One of the most respected engineering gateways on the web has just released four new databases providing free access to hundreds of online scientific and technical journals.
I've written several SearchDay articles about the Resource Discovery Network (here, here and here). The RDN is an amazing set of non-commercial subject directories and other tools) including EEVL a subject gateway where the focus is on engineering, mathematics, and computing. If you've never visited EEVL and the other RDN sites, you should.
EEVL has now launched four new subject-focused databases that provide free access to a couple of hundred ejournals in several disciplines.
The computing database searches the content of 60 freely available full-text ejournals in computing.
The math database searches the content of 28 freely available full-text ejournals in mathematics.
The engineering database searches the content of 160 freely available full-text ejournals in engineering.
The last one is a metasearch of the three databases described above.
If you would like to review a listing of the publications available, it's also available. Included in the mix are trade journals, house journals and even some peer-reviewed journals.
Not only are the RDN and EEVL useful but they're also excellent examples of some of the great work being done to make the web more useful to the researcher by libraries, librarians, and other non-commercial organizations. Another example is the LII and Infomine.
While Google, Yahoo, Jeeves get most of the mindshare, we shouldn't forget that "focused" search tools (aka verticals) are being developed by either or either non-commercial organizations or small commercial search companies. Although these small and focused databases don't receive the traffic that the big guys do, it doesn't mean that they're not important and useful tools for the serious searcher.
With all of the attention that Google Scholar is getting don't forget that several excellent and very robust specialized databases are available on the web.
For example, CiteSeer/Research Index focuses on "academic" info in computer science and related areas. And SmealSearch
Focuses on web-based "academic" business material. It's named after the business school at Penn State University. Each one focuses on "academic" info found on the open web and provide citation info, direct links to the author(s) home page, format conversion, and much more.
NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication's search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.
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