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IEEE Xplore Tutorials: IEEE Xplore

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Some General Search Tips

How to Access IEEE Xplore

There are 2 places to access specific databases like . Use the

  • Databases by Title link from University Libraries home page or
  • Databases Tab from the UA Libraries Catalog

What Publications are Available in IEEE Xplore

Learn what publications are available Full-Text. Not Visible on your Mobile Device? Try using on YouTube.

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How to Use Advanced Search

Learn how to use the advanced search function for more precision when searching for articles on your topic. Not Visible on your Mobile Device? Try using on YouTube.

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How to Subject and Keyword Search

Learn how to use subject and keyword searching to perform a more thorough search for articles on your topic. Not Visible on your Mobile Device? Try using on YouTube.

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How to Filter Results

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Looking for a Specific Article?

In the reference section of a paper that you are reading, you found another interesting article. If this article is in an IEEE or IET (IEE) journal or it was presented at a IEEE conference, it would be quickest to go to IEEE Xplore directly since much of this content is available full text. You can browse to find the volume, issue, and page containing the article or you can search.

For more information about browsing, go to IEEE's Tutorials.

In an ideal world, references would always be right. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If the article is not located where you thought, you can use IEEE Xplore to verify/find the reference information. Try variations of the information that you have. If you have the correct author and title, you should be able to locate the article. Otherwise, you might have to experiment using different searches to find it.

If it is not an IEEE or IET publication, you can try a different database, such as Compendex via Engineering Village. Go to Engineering Village tutorial.

Structured Advanced Search Example

Searching in the Metadata only, seek information about very large scale integration and robotics by

  1. typing "very large scale integration" (including that quotation marks) in the textbox in the first row,
  2. selecting OR from the dropdown in the second row,
  3. typing VLSI in the textbox in the second row, and
  4. typing robotic in the textbox in the third row.
unlockedA new compact analog VLSI model for Spike Timing Dependent Plasticity
Azghadi, M.R.; Al-Sarawi, S.; Iannella, N.; Abbott, D.
Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI-SoC)
Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/VLSI-SoC.2013.6673236
Publication Year: 2013
IEEE Conference Publications
Abstract (html) PDF ©
lockedA Systematic Method for Configuring VLSI Networks of Spiking Neurons
Neftci, E; Chicca, E; Indiveri, G; Douglas, R
LS button Neural Computation, Volume 23, Issue 10, Pages: 2457 - 2497
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1162/NECO_a_00182
Publication Year: 2011
MIT Press Journals
Abstract PDF

There is an icon (unlocked) that indicates that we can download "A new compact analog VLSI model for Spike Timing Dependent Plasticity."

We can't download "A Systematic Method for Configuring VLSI Networks of Spiking Neurons." This record has a locked icon. We do have access to this article elsewhere – just not from IEEE Xplore. Select the LinkSource button. Full Text is available at EBSCO.

Don't forget about the index terms (under the keyword tab in the detailed record). They can eliminate some irrelevant results if used alone. Their use can provide a more thorough search when used in conjunction with a keyword search (not to be confused with the keyword tab). Keep in mind that not all documents have index terms, so you will exclude those items when performing an index term search alone.

More Practice Problems

There is no right and wrong answer to these activites. If you want a hint, select the hyperlink on the line that you want help.

  • Let's say you want to find as many articles as you can on the topic to be sure that your dissertation topic is not already taken. You KNOW in reality, you would need to search several databases including Dissertation Abstracts; however, you are just going to look in IEEE Xplore for this exercise.
    1. Find articles on torque consideration in and control of induction motors in IEEE Xplore [1]
    2. Perform a search on two of the common subject terms [2]
  • You want to present a paper on “model order reduction” for your class project. You want to know what techniques are being used before you decide which technique or type of application you would like to present.
    1. Use Advanced search to try to pick up variations in language [3]
    2. Narrow on a particular technique or type of system [4]
    3. Are there subject terms that you can use to make your search more relevant? [5]

Hints for these activities

  1. Started with Advanced Search: torque and induction motor
  2. Since I am trying to find more results, I picked common subjects that were not already found by the previous search: Inverters and machine control.
  3. I tried - ((model* AND reduc*) OR 'Search Index Terms':'reduced order systems') – This finds phrases like model reduction, reduced model, model order reduction, reduced order modelling, etc. and items with the subject of Reduced Order Systems. Note this is somewhat of a broad search, so you might have some irrelevant results.
  4. Balanced Truncation, Singularly Perturbed Systems, or Arnoldi Algorithm.
  5. Possible Index Term of Previous Examples: Balanced Truncation, Singularly Perturbed Systems, or Arnoldi Algorithm.