Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Engineering students, faculty can access thousands more articles

A new digital resource provided by Summar Library offers access to full-text PDFs of articles from nearly 150 periodicals related to engineering: The IEEE Xplore Digital Library Package.

The acronym stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology.

Union students and faculty can gain full access to the journal package and some other site resources (see more below). First, to access the database, click on Databases and Ebooks (under Quick Links on the library's homepage) and scroll down to find the database.

When first visiting the site, keep in mind that the library is providing full access to the association's journal package only. That said, the best way to be sure of what can be accessed on this site is to click on "WHAT CAN I ACCESS?" in the menu bar across the top of the page.

Doing so brings up a list of IEEE's online journals, with access to all AbstractPlus records and full-text articles published since 2005.

Clicking on the first link available makes it possible to browse titles alphabetically, with access to such publications as "Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE" or "Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology, IEEE."

Once a magazine or journal is accessed, users can then narrow the search by author or affiliation. 

Those who create a subscription will have access to 3,275,861 items. You read it right -- that's 3 million and some change.

Either use the search window to access materials or use the links to journals and magazines, conference publications, or books and Ebooks.

Articles also can be searched by topic. Just a few of the listed options include "bioengineering," "fields, waves and electromagnetics," "geoscience" and "nuclear engineering."

When searching this way, some full-text articles can be accessed for free; others are available by subscription only.

Next post: A new digital resource acquired by the library is mainly geared toward the sciences and enables users to access streaming video on demand, whose use can enhance online and face-to-face courses.

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