EEVL: the Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library, is the UK-based, free guide to engineering information on the Internet.
In the last issue of Ariadne I reported on a number of recent EEVL developments. Once again, I am very pleased to use this forum to announce some more new features.
We are conscious of the need to constantly review the EEVL services, and make improvements wherever possible. Sometimes the changes are minor, and sometimes they are more substantial. I personally prefer it when the services I use choose to evolve gradually rather than completely restructure, as this means I do not need to learn how to use an entirely new interface. The changes that have recently been made to EEVL fall into the former category. They should improve and extend the service, but are cosmetic rather than structural.
I previously reported that EEVL had been strengthened through the addition of an Aerospace and Defence Engineering section. This section now contains several hundred resources, thanks to the hard work of EEVL's partners at Cranfield University, who maintain the AERADE gateway and provide records for this section.
On the EEVL home page we have added both a Subject Guide and an A-Z of Browse Headings to the Catalogue of resources. The Subject Guide is essentially the classification scheme used by EEVL. The guide shows the main subject headings in use, along with subject subdivisions, which in some cases extend to three levels, and each heading has a link to the resources within that heading. In addition, there are links to another page giving definitions of the subject headings, and showing which topics are covered under each heading. The A-Z of Browse Headings is exactly what it says it is, and is a handy way of locating a particular subject heading.
EEVL's popular Reference guide has been updated, and is available from the Documentation page. This reference guide is ideal for printing off and using at information skills sessions, but it can also be used as a quick reference guide on an individual basis.
The Hot Links which were introduced earlier in the year have proved so popular that we have decided to extend them with the addition of new ones for Current Awareness Services, Young Engineers, Engineering Specific Search Engines, and engineering FTSE companies. The Current Awareness Services Hot Link borrows much from Alison McNab's Keeping your research up to date - Current Awareness Services web page, and basically provides links to sources of information about new engineering internet resources, new engineering books, new engineering articles, and new engineering conferences, symposia and conference papers. Included in the first category is the European mirror of the Sci-Tech Library Newsletter which EEVL is now hosting. The Engineering Specific Search Engines Hot Link contains links to over fifty useful sites, and the Young Engineers Hot Link helps to guide users towards resources of particular interest to school leavers.
The Recent Advances in Manufacturing (RAM) bibliographic database now contains details of over 30,000 articles, and is proving to be an extremely useful service for those looking for citations in this area.
On the personnel side, Lesa Ng has joined the Team as Information and Cataloguing Co-ordinator while Agnes Guyon is on maternity leave. I'm delighted to report that Agnes' baby was born on 17th May.
Finally, on the EEVL home page, we have introduced a facility which allows those interested to easily subscribe to a new email list and receive news about EEVL, and in particular, monthly notification of new additions to the EEVL Catalogue.
For more information, contact
Roddy MacLeod, EEVL Manager, Heriot-Watt University: R.A.MacLeod@hw.ac.uk 0131 451 3576
Heriot-Watt University Library