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Electronic Resources in Transportation

Electronic Resources in Transportation:
There are Lots of Signs on the Information Superhighway but
Where is the Information I Really Need*?
*without hitting a lot of roadblocks and detours

Bonnie Osif
Penn State
bao2@psu.edu

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Overview

  • Electronic Resources
    • Databases
    • Search Engines
    • Gateways
  • Tools to help you locate information and resources
    • RSS
    • Blogs, etc.

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Fee Databases

  • Compendex
  • NTIS
  • TRIS* (also available for free through the NTL)
  • ITRD
  • Web of Science

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Database Services

  • Advanced Searching
  • Full text
  • Ordering options
  • Alerts
  • RSS
  • Search assistance

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Compendex

Screen shot of Commpendex search results with red arrows highlighting the following:

  • Blog This
  • My Alerts
  • Add a tag (for del.icio.us)

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Free Databases

  • TRIS (ntl.bts.gov)
  • Google Scholar* (scholar.google.com)
  • DoE Information Bridge (http://www.osti.gov/bridge/ )
  • Civil Engineering Database (cedb.asce.org)
  • TLCat (ntl.bts.gov)
  • Specialized Google Meta Search Engines*

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Transportation Meta Search

Screen shot of first screen on the Transportation Meta Search. Items hightlighted include:

  • WSDOT Library - Creator
  • Searches 971 sites

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Full text Resources

  • Transportation Statistics (www.bts.gov)
  • Bibliographies (ntl.bts.gov, dotlibrary.dot.gov)
  • Federal laws (http://thomas.loc.gov/)
  • Fee based services

For additional resources see
www.libraries.psu.edu/eng/webinar.html

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Web “Layers”

Image: Pyramid of layers of web. Private Web forms the base with Deep Web next and Surface Web as the top of the pyramid.

Surface Web: Links are found by search engine spiders “traditional web”

Deep Web: Dynamic pages, not open to spidering,

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General Search Engines

  • www.google.com (1)
  • www.yahoo.com (2)
  • http://www.msn.com/ (4)
  • www.ask.com (8)
  • scholar.google.com

(indicates December 2007 ranking in use statistics from http://www.comscore.com/press/release.asp?press=2018)

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Google Scholar

Screen shot of search results for "bridge 'nondestructive evaluation'" in Google Scholar. Items highlighted include:

  • Cited by
  • Related Artices

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Metasearch Engines

  • www.dogpile.com
  • www.clusty.com
  • www.mamma.com
  • www.surfwax.com
  • www.kartoo.com

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KartOO visual meta search engine

Screen shot of search results for "nondestructive evaluation bridges'" in KartOO

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Deep Web Searching

  • www.completeplanet.com
  • turbo10.com
  • directory.google.com
  • www.scirus.com

For more information see -
http://websearch.about.com/od/invisibleweb/a/invisibleweb.htm

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Sample Page - Scirus

Screen shot of search results for "nondestructive evaluation bridge*" in Scirus. Items highlighted include:

  • Refine your search option
  • Where the documents listed are available from

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Gateways – a short list

  • TRB (www.trb.org)
  • NTL (ntl.bts.gov)
  • Minnesota Dept. of Transportation (http://www.dot.state.mn.us/library/)
  • Thomas (thomas.loc.gov)
  • Science.gov (www.science.gov)

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Mn/DOT Library homepage

Screen shot of Mn/DOT Library homepage

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NEW TOOLS YOU CAN USE

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Transportation Meta Search

Screen shot of first screen on the Transportation Meta Search.

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National Transportation Library homepage

Screen shot of National Transportation Library homepage. Items highlighted include:

  • Custom Google Transportation Related Searches
  • TLCat
  • Online Digital Special Collections
  • Spotlights

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TLCat

Screen shot of search results for "kw:pavements and yr:2008'" in TLCat. Items highlighted include:

  • Name - Transportation Libraries Catalog
  • Number of Libraries (Transportation and Worldwide) who own the item

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Department of Transportation Library homepage

Screen shot of Department of Transportation Library homepage

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Google Products

Screen shot of Google products page. Items highlighted include:

  • Alerts
  • Blog Search
  • Custom Search
  • Labs

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Google Custom Search Engine

Screen shot of Google Custom Search Engine homepage

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Google Custom Search Engine -- Configuration

Screen shot of Google Custom Search Engine configuration screen 1

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Google Custom Search Engine -- Configuration

Screen shot of Google Custom Search Engine configuration screen 1 part two

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Google Custom Search Engine -- transportation databaes

Screen shot of new created Google Custom Search Engine transportation databases

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Google Custom Search Engine -- transportation databaes

Screen shot of new created Google Custom Search Engine transportation databases search results for "bridge deck evaluation"

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iGoogle

Screen shot of iGoogle with link to newly created Google Custom Search Engine -- transportation databases

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Google Alerts

Screen shot of Google Alerts.

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Google Alerts -- Configuration

Screen shot of setting up a Google Alerts for nondestructive evaluation briges.

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Google Alerts -- Management

Screen shot of managing your Google Alerts for nondestructive evaluation briges.

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Google Blog Search

Screen shot of Google Advanced Blog Search Resutls for search includes all words: pavements and exact phrase: transportation infrastructure.

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Google Blog Search -- Search Results

Screen shot of Google Advanced Blog Search. Search includes all words: pavements and exact phrase: transportation infrastructure.

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Google Reader

Screen shot of Google Reader.

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TransLiblog

Screen shot of TransLiblog.

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Building Your Collections

  • Databases – subject and dates searches
  • Bibliographies
  • “New in the library” lists
  • Commericial sites
  • Blogs, list servs

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Search Helps

  • Research tutorials/guides
    • InfoPeople (www.infopeople.org/search/index.html)
    • Laura Cohen’s guides (http://www.internettutorials.net/)
    • Bare Bones 101 (http://www.sc.edu/beaufort/library/pages/bones/bones.shtml)
  • Help pages/FAQs
  • TRB Library
  • Your Transportation Librarian Networks!