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Why IEEE Xplore is better than Google

February 3rd, 2016 by Cory Craig

Why IEEE Xplore is better than Google  (4 Minute video)



The IEEE Xplore Digital Library covers electrical engineering, computer science and electronics and provides access to scientific and technical content published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).

If you need help with IEEE Xplore, contact the PSE Library Reference Desk, Mon-Fri 1-5pm

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Not working in electrical engineering?  See the:  full list of Physical Sciences & Engineering databases or PSE Subject Guides to find the best database for your discipline.

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

February 27th, 2015 by Robert Heyer-Gray
The Following Lectures Were Published in January:

Tope Omitola, University of Southampton
Sebastián A. Ríos, University of Chile
John G. Breslin, National University of Ireland Galway
Synthesis Lectures on the Semantic Web: Theory and Technology


Sarah Niebe, University of Copenhagen
Kenny Erleben, University of Copenhagen
Synthesis Lectures on Computer Graphics and Animation


Vincent C. Prantil, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Timothy Decker, Milwaukee Area Technical College
Synthesis Lectures on Engineering


Dangzhi Zhao, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, Canada
Andreas Strotmann, ScienceXplore, Bad Schandau, Germany
Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services


Aurélien Bellet, Télécom ParisTech
Amaury Habrard, Université de Saint-Etienne
Marc Sebban, Université de Saint-Etienne
Synthesis Lectures on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

January 29th, 2015 by Robert Heyer-Gray
The Following Lectures Were Published in December and are included in Collection Six

Combating Bad Weather Part I: Rain Removal from Video
Sudipta Mukhopadhyay, IIT Kharagpur
Abhishek Kumar Tripathi, Uurmi Systems
Synthesis Lectures on Image, Video, and Multimedia Processing

Combating Bad Weather Part II:
Fog Removal from Image and Video

Sudipta Mukhopadhyay, IIT Kharagpur
Abhishek Kumar Tripathi, Uurmi Systems
Synthesis Lectures on Image, Video, and Multimedia Processing

Designed Technologies for Healthy Aging
Claudia B. Rebola, Rhode Island School of Design
Synthesis Lectures on Assistive, Rehabilitative, and Health-Preserving Technologies

Fieldwork for Healthcare:
Guidance for Investigating Human Factors in Computing Systems

Dominic Furniss, University College London
Rebecca Randell, University of Leeds
Aisling Ann O’Kane, University College London
Svetlena Taneva, University Health Network, Toronto
Helena Mentis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Ann Blandford, University College London
Synthesis Lectures on Assistive, Rehabilitative, and Health-Preserving Technologies

Mechanical Testing for the Biomechanics Engineer:
A Practical Guide

Marnie M. Saunders, The University of Akron, Ohio
Synthesis Lectures on Biomedical Engineering

Physically Unclonable Functions (PUFs):
Applications, Models, and Future Directions

Christian Wachsmann, Technische Universität, Darmstadt, Germany
Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, Technische Universität, Darmstadt, Germany
Synthesis Lectures on Information Security, Privacy, and Trust

Power-Efficient Computer Architectures:
Recent Advances

Magnus Själander, Uppsala University
Margaret Martonosi, Princeton University
Stefanos Kaxiras, Uppsala University
Synthesis Lectures on Computer Architecture

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

January 2nd, 2015 by Robert Heyer-Gray
Applications of Zero-Suppressed Decision Diagrams
Tsutomu Sasao, Meiji University
Jon T. Butler, Naval Postgraduate School
Synthesis Lectures on Digital Circuits and Systems

Background Subtraction: Theory and Practice
Ahmed Elgammal, Rutgers University
Synthesis Lectures on Computer Vision

Instant Recovery with Write-Ahead Logging: Page Repair, System Restart, and Media Restore
Goetz Graefe, HP Labs
Wey Guy
Caetano Sauer, University of Kaiserslautern
Synthesis Lectures on Data Management

Libraries and the Semantic Web
Keith P. DeWeese, Gannett Co., Inc.
Dan Segal, Marcinko Enterprises, Inc.
Synthesis Lectures on Emerging Trends in Librarianship

The Shortest-Path Problem: Analysis and Comparison of Methods
Hector Ortega-Arranz, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
Diego R. Llanos, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
Arturo Gonzalez-Escribano, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
Synthesis Lectures on Theoretical Computer Science

November IEEE & MIT Press Books – eBook Alert

December 10th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

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Today is IEEE day

October 1st, 2013 by

IEEE Day is a member-driven, global event held on the first Tuesday of October. Now in its fourth year, IEEE Day celebrates the anniversary of the first time IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas — in 1884. There is a map of events happening all around the world.

UC Davis Libraries subscribes to the IEEE digital library: IEEE XPlore, and UC Davis has a student IEEE chapter.

Of interest to local IEEE members, two IEEE global contests are coming up:

26 October: IEEEXtreme 24-hour Global Programming Competition: “Think you can code? Prove it .” IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams of IEEE Student members, supported by an IEEE Student Branch, advised and proctored by an IEEE member, compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems.

1 November (deadline): Smarter Planet Challenge, cosponsored with IBM. This competition requires an interdisciplinary team approach to developing and implementing solutions to real world challenges.

Also launching today and co-sponsored by IEEE — test drive the new Formula Hybrid website, highlighting its first-time mentoring arrangement with automotive professionals from major OEMs:


IEEE Xplore Digital Library Upgrade Scheduled for 1 June

May 27th, 2011 by Robert Heyer-Gray
IEEE Xplore® Digital Library

On Wednesday, 1 June 2011, IEEE will implement an upgrade to the IEEE Xplore digital library. There is no scheduled downtime during this upgrade.

There are many new enhancements planned:

NEW VDE VERLAG Conference Proceedings: IEEE has partnered with one of the largest technical and scientific associations in Europe VDE VERLAG in a partnership that integrates VDE’s conference proceedings into IEEE Xplore. This brings important content into IEEE Xplore from conferences that were not available to subscribers before.

IEL and POP ALL customers will receive complimentary, unlimited access to the VDE VERLAG conference proceedings. This includes 3,100 VDE conference papers from 20+ annual conference titles, with 1,000 new articles being added every year

Sort search results by “Most Cited”: This upgrade includes a new feature to IEEE Xplore that will allow you to sort your search results by “Most Cited”. Also, you will also see the article’s citation count in the article metadata. Find articles of high impact quickly with this new feature.

See more search results with provides a federated search of content from 15 leading scholarly society publishers in science and technology . Now, you can quickly and easily perform your search in IEEE Xplore and also see further relevant results from based on your search terms.

New HTML View for eBooks OPAC list: With this upgrade, a dedicated web page has been created for eBooks OPAC that includes both the HTML persistent link list as well as the Excel versions.

OpenURL now available for eBooks: Customers with OpenURL activated on their account will now find OpenURL links next to eBook chapters. This facilitates linking to the institution’s library to discover whether your library already has access to the book chapter.