Referex Trial from Engineering Village

Princeton University Libraries now have a trial subscription to the Referex Engineering reference library from Engineering Village. This e-book collection contains hundreds of full text engineering books you can browse, search, and read from the comfort of your own computer or laptop. Subject coverage includes: Electronics & Electrical; Chemical, Petrochemical & Process; Materials & Mechanical; Civil & Environmental; Computing; and Security & Networking.

Beginning January 8, 2009, a keyword tag cloud will be added to each e-book title record to facilitate search and discovery.

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Online enhancements to ACM and Engineering Village

ACM, “the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society,” recently added a new search technology to its digital library. This new technology allows users to refine search results by keyword, people, publications, or conferences by selecting from links along the left side of the search results. Additionally, users can discover related journals, magazines, interest groups, or meetings by clicking the tabs along the top of search results. To learn more about this new release, you can read the press release or the information page. And for those interested in the database technology itself, you can begin your research about the Endeca Information Access Platform here.

Engineering Village has also made some small changes to their online resources by updating the “Ask an Expert” page to facilitate finding the best expert and increasing the “Expert Search” character limit to 8,000.

New Frost & Sullivan TEAM Research Subscription

Frost & Sullivan TEAM (Technical, Economic, Applications, and Marketing) Research is now available at Princeton University. You can access this resource by searching for Frost on the library’s database page, or by clicking the link below.

Description from PUL database page:
“Frost & Sullivan offers global market research coverage of the following sectors: Aerospace & Defense, Automation & Electronics, Chemicals, Environment, Energy, Healthcare, Information & Communication, Materials, Technologies, Transportation. Princeton subscription includes access to market engineering research reports only.”

Techstreet, a commercial resource for standards

Techstreet launches BuildingBlocks utility for industry standards – 11 Dec 2008

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters has announced that Techstreet (about), a source for online access to industry codes and standards, has launched a new utility called Techstreet Subscriptions BuildingBlocks. The feature allows engineers to pre-purchase documents for the first time from publishers such as the American Society for Testing and Materials, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Petroleum Institute, British Standards Institution and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

BuildingBlocks lets Techstreet subscription customers buy standards in advance, in increments of 25, 50, 75 or 100 documents from selected publishers without naming specific titles. Users can immediately download required codes or standards on demand once their BuildingBlocks account is activated.

Techstreet Subscriptions is a Thomson Reuters web-based workflow tool that enables access to a controlled set of industry standards in electronic format. The Web 2.0 interface is projected to be fast and intuitive, with an advanced search and browse functionality, favourites lists, automatic updates, e-mail alerts, real-time usage reports, an announcement board and other administrative features.

Secure Energy Future — A Vision

New Book in our Morgan & Claybook online “synthesis series”. This title will eventually be listed our online catalog:

Hitting the Wall: A Vision of a Secure Energy Future
Synthesis Lectures on Energy and the Environment: Technology, Science, and Society
2008, 204 pages, (doi:10.2200/S00124ED1V01Y200805EGY003)

Knovel Engineering Reference Data interactions updated

Today, Knovel is releasing an upgrade to the tables with new usability enhancements and interactive tools that you’ll want to see for yourself. Check out screenshots here. Note also at this webpage, they advertize lots of online demonstrations, called Quickstart Webinars. They are free.

Princeton University’s link to the Knovel database:

Knovel Engineering and Scientific Online References
Collection of the latest leading technical and engineering reference books.