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Library Resources for ECE 4416 Project; Dan Sich, ECE Librarian, UWO; Sept 11, 2008

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Library Resources for ECE 4416 Project

  1. 1. Library Resources for ECE 4416 Project Dan Sich ECE Librarian Sept 11, 2008
  2. 2. I want you to be able to… <ul><li>find articles using journal article databases </li></ul><ul><li>look critically at what you’ve found </li></ul><ul><li>get article fulltext </li></ul><ul><li>get patents & standards </li></ul><ul><li>build a list of reference, bibliography </li></ul><ul><li>teach your friends how to do (some of) this </li></ul>
  3. 3. Schedule <ul><li>RefWorks account set up </li></ul><ul><li>overview of different sources </li></ul><ul><li>search tips </li></ul><ul><li>library catalogue , EngNetBase </li></ul><ul><li>Inspec (find articles) & getting article full text </li></ul><ul><li>RefWorks (exporting to) </li></ul><ul><li>Standards, Patents </li></ul><ul><li>RefWorks (create bibliography) </li></ul><ul><li>Questions & feedback </li></ul>
  4. 4. Register for RefWorks <ul><li>You’ll use your RefWorks account later in the session </li></ul>
  5. 7. works best
  6. 8. (Some) Types of Information Sources <ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Books, Handbooks, and Encyclopedias </li></ul><ul><li>Magazines / Trade Publications </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarly Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Patents </li></ul>
  7. 9. This diagram has been adapted from Evolution of Scientific Information . [From Allan Kent and Harold Lancour, eds., Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (New York, 1979), s.v. ”Scientific Literature,” by K. Subramanyam, 394]. Available at http:// (retrieved Sept 3, 2008). Thanks to Timken Science Library, College of Wooster.
  8. 10. Websites are good for… <ul><li>verifying information </li></ul><ul><li>finding company & product information </li></ul><ul><li>bridging gaps in the search process </li></ul>
  9. 11. Books are good for finding… <ul><li>introductions to topic </li></ul><ul><li>reliable information </li></ul><ul><li>lists of references </li></ul><ul><li>numerical data </li></ul>
  10. 12. Library Catalogue <ul><li>Where the books are, along with… </li></ul><ul><li>Everything the library owns, including… </li></ul><ul><li>Search by keyword, author, publisher, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Note: you can’t search for journal articles here, but you can search for journals (print and online versions) </li></ul>
  11. 14. Your turn <ul><li>5 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Find something interesting in the library catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Ask us questions </li></ul><ul><li>Help each other </li></ul>
  12. 15. ENGnetBASE <ul><li>CRC engineering handbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Fulltext (PDFs) </li></ul><ul><li>Topics covered include: electric power and distributed generation, electric packaging, mechatronics, wireless communication and digital signal processing, etc. </li></ul>
  13. 22. <ul><li>Note: you need to click on Table of Contents hyperlinks to see chapter PDFs </li></ul>
  14. 23. Your turn <ul><li>5 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Find something interesting in ENGnetBASE </li></ul><ul><li>Click on links in Table of Contents to see chapter PDFs </li></ul><ul><li>Ask us questions </li></ul><ul><li>Help each other </li></ul>
  15. 24. Magazines & trade publications are good for finding… <ul><li>industry news </li></ul><ul><li>product news & reviews </li></ul><ul><li>practical information </li></ul><ul><li>insights from practicing engineers </li></ul>
  16. 25. Interlude: scholarly vs. popular publications <ul><li>availability </li></ul><ul><li>audience </li></ul><ul><li>aesthetics </li></ul><ul><li>authors </li></ul><ul><li>topics </li></ul><ul><li>length </li></ul><ul><li>language </li></ul><ul><li>advertizing </li></ul><ul><li>sources, credits </li></ul>
  17. 26. You can find magazines & trade publication articles using: <ul><li>ABI/Inform – Trade & Industry </li></ul><ul><li>CBCA Business </li></ul><ul><li>You can search both at the same time by clicking “Select multiple databases” </li></ul><ul><li>… or ask me about other appropriate search engines </li></ul><ul><li>Note: the above two databases are fulltext </li></ul>
  18. 27. Your turn <ul><li>10 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Find relevant news, reviews, etc. in ABI/Inform – Trade & Industry , CBCA Business and/or others </li></ul><ul><li>Ask us questions </li></ul><ul><li>Help each other </li></ul>
  19. 28. Journal Articles are good for finding… <ul><li>peer-reviewed , scholarly research </li></ul><ul><li>narrow, focused, specific information </li></ul>
  20. 29. Interlude: the peer-review process <ul><li>author writes paper, sends to publisher </li></ul><ul><li>publisher sends to referees (experts) </li></ul><ul><li>referees send feedback to publisher </li></ul><ul><li>publisher decides to publish or not </li></ul><ul><li>paper is published </li></ul><ul><li>journal is distributed </li></ul>
  21. 30. Scholarly Journal Articles & Databases are good for finding… <ul><li>Scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles and conference articles </li></ul><ul><li>Review articles: overview of what has been published to date </li></ul>
  22. 31. A few Journal Article Databases relevant to your project <ul><li>Inspec (ECE) & Compendex (eng) </li></ul><ul><li>IEEE Xplore (fulltext) </li></ul><ul><li>Web of Science (cited reference searching – powerful feature) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar (easy to use, but incomplete; don’t use this exclusively, or you may miss important research & developments related to your topic) </li></ul><ul><li>… or ask me about other appropriate search engines </li></ul>
  23. 32. Search tips <ul><li>identify key words </li></ul><ul><li>use synonyms, AND, OR, NOT, * </li></ul><ul><li>E.g., mouse AND emulat* AND disab* </li></ul><ul><li>emulat* = emulation, emulator, emulate, emulates… </li></ul><ul><li>(Note: Inspec & Compendex have ‘autostemming’ feature, so no need for *) </li></ul><ul><li>limit date, language, document type(s) </li></ul>
  24. 34. Finding relevant articles <ul><li>Select Controlled Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Select Classification Codes </li></ul><ul><li>Search within your results, or search entire database </li></ul><ul><li>Click “include” at bottom of page </li></ul>
  25. 36. <ul><li>Abstract = concise description of contents of article </li></ul><ul><li>Get it @ Western links to fulltext (when it exists) and/or print versions </li></ul>
  26. 37. <ul><li>We have this article online </li></ul><ul><li>(The online journal will show up in the library catalogue as well) </li></ul>
  27. 38. <ul><li>We don’t have this journal issue online; check the library catalogue for print version; if we don’t have print, use Interlibrary Loan ($5 per article) </li></ul>
  28. 39. Interlibrary Loan (RACER) <ul><li>For articles (photocopies) and books (loans) that UWO doesn’t have </li></ul><ul><li>$5 per article </li></ul><ul><li>Takes 4-10 business days (on average) </li></ul><ul><li>Standards and theses are difficult to obtain through ILL </li></ul>
  29. 40. Exporting citations to RefWorks <ul><li>You can do this from Inspec & Compendex, Web of Science, and a lot of our other databases </li></ul><ul><li>Instructions are on my ECE 4416 webpage </li></ul>
  30. 43. Your turn <ul><li>10 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Find interesting journal articles, conference proceedings, etc. in Inspec and/or Compendex </li></ul><ul><li>Get fulltext articles or find out if print is in catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Export citations to RefWorks </li></ul><ul><li>Done? Try other journal article databases </li></ul><ul><li>Ask us questions </li></ul><ul><li>Help each other </li></ul>
  31. 44. RefWorks <ul><li>Web app for citation management </li></ul><ul><li>automatically formats notes, bibliographies </li></ul><ul><li>works with many of our databases (not just Inspec & Compendex) </li></ul><ul><li>Database-specific export & import instructions are linked from my ECE 4416 page </li></ul><ul><li>Use the Write-N-Cite plugin for Word; it’s linked under “Tools” in RefWorks </li></ul>
  32. 46. <ul><li>We want to make a Bibliography, IEEE-style </li></ul>
  33. 47. <ul><li>We need to add IEEE-style to our list of Favorites </li></ul>
  34. 48. <ul><li>Find IEEE on the left </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight it </li></ul><ul><li>Click “Add to Favorites” </li></ul><ul><li>Click “Back to Previous Page” </li></ul>
  35. 49. <ul><li>Select IEEE Output Style </li></ul><ul><li>Select File Type </li></ul><ul><li>Select which References to Include </li></ul><ul><li>Note: you can put references into Folders </li></ul><ul><li>Click “Create Bibliography” </li></ul>
  36. 51. Your turn <ul><li>5 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Create a bibliography using RefWorks </li></ul><ul><li>Use IEEE Output Style </li></ul><ul><li>Note: you don’t have to create a bibliography every time you add references to your RefWorks database </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Help each other </li></ul>
  37. 52. Standards are… <ul><li>guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>procedures </li></ul><ul><li>rules </li></ul><ul><li>details on ways of doing things </li></ul><ul><li>expensive </li></ul><ul><li>sometimes available through the library </li></ul>
  38. 53. <ul><li>We have ASTM, CSA and IEEE standards </li></ul>
  39. 54. Patents… <ul><li>grant exclusive rights </li></ul><ul><li>use technical, legal jargon </li></ul><ul><li>contain drawings </li></ul><ul><li>contain technical information rarely found elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>are sometimes available free online </li></ul><ul><li>are difficult to describe when you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for </li></ul>
  40. 56. <ul><li>Inventor: George Van Eps </li></ul><ul><li>Key words: guitar, damper…? </li></ul><ul><li>From Google: George Van Eps' Patent for a Guitar Damper, 1950. Patent Number: 2,628,524 </li></ul>Describe the thing
  41. 57. <ul><li>Canadian Intellectual Property Office </li></ul><ul><li>US Patent Office </li></ul><ul><li>European Patent Office </li></ul><ul><li>… all have their own websites </li></ul><ul><li>There are many free patent databases </li></ul>
  42. 58. Questions & feedback <ul><li>On a cue card, briefly describe the one thing that you’re still confused about </li></ul><ul><li>It doesn’t have to be something I covered in the session </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions now </li></ul><ul><li>Take my business card </li></ul>
  43. 59. Questions? Contact info: <ul><li>Dan Sich, ECE Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>phone: 519.661.2111 ext. 80962 </li></ul><ul><li>eMail/MSN: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>use eMail subject: ECE 4416 question </li></ul><ul><li>Skype: dansich </li></ul>