You will need a copy of the ECE 380L: Library Session Worksheet to complete in-class tasks. Below you will find links to 2 versions: One in MS Word format that you can download and use to take notes in class, the other a PDF that you print and bring to class or view during class while you make notes elsewhere.
Activity 1 - Preparation for a Research Database Search
In this exercise you will consider topics that you might cover in the Theory of Operation for your product, then generate a few search strategies to use in searching. One of these strategies will be used in Task 2
Activity 2 - Research Database Searches
New developments and current research are often first presented as conference papers and/or articles. You will also find product reviews, descriptions of methodology, or information on innovations in or applications of particular processes, systems, and devices in articles. There are 2 main databases that access this type of information, which you will be searching in this exercise.
a. Search the IEEE Explore database
Using a search strategy generated in Task 1 you will search the IEEE Xplore database
b. Search the Inspec database
Using a search strategy generated in Task 1 you will search the Inspec database
Many Library resources are paid for by the Library on your behalf, and come with strict licensing agreements. To use them, you will need to go through the Library's proxy server to authenticate you as a BSU affiliate. Log into MyBoiseState.edu before you start your research and single sign-on will take care of the authentication for you. By doing this you'll avoid repeated requests to put in your BSU user name and password to get to materials.
From the Library's Main Page (https://www.boisestate.edu/library/) click on the Subject Guides panel
Scroll down to the Electrical And Computer Engineering option and Click to see the available guides
Select the ECE 380L course guide
The Library's website (https://boisestate.edu/library/) is your launch site class activities.
To find the databases for the exercises
1. Go to the Library's main page
2. Click on the Articles & Databases Panel
3. Scroll down till you see the Articles and Databases A to Z search box
4. Type in the name of the database you want & hit Enter
5. Click on the name of the database below the search box