Digital Library Gets Major Makeover

Easier to navigate with improved search engine, better browsing, a personalization feature, and training tools

8 March 2010

The newly redesigned IEEE Xplore digital library delivers what users have been asking for: an easy-to-navigate interface, an improved search engine, better browsing, personalization features, and improved online support. The changes are the result of input from librarians, students, IEEE members, and others.

“I am very exited about the upgrade of IEEE Xplore to version 3.0, which provides new functionality for accessing more than 2.5 million technical articles,” says Jon Rokne, vice president of Publication Services and Products. “It is up to the ingenuity of the user to take advantage of this upgrade for their information needs. I look forward myself to using the new search capabilities extensively.”

Here’s an overview of the new features:

  • A box on every page lets users begin a search from anywhere on the site.
  • Results are ranked by relevance.
  • The results display can be modified to show just the publication date or title.
  • The Refine This Search option allows users to view search results by author name, conference name, publication, or other parameters.
  • The Type Ahead feature shortens search time by suggesting a list of commonly used search terms based on the word being typed. Click on the term and a search is automatically executed.
  • The Action Bar, which appears on key pages, has buttons for e-mailing a link to a friend, printing results, and performing other helpful tasks.
  • Users may view a free preview of an article’s content, along with helpful links on how to access the full text.
  • The improved Advanced Search options screen lets you craft your own search using Boolean operators.

The Browse button is now more prominently displayed on every page. Subject Browsing lists articles by topic.

Users can set up a profile on their first visit. They may then:

  • Customize and save up to 15 searches.
  • Write a customized search and save it as an e-mail alert so a notification can be sent when a new article matching the search criteria is published in IEEE Xplore.
  • List documents they’ve already purchased.

A variety of training tools for the new features are available online. There’s also a video and a PowerPoint presentation that highlight the features, notes on how to navigate the site, and tips for making searches more effective.

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