Engineering Village has a new interface


Engineering Village has launched an updated user interface. It provides a modern interface experience while keeping all the current navigation and high quality functionality that users rely upon for managing engineering research. This interface refresh project has being completed with user input via focus groups and interviews which are driving the enhancements. Engineering Village is the host for Compendex and Inspec, and much more. It is the essential engineering research database, providing a searchable index of the most comprehensive engineering literature and patent information available. 

Publishing with the IEEE


Thinking of publishing your research? You are cordially invited to a one hour seminar on Publishing with the IEEE organisation.

Join Julia Stockdale from Content Online

  • Date:             Thursday 24 March 2016
  • Time:             1.15 – 2.15 pm
  • Venue:           16G42, Jordanstown.

Are you thinking of publishing for the first time, or not sure where best to submit your manuscript? The IEEE has more than 170 journals covering a broad spectrum of engineering and technology areas plus open access options. This session will talk through how to find the right journal to submit to, an overview of the process and some helpful tips to help give your paper the best chance of acceptance. This session will cover:

  • An introduction and why publish with the IEEE
    1. Choosing the best fit periodical or conference for your research
    2. Preparing the manuscript
    3. Submitting the article
    4. Review process
    5. What editors look for
    6. Why a paper may be rejected
  • IEEE Open Access Publishing
  • Common best practices and errors when writing a paper
  • Tools and resources to help authors

If you would like any more information about this talk, please contact your subject librarian.

Has your invention got legs?

Invent 2016

INVENT 2016 awards are now open. Mission: to find Northern Ireland’s inventions with the greatest commercial potential.

INVENT challenges inventors, entrepreneurs, scientists and start-ups with proof-of-concepts and prototypes in science and technology to discover the commercial potential of their idea.  Entrants compete through rounds of pitching to win a share of the £33,000 prize fund, access to a global network and a place on the NI Tech Mission to California.

The competition categories include Creative Media & Consumer Internet; Engineering; Agri-Science; Life & Health; Electronics; and Enterprise Software.

The closing date for applications is 8 APRIL 2016


Invent will be holding a series briefing sessions across the campuses.

Register your place at:

7th March – Coleraine

8th March – Jordanstown

9th March – Belfast

10th March – Magee

Visit the INVENT 2016 website:

Inspec –

Are you making the most of our subscription to Inspec? Why not come along and find out more on Wednesday 24 April at 1.15pm in 16G45, Jordanstown. The School of Computing and Mathematics has organised a seminar on Inspec and the wider role of the IET in research by Richard Simms from the IET and all are welcome to attend.

Inspec has comprehensive coverage of electronics; computer science; physics; electrical and mechanical engineering, with significant coverage of material sciences, nanotechnology, and biomedical technology.

Inspec is a bibliographic database produced by the IET (The Institution of Engineering & Technology) and is highly regarded for the quality of its content and indexing.

Why not see if Inspec has anything relevant to contribute to your research? It will enable new users to get started with Inspec and allow existing users to learn new tips for finding information effectively.

Inspec – New Training Videos Available from IET

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) have recently produced a number of videos highlighting Inspec. Inspec, in case you haven’t used it before, is a huge database of bibliographic citations and indexed abstracts from publications in the fields of physics, electrical and electronic engineering, computer science, information technology, manufacturing and mechanical engineering, material science, oceanography, engineering mathematics, environmental science, nanotechnology, and biomedical technology.

The videos cover the following areas:

  • What is Inspec /why should you use it / how does it fit in your work
  • Content and coverage
  • Value added indexing
  • Bibliographic fields
  • Inspec Archive

In addition, there are videos on how to use Inspec within Engineering Village, which is how we access Inspec.

You can access the videos by going to the Inspec TV website.

Engineering Village New Interface.

On July 18th Engineering Village will switch on a new platform that has been designed to improve the user experience by making the interface more intuitive and enabling more detailed search criteria. Based on extensive user feedback, the new features include:

  • A new “Add Search field” feature in Quick Search
  • A cleaner search results page, making it easier to find an article
  • All facets visible on the search results page, with minimal scrolling required
  • Facets can be re-ordered with drag and drop functionality
  • A more accessible ‘Combine Previous Searches’ Option
  • Search History is now available on the home page, directly below all search forms
  • Results display options with 25, 50 and 100 results
  • Intuitive re-design of the abstract page

For more information
You can find full information about the new features on, where you can also find supporting materials such as leaflets, user guides and training videos 
A FAQ document is available at

IEEExplore Societies

The IEEE MORE SITES tab in the IEEE Home page offers links to over 40 IEEE Society and Council sites, such as the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, IEEE Industry Applications Society and IEEE Nanotechnology Council. The IEEE Computer Society site, for example has links to publications, conferences, and a digital library including blogs, images podcasts and videos.

Computer History Museum

“The Computer History Museum is the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. It is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs and moving images. The Museum brings computer history to life through an acclaimed speaker series, dynamic website, on-site tours, as well as physical and online exhibitions.” (C. H. M. home page)