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Database Tutorials

This LibGuide contains step by step instructions for majority of research databases available in the Wolfgram collection.

About the IEEE Database

The IEEE Xplore digital library is a powerful resource for discovery of and access to scientific and technical content published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and its publishing partners.

IEEE Xplore provides web access to more than four-million full-text documents from some of the world's most highly cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics. More than two-million documents are in robust, dynamic HTML format.

The content in IEEE Xplore comprises:

  • Journals
  • eBooks
  • Educational courses
  • Conference proceedings
  • Technical standards

Navigate to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library Database

Library Home Page A to Z Database ListIEEE Xplore Digital Library

NOTE: When attempting to access many of our electronic resources from Off Campus, you will be prompted to login using your Widener ID card or Library Research Card. Use the barcode number located on the back of the card to login.


Be sure to access IEEE Xplore Digital Library through the Wolfgram A-Z Database, the ensures you have access the Full Text materials that we subscribe to.

  1. From the IEEE Xplore Digital Library home page search box, click Advanced Search
  2. Decide if you want to search Metadata Only (Title, Authors, Subject Headings, Keywords, and Abstract) or Full Text and Metadata (This option would search the metadata, along with the Full Text of the articles, for your Search Terms/ Keywords).
  3. Enter Search Terms/Keywords. (The default is to AND words together. To search for a phrase, put words in quotation marks).
  4. You can use the Operators (Content Type, Publisher, Publication Year) to refine your search
  5. Submit your Search

In the example below, we used the Search Terms "piezoelectric sensors" and "vibration control". Notice we wrapped each in quotation marks to avoid the system searching for them as individual words.

Image of IEEE database advanced search

The Results List

The Search Results Page Breakdown:

  1. The search for  "piezoelectric sensors" and "vibration control" provided 47 results.
  2. By selecting 'My Subscribed Content' or "All Results" you will see all of the content we have access to. 
  3.  A green open padlock icon indicates the Full Text is available for viewing/download. If a blue locked padlock icon is viable, it indicates that the article is NOT available in Full Text within this database.
  4. You are able to narrow your search results by year, author, publication, publisher, and more. 
  5. Click direct links to view Abstract, HTML (view Full Text online), or PDF (download PDF for off line use).


Image of IEEE database search results highlighting how to limit the search, the green padlock means we have full-text access, and how to download the pdf

Article Details (HTML Format)

Many IEEE articles can be viewed on screen in HTML as well as in the original PDF format, which allows you to:

  • Scan and interpret articles in under 60 seconds using Quick Preview.
  • Easily download hi-res versions of figures, graphics, and images.
  • Quickly view and copy mathematical equations, expressions, and formulas.
  • Navigate between sections of long articles with intuitive floating navigation.

Image of IEEE database article details displaying how to download and share the full-text, ans navigate to different sections.