Open Cal Poly Pomona University Library
Welcome to this tutorial on how to find sources using Compendex! You complete this tutorial by following the instructions in this box while working in the other window on your screen, which is a live webpage.
At the bottom of each page you will see a set of navigation arrow. To continue to the next part of the tutorial, click the right hand arrow. To go back to review a previous part of the tutorial, click on the left hand arrow.
To access Compendex from the University Library homepage, click the link named Databases under the heading Featured Links.
This will take you to the Database & Article Search page. On this page, under Browse by Database Name, click the letter C, for Compendex.
Please remember that if you are attempting to access this database from off-campus, you will be prompted to login using your Bronco ID and Password.
Compendex defaults to Quick Search for keyword searching. For most cases, basic keyword searching should be just fine. Go ahead enter the following keywords into the search box and then press enter:
Your keyword search will give you about 6000 records. This may be way too many for you to browse through.
You can narrow your search by using the refining options on the left side navigation panel titled Refine Results.
For this tutorial, we want to narrow our search to journal articles in English. So go ahead and select Journal Article under Document Type, and select English under Language. Then click the Limit To button.
*Please note that refinements will always be dependent on what type of research is needed for your paper/project.
You can preview the article and read the abstract by clicking the Show Preview link.
Click on the title of an article for more details.
There are two ways to see if we have access to the article. Click on the Full text button which will take you to directly to the full-text electronic resource.
Or you can click the Find It button, which will search all of the CPP library databases to see if we have full-text access to that article.
*if we do not have full-text access, you can request the article for free from Document Delivery.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Engineering Librarian.
Paul Hottinger | firstname.lastname@example.org | 909.869.3118