New Library Resource: IEEE/IET Electronic Library Subscription

Library Services are VERY happy to announce that we have a new subscription to IEEE/IET Electronic Library via the IEEE Xplore platform

You will remember that we had trial access to this resource at the start of 2017 and we asked for your feedback. As a result of that trial process, a lot of hard work and negotiations we have now been able to reinstate online access!

What is IEEE/IET?

IEEE Xplore is a digital library providing access to the world’s highest quality technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, electronics and related disciplines. IEEE Xplore contains full-text documents from IEEE journals, magazines, conference proceedings, standards, eBooks and educational courses.

What content does IEEE Xplore contain?

IEEE Xplore provides online access to more than 4 million full-text documents from some of the world’s most highly cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics.  It contains more than 30% of the world’s technical literature.

  • Journals, transactions, letters, and magazines published by the IEEE and IET, with some content dating back to 1872
  • Journals published by IET, IBM, BIAI, TUP, and AGU dating back to 1930
  • Conference Proceedings published by IEEE, IET and VDE VERLAG dating back to 1988
  • IEEE technical standards and specifications, including active, revised, archived, and draft standards dating from 1948
  • eBooks published by Wiley-IEEE Press, Wiley Telecom, MIT Press, Morgan & Claypool and other IEEE entities
  • Courses representing the best of IEEE conferences, workshops, and seminars in an interactive format

Where can I access IEEE/IET Electronic Library?

You can access the platform directly using this authenticated link  

You’ll also find IEEE/IET Electronic Library listed on our Resources A-Z list and on relevant Subject Guides

IEEE/IET content is discoverable via LibrarySearch so you will be able to link directly to the full-text of journal articles, conference proceedings, technical standards etc. that you find in LibrarySearch using the links provided

In LibrarySearch you’ll see links in the View It tab of the Details screen (after you click the title in the result list) to:

  • IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL)
  • IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) Conference Proceedings
  • IEEE SERIES (IEL)
  • IEEE Standards Select (IEL)

These are all part of the IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) and will link out to the IEEE Xplore platform.

Where can I get help with IEEE?

  • Email the Library or contact your Academic Librarian
  • IEEE provides quick reference user guides with tips and tricks for using IEEE Xplore effectively. Check them out here
  • There’s also a selection of quick self-paced video tutorials available covering topics like: Advanced searching, saving searches, content alerts, and lots more!  You can view the video tutorials here

We’re very glad to see this resource back – as always, we’d love to hear your feedback.  Please drop us an email or leave a comment below.

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Brill Online Books and Journals – Unavailable Saturday 25th March

There is a planned downtime of our Brill Online Books and Journals platform scheduled for Saturday 25th March 2017.  The platform will be down from approximately 07:00

Results from Brill will still display in LibrarySearch but you will be unable to link to the full-text during the downtime.

If you have any queries about this, or any other Library resource, please let us know!

Getting the most out of Google Scholar – Including Abertay Library Subscriptions in your Results

As part of February’s Library Lovers Month we’re sharing reasons to love your Library…and today we’re looking at Google Scholar.

The Library pays lots of money for subscriptions to online journals and we want you all to be able to access them as easily as possible.

 LibrarySearch lets you  search across multiple collections and platforms from one simple search box – which is pretty nifty and saves you lots of time!  But, we know that lots of people like to go to Google Scholar to start searching so, there are a few things you can do to make sure you always get  those full-text Library subscriptions showing in your results.

On-Campus

You don’t have to do anything!  We’ve set up all of our online journals to show as being available in Google Scholar when you’re searching via the University IP range – you’ll see the View it @ Abertay button to link to our content.  You might think you’re accessing lots of freely available content, but it’s actually provided by the Library.  You’re welcome!

Off-Campus

If you’re searching at home, you need to do a little bit of tweaking  to make sure you’re seeing our full-text content. You just need to select these settings once, make sure to save and you’re good to go!

Just go to: Settings > Library Links then search for Abertay (Show Library Access Links For) and tick the box for View It @ Abertay.

You can also choose to export directly from Google Scholar into RefWorks.  Go to: Settings > Search Results > Bibliography Manager then pick RefWorks from the drop-down and click save.  Hey presto!  You’ll now get links to all of our subscribed content in your results list and see an Import into RefWorks link under all results.  This will help you to keep track of all those important articles you find – no more scribbling references on bits of paper!

If you prefer a visual guide – here it is:

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Adding a reference management tool (RefWorks)
1. Go back to https://scholar.google.co.uk/ (if you’re in the results screen above, just click the Google logo at the top left)
2. Click Settings again at the top of the screen.
3. In the Scholar Settings screen, look for the Bibliography Manager options. From the ‘Show links to import citations into’ drop-down menu under BibliographyManager you can select RefWorks:

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Following these tips will ensure that you are able to access all of the same great content and resources from home as you can when you’re in the Library.  Just another reason to love your Library!

Click here for more help and info on Google Scholar.

Feel free to contact us for more help and information – we’re always happy to help 🙂

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Taylor & Francis – John Nash Commemorative Research Collection

To commemorate the life and works of John Nash, who tragically passed away on the 23rd May 2015, Taylor & Francis have made 40 articles inspired by his ground-breaking work free to view until the end of the year (2015).

Nash was an American mathematician and economist whose work contributed to the areas of game theory, differential geometry, and partial differential equations.  He also won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994. He is the subject of the Sylvia Nasar biography A Beautiful Mind.

To read the articles, click here

Wiley Online Library adds CAPTCHA to prevent systematic article downloads

Wiley have sent us the following information on their new security feature.  If you are a heavy user of the Wiley Online Library and tend to download more than 25 articles in one session, then read on!

Wiley has introduced a new security feature for access to articles through Wiley Online Library. This is in order to prevent systematic downloads of content and also to thwart hackers from creating other security risks for both library and vendor.

You may have encountered CAPTCHA challenge (see graphic below) after completing a poll, leaving a blog comment, or purchasing tickets from a website. This is a speed bump to deter bot traffic, by creating tests only humans can pass. If you are interested in additional information regarding CAPTCHA, feel free to visit their website at www.captcha.net.

What does this mean for you? Previously, the only security measure in place was to limit downloads to one-hundred articles per session. Wiley’s new practice will require a user downloading more than twenty-five articles in an active user session, (a session of activity that a user from within your IP range spends on Wiley Online Library) to complete a CAPTCHA challenge, like this one:

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Once the user enters the CAPTCHA information, the download request completes and the user is cleared to continue downloading in increments of twenty-five, up to one hundred in a twenty-four hour period.

Again, the only patrons affected will be those who try to access more than twenty five articles per session. Upon successful completion of the CAPTCHA test, they will be granted all the access to the content they wish.

If you have any queries about this (or any other library resources) please get in touch with us at library.abertay.ac.uk

Finding Free Dissertations and Theses Online

If you are looking for dissertations and theses published in your area of research, there are lots of good quality, freely available online sources available to you.

Theses Repositories

EThOS (UK Theses)

  • EThOS is a service from the British Library.  It provides access to the full text of over 100,0100 theses wherever a copy exists that is freely available; either directly from the EThOS database or via a link to the repository of the awarding institution.
  • EThOS contains 380,000 records relating to theses awarded by over 120 UK institutions.
  • You need to register for an account in order to download a thesis (you may search their records without registering)
  • You will have to order items which are not freely available. If ordering via the Digitisation on Demand service, there may be a cost involved.
  • EThOS doesn’t cover Ireland and doesn’t include masters’ theses.  Not all UK universities are taking part in the EThOS service (notably Oxford and Cambridge)  If you require a doctoral thesis from one of these institutions, please contact interlibrary@abertay.ac.uk 

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Here’s a video by the British Library on using PhD theses in research (EThOS)

DART-Europe E-Theses Portal (European Theses)

  • DART-Europe E-Theses Portal provides access to over 590,000 open access research theses from 578 universities in 28 European countries.
  • The theses listed are all open access and free of charge.  The DART-Europe Portal doesn’t store theses, but it provides a link to at least one electronic copy of every thesis listed in its database.
  • As a minimum each thesis contains details of the author, title and date of award.  However, many providers supply additional searchable information, such as abstracts and keywords.
  • The Browse feature allows you to browse records harvested by DART-Europe by author, year of award, collection, awarding institution (where known) or country.  Select an index to browse and follow the links to the theses which interest you.
  • Results are shown by default in a brief summary format.  To view the full record for any thesis, and to access a copy of the thesis, click on the title.

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PQDT Open (Mainly US Theses)

 

  • PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.  The authors of these works have opted to publish as open access and make their research available for free on the open web.
  • Enter keywords or use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase e.g. “Digital Literacy”.  If you select ‘More Search Options’ you can also search using ‘Keywords (dissertation topic)’ to find dissertations and theses focused on a particular area, as described by the author.

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Some Other Useful Resources

NDLTD (Networked Library of Theses and Dissertations)

  • An Open Access Initiative union catalogue of theses and dissertations from many countries, which are all immediately available electronically via links to institutional repositories.

Open Access Theses and Dissertations

  • An index of over 1.6 million freely available electronic theses and dissertations.

SUDOC

  • SUDOC is a French union catalogue which allows you to search theses and dissertations completed at universities in France.

Dialnet 

  • Dialnet allows you to search for theses completed at Spanish universities – many have links to the full text.

Abertay Research Collection (ARC)

  • The University’s digital repository of research output allows you to search or browse the different collections.  If you are interested in depositing your research in ARC, please email repository@abertay.ac.uk for more information.