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2013 Knovel Virtual Conference - October 15, 2013

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Once the rush of the beginning of the academic year is over you may want to consider attending this FREE full-day event that will showcase how you can save time and get to the critical engineering answers you need faster.

Featured keynotes include: "Success Strategies for Introverted Leaders" presented by Lisa Petrilli, CEO, C-Level Strategies  and "Engineering in Sustainable Human Development: Challenges and Opportunities" presented by Bernard Amadei, Prof. of Civil Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder and Founding President of Engineers Without Borders. 

In between, you'll have access to technical sessions on how to get the most out of the new Knovel experience, expert sessions on industry trends, leadership skills and career development advice, as well as how to use Knovel in the classroom and preparing students for the workplace. 

Knovel is a service provided to the Princeton University community through a subscription supported by the Engineering Library. If you want to learn more about Knovel, stop by the Engineering Library or attend a Research Clinic.

Image Search now available at

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Image Searching is now available at, allowing easy searching of the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Library of Images from the Environment (LIFE), the NASA Image eXchange (NIX), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Photo Library. Scientific images and graphs including plants, animals, space, the Earth, and weather can be quickly searched from one search box. says that more image libraries will be added in the coming months, so check back periodically.

As with all images on the internet, check the website or with the responsible agency for copyright restrictions before using an image from and be sure to always acknowledge the source of the image.

Wolfram|Alpha widgets

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Wolfram|Alpha, also known as the "Computational Knowledge Engine," now has widgets! You can build your own or use someone else's. There are already hundreds of ready made widgets to choose from, including things like a tidal calculator, salary comparison, or the thermodynamic calculator embedded below. These widgets are easily embedded into any html code and Wolfram|Alpha even offers quick buttons for embedding into popular blog tools.

To get started, visit

New content partners for

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The announcement from this week's Special Libraries Association Conference in Washington DC was reported by

Knovel Engineering Reference Data interactions updated

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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.

“Search solutions provider Deep Web Technologies, US, has launched an updated interface for the Defense Technical Information Center’s new DTIC Online research portal ( DTIC is part of the US’ Department of Defense (DOD). The interface, known as MultiSearch, offers four defence search channels from a single drop-down menu, allowing users to access a collection of scientific and defence-related resources in one simultaneous search. The search employs the latest version of Deep Web Technologies’ Explorit Research Accelerator, which is seen to provide ‘smart’ clustering, encyclopedia sidebars from Wikipedia, and EurekAlert! science news.”

“DTIC Online was created specifically for the defence community. MultiSearch can be accessed from the pull-down menu by selecting ‘Federal S&T’ or by going directly to ( search is free and much of the content is available at no cost. Some content - like that accessed through Scitopia - can be purchased on a pay-per-view basis or accessed by a subscription.”

Library Workshop: Searching and Analyzing Results in SCOPUS

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Photonics -- a new global vertical search site

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“New vertical search site for the global photonics community - 16 Sep 2008

Vertical search services and technologies provider Convera Corporation, US, has announced the launch of, a vertical search site for the global photonics industry, in conjunction with IOP Publishing. Wholly owned by the Institute of Physics, IOP Publishing is an international leader in scientific publishing and electronic dissemination of information and news in the field of physics.

Each of the thousands of websites included in the database has been personally selected by the editors of and Optics & Laser Europe magazine, both produced by IOP Publishing. The database includes the sites of leading photonics companies, key optics organisations and research centers, as well as other information sources such as journals, magazines, and news-based websites.”

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter

TechXtra is a free service which can help you find articles, books, the best websites, the latest industry news, job announcements, technical reports, technical data, full text eprints, the latest research, thesis & dissertations, teaching and learning resources and more, in engineering, mathematics and computing.’ Many items are full text. The contents are described specifically in a table found here:

Do read the “about section”. It will not take the place of Library subcription indexes/databases, like Engineering Index, which should be searched first, but it does provide “deep web” searching of collections missed by Google. Where the Library has subscriptions to series, there should be a link. When you can’t find full text access without logging in or paying, do request papers, etc., via Interlibrary Loan or Document Delivery. TechXtra’s search engine is still under development for more refinements, truncation, for example. There is a slight emphasis on the United Kingdom.

TechXtra - TechXtra is a free service which can help you find articles, books, the best websites, the latest industry news, job announcements, technical reports, technical data, full text eprints, the latest research, thesis & dissertations, teaching and learning resources and more, in engineering, mathematics and computing. This engine enables deep mining because of its selective files.

All searches are done in ‘All Fields’. There is a basic search, and advanced search mode which is very user friendly. Some of the databases searched by this resource do not support truncation. Phrase searches are not supported as part of an AND Boolean search. Only last name searches are supported in Author search.

More details and instructions can be found at this URL:

An important caveat: Do search Princeton’s subscription databases first, because we may have paid access to some of the resources you will find on TechXtra. Many sources are free though, regardless. Also remember that if they are not free, and we don’t have a subscription either, you may always make a request through Document Delivery (Interlibrary Loan or Article Express).

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