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Electrical Engineering: Getting Started

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Want to Access Electronic Resources Off-Campus?

Be sure to use the UA Libraries Catalog or Web site to use the proxy server. Go to a definition of a proxy server. 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.

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

Some resources like SciFinder 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, such as an article from a year of a journal that is not part of our subscription. Check the Publication Finder to verify dates that we subscribe.

Where do I start?

Subject or Course Guides are a great place to go to find out about a subject.

ZipSearch is a good place to start. For more information, go to the ZipSearch Tutorial. It searches several of our databases and catalogs simultaneously. Don't use ZipSearch 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.

Use the databases directly for in-depth research on a topic. If you know exactly what book, DVD, etc. that you want, use the UA Libraries Catalog directly.

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Are you Interested in Workshops Online?

If you can't attend or even just don't like to take in-person workshops but want to know about how to use the library for your research, you are in the right place.

I can register you for a Brightspace non-credit course, Library Workshops for Engineering Graduate Students, anytime. The workshop modules were developed for graduate engineering students, but anyone can take these modules if it would be useful for you.

Available online workshops

  • Why am I Finding Literature (required for other modules)
  • Getting Started with Finding Literature
  • How to Choose Keywords and Construct a Search String
  • How to Find Full Text Documents
  • Evaluating Information
  • How to Find Theses and Dissertations
  • How to Find More Books

Please contact me at tstitz@uakron.edu and indicate what modules interest you.

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.

Need a Specific Article that Can't be Downloaded and is not in our Library? Try

How do I Find Articles on a Topic?

Use databases on the Finding Articles & Books Tab. Use the descriptions to find the databases that contain articles that are most closely related to your topic.

Where should I start? Try

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Where can I Find Information about Colleges, Jobs, and Businesses?

How Can I Find Engineering Software?

Information for Faculty

Brightspace Library Modules

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

  • 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 – Design Project Seminar (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

To add any of these modules to your courses, select (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.

Institution Repository

Preserve your work and make it easier to find via Google by making it available on IdeaExchange@UAkron.. Create a SelectedWorks page to promote your most important works. When posting work, always follow the publisher's guidelines.

How do I get an Article from Interlibrary Loan?

When you use the Full Text Finder button from one of our databases, this hyperlink could appear instead of sending you to the full text articles. Some databases will have this hyperlink listed directly on the search results; You don't have to select the Full Text Finder button first.

Either way the form will partially fill out for you. Be sure to check the information is right – The more correct the information you give them, the faster you will get the article. After you select the hyperlink, you will need to log into your account.

Creating your Account

If you don't have an account for the ILLiad interlibrary loan system, set one up. Use the First Time User hyperlink and follow the instructions. After you complete the registration form, you can start requesting right away. You will never need to pay for an article. This service is always free for you.

Getting your Article

Interlibrary loan will get the article for you if they can. If they can get a copy, you will get an email when your article is ready. Just log into your account and you can download it. If they can't get a copy, you will get an email letting you know as well.

Filling out the Interlibrary Loan Request Form

If you did not find your article from a database and we do not have it, you will need to fill out the interlibrary loan form yourself. An example of requesting an article is

Field. Title (of Journal, Conference Proceedings, Anthology): Value. Journal of Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics

Field. Volume: Value. 7

Field. Issue Number or Designation: Value. 3

Field. Year: Value. 2012

Field. Inclusive Pages: Value. 260 - 264

Field. ISSN: Value. 1555130X

Field. Article Author: Value. Jungho Lee, Ji-Hong, Kim, Kang-Min Do, Byung-Moo Moon, Ji-Hoon Lee, Sang-Mo Koo

Field. Article Title or Chapter Title: Value. Nanocrystalline GaZnO films for transparent electrode to silicon carbide

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