If the title of this column caused you to anticipate a new blockbuster featuring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell, then I apologise. It's far more interesting than that!
Four new search engines from EEVL make it possible to search the content of over 250 free full-text ejournals in Engineering, Mathematics and Computing. EEVL's Ejournal Search Engines (EESE) are divided according to subject content.
Much useful information is published in freely available ejournals. Trade journals, house journals and even some peer-reviewed scholarly journals are indexed by EESE, making this a very useful, if somewhat unusual set of services. It is unusual in that not only can articles be found via EESE, but also news items, product announcements, job opportunities, market and sector analyses, brief technical reports, component details, meeting announcements, conference reports, and more. This differentiates EESE from most other journal or ejournal indexes which tend to concentrate on indexing articles. On the other hand, it makes it a potentially valuable service for those looking for information in engineering, mathematics and computing, where vital information is very often published in non-article format.
Whilst most of the ejournals indexed are available as HTML web pages, some are PDF versions of print journals. Over 200,000 web pages have been indexed. Results are sorted through an internal mechanism, with relevance ranking given according to location and frequency of search terms. Because of the way that the data has been automatically harvested, it is unfortunately not easy to limit results by journal title or publication date.
A full list of ejournals covered is available . While every effort has been made to index all the journals on this list, and while the indexes are regularly updated, occasionally information from a journal will be temporarily unavailable due to technical problems on the journal server at the time of indexing.
A typical entry from a search result is shown below.
Quality Digest Magazine
October 6, 2004
Lessons from the Trenches Good Vibrations for Nondestructive Testing Improving the Quality of Leadership The Greening of Industry 2004 Vision Systems Directory
Gathered from: Quality Digest
A link from the title leads to the full text of the item at the ejournal site. An interesting feature is the last element of the result above: "Gathered from: Quality Digest". This links to the record for the ejournal website in EEVL's Internet Resource Catalogue, as shown below.
Title: Quality Digest
Description: Quality Digest is a monthly product providing information on what is happening in the quality field - services, news, products, buyers guides, articles and editorials. A current edition is published free online every month, and an archive file is available. A free, searchable directory of all North American ISO 9000 and QS-9000 registered companies is accessible. Links to quality-related sites are given.
Keywords: quality management, quality control, TQM, total quality management, ISO 9000, QS-9000
Resources: Journal - Full-text
Engineering Classification: Engineering General->Engineering Management
Country of Origin: United States
Examples of ejournals being indexed by EESE include:
To complement EESE, access is provided from the home pages of the search engines to another joint service from EEVL and TradePub which provides printed trade publications free to qualified professionals .
EESE is a free service.
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EEVL, the Internet guide to engineering, mathematics and computing, is a UK-based not-for-profit free guide. It was created and is run by a team of information specialists from Heriot Watt University, with input from a number of other universities in the UK, including the University of Birmingham and Cranfield University. EEVL provides academics, researchers, students, and anyone else looking for quality-assured information in engineering, mathematics and computing, with a centralised access point on the Internet.
EEVL, which is funded by JISC through the Resource Discovery Network (RDN), is available on the Web at: http://www.eevl.ac.uk/