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ENC 3246: Professional Communication for Engineers

Books and E-Books

The best way to find books and E-books is to use the Primo search tool. This tool searches across many of our resources, including the UF Libraries catalog. Click on the red buttons below to learn more about how to search in Primo.

Some e-book services for engineering:

A collection of engineering books and textbooks from McGraw-Hill.
Knovel has handbooks, encyclopedias, reference books, and standards from the world's leading publishers and professional societies in engineering, biotechnology, life sciences, chemistry and materials. Knovel's productivity tools, (including interactive tables, graphs and live equations) allow users to work within Knovel to analyze the data they find.
ENGnetBASE has handbooks in civil, mechanical, electrical, industrial, and mining engineering from CRC Press.
This collection focuses on electrical engineering and includes Bioengineering, Power & Energy, and Communication technologies as well as other growing areas of research.
A collection of books on optics and photonics.
E-books from a variety of disciplines and publishers on the EBSCOhost platform.

Articles & Papers via Databases


A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor.

I recommend The Lens because it is easy to use and searches the US Patent and Trademark office as well as patent offices from around the globe.

Utility patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.
Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture.
Plant patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant.

Standards & Codes

A standard is defined by the National Standards Policy Advisory Committee as:

"A prescribed set of rules, conditions, or requirements concerning definitions of terms; classification of components; specification of materials, performance, or operations; delineation of procedures; or measurement of quantity and quality in describing materials, products, systems, services, or practices."
Four (4) sets of standards are available to UF-affiliated patrons:


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Trade Publications

You may find app examples in these trade publications. You can also find relevant trade publications, by browsing to an industry on Industry Information Resources.

Finding Trade Journal Articles

Locating these types of articles can be tricky, but here are some engineering-related databases that can be helpful:

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