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August 29, 2005

Brief Review: Information Sources in Engineering - 4th Ed, Edited by Roderick A MacLeod and Jim Corlett

:: The fourth edition of Information Sources in Engineering1, published in 2005 by Saur, and edited by Roddy MacLeod and Jim Corlett, has finally arrived on my desk. It is a massive work at 683 pages, and is part of the series, Guides to Information Sources.

The third edition of this title, edited by KW Mildren and PJ Hicks, appeared in 1996, and was divided into three sections, totalling 36 chapters: primary information sources (reports, standards, patents and patent information, journals, conferences and theses, and product information), secondary information sources (abstracts, indexes, bibliographies and reviews, electronic sources, and standard reference sources), and 27 chapters on specialized subject fields such as stress analysis, robotics and automated manufacturing, and thermodynamics and thermal systems. The fourth edition of Information Sources in Engineering expands somewhat on the primary and secondary information sources, while condensing the specialized subject fields of engineering to the more traditional disciplines such as chemical, civil, environmental, materials, mechanical, and so on.

The book opens with a chapter on engineers and their information needs. Martin Ward provides a useful introduction to engineers, covering their role in society, themes and aspects common to engineerings, and comparisons with scientists. He addresses theory and practice, and gives extensive coverage to the engineering knowledge base, examining its contents and the engineers' use of knowledge resources. I was surprised to find no references to the Tenopir and King book, Communication Patterns of Engineers2, published in December 2003, or to Thomas Pinelli's article, "Distinguishing Engineers from Scientists - The Case for an Engineering Knowledge Community"3, which appeared in the Vol. 21, No 3/4 2001 issue of Science and Technology Libraries. Perhaps neither was available before the chapter was completed. Regardless, no mention of either article does not detract from Ward's excellent introduction.

The twelve chapters that follow discuss in detail different categories of primary and secondary engineering information sources, including: journals and e-journals, reports, theses and research in progress, conferences, patents, standards, product information, electronic full-text sources, abstracts and indexes, bibliographies and reviews, internet resources, reference sources, and professional societies. Such an approach exposes the reader to the wide variety of categories and formats covering primary and secondary engineering literature.

The final fourteen chapters cover the main subject areas of engineering: aerospace and defence, bioengineering/biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical/electronic/computer, engineering design, environmental, manufacturing, materials, mechanical, mining and mineral process, nanotechnology, occupational safety and health, and petroleum and offshore engineering. The most extensive subject coverage is provided in the chapters on aerospace and defence (43 pages), civil (39 pages), materials (45 pages), and mechanical (54 pages long.) These and most other chapters include information on specific resources such as handbooks and manuals, indexes and abstracts, standards, directories, monographs, important journal and serial publications, statistical information, etc.

The length, style and content of each category and subject chapter varies. This should not surprise the reader, as the following is stated in the preface:

As with previous editions, contributions have not been subjected to restrictive editing, and the individual style of contributors have thereby been retained.
As a result, chapters do not comform to a editorial template or standard layout, which some readers may find a wee bit frustrating at times. For example, some chapters are primarily lists of resources, others mix discussion and commentary together with resource lists, and others feature mostly commentary.

One chapter warranting further mention is the one on materials engineering. The first 17 pages of this chapter cover in great detail the processes used by engineers to find material data. The authors, both engineers, explain that material data needs evolve in two ways. At the start of a project, the engineer needs "low-precision data for all materials and processes", whereas near the end, the need shifts to accurate, precise data for one or a small number of materials, where a richness of detail is needed. The authors discuss material data needs for design, screening and ranking for data structure and sources, supporting information for data structure and sources, and ways of checking and estimating data. The data sources for materials and processes are listed in the appendix, an extensive 26-page bibliography, listing titles in hard-copy, database, and Internet formats. Subject coverage includes pure metals, ferrous and non-ferrous, ceramics and glasses, composite materials, woods and wood-based composites, and natural fibres and other materials.

Information Sources in Engineering, 4th edition, is a worthwhile edition to the reference shelves of any library whose collections and services focus on one or more engineering disciplines.

(NOTE: I must mention that I am a contributor to the forthcoming title, Using the Engineering Literature (edited by Bonnie Osif), having written the chapter on petroleum engineering and refining. No comparisons were drawn between the two titles, which would have been impossible anyway, as I have not seen the other chapters of the book, which is to be published in the near future by Dekker.)

  1. MacLeod, Roderick A, and Jim Corlett, eds. 2005. Information Sources in Engineering. 4th ed. München: KG Saur.
  2. Tenopir, Carol, and Donald W King. 2004. Communication Patterns of Engineers. New York: IEEE Press, Wiley Interscience.
  3. Pinelli, Thomas. 2001. Distinguishing engineers from scientists: the case for an engineering knowledge community. Science and Technology Libraries: 21 (3/4), pp.131-163.
- Randy Reichardt

August 25, 2005

PNAS, Open Access, and Levels of Interest - Commentary by George Porter

.: George Porter, contributor to STLQ and Librarian at Sherman Fairchild Library, CalTech, offers a thoughtful analysis on open access and the impact on readership, using PNAS as a test case. - Randy.

There has been a great deal of speculation about the willingness of authors to pay fees to provide greater access to their articles. Contributors to the discussion on all sides of the Open Access (OA) debate (and there are certainly more than two schools of thought on the subject) have been able to find numbers to support their theses. However, it has proven exceedingly difficult to find a virtually unassailable test case from which all interested parties could concede that valid lessons might be drawn.

An opportunity presents itself with the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) is a respected, established scientific journal.

PNAS is a signatory of the DC Principles and has chosen a 6 month window of exclusivity for subscribers. In addition, PNAS instituted a Walker/Prosser model of OA by the article in late 2004. Under this model, authors may pay an additional fee to provide immediate global access to their published article.

I decided to do a narrowly drawn experiment: established journal, no charitable grants or personal fortunes underwriting the publishing enterprise. No likelihood of the journal altering its editorial standards to enhance revenue. This seems like a very reasonable test case -- the most easily tested hypothesis being: Will authors, all other factors being equal, pay an extra sum to provide readers with earlier (in this case -- six months) access to their findings? Is reducing the amount of time that an article is only available through a subscription worth the additional expense to authors?

Using the PNAS Open Access articles section of PubMed Central, I observed 268 articles for which the OA fee ($750 or $1000, reduced rate for authors at subscribing institutions) has been paid over the last 6 months, ~12% of the published articles. Of those, 24 articles have been the cover feature article, >90% of the cover articles in the period.

Obviously PNAS has identified a service for which a segment of their authors are willing to pay. The proportion of authors willing to pay increases significantly with the self-perceived significance of the work being published.

Does Open Access have any impact upon readership? By examining the 50 Most Frequently-Read Articles in PNAS, which is based only on the article views from the Highwire home of PNAS, it may be possible to draw some additional conclusions. [Article views during July 2005]

I examined the first twenty pieces from the top 50.

  • Open Access articles: 8
  • Open Access articles, prepagination: 2 (including #1)
  • Cover articles: 6 (4 Open Access)
  • In this issue (Free): 3
  • DC Principles free: 5 (1 Open Access)
  • Remainder: 3
Some of the entries fit in more than one category. Four of the Open Access articles, out of a total of 8 for which an OA fee was paid, were featured on the cover of the journal. One of the Open Access articles would have been freely available in July 2005 under the PNAS commitment to the DC Principles, which they have chosen to implement as a 6 month embargo.

Three of the top 20 most-read articles in July 2005 required a current subscription and were not featured on the cover of a June or July issue. A preliminary conclusion might be made that ease of access enhances the likelihood of a large readership. The notoriety of cover articles is not to be underestimated in garnering readers. There is a caveat, though. Five of the six cover articles were in the top 8; the 6th was #18 and not Open Access.

-- George Porter

August 23, 2005

International Council on Nanotechnology and Rice University Launche Environmental Health and Safety Nano Database

.: ICON, the International Council on Nanotechnology, and Rice University's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) have released the first online database of findings related to the benefits and risks of nanotechnology. The database doesn't appear to have a name other than Research Summaries, with the following focus on content:

Citation information and summaries of peer-reviewed papers on environmental health and safety research on incidental and engineered nanoparticles are collected here. Site registration or payment may be required to access the full content of these articles.
. Users may browse by author or year, and an Advanced Search page allows for limiting a search by three categories: paper type, production method, and particle type.

From the news release:

This environmental health and safety (EHS) database marks the first effort to integrate the vast and diverse scientific literature on the impacts of nanoparticles, which are tiny pieces of matter with dimensions measuring between 1 and 100 nanometers and containing between tens and thousands of atoms. (One nanometer is one-billionth of a meter or approximately 60,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.) The database is the result of the collected efforts of Rice researchers, the chemical industry and the U.S. Department of Energy. This database will be updated and enhanced over the next year.


EBSCO's MetaPress To Host 150-Year Old Archives of IMechE

:: From 22 August 2005 Knowledgespeak News:

The UK's Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), a publisher and engineering association, has entered into a deal with subscription agent EBSCO, US, to offer its journals and new backfile archives via the latter's service. Professional Engineering Publishing, the publishing arm of ImechE, has said that the move is part of its plan to introduce its Digital Archive of Proceeding. EBSCO will host all prominent IMechE publications - current as well as archives dating back to 150 years - through its MetaPress web hosting platform.

Last month, in a similar move, six scientific and technical publishers including the engineering publishers National Defence Industrial Association (NDIA) and the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology, Hungarian Akadémiai Kiadó and academic publisher Baywood Publishing, had added their content to the EBSCO platform.

New IEEE journal -- IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology

The first issue of a new quarterly journal from the IEEE and the Optical Society of America (OSA) was published online today. IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology "... [c]overs the theory, design, fabrication, manufacturing and application of information displays and aspects of display technology that emphasize the progress in device engineering, device design, materials, electronics, physics and reliability aspects of displays and the application of displays." - George Porter

IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology

Fulltext v1+ (2005+)
ISSN: 1551-319X

August 22, 2005

IEE Adding Two More Proceedings Titles

.: IEE has slated the introduction of two new journals to its IEE Proceedings .... series. Although the announcement indicates that both will appear in 2006, website activity and the ad inside the back cover of the latest IEE Proceedings ... issues indicate that one title will debut shortly. No entry page is available yet for either title in IEE Digital Library, IEEE Xplore, or AIP Scitation. - George Porter

IEE Proceedings Information Security
Forthcoming Fall 2005
Print ISSN: 1747-0722 | Online ISSN: 1747-0730

IEE Proceedings Intelligent Transport Systems
Forthcoming 2006
ISSN ???

August 18, 2005

Two New Open Access Informatics Journals

.: George Porter reports the following: Cancer Informatics is a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal from Libertas Academica. The first issue has already been released. A banner on the journal's website indicates Cancer Informatics has been accepted for indexing in PubMed, although I haven't found independent confirmation yet.

Jason Moore, a member of the editorial board, from the Computational Genetics Laboratory at Dartmouth Medical School, provides a good summary of the target areas of Cancer Informatics in a posting to his Epistasis Blog.

Evolutionary Bioinformatics Online (EBO) is a new Open Access journal, the first issue of which has not yet been released. EBO is the second Open Access journal started by Libertas Academica, following the recent debut of Cancer Informatics.

Libertas Academica is a fairly new arrival on the publishing scene, having been "... established in 2004 to promote and expand Open Access to scientific, technical and medical information. Our mission is to implement Open Access journals whilst still preserving the very high editorial standard that have characterized conventional subscription-based publishing in the past."

.: George also reports that PubChem has added structures from the NIH Chemical Genomics Center (NCGC). As well, PubChem has added structures from ChemBridge and updated its structures from ChemIDplus and NIAID

David Stern Takes The Helm at Haworth's Science & Technology Libraries

:: David Stern, Director of Yale University Science Libraries, will become the new editor of Science & Technology Libraries, effective with the v27 2006 issue. As David is not only a trusted colleague but a great friend, I wish him the best as he takes on this new challenge. The journal will be in good hands. On various discussion groups today, David writes:

Julie Hurd will be stepping down after many years of excellent service to the community, and I will become the new editor of Science & Technology Libraries effective with vol. 27 (2006).

As with any journal editor, I depend upon authors for timely content, and perhaps authors serving as guest editors for special theme issues. At this time the journal is seeking submissions for future issues, so please consider contributing an article yourself and encourage your colleagues to consider publishing information about interesting projects and concepts. Feel free to contact me directly if you would like to discuss a possible article idea in greater detail.

Below I outline some ideas for a revised STL, including a few possible special theme topics. As you review my thoughts below on possible future topics, please let me know if you are interested in contributing your novel ideas, techniques, tricks, tips, or insights to our profession.

I anticipate the following sections in future issues:

  1. News of Note: This will be a one-page column created at deadline providing the latest news in our areas.
  2. Visions & Directions: This will be a column written by rotating editorial board members on current topics. Each column will provide a position statement, and will be followed by continued discussion on our soon-to-be-released weblog or wiki.
  3. Research papers, and/or case studies with implications.
  4. Tools Watch: This section will review books, articles, databases, and web entities. It will highlight significant new tools in relation to science and technology public services, collection development and management, and metadata concerns.
  5. SCI-5 will continue to highlight trends and tools.

In terms of "special theme issues", some initial ideas for topics might be:

  • Competencies: general overview, in-depth areas (e.g. colln dev, ref, instruc, fac liaison, etc), subject specialists (behaviors, best tools, strategies, knowledgebases, networks)
  • History of science: (preservation of published, unpublished and raw data archives, maintaining local research knowledgebase contents, integration of historic documents into normal library resources)
  • Collaborations: (consortia, beyond libraries - museums, vendors, IT, authors)
  • Changing user expectations: new and altered services and facilities in relation to changes ; and the resulting changes to job descriptions and the roles of library staff
  • Agents/vendors: (outsourcing of traditional in-house tasks; the dangers and opportunities for journal subscription agents; free Google Scholar indexing and the future of commercial A&I services )
  • Metadata: (GIS, normalization of indexes for cross-database searching, enhanced harvesting vs. federated searching -- pros/con, MARC vs other standards)
  • Generalists vs. subject specialist librarians: (how do the needs and requirements change given the new remote access, virtual assistance, and tech support issues).
  • Collection Development Concerns in the Digital World: agents, pricing, new staff positions, new software
If you are considering a submission, at http://haworthpress.com/autheditor/packet/ you will find documents (including templates) for authors' use. These allow an author to create a manuscript formatted according to press style using a template that may be downloaded.

Thanks for listening; and I hope to interact with all of you in some capacity in the future.


David Stern
Director of Science Libraries and Information Services
Kline Science Library
219 Prospect Street
P.O. Box 208111
New Haven, CT 06520-8111

phone: 203 432-3447
fax: 203 432-3441
email: david.e.stern AT yale.edu

August 17, 2005

George Porter: ACM Launches Two New Journals

.: The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has launched two new journals within the last month, ACM Transactions on Algorithms (TALG) and ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN).

ACM Transaction on Algorithms is the long-awaited result of a mass resignation by the editorial board of Journal of Algorithms (JoA) over a long running pricing dispute with their publisher. [For additional background on the JoA->TALG story, read the STLQ posts Commentary: The Crisis In Scholary Communication, by George Porter and Journal of Algorithms Fallout Getting Noticed, Stanford U Takes Stand Against "Pricey Journals".]

-- George Porter

August 16, 2005

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship - Number 43 Summer 2005

:: The latest issue of Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, n43, Summer 2005, is now available. Contents:

    Theme: All Topics
  • Follow-up Survey of GIS at Smaller Academic Libraries by JaNae Kinikin, Weber State University and Keith Hench, Kirkwood Community College
  • Comparing Journal Use Between Biology Faculty and Undergraduate Students by Joseph R. Kraus, University of Denver
  • Ask a Science Librarian by Margaret Clifton, Library of Congress
  • The National Science and Technology Library: A Chinese Model of
    Collaboration by Xue-Ming Bao, Seton Hall University

    Refereed Articles:

  • Citation Analysis: A Method for Collection Development for a Rapidly Developing Field by Kristen B. LaBonte, California State University, Channel Islands

    Science and Technology Resources on the Internet:

  • Open Access and Scholarly Communication -- A Selection of Key Web Sites by Hanna Kwasik and Pauline O. Fulda, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

    Book Reviews:

  • Evidence-Based Practice for Information Professionals: A Handbook by Bette Anton, University of California, Berkeley
  • Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals by Ann Jensen, University of California, Berkeley


  • To Print or Not to Print Medical Textbooks: Is That the Question? by Barbara Amelia Nace, Merck & Co., Inc

August 15, 2005

George Porter on PLoS

.: PLoS, the Public Library of Science, is continuing to expand its Open Access publishing program. Following on the tremendous success of the first two PLoS journals, PLoS Biology and PLoS Medicine, an announcement was made in January 2005 of the launch of three more titles from PLoS during 2005: PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Genetics, and PLoS Pathogens.

PLoS, although not a LOCKSS (Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) participant, deposits copies of all of the PLoS journals in PubMed Central helping to ensure the long term preservation and accessibility of the content.

George S. Porter
Sherman Fairchild Library of Engineering & Applied Science California Institute of Technology Mail Code 1-43, Pasadena, CA 91125-4300 Telephone (626) 395-3409 Fax (626) 431-2681 http://library.caltech.edu contributor http://stlq.info | http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/fosblog.html

IEE Journals Backfile: Announcement and Request for Help

The IEE is digitizing its journal backfile from 1872, in order to make all of its old journals easily accessible. While we have access to most volumes of these journals, we are unable to locate any copies of the following at present:

  • Electronic Systems News (6 vols.), vols. 1-6 (1975-1980).
  • Journal of the Institution of Electronic and Radio Engineers (1 vol.), vol.55 (1985). [Later merged with the IEE]
  • Journal of the Institution of Production Engineers (31 vols.), vols. 1-31 (1922-1952). [Later merged with the IEE]
If you are a Librarian, please could you check your stocks in order to ascertain whether you have any copies of the above volumes which you could either lend to us or supply to us. Although we can scan and return borrowed copies, we would prefer to be able to de-spine volumes so that they can be scanned more easily. So, if you have any spare copies of the above journals which you could provide, we would be most grateful.

A full list of the volumes and issues of which we would like to obtain spare copies can be found at http://www.iee.org/Publish/News/backfile_missing.cfm

Rayna Vause
Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Inspec Inc
379 Thornall Street
Edison, NJ 08837
T +1 (732) 321 5579 x209
F +1 (732) 321 5702

August 12, 2005

Cites & Insights

:: The v5 n10, September 2005 issue of Cites & Insights - Crawford at Large, is out, and includes a lengthy and somewhat mathematical analysis of what Walt terms to be "library-people" blogs, in a piece called Investigating the Biblioblogosphere. STLQ is mentioned, which I appreciate very much, as is Pod Bay Door, my other, personal blog (on which postings have been few and far between for the past few weeks). I will let Walt know that PBD might best be considered as outside the library blog world, the only real connection being that the author of the blog is a librarian.

As a result of Walt's analysis, I am aware of a few more blogs in said biblioblogosphere.

Follow-up: I e-mailed Walt regarding the inclusion of Pod Bay Door, suggesting that he filter out blogs written by librarians which have little or no library content, and he responded with the following explanation:

I deliberately didn't try to do that kind of a filter. The article is really about "library-people blogs." I also deliberately omitted two major categories of "library-related blogs": Large-group blogs and those done by libraries themselves.
:: Speaking of interesting library blogs, check out why Ross Singer, librarian at Georgia Tech (and fellow guitarist, albeit bass guitarist) thinks that librarians are arrogant asses.

August 11, 2005

www.pat2pdf.org - A Free Patent Retrieval Site

:: As noted on Jay Bhatt's site, www.pat2pdf.org is a website that allows for free downloading of patents from the USPTO. More details on the site are available here. I checked for older patents, eventually searching for and finding US Patent 1, so I'm assuming any US patent is available via this service. This site could prove to be a valuable resource for students working on engineering design projects, and is much easier to use than the USPTO site, which requires a .tiff plugin.

August 10, 2005

Knowledgespeak - Daily Reports on the STM Publishing Industry

:: Knowledgespeak is a new daily online news service covering developments and news from the STM publishing industry. The site also links to relevant articles, white papers, and presentations.

It looks promising, and is a service that is perhaps long overdue for the industry. Visitors can subscribe to the Knowledgespeak newsletter, but astonishingly, there is no RSS feed to the news updates. (Via EngLib)

Plagiarized Math Title Withdrawn From Publication by AMS

:: An interesting item upon which I stumbled today (which may be old news to some.) The book, History of Mathematics from a Mathematician's Vantage Point, ostensibly "written" by Greek mathematician Nicholaos K. Artemiadis and published in 2004 by the American Mathematical Society, has been "outed" as a largely plagiarized work, based on respected author Morris Kline's Mathematical Thought From Ancient to Modern Times, Oxford University Press, 1972. Seth Braver, Dept of Mathematical Sciences, U Montana Missoula, writes in the v52 n8 August 2005 issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society:

The AMS, one of the most important mathematical organizations in the world, has recently put its imprimatur on a shoddily written and ineptly plagiarized version of Morris Klines Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times. This ostensibly new book is entitled History of Mathematics from a Mathematicians Vantage Point. Nicholaos K. Artemiadis claims to be the author.
Braver continues, comparing passages from each work, and noting "These two paragraphs are isomorphic."

Braver adds:

Artemiadis has not merely summarized Klines thought without citation, he has copied it line by line. Differences in word choice are merely the inevitable product of translating Kline into Greek and then translating the translation back into English. In a single hour I located a dozen or so such borrowings before putting Artemiadiss book away in disgust. Sentences, paragraphs, even whole pages of his text are stolen from Kline. Readers with access to both works who are skeptical of my claims may wish to compare, for example, Artemiadiss chapter on topology (pp. 34556) with Klines chapter entitled The Beginnings of Topology (beginning on page 1158). Such a comparison reveals that Artemiadis stole almost every sentence in his chapter. Or compare Artemiadiss take on Omar Khayyam and Arabic mathematics (page 163, beginning with the second paragraph, Even though the solutions) to Klines treatment of the same topics (page 193, beginning with the third paragraph, Though the Arabs gave algebraic solutions). The next page or so of the two texts will be found to be nearly identical, right down to the diagrams and the labels thereupon. On page 143 of Artemiadiss book he writes, We present some of the problems considered by Diophantus. As one might expect, that plural pronoun we is not mere scholarly convention. Rather, the Diophantine problems selected by Artemiadis are exactly the same as those selected by Kline for page 142 of his book. One can also find bits of Carl Boyers history in Artemiadiss text as well, the most obvious example being the idiosyncratic chronological table which appears in an appendix. I could cite further examples, but in classic mathematical tradition, I will leave this as an easy exercise for the interested reader.
The AMS has conducted its own investigation and has withdrawn the book from publication.

The question for those of us with a copy on our shelves is: do we withdraw it from the collection? I'd say yes - and then use the book in future instruction sessions as an example of a plagiarized work. The other question is: how did this get by the AMS editors?

IEEE Adds 15,000 Historic Electron Devices Articles to Archive

:: The following appeared on a number of discussion groups today:

IEEE Adds 15,000 Historic Electron Devices Articles to Archive

Continuing its plan to digitize its entire journal backfile, IEEE this month made available online versions of more than 15,000 articles from IEEE Electron Devices Society publications dating as far back as 1954.

The archive now includes articles from three of the Society's most influential publications: IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (papers from 1954 to 1987); IEEE Electron Device Letters (papers from 1980 to 1987); and the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (papers from
1955 to 1987).

Papers from 1988-forward were already available electronically. The IEEE online collection now contains nearly 1.2 million documents.

To view abstracts of the papers in these publications, visit:

IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting

IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices

IEEE Electron Device Letters

August 9, 2005

IEE Launches the IEE Digital Library

:: As announced in an e-mail on various discussion groups today. I did a quick comparison with IEEE's IEL, and all the content in the IEE Digital Library is also available on IEL.:

The IEE is pleased to announce the launch of the new IEE Digital Library. The IEE Digital Library is hosted on the Scitation platform from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and replaces the IOJ (IEE Online Journals) platform.

The IEE Digital Library provides access to more than 50,000 technical papers from IEE journals, magazines and conference publications dating back to 1994, covering a wide range of information in electrical and electronic engineering, telecommunications, computing, power, control, radar, circuits, materials, bioengineering, IT, and more.

In addition to having all IEE publication tables of contents and abstracts freely available, users will enjoy many features of the Scitation platform, including sophisticated browsing and searching, pay-per-view articles for non-subscribers, a complete suite of personalization tools, and extensive citation links to publishers and databases.

For more information on the IEE Digital Library please visit http://www.ieedl.org or contact ieedl@iee.org

IEE Digital Library content:

Journals --
Electronics Letters
IEE Proceedings Circuits, Devices and Systems
IEE Proceedings Communications
IEE Proceedings Computers and Digital Techniques
IEE Proceedings Control Theory and Applications
IEE Proceedings Electric Power Applications
IEE Proceedings Generation, Transmission and Distribution
IEE Proceedings Information Security (coming in 2006)
IEE Proceedings Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation
IEE Proceedings Nanobiotechnology
IEE Proceedings Optoelectronics
IEE Proceedings Radar, Sonar and Navigation
IEE Proceedings Science, Measurement and Technology
IEE Proceedings Software
IEE Proceedings Systems Biology
IEE Proceedings Vision, Image and Signal Processing

IEE Review
Communications Engineer
Computing & Control Engineering
Manufacturing Engineer
Electronics Systems & Software
Engineering Management
Information Professional (available online in 2006)
Power Engineer

IEE Conference Publications
IEE Seminar Digests

Rayna Vause
Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Inspec Inc
379 Thornall Street
Edison, NJ 08837
T +1 (732) 321 5579 x209
F +1 (732) 321 5702

August 4, 2005

Newsletters and Stuff

:: Recent E-STREAMS are available, including April, May and June-July 2005.

:: The latest Cites & Insights from Walt Crawford is out.

:: Pter Jacso provides a detailed and critical review of Journal Citation Reports in the August 2005 Pter's Digital Reference Shelf.

August 2, 2005

Greg Notess on Scholarly Web Searching: Google Scholar and Scirus

:: Greg Notess, librarian at Montana State U and creator of Search Engine Showdown, reviews and compares Google Scholar and Scirus in his latest On The Net column in Online:

Google introduced a brand-new concept with Google Scholar [http://scholar.google.com]specialized search aimed at finding scholarly information on the Web. With an initial focus on research articles from publishers participating in the CrossRef project and several collections of online preprints and other major scholarly sites, Google established a new approach to a broad range of scholarly literature (although its original coverage was stronger in science and technology than in the social sciences). In true Google fashion, the new search tool not only displayed links to individual documents, it also included citation references extracted from other documents using special algorithms developed at Google.

Some librarians decried this poaching of our information space, while Google advocates foresaw Scholar as the first and only source for research information. We have seen this type of rhetoric before. Remember when Google launched Google Answers back in 2002? The ensuing hue and cry bemoaned how this would compete with library reference services. Google Answers continues as a fee service, but it is certainly not a major Google money-maker, nor has it caused the death of library and information services anywhere.

Is Google Scholar destined for a similar fate? Time will tell whether it becomes a major access tool and replaces some of the traditional indexing and abstracting services or ends up as yet another orphaned initiative. In the meantime, it offers certain benefits and uses, as do several other free Web-based scholarly search tools such as Scirus. Unfortunately, none are even close to comprehensive. Each tool covers one segment exclusively or in very different ways.

I am curious to know who is using either of these tools, and to what extent? I ask because I seldom use Google Scholar or Scirus, largely because I work in a library system that offers most of the key subject databases and e-publications needed by its users. I wonder if Google Scholar and Scirus are being used or promoted by librarians working in institutions without access to key dbs and e-resources required by their clientele.