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Mechanical Engineering Technology: 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. opens new window 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 senior project.

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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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. opens new window

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

How do I Find Articles on a Topic?

Did not get the results that you sought from ZipSearch or want to perform a more thorough search?

Use databases in the Finding Articles & Books page of this guide. Use the descriptions to find the databases that contain articles that are most closely related to your topic.

Where should I start? Try

How do I Find Material Data?

The following resources might contain the property that you are seeking. Since these are electronic, the search function is greatly helpful for quick lookup.

Where can I Find Information about Businesses?

Where can I Find Technical Reports?

How Can I Find Engineering Software?

How do I get an Article from Interlibrary Loan?

When you use the Full Text Finder button from one of our databases, the Request through interlibrary loan hyperlink could be the only one that appears. Some databases will have this hyperlink listed directly on the search results. In these cases, 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 on using your UANet ID and password.

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. 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 opens new window form. An example of how to fill out the About my item section when requesting an article is

Journal Title: *

Journal of Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics

Issue/Number:

3

Author of article:

Jungho Lee, Ji-Hong, Kim, Kang-Min Do, Byung-Moo Moon, Ji-Hoon Lee, Sang-Mo Koo

DOI:

10.1166/jno.2012.1304

Published Date:

2012

Page Numbers: *

260 - 264

ISSN:

1555130X

Where did you learn about this item?

 

Volume:

7

Title of the article: *

Nanocrystalline GaZnO films for transparent electrode to silicon carbide

OCLC#:

 

Information for Faculty

Brightspace Library Modules

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

  • Literature Review Tutorials: Why am I Finding Literature?
  • Literature Review Tutorials: Getting Started with Finding Literature
  • Literature Review Tutorials: How to Choose Keywords and Construct a Search String
  • Literature Review Tutorials: How to Find Full Text Documents
  • Literature Review Tutorials: Evaluating Information
  • Literature Review Tutorials: How to Find Theses and Dissertations
  • Literature Review Tutorials: How to Find More Books

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. If you always want the updated copy, create a dynamic link. You can lock to the specific version of the content if you want as well. If you want to make some changes, then copy it as content.

If you use it in your class, please let me know how it worked for you.

Institution Repository

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

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