Communications Engineering

Changes to Library services during the COVID-19 lockdown.

This subject guide will assist you in finding books, journal articles, and websites, as well as assist you in developing your research skills.

Step #1: Get background information from handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries.

Reference Material

  • Handbooks

  • Dictionaries

  • Encyclopedias

  • Primary Sources

    • Publication Cycle (Engineering & Science): to find primary and secondary sources of information, use tertiary sources of information: dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks. When a researcher publishes material, they follow the cycle clockwise. To find primary and secondary sources, follow the cycle anti clockwise.


    • Begin by defining exactly what you are searching for
    • Select the keywords/synonyms in your topic
    • Be specific when determining keywords/synonyms and terms to search
    • Use the advanced interface of electronic databases and Internet search engines to help narrow your search
    • Limit results in electronic databases to full-text or peer reviewed journals only
    • Use Boolean Operators to connect search terms 
    • Take notes during your research to keep track of where you have been, keywords searched, what worked and what didn't, etc.
    • Google search secrets [electronic resource] / Christa Burns and Michael P. Sauers.


Step #3: Find books on your topic to gain greater depth and understanding.

Books and Serials on Telecommunications Engineering are shelved at these locations in the Library of Congress system: TK5101-6720. 

We welcome your suggestions for books or other library materials you need for your study or research at Carleton.

Google Books >Communications Engineering

Step #4: Write down or store all the references you have consulted to include them in your bibliography of your research paper (e.g., Mendeley)

Content last reviewed: June 27, 2018