Exploring Emerging Technologies — New IEEE Portal

The IEEE New Technology Connections Portal provides visitors with an overview of key emerging technologies supported by the New Technologies Directions committee, and a list of resources to obtain additional information. Each featured technology includes a general description, upcoming conferences, news articles, technical papers, related standards, professional organizations, and academic programs. Technologies currently featured in the portal include RFID, remote sensing, wind power, and WiFi, with more to be added.

Free Online Training Sessions for IEEE Xplore

IEEE hosts regularly scheduled online seminars and training events which are free to all users of IEEE online technical information. Current 60 minute courses include ‘Searching with IEEE Xplore’. Free open demonstrations of IEEE products, for existing and potential customers, including tips on how to search in IEEE Xplore. Advance registration is required and space is limited. For more information and schedule, click here. Princeton has a subscription to this scholarly, technical, full text database on electrical engineering, computer science and electronics.

The Librarians at the Engineering Library are also very glad to answer any questions or provide instruction in the use of IEEE Xplore.

Automotive industry news on the web (EIN)

EIN News launches online news aggregation service focused on auto sector – 25 May 2007

Internet data mining and search services provider Internet Product Development Group, Inc. (IPD Group), US, has announced the launch of the Automotive Industry Today news service (http://automotive.einnews.com/), expanding its EIN News portfolio of media monitoring sites. A free trial period is offered, however, this is a subscription service. IPD Group provides niche industries-focused Internet data mining and searching tools to corporations, institutions and professionals. The company’s media monitoring and newsletter services are designed as alternatives to high cost services such as Lexis-Nexis. (Princeton subscribes to L-N as well as Factiva. Here is a basic comparison page by Bordelon.)

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Wikibooks: Engineering bookshelf

As part of the Wikimedia project, begun in 2003, an Engineering bookshelf has been established. “Books” may be suggested, written, edited and read by anyone. These entries are in various stages of development: GENERAL – Control Systems – Statics — AERONAUTICS – Jet Propulsion — ASTRONAUTICS – Rocket Propulsion — AUTOMOTIVE – Automotive Systems – Electric Vehicle Conversion – Nissan 240SX Performance Modification — CIVIL ENGINEERING – House Construction – Soil mechanics – Structural engineering — MATERIALS SCIENCE – Introduction to Materials Science — MECHANICAL ENGINEERING – Engineering Acoustics – Solid Mechanics – Engineering Thermodynamics – Fluid Mechanics – Heat Transfer – Engineering Mechanics — ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING – Circuit Theory – Communication Systems – Digital Circuits – Digital Signal Processing – Embedded Systems – Signals and Systems — ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING – Circuit Idea – Electronics – Semiconductors — GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING – Geographic Information Systems — MICRO- and NANOTECHNOLOGY – Nanotechnology – Microtechnology

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Finding journal impact factors

A couple of graduate students in EE came to the Engineering Library today to ask how to find journal impact factors — a method of ranking a journal’s influence based on the number of citations it has received in other papers. It was developed by Eugene Garfield in the 1960’s who also founded the Institute for Scientific Information and Science Citation Index.

Here are the steps for using JCR (Journal Citation Reports):

You can link from the “Articles and Databases” button on the Library’s homepage. Under letter “j”, click on JCR Web.

The online portion covers from 1999 through 2005 currently. Choose the Sciences — or the Social Sciences.

Then you may then [submit] a search for a selected subject area, or choose a specific journal title. If you choose a subject area, you may sort alphabetically by title, or by impact factor, total cites, immediacy index or cited half-life. There are graphs and many tables of bibliometric data available for the specific titles.

You can get graphic analyses from the [Citation Report] button that appears at the right, after you run any general search in Web of Science.

KNOVEL — an ebook database reminder

Knovel subscriptions include 60 percent of top universities in the world – 09 May 2007

Web-based information services provider Knovel Corporation, US, recently announced that 60 percent of the 50 top universities in the world, as listed by the Times Higher Education Supplement, are now Knovel subscribers. New subscriptions at UCLA, UC San Diego and Sydney University are projected to give Knovel coverage of 60 percent of the top universities worldwide.

Furthermore, 80 percent of the top 20 US engineering schools*, as ranked by US News and World Reports in 2007, are Knovel subscribers. Subscribers in the top 50 universities worldwide include University of Melbourne, ETH, Zurich, University of Michigan, University of British Columbia, Washington University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and University of California, San Diego.

Knovel is a science and technology reference library used by students, academics, scientists and practitioners globally. It contains over 1,100 reference works and databases from more than 40 international publishers and learned societies which are integrated onto the online research platform for easy information discovery. Its interactive platform brings together essential content and advanced workflow solutions to provide researchers with practical new ways of quickly finding and applying critical data.

ACM doubles online courses and expands books collection

From Knowledgespeak Newsletter, May 7, 2007:
Educational and scientific society Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), US, has announced an expansion of its online resources for continuous learning. The steps include a doubling of online courses and a significant expansion of its current collection of books. ACM offers online educational offerings to over 80,000 students and professionals across the world free of cost. (To ACM members)

The resources now include 2,200 courses from SkillSoft covering a wide range of topics in computing and information technology as well as business management and leadership. They also include 1,100 books on innovative IT and computer science technologies, and the latest books on practical business skills from e-book providers Safari and Books 24×7.

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