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1 Engineering Village ™ Basic Searching

2 Agenda What is Engineering Village? Setting up a personal account Searching Engineering Village How to use search results intelligently Creating RSS Feeds How to use Blog This!

3 About Engineering Village Engineering Village is a discovery platform where researchers can search multiple databases containing a range of reliable sources: Premium bibliographic databases Reference databases Patent databases Engineering news and more

4 Getting started: Personal Account Use Personal Account to: Set up e-mail and RSS alerts Tag records Create groups Save records and searches Register to create your personal account

5 Quick Search Select the database(s) you’d like to search Select limit and search options Enter keyword and select search field Stuck? View search tips or context specific help

6 Expert Search Browse indexes to locate precise terms Define fields using search codes Use large term entry space for command- line query building

7 Managing search results Link to full-text on publisher site (when available) Results Manager: -Select records -Choose display format -Save, email, print, or download results View results count and sort results

8 Too many results? Limit by field, document type, treatment type, publication years, language, etc. Check thesaurus – try narrower terms Turn autostemming off Truncate with care cat* → cat, catalyst, catapults, caterpillar, etc. Use correct Boolean connector Quickly and easily refine search using facets

9 Faceted Search Results Facets include: Database (when searching multiple) Author Name Author Affiliation Controlled Vocabulary Year Language Classification Codes And more Select terms to include or exclude from search to intelligently refine results View record counts within facets and export to a chart to analyze trends in results

10 Including & Excluding Terms From Facets Including Terms “ + ” sign appears between initial keyword and terms included from facets Excluding Terms “ - ” sign appears between initial keyword and terms included from facets Select the button at the top of the results list to remove search terms

11 Other features In addition to the features reviewed today, Engineering Village offers: Expert searching with Boolean Operators Saved record folders Linking to OpenURL resolvers Linking to document delivery services Ask an expert RSS feeds Blog This!

12 RSS (Really Simple Syndication) What is RSS? An XML format for distributing content on the internet Also known as syndication Why is RSS Important? Content is delivered to the reader as it is updated Better focus on the content by avoiding distractions such as pop-up advertisements and email spam Set up alerts so you’re notified any time a new record that fits your search criteria is added to the database

13 RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Copy the link provided and paste it in your RSS Aggregator to receive alerts. Click the RSS icon if you’d like to be updated when new records are added that fit the search criteria.

14 RSS Feed From Engineering Village Paste url from box on Engineering Village

15 RSS delivered to your reader

16 Blog This Link from a blog to a record of interest on Engineering Village Create current awareness by highlighting new publications in a popular subject area Create a forum from which to collaborate with colleagues in your area of research Share information with an audience outside your organization

17 Blog This Click the “Blog This” button in the record’s abstract or detailed view. Copy the code from the box in the screen that appears and paste it into your blog post.

18 Blog a Record Once published, the title will link to the record’s abstract. Give the post a title Paste the link from Engineering Village’s “Blog This” box Publish

19 Create Groups Share records with a group, your institution, or the entire Engineering Village community

20 Tag Records Search other users’ tags to gain new perspectives Tag records with keywords for easy retrieval or to share with other users

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