This video demonstrates how to find resources in IEEE Xplore.


This video will demonstrate how to find resources in IEEE Xplore. IEEE Xplore contains more than 30% of the world’s current literature in electrical engineering, electronics, and computer science. Although it may seem comprehensive, it is encouraged to search multiple databases to find the most complete information.

To begin, you will first navigate to the IEEE Advanced Search by clicking on the Advanced Search link.  In this example, we will search for resources on Human Computer Interaction.  Enter this phrase in the top text box. Since most search engines pull apart phrases and search for each term individually we must place quotation marks around the phrase. Since “human computer interaction” is also known by the acronym HCI we can use the Boolean operator, “OR” to add this term to the search.

To narrow down the search further, you can use the Boolean operator “AND” in the search and add in another term related to the topic.  In this case, we want to find information on mobile devices.  So we will add in the term “mobile device” again using quotation marks. We have now greatly narrowed our search results

On the left side of the screen, take notice of Content type.  There are Conference Publications, journals or magazine, and some results contain other sources such as e-books.  You can click on one of these content types if you want to narrow down to just one.

Further down, you see the year range.  Some projects require using only fairly recent references that are only a couple of years old.  In our example, we require only references from the last 3 years.  To narrow down to just the last three years, let’s enter 2013 to 2016, and click apply refinements.  You could have also used the slider to select the years.  We are now down to fewer, but more relevant results.

In addition, you can look for a certain author, an affiliation, publication title, or other criteria.  Once you identify articles you want to read, click on the PDF icon.  You can read it online, or download it to your computer or mobile device.

This concludes our video on how to search for resources in IEEE Xplore.   Remember to use additional databases to find more information about your topic.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask a librarian!