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Hi!
Some questions regarding where to get datasheets (appologies if this is posted in the wrong forum).
I've been searching on the net for datasheets, especially the 7400-series. But either I am doing something wrong, or there is many "false positives". When searching for datasheets I get a lot of links/hits in Google, DuckDuckGo, "insert your search engine here", but none of them have the datasheet I'm looking for ( is this some form af search engine manipulation?).

So if someone could point me in the general direction of:

1 Sites that have a COMPLETE archive of datasheets for the 7400- and the 4000-series ICs.

2. Sites that have complete datasheet books in ebook format (for my Kindle).

I would be eternally gratefull. Don't mind if I have to pay for this, but just can't find them!!! 
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It's best to either go direct to manufacturers now or to reputable distributors that carry links to datasheets (Digi-Key, Mouser, etc.) Like you, I get frustrated searching for datasheets using search engines due to SEO manipulation.

For example, Texas Instruments is a good site to go to for datasheets. They also have a very comprehensive logic guide. It doesn't have datasheets but it does have all their part numbers, which you can then look up using their search engine.

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Thank you RuggedCircuit, the guide is download and reading commenced!  smiley
Appreciate to hear that i am not the only one struggeling with this!
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A last question:
Is it feasible to talk about establishing an open source/no profit - wikipedia like site for datasheets??

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Searching on Google these days gets you 100 Wannabe sellers disguised as DAtaSheet sites, and a lot of confusion.

I am looking at datasheets almost every day, and the one site I love is: http://www.datasheets.com/search/

Free signup.  Easy download of datasheets (look at upper left). And a really wide database of parts.

They also show what is in stock and prices at Digikey etc. on the right. (That's their business model).

I have communicated a few times with the developers and they are very helpful.

I don't go anywhere else now, except sometimes to the manufacturer's site after I've seen a datasheet, to look for application notes etc...

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I like using Adafruit's Part Finder.

http://www.adafruit.com/partfinder/

Most of the parts you would use in a hobby project (and could get easy help on) are listed there.  There are links to datasheets and distributors.
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I use

http://www.alldatasheet.com/

a lot.

Also find the part on Mouser/Digikey/et al and there is usually a link to the data sheet on the product page.

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Thank you for your answers. Browser bookmarks updated  smiley
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A data sheet site that I like, because it is not annoying to use versus being as  "complete" as some of the others is http://www.datasheetcatalog.com
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Thank you, added to my list of bookmarks!
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not really a datasheet but valuable imho - http://openbookproject.net/electricCircuits/ -

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Stray '-' at the end of that link causes a 404 error.

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Search for the full part number, so a 7400 you'd search for "74HC00 datasheet pdf"
Add "datasheet" and "pdf" to increase your hit rate, try to find a direct link to the pdf, it saves a lot of faffing about with poorly designed and visually noisy sites like "alldatasheet.com" or whatever that open 3 tabs just to get to the pdf.  Having said that alldatasheet does tend to have all the datasheets tucked away somewhere, and lists by manufacturer.

I wonder if there's a FireFox add-on to search out all the datasheets relevant to the current webpage (wouldn't surprise me!)
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What is it about datasheet sites that they have to be so bloody hard to get information?

Half the time there are 20 large/flashing/graphical links to crap you aren't interested in and the real link is in 6 point text at the bottom of the page (if it's there at all).

I don't think alldatasheet.com is that bad but as you say you do have to load about 3 pages to get the PDF which is a pain, it's clear enough, just annoyingly indirect.

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What is it about datasheet sites that they have to be so bloody hard to get information?

Half the time there are 20 large/flashing/graphical links to crap you aren't interested in and the real link is in 6 point text at the bottom of the page (if it's there at all).

I don't think alldatasheet.com is that bad but as you say you do have to load about 3 pages to get the PDF which is a pain, it's clear enough, just annoyingly indirect.

Thank You Sir, I second that one!!!

The sites are driving me nuts exactly for that reason!

Thank you to all posters, links and tips are meticulously preserved for future reference!  smiley-grin
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