Compendex Basic Search

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1: Introduction

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.

2: Accessing the Database

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To access Compendex from the University Library homepage, click the link named Databases under the heading Featured Links.

Databases Link

2: Accessing the Database

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This will take you to the Database & Article Search page. On this page, under Browse by Database Name, click the letter C, for Compendex.

Database Name Letter C

2: Accessing the Database

3 of 3You should now find an alphabetical list of all the databases that begin with the letter "C". Scroll down and click on Compendex/Engineering Village.

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/Engineering Village Link

Searching the Database

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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:

corrosion bridges


Searching the Database

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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.

Compendex Refine Results

Searching the Database

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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.

Limit to Journal Articles and English language

Looking at Results

You can preview the article and read the abstract by clicking the Show Preview link.

Show Preview Link

Click on the title of an article for more details.

Get Full-text using Find It!

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.

Full text link

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.

Find it button

Engineering Librarian

If you have any further questions, please contact the Engineering Librarian.

Paul Hottinger | | 909.869.3118