Engineering Village releases new site enhancements

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On January 30,  Engineering Village introduced a series of site enhancements:

  • AutoSuggest – helps users find terms using the Ei Thesaurus
  • New Download – Excel, CSV, PDF and RTF formats are now available
  • Mendeley Web Importer – one click imports results to Mendeley
  • What’s New – provides a summary of the latest updates

AutoSuggest helps researchers find terms quickly by displaying a list of suggested engineering terms from the 20,000 terms within the most trusted engineering Thesaurus available, Ei Thesaurus.

“Show Preview” will reduce the time to review a record. Users can view more information about a record without leaving the results page. The preview can be hidden by selecing the “Hide Preview” function.

In the last three months, Engineering Village added the following NEW download options:

  • CSV (Comma separated value format)
  • Excel (works with Microsoft Excel®)
  • RTF (works with Microsoft Word®)
  • PDF (Adobe® Portable Document Format)


For tips on using the new tools, check out these resources:

Engineering Village is an information discovery platform for the engineering community that provides access to the most important current engineering content. Engineering Village links to multiple engineering literature databases from a range of trusted sources: Scholarly journals, trade publications, patents, government reports, reference books, conference proceedings and more.


Knovel to release new platform on August 15

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Knovel is releasing its new platform on August 15. The new site  provides major upgrades to Knovel’s core features. Specifically, the new platform includes smarter search functionality and an answer-centric user interface that reflects how customers use Knovel. The emphasis is on helping users to find answers quickly and efficiently.

Key features include:

  • A new intuitive search that improves the speed of search results’ returns as well as their accuracy and relevance of results.
  • Updated search algorithm – Knovel has updated its algorithm to ensure answers are more easily discoverable and results are more relevant.
  • Faceted search results – users can view and filter search results to one of many Knovel content types — including interactive tables, text sections, material datasheets, conference proceedings, engineering cases and more.
  • Search within results – users can refine searches and use the breadcrumb trail to view and navigate between search sets.
  • Search snippets – users can scan results in context (not section headings) to determine relevance.
  • Data Search – New wizard functionality enables users to drag and drop field names from a Properties taxonomy. As criteria are added, users can see the volume of relevant results along the way. Users can locate critical numeric range values of properties with complete control over units.
  • Updated, user-friendly interface – improves navigation and increases visibility of interactive tools and clearly displays subscription entitlements.
  • Entitlements are clearly indicated for both Browse and Search. Users can see the full breadth of Knovel’s product offering, or they can filter search results to show only what’s available with their subscription. Premium products are now listed on the browse page instead of simply embedded in Subject Area listings.
  • Faster text viewing – A new Web-based PDF viewer vastly reduces the download wait time compared to PDF readers that require installing to the desktop and can create compatibility problems with a browser.
  • Performance is High Priority – Knovel’s new platform is built on a new streamlined code base and powered by multiple data centers worldwide. Our global customer base can get faster access to answers, no matter where they are.
  • My Knovel now supports Shared Folders – Users can tag members of their work group or student team and share folders with links to saved titles, saved content, saved search queries and customized interactive content.

Register for a Knovel user demonstration session

August 19th 11:00 am EDT
August 21st 3:00 pm EDT
August 21st 11:00pm EDT

About Knovel
Knovel is specifically focused on the engineering community, offering validated content from top publishers and societies, as well as exclusive, interactive data found in Knovel’s Critical Content Collection. The collection covers 31 subject areas and is continually updated as new titles are available to reflect the evolving needs of users.

Knovel provides subscribers with access to more than 4,000 leading reference works and databases from more than 100 international publishers and professional societies through a single interface.

Visit the Knovel database site. On August 15, this link will automatically be redirected to the new Knovel platform.

IEEE Announces New Enhancements to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library

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IEEE Xplore will release its latest enhancement this week of 4 March 2013. In this release, users will now be able to search author names with more precision than ever.

What is Author Disambiguation?

In 2011, IEEE began an author name disambiguation initiative in support of the IEEE Xplore digital library.

Author disambiguation establishes authority files for authors and institutions by identifying all articles written by a given author or at a given institution, while simultaneously distinguishing between different authors having the same name.

With this enhancement, users will now be able to search on one name and receive accurate results on almost any variation of that name within the digital library. For example, searching for Norman Smith will pull up any articles this individual published under N. Smith or N.W. Smith.

Benefits of author name disambiguation in IEEE Xplore:

  •  Improved precision of results retrieval for author name searches.
  •  New author search interface with search fields for First Name, Middle Name (or middle initial) and Last Name to more accurate searching on only author names
  •  Save time in searching for the correct author: get accurate results faster.

About IEEE Xplore Digital Library

The IEEE Xplore digital library provides full text access to the world’s highest quality technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics. IEEE Xplore contains full text documents from IEEE journals, transactions, magazines, letters, conference proceedings, standards, and IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) publications. The database contains nearly two million documents in over 12,000 individual publications published since 1988 plus select content back to 1952. Through the CrossRef Search feature, IEEE Xplore also provides access to documents published by other leading publishers. The IEEE Xplore database contains the following IEEE and IEE publication collections:

  • Journals, transactions, and magazines published by the IEEE, dating from January 1988, with select content back to 1952.
  • Conference proceedings published by the IEEE, dating from January 1988, with select content back to 1953.
  • IEEE Standards, including superseded standards but not draft standards, dating from January 1988.
  • IEE journals, letters, magazines, and conference proceeding from 1988.

Links to IEEE Xplore are available on UML Libraries home page alphabetical index list or from the Engineering databases subject page.

New Knovel Crude Oil Assay database

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Knovel has introduced its new Crude Oil Assay interactive database and is providing it to Knovel subscribers for free access through January 11, 2013. After that date UMass Lowell users will maintain access to the Crude Oil Assay database as part of the library’s Knovel Oil & Gas subject group subscription.

The Crude Oil Assays Database is a unique, interactive compilation of physical and chemical properties covering over 200 crude oils commonly available on the world market. The data will be useful both in understanding how oil properties affect oil behavior in the refinery and in predicting one property value from another. Organized into multiple interactive tables, the database includes:

  • Composition and Key Properties
  • Kinematic Viscosities
  • Hydrocarbon Composition
  • SARA Analysis
  • Distillation Profile
  • Heating and Freezing Properties
  • Fuel Indices

Within each table, users can compare multiple crudes against each other and export the properties to Excel or tab-delimited text for further analysis. Columns in the tables can be repositioned to make comparison easier, values can be sorted and the tables can be filtered to hone in on the data most relevant to the task. All properties are disoverable via Knovel’s data search.

Additional features include:

-         The ability to compare multiple crudes in a single table

-          Coverage of heavy oil and tar sand bitumen

About Knovel

Knovel is a web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers relevant to engineers.

Knovel provides subscribers with access to more than 4,000 leading reference works and databases from more than 90 international publishers and professional societies through a single interface.

Knovel Subject Areas available to UMass Lowell users:

Adhesives, Sealants, Coatings & Inks
Aerospace & Radar Technology
Biochemistry, Biology & Biotechnology
Ceramics & Ceramic Engineering
Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering & Construction Materials
Electrical & Power Engineering
Electronics & Semiconductors
Environment & Environmental Engineering
Food Science
General Engineering & Engineering Management
Mechanics & Mechanical Engineering
Metals & Metallurgy
Oil & Gas Engineering
Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics & Toiletries
Plastics & Rubbers
Safety & Industrial Hygiene
Knovel Premium Content also available:

Patty’s Toxicology
Sax’s Dangerous Properties
Access to Knovel is available from the Alphabetical Index on the home page of the Library’s web site, or from multiple Database Subject web pages that cover the sciences and engineering as well eBooks. You can find the link to Knovel in the subject page’s eBook section.

ICE Virtual Library for Engineering Trial through Nov. 15

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The ICE Virtual Library hosts all the civil engineering journal content from ICE Publishing, the publishing division of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). They are providing UMass Lowell with free trial access to all 24 ICE journals from 1863 through 2010. The trial extends until November 15, 2010.

ICE creates innovative products and services for the civil engineering and construction markets. These include books, journals, recruitment and training, as well as best practice, news and networking opportunities around the NEC and Eurocodes.

Please leave comments as they greatly aid in our purchasing decisions.

ICE journals represent the highest standards of research and best-practice in civil engineering.  Ice Proceedings form a unique interface between the worlds of theory and practice in civil engineering, and other titles such as Geotechnique and Magazine of Concrete Research are internationally renowned for publishing research of the highest quality.  Covering every major civil and structural engineering discipline, ICE journals are a comprehensive source of expertise for everyone in civil engineering.

Trial for the ICE Virtual Library until June 8, 2010

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UML Libraries is offering a full-text trial to journals within the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Virtual Library.  You can access the trial through the Trial page on the library’s web site.  Access is available from April 8 to June 8, 2010.

The ICE archives include many of the seminal papers in civil engineering, bringing together
content from across the ICE publications program. Included in the trial is full access to  the Proceedings of  the Institution of Civil Engineers, the longest established series in civil engineering, published continuously since 1836 under a variety of names. Also included are the Géotechnique archives, published since 1948, and the Magazine of Concrete Research, in publication since 1976.

Ebooks are not accessible in this trial, but the trial does allow open access to the first chapters of almost all 350 ebooks. ICE journals and ebooks span a wide range of subjects, from Energy, Water, and Sustainability, to Management, Materials Science, Structures, and more.

Please leave comments. They assist greatly in the library’s decision-making process.

Knovel website enhancements webinar

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Knovel, the engineering reference book site, is offering a product demo on September 29 to showcase new enhancements to its website. Built on top of upgrades released in August, the new enhancements include simplified navigation, improved browsing and result display pages, and a new recent search history feature. Also new is a “GET search” function. Some of these enhancements have already been implemented and others will be introduced on October 2.

The half-hour September 29 demonstration will occur at 11:00 AM EST and will highlight these new features:

  • Search Within: Knovel’s new Search Results display that features a convenient way to perform a search within the selected title.
  • A new BROWSE design that improves browsing both UML’s subscription as well as all Knovel Content, and provides enhanced subject and alphabetical filters for improved organization and fast access to Knovel’s engineering content.

Click Here to Register

Knovel launches product enhancements

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On August 18 Knovel launched the first in a series of product enhancements designed to make finding trusted technical information easier and faster!

The next time you search Knovel, you’ll find improvements and new features that include:

  • GET (GraphEquationTable) Search [formerly Fielded Search]:  We’ve introduced a new name and an improved approach to materials properties search, numeric range search, and retrieving results found in Knovel’s interactive Graphs, Equations, and Tables.  
  • Knovel Search Results: We have improved the display of  search results.
  • Spell checking: If you misspell a word, Knovel suggests the correct spelling.
  • Autocomplete: Start typing a search term, and see suggested terms in a drop-down menu.
  • Add Knovel to Your Search Bar: Click the link to add Knovel to your browser’s search bar.

special webinar on August 20th at 1:00 PM Eastern: Diana Bittern, Knovel’s Director of Product Management, will walk through new enhance-ments that improve the search results display and include new features such as auto-complete, spellcheck and suggested search terms.