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Subject Guide for Interdisciplinary Telecommunications

  • Starting Your Research
  • Find Articles
  • Find Books
  • Online Resources
  • International Organizations

Start your research with reference resources like dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, handbooks, and manuals.


+ Dictionaries

These publications provide background information, definitions and explanations of terms.

Newton's Telecom Dictionary
Engineering Library Stacks TK5102 N49 2001


Data & Telecommunications Dictionary, 2nd ed.

Full-text in ENGnetBASE
1st ed. also available in print: Engineering Library Stacks TK 5102 P48 1999


Hargrave's Communications Dictionary

Engineering Library Reference TK 5102 H37 2001


CU Scientific and Technical Acronyms, Symbols, and Abbreviations


Search Chinook to find additional dictionaries:


Library of Congress Subject

Telecommunication Dictionaries



+ Directories


CU Associations Unlimited

Scholarly Societies--Electrical and Computer Science


Search Chinook to find additional directories:


Library of Congress Subject

Telecommunication Directories



+ Encyclopedias

These publications provide background information, definitions and explanations of terms.

CU Access Science: McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia Of Science & Technology


Desktop Encyclopedia of Voice and Data Networking
Engineering Library Reference TK 5102 M853 2000


Froehlich/Kent Encyclopedia of Telecommunications
Engineering Library Stacks TK 5102 E646 1991


+ Handbooks and Manuals


CU EngNetBase--over 400 CRC handbooks online. Includes titles such as Communications Handbook, CRC Handbook of Modern Telecommunications, The Digital Signal Processing Handbook, Handbook of Ad Hoc Wireless Networks, Handbook of Emerging Communications, and other titles.


CU Knovel Library --Combines essential and authoritative reference books and databases from more than 30 Sci-Tech publishers and professional societies including, McGraw Hill, John Wiley, Elsevier, Springer, Industrial Press, American Institute of Chemical Engineers and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Covers 17 industrially important subject areas in the fields of Chemistry and the Life Sciences; Materials; and Engineering.

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CU Safari Tech Books--Safari Bookshelf is an online library of several hundred full-text e-books covering topics such as computer programming languages, databases, software and hardware, human-computer interaction, markup languages, networking, and more.  The books are collected from top publishers in the IT industry and are all searchable from this single platform.

Search Chinook to find additional handbooks and manuals:
Library of Congress Subject

Telecommunication Handbooks Manuals Etc





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Find Articles & More Article Finder Find it at CU Find Journals in Chinook


Find Articles and More--When you need to find articles on a topic


Article Finder--When you know the article you need

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In some article databases, you will see a "Find it at CU" link. Find it at CU will link you from citations to the full text of the desired item in another article database. For more information about Find it at CU, please see the Find it at CU FAQ. Not all databases can be set up to work with Find it at CU.


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If you do not see a link to Find it at CU, note the name of the publication where the article was published and then check Chinook (the library catalog) to see where the publication is available. [More information on deciphering citations]

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Search Chinook to find additional journals and other periodicals:


Library of Congress Subject Telecommunication Periodicals



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Library of Congress Classification Search Chinook Prospector Interlibrary Loan


Library of Congress Classification

Books in the University Libraries are organized according to the Library of Congress Classification system. This system assigns a call number with letters and numbers to each book based on the book's subject. Once you find a good book on your subject, browse the books in that call number range to find books with similar subjects.



Call Numbers


 Telecommunication: Including telegraphy, telephone, radio, radar, television


Chinook is the catalog for materials owned by the CU Libraries. You can do a title search for a specific book, or a keyword search if you are looking for books on a particular topic. You can also use MyChinook to manage your library account (including renewals, holds, recalls, saved searches, etc.)  

Chinook Catalog


Video Video Tutorial: Searching for books in Chinook


Video Video Tutorial: Chinook Keyword Search

For Tips on developing keywords for your topic go to: How do I Choose Keywords for my search

Video Video Tutorial: How to recall/request books that are checked out or at PASCAL


Video Video Tutorial: Accessing online books


If you search Chinook and find that the CU Libraries do not have the item you are looking for (or if the item you are looking for is checked out), you can search Prospector, which is a combined library catalog of 23 libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. CU students, staff and faculty can request materials through Prospector, and the items will generally be delivered to Norlin within a few business days.

Video Video Tutorial: Search Prospector

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Request through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) - http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/ill/

If the item you are looking for is not in Chinook or Prospector, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Generally, an ILL request will take longer to be delivered than material requested through Prospector.

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These are relevant resources that are freely available on the Web.

International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)




ITP Capstone Database


National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)




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Internet Links

InfoMine Scholarly Internet Resource Collections: Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computing and Math



Science.gov searches over 38 databases and 1,950 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information, including research and development results.


Intute: Science, Engineering and Technology


TechXtra: Engineering, Mathematics, and Computing


Telecommunications Virtual Museum--sponsored by the Telecommunications History Group



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Publications and Statistics Patents


Publications and Statistics


Provides a gateway to information on development issues, providing free and easy access to wide range of high quality online resources. Coverage: varies.


Development Experience (USAID)

The Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC) acquires USAID-funded publications for dissemination to the international development community. Online services include searchable database, document submission, e-mail subscription, and ordering documents and CD's. Coverage: varies.


International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Provides the ITU-T (Telecommunication Standardisation Sector) and ITU-R (Radiocommunication Sector) recommendations online. Some recommendations and publications are available for free online or through the library. Please contact us for additional information.


ITU Strategy and Policy Unit

Identifies emerging trends in the telecommunications environment and analyzes their implications for ITU and its membership. Includes a series of country case studies arrayed by country or topic.


ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau
Provides statistics, free study group publications, databases such as the Country Regulatory Profiles and OPERITU, and other information to assist developing countries in the field of information and communication technologies.


CU LexisNexis Statistical
An index to statistics published by states, the US government, international organizations, research centers, and trade groups and others. Many statistics are available online. Others are available in print and other formats. Ask for assistance with this database in the Government Publications or Business libraries. Microfiche in the S and U series are in Government Publications. The A, B, C, and R series are housed in the Business Library. Coverage: varies.


CU Source OECD
SourceOECD from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development comprises 20 book collections by theme, containing all monographs and reports; 24 periodicals; a reference title; and the OECD statistical databases. A good source of economic statistics for developed nations. Coverage: varies.


Provides selected data series from 30 specialized international sources for all available countries and areas. Coverage: varies.


United Nations
Provides access to official UN publications and a wide array of information from related organizations. After selecting a languge for the site, choose "Issues on the UN Agenda" to access a selection of documents, websites, speeches and other material by theme.


United Nations Public Administration Network

The mission of UNPAN - United Nations Online Network in Public Administration and Finance - is to promote the sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices throughout the world in sound public policies, effective public administration and efficient civil services, through capacity-building and cooperation among the United Nations Member States, with emphasis on south-south cooperation and UNPAN's commitment to integrity and excellence. Coverage: varies.


CU World Bank E-Library

The World Bank Publication's entire output since the beginning of April 2000 plus all new documents.


CU World Development Indicators

Contains statistical data for 550 development indicators and time series data from 1960-2000 for over 200 countries and 18 country groups. Data includes social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators.


World Bank Financial & Private Development Sector

This site offers best practice public policy advice for private sector led growth in developing countries. Find expert analysis, powerful databases, quick solutions, and comprehensive "how-to" guides.




The Engineering Library's Patents page provides access to US and foreign patent information, databases with images and texts of US patents and images and text for recent foreign and international patents.



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