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IdeaExchange@UAkron is our institutional repository. Preserve your work and make it easier to find via Google. Create a SelectedWorks page to promote your most important works.

When posting work, always follow the publisher's guidelines.

Want to Access Electronic Resources Off-Campus?

Use the proxy server by accessing resources using the UA Libraries Catalog or Web site. You will be prompted for your UANet ID and password from The University of Akron Login screen. Most of the time you will be prompted one time per browser session.

NOTE: If you go to the URL of the resource directly, you will bypass the proxy server.

Some resources like Refworks will require another user id and password, but most don't. Often when you are prompted by ANYTHING besides The University of Akron Login screen, either

  • You did not go through or were somehow dropped by the proxy server or
  • we do not have access to the particular item (an article from a year of a journal that is not part of our subscription). Check the E-Journal Portal to verify dates that we have access.

Where do I start?

Subject or Course Guides are a great place to go to find out about a subject (If this is the subject you seek, you are already here!).

Search-A-Roo is a good place to start [more information]. It searches several of our databases and catalogs simultaneously. This is not to be used for in-depth research.

thumbs upGood use – Find one article to review for a class project.
thumbs downPoor use – Perform a background search for your thesis.
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Use the databases directly for in-depth research on a topic. If you know exactly what book (or DVD, etc.) that you want, use the catalog directly.

  • Subject Guides
    Guides to research and resources created by UL librarians.
  • Search-A-Roo
    Search the UA Libraries catalog, OhioLINK catalog, and several databases in most disciplines all at once. Search-A-Roo is the best place to start many research projects. If it does work for your research project, select a database by subject.

How do I Find a Specific Article?

Do you know WHERE the Article is (what journal, conference, volume, pages, etc)? Use the UA Libraries Catalog.

  • For journals, use a title search (EXACT title).
  • For conferences, use a keyword search.
  • Pay attention to the volumes/years that we have. For more assistance, please contact me.

Need a SPECIFIC Article that Can't be Accessed Electronically and is Not in Our Library? Try

  • InterLibrary Loan
    Need a reference and you cannot access it through UA Libraries, OhioLINK, or SearchOhio? Try Interlibrary Loan.

How do I Find Articles on a Topic?

Did not get the results that you sought from Search-A-Roo or want to perform a more thorough search? Use databases on the Articles & Books using Databases Tab. Use the descriptions to find the databases closest related to your topic and that contain articles.

Where should I start? Try the following:

How do I Find Material Data?

The following resources might contain the property that you are seeking.

The ASM handbook consist of many volumes in the Reference Section of the Science & Technology Library. Although not as convenient as electronic, the index is pretty good when trying to locate information.

Since the other three are electronic, the search function is greatly helpful for quick lookup.

  • Knovel
    Over 800 essential reference books and databases from the world's leading scientific publishers and professional societies in 18 industrially important subject areas.
  • ASM handbook
    Contains comprehensive and practical information on the properties and performance of materials particularly metals and alloys. from Web site
  • MatWeb
    Contains properties of many materials from a large collection of datasheets. Created by a group of engineers and is freely available.
  • NIST Chemistry Webbook
    Public database with IR, THz IR, Mass Spec, and UV/Vis spectral data. Searchable by formula, name, CAS number, molecular weight, IUPAC ID, or structure.
  • ThermoLit (NIST Literature Report Builder)
    Gives "thermodynamic and transport properties of molecular organic compounds for chemical systems of three components or less." Generates a PDF NIST Literature Report.

Is There Help when Formatting and Keeping Track of References?

  • RefWorks
    This tool helps organize and format citations and references for your bibliographies and research papers.

Springboard Tutorials (for Faculty)

Want to link to Library Tutorials to your course content in Springboard?

There are Springboard Modules in the Learning Repository containing links to Library tutorials on our Web site:

  • Library Tutorials – Engineering Village Tutorials
  • Library Tutorials – Finding ASTM, ANSI, ISO, and IEEE Standards
  • Library Tutorials – ACM Digital Library Tutorials
  • Library Tutorials – IEEE Xplore Tutorials
  • Library Tutorials – Web of Science Tutorials
  • Library Tutorials – Computer and Applied Sciences Complete Tutorials
  • Library Tutorials – Computers and Information Systems Abstracts Tutorials
  • Library Tutorials – Design Project Seminar (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Library Tutorials – Literature Review Workshop (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

To add any of these modules to your courses, select Admin Tools Icon (Admin Tools) from the upper right and the Import/Export/Copy Components hyperlink.

Select Import Components and from Learning Object Repository. Search for and select the tutorial, create a dynamic link, then select the Create a Topic button.


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