Monday, March 18, 2013

Resource of the week: SPIE Digital Library

It’s National Science and Engineering Week which this year “shines the spotlight on how the sciences, technology, engineering and maths relate to our everyday lives”. So here is a closer look at one of our Science and Engineering resources.

What is it? 
SPIE Digital Library is the most extensive resource available of optics and photonics applied research, providing access to an outstanding array of material covering light-based research and innovation. Optics and photonics technologies enhance our world and every day we encounter the results of this research. According to SPIE “from LCD computer screens and smartphone cameras, to alternative energy sources and new methods for detecting and treating cancer, optics and photonics fuel some of the most exciting advances of our time”.

As well as continually adding new material SPIE Digital Library also provides access back to 1962 when SPIE’s first technical paper was published. The SPIE Digital Library is both a rich technical archive and a quick reference resource for current state-of-the-art research.

Why use it? 
SPIE Digital Library provides user friendly search and browse tools ideal for busy researchers. The collection includes conference proceedings, journal articles and a complete collection of ebooks from SPIE Press. Use SPIE Digital Library to keep up-to-date with some of the most exciting innovations in optics and photonics technologies.

The new SPIE Digital Library website has a simple search interface which quickly gives access to the full text content. To use some of the more advanced features of the SPIE Digital Library, including creating and managing e-mail alerts and saving figures and tables, you will need to create a personal account. This is really easy to do.

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