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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.

KnowItAll Spectra database webinar

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KnowItAll U Spectra database is giving a free webinar on the basics of using the AnyWhere database online and the KnowItAll desktop software.

KnowItAll, a subscription provided by Princeton University Libraries, is a searchable collection of over 1.3 million spectra, including structures and chemical property information.

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Time: 12:00 pm Eastern USA (9 PST, 10 MST, 11 CST)
Duration: 1 hour
Where: Online from your office or home
Registration Fee: Complimentary

Register at

To try the database out online before the webinar visit
To download Windows client version, PU users go to
Starting October 13th, Writing in Science and Engineering Conferences will be held every Thursday at the Engineering Library in Friend Center, room 106. These are offered to students working on assignments or research projects in the sciences, the empirical social sciences, or engineering. Appointments for Writing Conferences at the Engineering Library can be made online at

In coordination with the Writing Conferences, the Engineering Library offers Research Clinics every Thursday afternoon, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm in room 105 (Friend Center). If you have difficulties finding sources for your paper or project, librarians will be available to help you and to answer any questions that you may have about the library. No appointments are necessary for the Library Research Clinics, everybody is welcome!

Limited IEEE indexing in Google and Google Scholar

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logo.xplore.gifGoogle recently began re-indexing its information for IEEE standards and papers. This means that you are currently less likely to find IEEE standards and articles by searching for them Google or Google Scholar. It is advised that you begin searching directly in IEEE Xplore. With its new Google like search interface, you may not even miss Google.

You can also watch a video to learn how to better use the new IEEE Xplore interface.

Knovel e-books visit and Knovel University Challenge 2009

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Technical and engineering reference e-book provider, Knovel, will be visiting the Lewis and Engineering Libraries on Thursday, October 1st. Come by for product demonstrations, information on new features, snacks, and information about this year’s University Challenge and prizes.

Lewis Library, First Floor 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Engineering Library, First Floor 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
If you want to get started using Knovel for your research now, visit
The University Challenge is a fun way to start learning how to search Knovel e-books and get a chance to win a Kindle, Wii, iPod Nano, or an iTunes gift card. All you have to do is correctly answer three science and engineering questions and you are SUPPOSED to look up the answers. The Challenge is on until December 1st. To learn more, visit or start playing here:


Knovel Enhancements

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Knovel has scheduled a “Knovel Enhancements Walk-through Webinar” for Wednesday March 5th at 1 PM Eastern time and invites you to attend. Previous sessions have run approximately 30 minutes. You can visit to register.

Improvements include:

  • Tabbed navigation structure with Basic Search, Browse and Fielded Search modes

  • A Fielded Search function that remains persistent throughout the search, making it easier to revise search criteria

  • An enhanced Browse function which simplifies drill-downs

  • Availability of the Knovel Unit Converter throughout the site

Citation Searching: ISI, Scopus, IEEE

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The original database providing citation searching, actually began as a printed index: Science Citation Index. Everyone knows that s/he could find additional relevant papers by looking at the references, (the bibliography) at the conclusion of papers, but this academic searching device was developed into an indexing service by Dr. Eugene Garfield, who founded the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) in Philadelphia in the 1960s. He compiled all the bibliographies from all the papers in major journals of all scientific fields. Science Citation Index has become Web of Science — or Web of Knowledge — which also includes the humanities and social sciences. One can choose the “Cited Ref Search”, or run a search and click on the number that follows “Times Cited” for the paper in question.

What's New @ IEEE in Libraries, August 22, 2007

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The latest newsletter from IEEE offers — among other news:

  1. Toolbar for IEEE, easily downloaded

  2. 4 new journals in IEEE Xplore:

    IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems

    IEEE Journal of Selected topics in Signal Processing

    IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine

    IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management

  3. IEEE Online Training Seminars — free demonstrations and searching instructions

  4. IET Synthetic Biology — new journal from the Institution of Engineering and Technology, offering free downloading of Volume 1 for 2007, at the IET Digital Library.

EndNote and RefWorks are 2 bibliographic citation manager programs which are provided by the University. Audrey Wright, in connection with OIT and the Library has written and taught about the use of these citing services. (From the Princeton University Library homepage, see “Citing Sources” under Research Help.) Here are links to general, starting information about these programs: Getting started with Endnote 8 Using RefWorks at Princeton

INSPEC and Compendex (Engineering Village 2)

  1. Do a search, check desired citations, then click on “Download”.

  2. Select “RIS, EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager” on the Download selected records screen then click on “Download”.

  3. In the Windows Open screen, navigate to the directory which contains the library where you want to save the records, and double-click on the library file name. The records are now saved in your library.

Free Online Training Sessions for IEEE Xplore

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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.

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