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Specific information needs for engineering design projects

Technical Documentation
Analog
During the course of your design project, you may need references from manufacturer’s product datasheets, application notes,  and whitepapers. For example,  A Designer's Guide to Instrumentation Amplifiers, written by Charles Kitchin and Lew Counts, gives a comprehensive overview of Instrumentation Amplifier technology and application is available from Analog web site.
By searching for 'Design and Amplifiers', limiting by 'Application Notes' from the left column, and then clicking on 'Update Results', you will be able to access several Application Notes. For example,  Instrumentation Amplifiers Solve Unusual Design Problems See:  Technical Documentation for documentation about different products and their applications.
Other company web sites with technical documentation are: Xilinx

Texas Instruments

Similar documentation can be found.
Search documents at: Texas Instruments Researching such material is important as well in addition just searching in books, online books, and databases. Sometimes students will need product brochure and information on how that product works. Again, searching google for such queries will help. See also:  Chip Directory for the catalog of electronic components.

For information about the 'Cool Roof ' and 'Reflective Roof Coating' project:

Technical Reports
Try searching in  Science.gov
You will find a web site for 'Cool Roof' from the Building Technologies Program of the U.S. Department of Energy web site. Searching in the advanced google  seach page and limiting to domains such as .org and. gov,  you can find sites such as Reflective Roof Coatings — White is the new Green Northwest Indiana Hospitals Use Reflective Roof Coatings. September 21, 2010.

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