The Productive Scholar: Willow Dressel and Adriana Popescu on Patent Searching for Research

Patent Searching for Research

Willow Dressel and Adriana Popescu

Thursday, April 26, 12:00 noon, Frist Multipurpose Room A

Patents are an interesting and often overlooked form of literature. Patents can be used to discover new research, find out about a company’s research activities, discover how something works, or trace the history of an invention. This session will cover basic patent searching techniques and strategies.

About the speakers:

Willow Dressel is the assistant engineering and plasma physics librarian. Her work interests include instruction, search interfaces, and bibliographic citation managers. She teaches workshops on Zotero in Firestone Library.


Adriana Popescu is the Head of the Engineering Library at Princeton University. She holds a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Bucharest and a MLS (Master in Library Science) from Rutgers University. She worked in science and technology librarianship both in Canada and United States. Her professional interests include collection development for sciences and engineering, developing digital collections in sciences and engineering and most recently, exploring global competence requirements in engineering education.

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