Finding an Article using IEEE Xplore


IEEE Xplore contains articles on various electrical engineering topics, as well as aerospace, biomedical, computer, and geosciences. If you are off-campus, use the proxy server by accessing IEEE Xplore using the UA Libraries Catalog or Web site.

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If you find an article that you cannot access in IEEE Xplore, we might have a copy available elsewhere whether it is an electronic copy provided by another source, in a journal at the library, or at a depository [hover for more information].

Looking for a Specific Article

In the reference section of a paper that you are reading, you found another interesting article. In an ideal world, references would always be right. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If the article is not located where you thought, you can use IEEE Xplore to verify/find the reference information. Try variations of the information that you have. If you have the correct author and title, you should be able to locate the article if it is from IEEE or IET (formally IEE) journals and conference proceedings. If you do not have the correct author and title, you might have to experiment using different searches to find it. If it is not in one of the sources above, you can try a different database (i.e. Compendex via Engineering Village [more]), or Google Scholar to verify.

Let’s say that you know the location of your article:

If IEEE or IET, try IEEE Xplore

Since these much of this material is available electronically via IEEE Xplore, it would be quickest to access IEEE Xplore directly. You can either Browse [more] and find the volume, issue, and page containing the article (see IEEE's Tutorial on browsing the content) or you can perform an advanced search (see Looking Articles on a Topic).

If you cannot find in or access via IEEE Xplore, try the UA Libraries Catalog

For journals, search [more] on the Journal Title in the UA Libraries Catalog. For conferences, search [more] using keywords in the conference proceeding title. Conference proceedings are not always listed the way that you think. The catalog record will tell you where the journal is located.

Looking Articles on a Topic

There are several options for searches. There is a ONE BOX search and two advanced searches: Advanced Search and Command Search. In addition, there is a Publication Quick Search. Some general search tips are:

  • the search looks for ALL words with stemming (s, es, ed, ing) when there are not quotes for ONE BOX Search and Advanced Search,
    • singular perturbation (1387 results);
  • quotes indicate a EXACT phrase,
    • “singular perturbation” (932 results);
  • For more variations use * as a wildcard,
    • singular* perturb* (2040 results); and
  • Most special characters are ignored. Some exceptions are & + /

Advanced Search can be used for most searching. Please see IEEE's Tutorials on advanced search techniques.

As an example, try a Structured Advanced Search using "Parallel Processing" AND "Very Large Scale Integration" (VLSI) AND "Proximity."

1. A pattern-based domain partition approach to parallel optical proximity correction in VLSI designs
Shao-Ming Yu; Yiming Li;
Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, 2005. Proceedings. 19th IEEE International
Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/IPDPS.2005.56
Publication Year: 2005
IEEE Conference Publications
Quick Abstract | PDF(592 KB)
2. A parallel processing approach to proximity correction
Otto, O. W.; Griffith, A. K.;
Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B: Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures
Volume 6, Issue 6
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1116/1.584127
Publication Year: 1988 , Page(s): 2048 - 2052
AVS Journals & Magazines
PDF(813 KB)

We are able to download Article 1 because it is part of our subscription. You can always verify coverage using the What Can I Access? link. Article 2 is not part our subscription. It is from the AIP/AVS Applied Physics Library (our example is AVS Journals & Magazines), so we do not have electronic access to this in IEEE Xplore (we will see that we have access to this later…elsewhere).

Notice that Article 1 has an Quick Abstract link and Article 2 does not. Also, there is an icon that indicates that we have access with Article 1. Records for items that are not part of our subscription (i.e. Article 2) might contain less indexing information, such as subject or index terms, references, or citing documents. In the beginning, you will mainly be interested in accessing the article. Index terms (under the keyword tab in the detailed record) can eliminate some irrelevant results [more]. Their use can provide a more thorough search when used in conjunction with a keyword search (not to be confused with the keyword tab). Keep in mind that not all records have index terms, so you will exclude those records when performing an index term search alone.

A pattern-based domain partition approach to parallel optical proximity correction in VLSI designs

Circuits , Clustering algorithms , Genetic algorithms , Integrated optics , Optical design , Optical design techniques , Optical device fabrication , Optical distortion , Partitioning algorithms , Very large scale integration

Linux , VLSI , circuit layout CAD , genetic algorithms , message passing , parallel processing , system-on-chip

CAD tool , Linux-based PC cluster , VLSI design , computer aided design , domain decomposition algorithm , genetic algorithm , message passing interface , model-based correction method , parallel OPC system , parallel optical proximity correction technique , pattern-based domain partition approach , system-on-chip , very large scale integration circuit

If you are using an article as a reference, you might want to export the citation into RefWorks [more]. Select desired items then select the Download Citations button. Be sure to select the RefWorks format.

As stated earlier, we do not have access to Article 2 using IEEE Xplore, but we do have an electronic copy available elsewhere. Select the LinkSource button. Full Text is available at the Electronic Journal Center (EJC).

There is not “only one” answer for these questions. Please try the following (to see a possible way to solve it, hover over hint) .

  • Let’s say you want to find as many articles as you can on the topic to be sure that your dissertation topic is not already taken. Note: You KNOW in reality, you would need to search several databases including Dissertation Abstracts; however, you are just going to look in IEEE Xplore for this exercise.
    1. Find articles on torque consideration in and control of induction motors in IEEE Xplore hint
    2. Perform a search on two of the common subject terms hint
  • You want to present a paper on “model order reduction” for your class project. You want to know what techniques are being used before you decide which technique or type of application you would like to present.
    1. Use Advanced search to try to pick up variations in language hint
    2. Narrow on a particular technique or type of system hint
    3. Are there subject terms that you can use to make your search more relevant? hint

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