Friday, 5 December 2014

Spotlight on IEEE Xplore

The IEEE Xplore database covers all areas of technology and you can use it to find full text papers and ebooks. In addition to IEEE publications, it includes includes over 200,000 IET papers, Bells Lab Technical Journal and MIT ebooks. We have recently added a subscription to IEEE Smart Grid Research which provides access to Smart Grid Vision and Research documents.  

At a recent awareness session I found out a number of useful hints and tips for successful searching using IEEE Xplore:

  • Using Advanced Search allows you to search the full text of a document using key words, in addition to the key words it has been indexed by. This will enable you to search within the conclusion of a paper for new ideas or areas for further research.
  • Sometimes you might want to search for a phrase rather than individual words. You can do this by enclosing your phrase using "quotation marks". 
  • You can also use the wild card * at the end or beginning of a word to find all versions of it e.g. build* finds building, builds, building, builder.
Working with your results:
  • If you have lots of results you can add additional key words at any time using the "Search within results" box on the left side of the page.
  • Your results will be listed in order of relevance but you can sort your results by the number of citations. This will enable you to see influential papers published in your field. 
  • Click on the title of a paper to find out more about it. Here you will be able to view an abstract, key words, author details, references and citations.
  • The HTML view of a paper allows you to jump to particular sections of a document. You can also view individual figures and diagrams found within the paper.

More information about what is available within IEEE Xplore can be found on the Library web pages: IEEE Xplore Digital Library

To access this resource search for "IEEE Xplore" using the "University Collections" search in StarPlus. Follow the "View it" links to access the database. You may be prompted to log into MUSE if you are not already logged in.

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