How to use the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library
This helpsheet provides instructions on how to search and find journal articles in
the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library database
What is IEEE Xplore® Digital Library?
IEEE Xplore® Digital Library contains nearly 2 million full-text articles on a wide variety
of topics. This database contains more than the world’s leading engineering and
technology journals as it covers everything from art history to urban planning. The
sources are cross disciplinary in that the database has the latest information on
anthropology, art history, business management, cinema/theatre, criminal justice,
dance, economics, education, history, journalism, law/government, literature,
philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology and urban planning.
How can I access IEEE Xplore® Digital Library?
• Go to the Learning Resources Website at www.lr.mdx.ac.uk
• Under the heading Library, select Electronic Resources and then
• Click on the letter ‘I’ to view the list of databases, scroll down and select the
IEEE Xplore® Digital Library.
• At this point, you will be prompted to enter your Electronic Resources
Username and Password to access to the database. This is the same as
your computer network login and password.
How do I search IEEE Xplore® Digital Library?
IEEE Xplore® Digital Library has Browse and Search options on the home page.
The Browse Option
The Browse Option allows you to browse the Journals, Magazines, Conference
Proceedings, Standards, Books, Eduational Courses and Technology Surveys in the IEEE
The Basic Search is the default option.
Enter search terms in the search box
and return .
The Search Results screen has the following information:
1. The total number of results found in the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library;
2. This option allows you to view the search results – 25 results per screen;
3. The search results – title, author(s), journal/magazine or conference title, date of
publication and page numbers, abstract which is a summary of the content of the
publication and a link to the full text (PDF option);
4. The IEEE journal, conference or standard that has material on the subject , in this
case, ‘academic libraries’;
5. The option to email or print out the search results; and
6. The option to refine your search by typing in additional search terms and searching
within the result set.
Refining your search is important as it allows you to get results that are specific to your
search. For example, if you are looking for information on ‘virtual academic libraries’, type
this into the search results as shown below:
This will bring up 6 results out of the 62 that are specific to your search:
Clicking on AbstractPlus will open up the full bibliographic record, with the search term
highlighted in red. This display also shows the summary and, more importantly, the index
terms which provide additional key words to use for searching this database and other
The Advanced Search
This search is available from the drop down menu at the top of the screen or by selecting
the Advanced Search option as shown below:
The Advanced Search option allows you to refine your search from the outset and to
include limiters. There are two advanced search options available (1 and 2). For example (in
option 1), if you want to find references to “libraries and Web 2.0” you can ask for the search
to be conducted where the words appear in all fields or in the Document Title only.
The Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT may also be used to refine the search further.
Additionally, this screen will allow you to limit your search by Publication type (see options
below) and Date Range. You can choose the Display format (citation or citation & abstract)
and how you want to view the results on the page.
You may use keywords with Boolean operators in the second option on the Advanced
Tip! The Help option is available on every screen.
More Tips for Precise Searching
Use the syntax shown in the table below to refine and broaden your searches:
? Use one character within a word or multiple question marks to replace
e.g. fib?? for fiber or fibre
* Use this limited wildcard to replace any or no characters
“ “ Use quotation marks around a word to search for the exact spelling of a
word, phrase or acronym
e.g. “cable” does not return “cabling”, “cabled”, “cables” etc
How to Print, Save, Email, Export (into RefWorks) the Citation
Use the options Email and Printer Friendly option at the top of the page to email the
reference and/or print the reference. Use the drop down-menu on the left-hand side of the
screen to Download/Export the citation into a bibliographic management software package
such as EndNote, ProCite, RefMan and RefWorks. You can also download in BibTex or