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1. Web of Science
8,600+ journals total
Physical and Life Sciences – 6,100
Social sciences – 1,790
Arts & humanities – 1,125
book and product reviews
2004 Cited References 2000 1998 2001 1993 2003 Times Cited Related Records 2003 2004 1999 2002 1994 2004 Citing From just a single record within the Web of Science, expand your search by simply following the links designed to drive discovery. … moving Backward in time via Cited References , Forward in time via Times Cited , and through Related Records .
Web of Knowledge 3.0 Home Page
Web of Science 7.0 “ Quick Search” Easy To Search! General, Cited Reference, Chemical Structure, and Advanced Search options Databases and Depth-of-File
Web of Science 7.0 Easy To Search!
Source Title (Journal Title)
The General Search is designed to be simplistic enough for virtually anyone to begin to use with little-to-no training. .
Go to Current Contents Connect Go to BIOSIS Previews Current Contents Connect CC Connect Table-of-Contents BIOSIS Previews Journal Citation Reports
Link to the full-text within e-journals to which your institution subscribes. Current Contents Connect CC Connect Table-of-Contents BIOSIS Previews Journal Citation Reports
Cited Reference Search To be truly comprehensive in your search efforts, the Cited Reference Search is essential in that it can retrieve information often missed through use of Key-words alone. Identify an Author or Paper that is very relevant to your search topic.
Identify an Author or Paper that is very relevant to your search topic. As little information as an author name is sufficient to initiate a Cited Reference Search. Works for Cited Authors are identified. The “Finish Search” option will retrieve papers that have referenced the work or works we have selected. The Cited Reference Search – Easy to Perform, and Extremely Valuable for Comprehensive Searching.
INSPEC database includes
Over 8 million records
Over 400,000 records are added every year
1969 to date
Over 3,740 journals
3,000 other publications
Searching Inspec on Engineering Village – Step 1 A list of all available Inspec fields Key words to be searched Type in key words and select the fields that you would like them to be searched in.
Searching Inspec on Engineering Village – Step 2 Limitations include document type, treatment type and discipline* * Document type includes journal articles, conference proceedings etc. Treatment type includes application, historical, literature review etc. Discipline includes physics, electrics etc.
Searching for Chemical and Numerical indexing on Engineering Village
2 Inspec fields are supported via Expert Search only:
Chemical indexing (CI)
Applied to records from 1987
Controlled indexing for inorganic compounds & materials systems.
Numerical indexing (NI)
Applied to records from 1987
Controlled indexing for numerical data such as variations in quantities, units (C, Celsius, Kelvin etc.) and values (i.e. 27,500kW, 27.5 MW etc.)
To view a full guide of IEE CI and NI thesaurus go to
Indexes available Click on an index to begin a search. Change indexes from within the window.
Search results Go back to refine your search or begin a new search Use the results manager to view, email, print, download or save selected records. The search string shows the number of records in the set, key words and fields limitations. Save search, create an email alerts or RSS feed
Refine your search using facets This facet corresponds to Inspec classification. Controlled vocabulary corresponds to terms found in Inspec thesaurus
Search History Use search history to combine, re-run or save searches as well as set up email alerts. *** Remember that search history is available as long as you are in an active session. If you leave your computer for 20 minutes or more, your search history will not be saved. RE-run a search Save search or Create an email alert Combine searches
3. Google Scholar
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature
search across many disciplines and sources
Journal articles from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities, scholarly organizations
Google Scholar can
Search diverse sources from one convenient place
Find papers, abstracts and citations
Locate the complete paper through your library or on the web
Learn about key papers in any area of research
Articles are ranked and sorted by
Weighing the article’s full text
Publication where the article appears
How often the piece has been cited in other scholarly literature
Most relevant results will always appear on the first page.
Search by author - Enter the author's name in quotations: "d knuth".
To increase the number of results, use initials rather than the full first name
use the "author:" operator to search for specific authors, i.e [ author:knuth ], [ author:"d knuth "] , or [ author:"donald e knuth " ]
Search by title - Put the paper's title in quotations: "A History of the China Sea."
Find recent research on a topic - c lick on "Recent articles" on the right side of the results page
Result re-ordering considers several factors: author prominence and previous journal papers, full text of article, frequency of citations
Find Related Articles – click on the "Related Articles" link next to many results.
ranked by similarity to the original result and relevance of each paper
Finding sets of related papers and books - a great way to get acquainted with a topic
Search by publication - specify keywords which must appear in both the article and the publication name ( Advanced Search page )
Search by category - seven broad areas of research available ( Advanced Search page )
Author names on the left hand side of my results page - authors related to your query
1.Title – Links to the article abstract or when available the complete article.
2.Cited By – Identifies other papers that have cited articles in the group.
3. Related Articles – Finds similar papers.
4. Library Links (online) – Locates an electronic version of the work through your affiliated library's resources . These links appear automatically if you're on campus.
5.Library Links (offline) – Locates libraries which have a physical copy of the work.
6.Group of – Finds other articles included in this group of scholarly works, possibly preliminary, which you may be able to access. Examples include preprints, abstracts, conference papers or other adaptations.
7.Web Search – Searches for information about this work on Google.
8.BL Direct – Purchase the full text of the article through the British Library. Google receives no compensation from this service.
4. Scifinder Scholar
Indexes chemical research
Conference proceedings papers
27 million documents from 10,000 chemistry and chemistry-related journals
Covers 1907 to the present
Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Published by Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
Chemical Abstracts – chemistry literature
Medline – medical literature
33 million organic and inorganic substances
59 million genetic sequences
Casreact: 14 million single and multi-step reactions
Chemcats: catalog info for commercially available chemicals
Chemlist: chemical regulations
In response to customer demand, new features added in 2007
Easily locate preferred suppliers for a substance by exporting contact information directly to Microsoft ® Excel ®
Categorize uses indexing to sort and evaluate a reference answer set by creating a histogram for easy analysis
Save answer sets
Combine answer sets of the same type for substances, reactions, or references
Explore from substructure displays
Print substances in a 1-4 column grid format for easy review or as a quick reference
SciFinder Scholar entry point It is very important to read and review the SciFinder Scholar License Agreement to understand the terms and conditions for each user before clicking the Accept button.
Search decision starting point Scholar offers 3 starting points. We will start with Explore. Start Scholar searching by clicking New Task.
Options to Explore the scientific literature Explore is broken into 3 sections: 1. Explore Literature 2. Explore Substances 3. Explore Reactions We will start with Research Topic.
Explore by Research Topic To search: 1. Type your broad concept using phrases. 2. Click OK . 3. Select the option(s) that most closely fit your topic. 4. Get References
Research topic references References that fit your topic search criteria with relevant terms highlighted are shown.
Examine answers in more detail Click on Microscope icon to obtain more information on this selected reference. Note that search terms are highlighted, including abbreviations and synonyms that are recognized by Scholar to enhance retrieval.
Obtain full text of selected document via ChemPort ® Click the full-text icon. This document can be obtained by clicking on the HTML link and retrieved on the internet.
Explore by Company Name It is recommended that the broadest company name variation possible be used.
Company name reference result Note the hit term highlighting.
Explore by Author Name Recommend that you leave this box checked in order to account for name variations and typographical differences. Enter as much of the author’s name as you know.
Author Candidates to select from Select all possible name variations, then click Get References . Misspelling or another author?
Author name references Here we see hit term highlighting of the various author name variations.
To narrow an answer set, use Analyze, Refine, or Categorize To reduce your answer set, click Remove Duplicates to remove any duplicate MEDLINE records.
Options to Analyze the answer set by Select the option to analyze by and click OK . By selecting ‘Sort results alphabetically’ one is able to review publication trends over time in the analysis shown above.
References can be refined by using the Analyze by feature Review all candidates for name variation, check desired ones then click Get References .
To Refine an answer set by Document Type
Refine results by Document Type Refining this search results in 17 patents. The newest reference appears first.
Categorize helps you to analyze your answer set into categories Select a category of interest from the left column, and then select the CA index term from the right column. Click Get References .