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Manufacturing Guide

This guide will help you find books, videos, articles and websites about Manufacturing. Use the tabs below and the menus on your right to start searching for different types of materials.

If you need additional help, come to the Library Reference Desk or Ask A Librarian.

  1. Books
  2. Videos
  3. Databases
  4. Websites

Use the Library catalog to search the COD Library's collection of books, videos, e-books, and streaming media. Use your COD Library card to check these items out or access them online.

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.

Call Number Ranges

Use these call number ranges to browse the General Collection and the Reference Collection.

HD9720 - HD9975 / TS1 - TS2301 General Manufacturing
TS155 - TS184 Manufacturing Processes
TP155 - TP156 / TS155 - TS156 Process Control
TJ223.P73 Programmable Controllers

Reference Books in the Library

There are encyclopedias, handbooks and dictionaries in the Library collection or available electronically 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:


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:
To use Knovel books, make sure you are using the most current version of your web browser and that your Flash plugin is up to date. Need help? Contact Denise Cote at 630-942-2092 or

Math for Process Control
Sensor Technology Handbook
Programmable Logic Controllers (4th Edition)

Using I-Share

The library is a part of a consortium of academic libraries known as I-Share. As COD students, you can request items from other libraries online by creating an I-Share account. For more information, visit our I-Share Information Web Page.

Manufacturing Videos in the Library

Videos in the Library are available to both students and faculty. Students can check out most of the Library videos but sometimes they have to be used in the Library. If you would like to take a reserved video home, please contact the Manufacturing Librarian to get permission for a brief loan.

Faculty, if you'd like to use a video in your class, please call the Circulation Department at 630-942-2106 to have the item delivered to the TEC building or held for pickup at the Library. You can book your videos well in advance of your classes and are strongly encouraged to do so.

How to Search for Videos in the Catalog

When you are in the Library catalog, do a search. (Ex. Process Control) You can also choose to limit the search to a specific video format: VHS, DVD, or eVideo.

Streaming Videos

Technology & Trade Education Collection
Have your library card handy to watch these online videos from off-campus. This collection of online streaming videos includes a variety of subjects related to Manufacturing, such as: Machining, Milling, and Safety.

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:


Best Bets

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

See the Manufacturing Databases page for other useful databases.

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.

Manufacturing Keywords
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."