Tag "Computer science"

  • Inspec for your research

    We recently had a visit from Richard Simms of the IET to talk about the Inspec database:

    • Inspec is a bibliographic database for finding details of articles, books etc. containing material from 1968 onwards. It does not have full text but includes the IGetIt button which will allow you to check whether we have access at Swansea.
    • Inspec covers Physics, Computing, Electrical & electronics engineering. In recent years it has added mechanical engineering and has records on nanotechnology, biomedical engineering and aerospace engineering.
    • Only quality material is covered, mainly peer reviewed journals with a few books, reports and dissertations and 3000 conferences.
    • You can restrict your search to particular areas of the database by using their classification scheme http://www.theiet.org/publishing/inspec/about/coverage/index.cfm. To use this go to the Advanced Ovid search tab, click Limits then click the Edit Limits button. This will allow you to add the option to use classification and other limits such as Numeric data. Inspec indexes numeric data to allow comparison of things like heat and measurement which may be expressed in different ways – more information at http://www.theiet.org/publishing/inspec/about/records/numerical/numerical.cfm
    • Inspec also has a useful thesaurus under Search tools. The database is indexed by specialists in its subject areas to increase your chances of finding useful information.

    Inspec can be found at http://ovidsp.tx.ovid.com/athens/. We find it to be a useful database even for subjects outside its core area, for example biomechanics for sports science. Give it a try and contact us if you need any help at scieng@swansea.ac.uk

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  • IEEE Xplore redesign

    The IEEE have just launched a redesign of their IEEE Xplore Digital Library site www.ieee.org/ieeexplore.  Features of the redesign include:

    • A “what’s popular” feature in the Quick Links box at the bottom of the screen to show you which research is making the headlines.
    • Refine results feature – once you have carried out a search you will see a box at the left of the screen where you can pick out particular subjects, authors, publication types or organizations from your search results.
    • Expanded “sort by” options allow you to sort the newest or oldest first or to sort by publication title.
    • If you register you can set your own display preferences, save searches and set up e-mail alerts to let you know when new content of interest is added to the database.
    • A new browse page gives you the option to browse publications by subject to get a feel for what is available.

    If you have any questions about IEEE Xplore please contact Alasdair Montgomery or Susan Glen scieng@swansea.ac.uk

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