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IEEE Explore

  1. In the search box in the center of the page, begin typing your topic.
  2. A drop down list of related topics or terms will appear. Choose the one that most closely matches what you’re looking for and click search.
  3. On the results screen, note the left hand menu bar. Here you can limit to journal articles by checking the box next to “Journals” in the “Content Type” box, limit to a range of publication dates, and more.
  4. To read an abstract, or summary, of an article on your results list, click on the title or on the Quick Abstract link.
  5. Most content is available full text. Just click the PDF link at the bottom of each citation. If the PDF link isn’t live (clickable), ask your librarian to help you find a copy of the article in the library or request a copy from another library.

Computers & Applied Sciences Complete & Computer Source
These two databases have the same interface and can be searched at the same time following the directions below.

  1. Click the link to either database above. Next, click the blue “Choose Databases” link just above the text boxes.
  2. Click the check box next to the other database, as well as any others on the list that may relate to your topic. Then click the yellow “OK” button.
  3. Enter your topic and click the “Search” button.
  4. Refine your results using the menu down the left side of the screen. You can limit by date to get the most current info, by type of publication to get Academic Journals, or use the suggested Subject Terms to narrow your results.
  5. Click on article titles to read an abstract or summary of the article.
  6. Look for full text links in the upper left corner or click the Find It! button to jump to full text in a different database.
  7. Use the menu on the right side of the abstract screen to print, save, email, or cite your articles.

Compendex (Engineering Village)

Searching for Articles

  1. Type your topic into the search bar. For the ethics in engineering assignment, you might want to try entering this: ethic* . The * at the end tells the database to search for any form of the word ethic, for example, ethics or ethical.
  2. On your results page, use the menu on the left side of the screen to narrow your list of results.
    • You’ll should specify that you only want English language articles.
    • You’ll also want to choose “Journal Article” under “Document Type.”
    • Under “Controlled Vocabulary” you’ll find a list of suggested terms related to your search. Check the ones that most closely match what you are looking for.
    • After checking the boxes next to the limits you want to apply, click the “Limit to” button at the top of the column. This will throw out any of the items in your results list that do not meet the criteria you selected.
    • If your results list is still too large after applying these limits, you can add additional keywords in the “Add a term” text box. This tells the database that you want articles that meet all the previous criteria and also include the new term you entered.

Finding Full Text

  1. When you have a manageable results list, click the “Abstract” link underneath an entry to see additional information including a summary of the article. This will give more details about the content of the article.
  2. After reading the abstract, if you want the entire article, or full text, click the “Find It with OLinks” button. If the complete article is available online, you’ll see a link to it highlighted in blue on the new window that opens. If there is no blue highlighted link, that means that the complete article is not available online.
  3. If you have a link to the full text, click it and you’ll go to a new database. You should see an abstract of the article again. Look for a link to the PDF or HTML text and click it. From there you should be able to print, save, or email yourself the article.
  4. If you have no blue highlighted link but you still want the article, contact a your librarian. We can help you find a copy in the library or walk you through requesting a copy from another library if necessary.


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Miami University Online Catalog
Search By: Keyword, Author, Title or Subject Heading
Limit By: General Topic and Where The Item is Located
Look For: Call Number, Location, and Availability
Request Item for delivery from other MU Libraries
Continue Searching in OhioLINK for unavailable titles

Safari Tech Books Online
For e-books that focus on engineering and computer science, check out Safari Tech Books. The menu on the left of the screen allows you to browse title lists sorted by broad subjects (for example, Engineering). You can also keyword search for books using the search box in the upper right corner.

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Q & A on Citing in APA

Q. How do I format my paper according to APA style?  What spacing and font should I use?  What should my title page look like?
A. General APA Formatting Info

Q. How do I cite information in the body of my paper?  What should a quote or paraphrase look like in my paper?
A. In-Text Citation Basics

Q. What should my Reference list at the end of the paper look like?  What should the header for this page look like?  In what order should my references be listed?
A. Reference List Basics

Q. How do I cite a book, article, website, etc. on my References page?
A. Books  |  Articles  |  Websites and Other Electronic Resources

Q & A on Citing in MLA

Q. How do I format my paper according to MLA style? What spacing and font should I use? What should my title page look like?
A. General MLA Formatting Info

Q. How do I cite information in the body of my paper? What should a quote or paraphrase look like in my paper?
A. In-Text Citation Basics

Q. What should my Works Cited list at the end of the paper look like? What should the header for this page look like? In what order should my sources be listed?
A. Works Cited Basics

Q. How do I cite a book, article, website, etc. on my Works Cited page?
A. Books  |  Articles  |  Websites and Other Electronic Resources

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