Before coming to VTech, I used a database called "Scopus" (Engineering and Science mainly). This database was superior to "Compendex", and I hope the Library can try that database. It was a great search tool for papers - extremely wealthy.
Thanks for your suggestion. We are carefully monitoring the development of Scopus but have hesitated to buy it because Elsevier's annual price - once all the early year discounts end, it would be $180,000 per annum. UVA and others in the area have taken the same approach. Elsevier's eventual goal is to have something that's better than Compendex, better than Web of Science, etc.
I asked Larry Thompson, our Engineering Librarian, what he thought and he said he'd like to know what your areas of interest are, so that we could assess those subdisciplines in which Scopus might be better than Compendex. I'm sure Larry could also advise you re other resources such as Inspec, standards, NTIS etc. that might usefully complement Compendex in your searching, so don't hesitate to ask for his expert assistance.
Thanks again, and do let us know more specifically where Scopus seemed to win this particular "battle of the bands."
Paul Metz, Director of Collection Management
Just wanted to say I absolutely love the new system, particularly the way it lets me manage my "patron record" and select books to renew on line. Wonderful improvement.
Thank you for your comments. Glad you like the new system.
Buddy Litchfield,Instruction, Reference, and Outreach Dept.
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