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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Databases in Focus: IEEE Xplore

IEEE Xplore is the world’s largest source of valuable, cutting-edge research, standards and educational courses. It offers full-text access to over two and a half million documents from 130 IEEE journals, 600 conference titles, 1600 active and selected archival IEEE standards and numerous IET journals and conference proceedings. As the largest of its kind you’ll find almost one third of the world’s current literature in electrical engineering, computer science, aerospace systems, telecommunications and biomedical science all in one easy-to-use digital library.

IEEE Xplore



As a member of the University Library you have free access to IEEE Xplore both on and off campus. To begin, log in to MUSE and visit the library tab. From the ‘subject databases’ link select the ‘alphabetical table’ and scroll down to ‘IEEE/IET Electronic Library’. Connect via the quick links option on the right of the IEEE information screen and you’ll see something that looks a lot like the image above.

The simple search option and browse features are great for building up a picture of the kind of content available in your subject area but once you begin to look for something more specific try out the ‘advanced search’ to impose limits for a more controlled search. If you need some help in learning how to conduct successful searches have a look at our tutorial on the Information Skills Resource.

There is the option to sign up for a personal account, which means you can create alerts and save searches - a particularly useful feature if you run regular searches. If you use an RSS reader why not subscribe to the table of contents of your favourite journal too? It’ll provide you with a direct link to any article of interest.

IEEE Xplore Mobile



But what about if you’re on the go? Well you can access IEEE Xplore via your mobile phone too. The optimised search screen is clean and simple and offers clear results with refine options to narrow by content type, publication year, author, affiliation, publication title, publisher, subject, conference country and conference location. When connected to the University network, eduroam, you have the choice to email yourself a link or download a PDF straight away. Off campus you’ll still have the option to email yourself a link to read later of course.

And finally, for those of you making use of our Endnote reference manager you’ll be pleased to know that both Endnote and Endnote Web are fully supported, making it even easier to collect and import references. We have some guidance about how to do this available on the library website (see more about getting started with EndNote).

So what are you waiting for? For further help and advice about using IEEE Xplore contact the library or take a look at the extensive training materials provided online by IEEE - there are self-paced tutorials, downloadable userguides and live demos.

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