Spotlight on Compendex

Compendex is one of the best places to go when searching for engineering literature. It provides peer-reviewed and indexed publications with over 20 million records, from 77 countries, across 190 engineering disciplines.

The database includes not only journal articles, but also articles in press, trade magazines, book series, dissertations, as well as a wealth of conference proceedings and conference papers, which are so important in scientific research. In addition, it also includes all technical standards from IEEE.

To access Compendex, you can either go through Library Search or alternatively it may be listed under ‘Journal’s and Database’ section in your library subject guide.

Watch this quick introduction to see Compendex in action.

Library Search: find resources with the Library’s super search

We’re a couple of weeks in to term, and for new (and returning) students, it’s time to start looking beyond your reading list. Reading lists are a great place to find the essential reading material for your modules. But when you begin to look in more depth at topics that interest you, and to read for your seminars and assignments, you will need to look beyond your reading list to the wider books, ebooks, journal articles and more, that you will find using Library Search.

This week we are putting the spotlight on Library Search, to give you tips and tricks to help find good quality, relevant information, quickly. We are going to share videos that show you how to search. Tips to help with your referencing and keeping track of the information you find.

Let’s start off with Library Search in 90 seconds …

Transitioning from school to university

Lego person with suitcase getting out of car

Your bags are packed and you are excited to get started at uni, but you may be beginning to wonder what on earth to expect? How does it differ from a school environment? Never fear! We have created a short video just for you and put lots of advice and tips on our transitioning web pages. We’re looking forward to meeting you soon!

P.S. Even if you’re not coming straight from school, some of this advice will still be relevant for you too, so do take a peek.

How to use flashcards for effective revision

Referencing top tips: the ingredients

Learn the basic ingredients of a reference, and you can mix them up into any style you need.

Resource in Focus: Financial Times

If you are researching companies, the economy or wondering what’s happening in the business world, the Financial Times is a current, reputable and easy to access source.

Financial Times is a world leading, UK business and financial newspaper. It publishes articles in print and online on companies, hot topics in the business world, the global economy and international affairs. In the Financial Times you will find the latest UK and international business finance, economic and political news, comment and analysis.

We have a subscription to Financial Times in print and the online version. To access ft.com, you will need to first register to be part of our Newcastle University subscription.

Watch our video introduction to ft.com and the Financial Times Historical Archive to find out more.

Discover more about Financial Times and access the full help guide from the Business News library guide.

Resource in Focus: The Economist

The Economist is an English-language news and international affairs publication. It is published weekly and although called a newspaper it looks more like a glossy magazine.

Its primary focus is global news, politics and business. However you will also find relevant sections on science, technology, and the arts.  Every two months, they also release an in-depth report on certain hot topics. Every three months a technology report called Technology Quarterly is released which focuses on trends and developments in science and technology.

We speak to a lot of students who don’t realise that as a member of the University, we have access to the current newspaper in print and online, and the Economist archive, dating back to 1843. You don’t need to arrange your own access if you’ve been asked to keep on top of Business news; we’ve got it covered.

Watch our introductory video to find out how to access and find information in The Economist:

Find out more about the business news resources available via the library on our newspaper guide.