: Electronics
    This site acts as a directory of selected web contents maintained by a vast global community of volunteer editors.

Institutions of higher learning

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of California, Berkerley

Reserves / RBR titles / Red-spot books are the recommended textbooks selected by your lecturers for your course modules.


Browsing the Reserves collection

Reserve titles for Engineering and Science are located in Lee Wee Nam Library at the Reserves section of Level 3. They are marked for a loan of 2 hours. They can be borrowed with your student card using the self-service machines located within the Reserves section. Do return them on time as overdue fines are set at S$0.50 per hour.

Searching for Reserves

You can retrieve Reserves titles via their Course Codes from the Library Catalogue.


Go to the Library Catalogue:

  1. Click the Reserves tab.
  2. Key in the course code
  3. Click on Search by Course ID.


Student Works

EEE Final Year Project Reports and Industrial attachment Reports (except the confidential reports) can be found in our Digital Repository (Restricted Access). Log in using NTU network user name and password to view the full-text.

View the Collection Page of the EEE Student Reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI). Enter your search terms and click “Go”.

Alternatively, you can use “author”, “title”, “subject” and “date” to browse through the collection.

See diagram below for a snapshot of the Collection Page.



Staff Publications

The publications by NTU faculty, consisting of journal articles and conference papers, are available in the open access collection of DR-NTU. This collection can be found with a search in Google.


EEE Staff Papers

Click Digital Repository (Open Access) to access EEE staff papers.

Many publishers like IEEE allow self-archiving of publications in institutional repositories. Prior to Janauary 2011, IEEE permitted published version of the journal articles to be uploaded in institutional repositories. The IEEE Publication Services and Products Board revised and approved a new policy in November 2010. The new policy which affects works published in January 2011 and after, permits authors to archive only the accepted version of their papers. Authors are not required to remove published version of their papers (published before Jan 2011) that have been posted the web (according to IEEE FAQ).

Do refer to the copyright policies and archiving guidelines from Sherpa Romeo regarding the submission of articles in DR-NTU.

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