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TechXtra suite of free services simplifies access to technology
information

http://www.techxtra.ac.uk

Finding technology information just became easier!

TechXtra is a suite of ten freely available services which simplify
access to a multitude of different types of technology information from
a host of different sources.

TechXtra facilitates immediate access to the freely available full-text
content of hundreds of thousands of eprints, technical reports, theses,
articles, news items, job announcements and more. In cases where the
full-text is not freely available, TechXtra provides links to vendors
for pay-per-view options. TechXtra searches a combination of digital
repositories, journal databases, technical reports servers, web
information, news sources and more, all with a focus on technology
information.

Anyone looking for information in technology will find TechXtra useful,
especially researchers, academics, students and practitioners.

The suite of services includes:

Database Cross-Search
This searches over 4 million items from 25 different databases. Use
this to find articles, key websites, theses and dissertations, books,
industry news, new job announcements, technical reports, eprints,
learning & teaching resources and the latest research in engineering,
mathematics and computing.

Sources include: Australian Research Repositories Online to the World,
arXive (eprint archive in computer science, maths and related
subjects), CiteSeer (research articles in computer science), Directory
of Open Access Journals, ePrints UK (selected open archives in the UK),
Copac (union catalogue from the Consortium of University Research
Libraries), National Engineering Education Delivery System (digital
library of learning resources), NASA Technical Reports (12 different
NASA technical report series)... plus 18 other databases. Details are
available at:
http://www.techxtra.ac.uk/index.html?action=collectiondetails More
databases will be added in the near future.

The Very Latest Job Announcements
OneStep Jobs brings together the very latest job announcements from
more than 35 top sources, and presents them in an easily accessible and
searchable format in one place. The content is updated many times each
day. Sources include: Jobs.ac.uk, ICErecruit, The Engineer,
Redgoldfish, Jobsite, Engineeringjobs.co.uk, 4engineers.co.uk,
Matchtech, TipTopJobs and more.

The Very Latest Industry News
OneStep Industry News brings together news feeds from over 80 top
sources, and presents them in an easily accessible and searchable
format. The content is updated many times each day. Sources include:
The Engineer Online, Engineeringtalk, New Scientist, scenta, Moreover,
Yenra, Control Engineering News, Design News, EurekAlert, Slashdot, PC
Magazine, BBC Tech News and more.

Free Trade Magazine Subscriptions & Technical Document Downloads
Hundreds of trade publications and their advertisers want to give
qualifying individuals their publications. It's worth it to them to
give you the magazine free because you need the information and
products described, and their advertisers need a vehicle to deliver
their message which justifies the cost of giving you subscriptions for
free. In addition, this service now includes free Webcasts, live
Webinars, informative eBooks, interactive CD-ROMs, and numerous
whitepapers.

On-Line Bookstore
TechXtra users save up to 35% on any title from this bookstore from
Pearson Education - books on everything from Computer Graphics &
Design, to Programming, Software, Careers and Personal Development
titles. Postage is free within the UK and Europe.

Offshore Engineering Information Service
This service gives information about publications and meetings dealing
with: oil and gas exploration and production; offshore health, safety
and environmental protection; resources of the seabed and renewable
energy; and marine technology.

Discovery Guides
Free indepth reports on topical engineering, mathematical and
technology issues.

Information about Validated Engineering Design Data
This subset of ESDU contains over 1,300 abstracts of data item design
guides. Access to the full text is via subscription only.

Recent Advances in Manufacturing
A database of bibliographic information for manufacturing and related
areas, covering items in over 500 niche and mainstream journals and
magazines, plus details of books, videos and conference proceedings.

Selected links to top sources of technology information
Internet tutorials, newsletters and gateways.

TechXtra harvests data from external sources using standard protocols
such as Z39.50 and OAI-PMH. You can subscribe to the TechXtra RSS
feed from: http://www.techxtra.ac.uk/news/index.htm

TechXtra is an initiative of the ICBL and the Library, at Heriot-Watt
University.

For more information about TechXtra, contact:
Roddy MacLeod
Senior Subject Librarian
Heriot-Watt University Library
Edinburgh
0131 451 3576
r.a.macleod@hw.ac.uk
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