What’s New with Compendex?

[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false]  Over at Intellogist, the System Report on the non-patent literature database Compendex has been fully updated. Compendex is an electronic version of the Engineering Index, a printed record of technological information dating back to 1884.  The database is produced by Elsevier Engineering Information, Inc. (Ei), and the file is available on a number of platforms, including Engineering Village, Dialog, STN, and Ovid. The non-patent literature available on Compendex includes reports, books and monographs, conferences, symposia, meetings, journal articles, and book reviews covering 190 specific engineering disciplines.

Continue reading to learn about some of the recent updates available on Compendex, including an updated thesaurus, author profiles, a new search platform, and advanced copies of journal articles!

6th edition of Ei Thesaurus: Vocabulary is controlled in Compendex using the Ei Thesaurus, released in December 2010 as the 6th edition. It contains 10,200 preferred terms, 370 of which are new for this edition (including terms like “bioceramics, “nanosensors”, and “tissue engineering”), and 9,420 non-preferred terms (synonyms). Classification codes were also updated and added for this edition, and classification codes can be up to five levels in depth.

Links to author profiles on Scopus: The Engineering Village platform now also links Compendex records to relevant SciVerse Scopus Author Profile/Preview pages through a small menu on the full Compendex record titled “Tools in Scopus”. All authors of the document are listed in this menu (select “View All Authors” to expand the list), and the user can select an author name to go to a profile page for the author on Scopus. Users must be subscribed to Scopus to view the entire author profile. Non-subscribed users will only view a preview of the author profile, including author name, ID, affiliation, limited research statistics, and some publication history data.

Links to author profiles on Scopus are now listed on Compendex records in Engineering Village.

Compendex on ProQuest Dialog: Compendex is now available on the search platform ProQuest Dialog, a new subscription-based portal produced by Dialog that combines the Dialog and DataStar products.  Only date ranges from 1969 to present are currently available on the platform, and The Ei Thesaurus is not currently available on ProQuest Dialog.

Articles in Press: According to the November 2010 Engineering Village Newsletter, users accessing Compendex through Engineering Village can now access advanced copies of articles that have been accepted for publication, called “Articles in Press” (AiPs).  The newsletter states:

You can access AiP records for 906 journals from nine publishers, including Elsevier, Springer and IEEE. These articles are indexed in the Compendex database so you can gain faster access to critical, very current information on a systematic basis. To find articles of interest, type in your search words and look for the ‘Article in Press’ notation.

Learn about other new updates through the fully-reviewed Compendex System Report on Intellogist.

Do you know of any other recent updates for Compendex? Discuss them in the comments section!

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This post was contributed by Joelle Mornini. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.

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