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Presentation Notes
  • Presentation is intended to serve as a slide library for presenting value of Compendex on EV vs. Google Scholar
  • Select slides most appropriate for your selling situation, e.g.:
    • Slides 3-13: Core Presentation – coverage overview, examples, main differences, value summary
    • Slides 14-19: Detailed benefit comparison – relevance, organization, record details
    • Slides 20-21: Coverage details – quick facts, coverage overlap
    • Slides 22-28: Searching on EV – advanced options
    • Slide 30: Side-by-Side quick summary
  • 1 page guide can be used as a customer leave-behind as backup for presentation

Questions? Contact Leah Snyder

agenda
Agenda
  • Why Compendex?
  • Compendex and Google Scholar
    • Side-by-side benefits comparison
    • Coverage Details
  • Searching Compendex on EV
  • Summary
slide4
Search Compendex to Find Relevant, Reliable Information FastQuickly Zero in on Focused Engineering Content

Google Scholar - All Subjects:

  • Sample Search: “Dolly”
  • Compendex on EV
    • Focused coverage and indexing ensure relevance
    • Controlled terms offer insight and links to related content
  • Google:
    • Do not always get relevant results, even when limiting subjects

Compendex:

Google Scholar – Limited to “Engineering, computer sciences, & mathematics”:

compendex the trusted worldwide standard for engineering research
CompendexThe Trusted Worldwide Standard for Engineering Research
  • Comprehensive engineering coverage
    • Sources include: Scholarly journals, Trade publications, Conference proceedings, and more
    • Coverage: Over 190 engineering disciplines, including civil, environmental, mechanical, mining, electrical, and general engineering
    • Dates: With the Engineering Index Backfile dates to 1884, covering virtually every engineering innovation of the past 120 years
  • Designed specifically for engineering research
    • Sources selected by engineering experts
    • Indexed using the Engineering Index Thesaurus

Trusted by top researchers at 1000+ institutions worldwide, including:

  • Academic Institutions: In more than 60 countries, including 98% of the top engineering schools in the United States*
  • Leading Corporate Innovators: Including fortune 500 companies
  • Government Establishments: Ranging from national labs to nuclear agencies and armed forces

*Source: US News and World Report: America’s Best Graduate Schools, 2006

compendex depth of coverage ensures nothing is missed

Subject Coverage

General

11%

Chemical

15%

Civil

15%

Mining

12%

Electrical

35%

Mechanical

12%

Compendex: Depth of Coverage Ensures Nothing is Missed

Civil

Bioengineering, Building Materials Properties, Construction Materials, Geology, Ocean and Underwater, Technology, Pollution and Wastes, Sanitary Engineering, Transportation, Water and Waterworks

Mining

Fuel Technology, Metal Groups, Metallurgical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering

Chemical

Agents and Industrial Chemicals, Agricultural and Food Technology, Chemical Apparatus and Plants, Chemical Engineering Processes, Materials, Coatings and Finishes

Mechanical

Aerospace, Automotive, Fluid Flow, Heat and Thermodynamics, Materials Handling, Naval Architecture and Marine, Nuclear Technology, Plant and Power, Railroad

Electrical

Computers and Data Processing, Control Engineering, Electronics and Communication, Light and Optical Technology, Sound and Acoustical Technology, Electricity and Magnetism, Electric Components and Equipment, Electronic and Thermionic Materials, Electronic Components and Tubes

General

Engineering Management, Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Physics, Instruments and Measurement

Coverage focuses on disciplines with average/ above average job growth projections*

*US Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-9

compendex
Compendex
  • Information in context
    • Content indexed for engineers by engineering experts
    • Controlled vocabulary link to additional results truly related to specific search topics
  • Confidence in results
    • Content selected by editorial team with engineering expertise
    • Trusted sources live up to Elsevier’s quality standards:
      • Peer-Reviewed scholarly journals
      • Leading engineering conferences
      • Cutting-edge trade publications
  • Suited for Complex and detailed research
    • Data-rich results for efficient discovery
    • Content not available anywhere else online provides in-depth view
    • Historical content necessary for complete view of development of research and technology over time
google scholar leveraging google technology for scholarly research
Google ScholarLeveraging Google technology for scholarly research
  • Extensive content
    • Coverage: virtually any scholarly subject area including social sciences, medicine, engineering, etc.
    • Sources Include: scholarly publishers, professional societies, the web
  • Multidisciplinary across sciences
    • No subject indexing – uses Google algorithm and citations to retrieve results and determine relevance
  • Familiar interface
    • In BETA phase of launch – not established as a research solution

Growing as a resource for scholarly research

  • Increase in coverage of Engineering literature, particularly from 1990’s – 2007*
  • Limited coverage of historical information

*Source: Journal of Academic Librarianship, "Google Scholar’s Coverage of the Engineering Literature: An Empirical Study“; John J. Meier and Thomas W. Conkling; Volume 34, Issue 3, May 2008

slide9

Engineering Village - Results

  • Sorting options: Relevance, date, author, source, publisher
  • Refine results: Facets leverage metadata from Compendex indexing
faceted search results answers and insight not just standalone data

View record counts within facets and export data or chart to analyze trends

Faceted Search ResultsAnswers and insight – not just standalone data

Select terms to include or exclude from search

  • View research trends at-a-glance
    • Grouped result data (‘facets’) and exportable charts display most prominent authors, countries, years, controlled vocabulary, etc.
  • Gain perspective with additional terms & concepts associated with search
    • Controlled vocabulary in facets and individual records
    • Easily refine or expand search by controlled vocabulary, classification codes, and more
slide11

Google Scholar – Advanced Search

  • Search keywords, authors, publications, years, etc.
    • Limit to “Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics”
  • Retrieve millions of results with very limited options
    • Can only refine by “all articles” vs. “recent articles”
slide12

What are the Main Differences?

Compendex provides deep insight into engineering;

Google Scholar provides a very broad overview of many fields.

slide13
Trusted resource for 1000+ institutions around the globe
  • Content sources expertly selected for engineering ensure relevant results from trustworthy publications
  • Engineering-specific indexing provides context and further ensures relevance
  • Transparency of selection process gives confidence in content
  • Trusted search platform leverages indexing for faster, more efficient research
agenda14
Agenda
  • Why Compendex?
  • Compendex and Google Scholar
    • Side-by-side benefits comparison
    • Coverage Details
  • Searching Compendex on EV
  • Summary
slide15

Relevant information to solve immediate problems faster

“For me, [EV] works better than Google. Because Google comes up with a whole bunch of other stuff that is completely not relevant”*

* ”Elsevier Engineering Village Attitude and Usage Study Among Corporate Engineers” September 2008

evaluating articles relevance is time consuming need insight to move research forward
Evaluating Articles’ Relevance is Time ConsumingNeed insight to move research forward
  • Sample Search: “Metallic Compound”
  • Compendex on EV:
    • Leverages indexing to offer sorting, filtering, and linking options
  • Google:
    • Impossible to gain insight with so many results and no way to organize

Google Scholar: All Subjects

(525,000 results)

Compendex (158,584 results)

Google Scholar: Limited

(23,600 results)

slide17

Insight and Organization save valuable time

“Google is like a large library where all the books are piled on the floor. You are just hunting through hoping you can find what you want. You kind of know you’re in the general section and that’s about it.”*

* ”Elsevier Engineering Village Attitude and Usage Study Among Corporate Engineers” September 2008

managing results is essential
Managing Results is Essential
  • Google Scholar: Broad Search
    • Volume of results is useless for targeted research
    • No focus on specific discipline or organized results
    • Result: information overload
  • Google Scholar: Limited Search
    • “Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics” still too broad/vague for precise engineering focus
    • Yet results too limited to be sure nothing is missed
  • Compendex
    • Comprehensive, trustworthy engineering coverage
    • Indexing ensures results relevant for engineering
    • Leverage indexing for organization options

Number of results per database per year

Search Term: Metallic Compound

* Limited to “Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics”

Google Scholar:unmanageable

Google Scholar (limited):insufficient

Compendex:comprehensive and focused

individual record details for efficient discovery and innovation

Compendex Detailed Record

Individual Record Details for efficient discovery and innovation
  • Result details put record in context of greater research question to bring you to solutions faster
coverage overlap
Coverage Overlap

Google’s coverage of trade journals and conference proceedings is lacking – both are essential resources for staying up-to-date and well informed:

*Source: Journal of Academic Librarianship, "Google Scholar’s Coverage of the Engineering Literature: An Empirical Study“; John J. Meier and Thomas W. Conkling; Volume 34, Issue 3, May 2008

agenda22
Agenda
  • Why Compendex?
  • Compendex and Google Scholar
    • Side-by-side benefits comparison
    • Coverage Details
  • Searching Compendex on EV
  • Summary
slide23

Engineering Village – Quick Search

  • Narrow by fields, browse indexes, set limits, select the database(s) that best suit your needs
slide24

Engineering Village – Expert Search

  • Enter search terms in open entry box

Browse indexes to find all versions of your search term

Expert Search Codes listed for reference

engineering village thesaurus
Engineering Village – Thesaurus

Thesaurus Options:

  • Select “Search” to search any terms
  • Select “Exact Term” to find Thesaurus details for a known Ei controlled term
  • Select “Browse” to scan an alphabetical list of index terms

Click terms to see Thesaurus details.

Select terms to include in search.

engineering village thesaurus26
Engineering Village – Thesaurus

Click on to see more information about the term

Selected thesaurus terms are automatically added to your search form

engineering village record tagging
Engineering Village – Record Tagging
  • Search other users’ tags to gain new perspectives
  • Share tags with other users
  • Organize records of interest for yourself and groups
how record tagging works
How Record Tagging Works
  • Assign meaningful keywords
  • Choose with whom to share:
    • Public = All Engineering Village users can see the tags
    • My Institution= only people from the users’ organization can see tags
    • Private = Only the user can see their tags
    • Or create groups to share tags with members
  • Tag externally to 2collab or del.icio.us
  • 2collab: tag and share records in an environment specifically designed for scientific researchers
  • Manage tagged content from Science Direct, Scopus, and EV in one central location
agenda29
Agenda
  • Why Compendex?
  • Compendex and Google Scholar
    • Side-by-side benefits comparison
    • Coverage Details
  • Searching Compendex on EV
  • Summary
slide30
Best suited for discovery and applied research in engineering.
  • Selective content and indexing provide in-depth, relevant coverage so you can:
    • gain expertise in a new area
    • trace a historical development
    • quickly hone in on targeted solutions
  • Includes conference proceedings, trade publications, and historical information not available on the free web
  • Engineering Village leverages content in search features to:
    • keep you up-to-date with solutions found by others
    • provide insight into trends
    • effectively manage research.
  • Broad coverage makes it a practical starting point for general research in the preliminary stages of discovery.
  • Cross-discipline content can help give a general sense of the research landscape in a variety of subject areas.