If you need additional help, come to the Library Reference Desk or Ask A Librarian.
The best way to start searching the Library catalog is to do a keyword search for words that describe your topic. Try to choose specific keywords. You may need to experiment with keywords to find ones that work for your topic. Once you find some items, you can use subject headings to find other items that cover the same topic.
Browsing the Collection
Use these topics to browse the General Collection and the Reference Collection.
Reference Books in the Library
There are several encyclopedias, handbooks and dictionaries in the Library to use for a quick look up. Reference materials are not typically something you sit down and read cover to cover. Here is a selection:
Juran's Quality Handbook
Guide information for electrical equipment : the white book (Mechanical Equipment and Products)
Manufacturing & distribution U.S.A
How products are made : an illustrated guide to product manufacturing
E-Books and Streaming Videos
These online books and videos can be accessed from the COD network or anywhere on the internet if you have a Library card.
- Knovel Library
This database is a cross-searchable collection of electronic books covering many subjects in technology, engineering, applied technology, science, chemistry and physics and much more. This collection contains a large selection of materials about Manufacturing, including:
Mechanical Engineers Handbook
Total Quality Key Terms and Concepts
Math for Process Control
Sensor Technology Handbook
Programmable Logic Controllers
Books & Videos in Other Libraries
Use database to locate journal, magazine, newspaper or specialized articles. You can use your COD Library card to download articles from off-campus.
Databases are organized collections of information that you can search on a variety of fields, like title and author's name. iTunes is a database and so is Amazon. Even your contacts list in your phone is a type of mini database. The Library has databases of articles from newspapers, magazines and journals. We also have databases of streaming videos, music and e-books. The difference between our databases and iTunes or Amazon is that our stuff is free for you to use. You can browse the library's databases here: http://www.cod.edu/library/resources/subjectdb/
- Associates Program Source Plus
Associates Programs Source Plus is designed specifically for junior & community colleges with a primary focus on disciplines of study within associate degrees and certification programs. Areas explored include accounting, agricultural sciences, child care services, cosmetology, culinary arts, forestry, food service management, graphic arts, hair dressing, hospitality management, interior design, journalism, plumbing, heating & air conditioning, veterinary technology and welding to name a few.
- Business Source Complete
Business Source Complete provides access to content and indexing for 1,300 journals. It covers all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. Additional full-text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses. BSC also contains the Regional Business News which provides comprehensive full text for regional US and Canadian business publications (including titles from Crain Communications). Regional Business News has full text for more than 80 sources.
- NFPA Codes
- Includes the National Fire Codes, the National Electrical Codes, the Life Safety Code and many more National codes from the NFPA.
Other Database Choices
Manufacturing is a very complex topic, so it is best to search for materials on the Internet using tight, refined searches. Remember there are many specialized search tools you can use and also remember to carefully evaluate any information you find on the web.
When searching the Internet, use obvious keywords. For instance, if you are looking for information on industrial closed loop controls, use a search such as: "ultrasonic welding " or "ultrasonic welders" and "pick and place systems."