This week we learned that Compendex is a favorite resource of Helmke Librarian Sarah Wagner. We asked her to tell us more about it. Here’s what she had to say!
I’m going to try not to get too nerdy in describing Compendex, which is basically a database which indexes science and engineering publications. It recently received a refresh of its interface, so it’s well-worth checking out even if you’ve used it before. Here are four reasons you might want to take a closer look at Compendex:
- IEEE & ACM Content: IEEE and ACM are two of the largest publishers in the engineering and technology fields. Compendex includes content from both, allowing you to do one search in Compendex, rather than going to each publisher’s individual platform.
- Citation Counts: Compendex integrates citation count data from Scopus, so you can view how many times an article has been cited, a feature not available in many other platforms. You can also link directly into Scopus to view more information about the citations.
- Searching Facets: Compendex provides several facets for refining a search, which can allow for very precise searches. For example, if you need journal articles on the topic of self-driving cars published in Czech since 1980, Compendex is the database for you.
- Alerts: If you go through the steps of creating an account in Compendex (you’ll want it linked to your ipfw.edu email address so it knows who you’re affiliated with), you can also set up email alerts. An alert allows you to do a search once, and then will notify you when new material related to that search is published. If you are working on a long-term project, this feature can save you a lot of time.