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Search Example: Engineering - Energy
Question: I was at a conference recently and attended a lecture about windmills in Denmark. How can I find this conference paper?
Strategy: An easy way to answer this question is to start with a broad topic search in the "Energy" category by using key words and then narrow the search to conference papers only with the STN Easy Refine Option.
Search Strategy
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Log on to STN Easy at STN Easy Home Page
If you do not have an existing STN account:
To open a new STN Easy account, click the blue "Open New Account" button on the STN Easy Home Page and complete and submit the online forms. Within 30 minutes, your STN login ID and password will be sent to the e-mail address you specify.
If you have an existing STN account:
To log on to STN Easy, simply enter your login ID and password.
Then click "Start Your Session."
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   Select Search Mode:
STN Easy Search Page
The Search Page is displayed. It offers three different search options: "Easy", "Advanced" and "CAS Number" Search.
To locate publications on specific technology topics using several search fields and complex search expressions in the search strategy, select the "Advanced Search" tab.
The Advanced Search option prompts you to choose the category of databases you wish to search. Click the "Select Your Category" button for the list of categories.
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   Select Databases:
Select database category
An additional browser window is opened. It displays the list of STN Easy database categories.
Select the "Engergy" category and click the Database Folder to see the list of databases included in this category.
De-select all but the following four databases, which are strongly related to the search topic: COMPENDEX, ENERGY, ENTEC and NTIS. Then click "OK".
The window closes and the name of the category is displayed next to the
"Select Your Category" button. - You are ready to enter the search terms.
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   Enter Search Terms:
Enter search terms
Pick the search-field "Word(s)" from the first drop-down box and enter the key word windmill* in the box to the right. - The wildcard character * ensures the search for words with a variety of endings. You may type either * or ? at the end of a word to append zero or more characters.
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In order to make the search more comprehensive, it is advisable to add more alternate terms for the key words e.g. synonyms. Relate synonyms using the Boolean Operator "OR" in the left selection-box. This ensures to retrieve answers containing at least one of these terms.
To choose an appropriate synonym for windmill pick "Word(s)", enter wind* and click the grey "Browse Index" button on the right.
As a result STNEasy retrieves terms from the indexes of the databases you have selected. Then it displays a scrollable alphabetical list of the 70 terms it found (similar to an "expand" in STN). Simply select the synonyms you wish to search from the "Browse Index" list (e.g. wind farm). Browse Index is free and an excellent way to preview your search before you actually pay for it !
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Click the green "Search" button. - Please note: The price for the search fee is displayed below the Search button.
   1. Answer Page:
Review titles at Answer Page and refine your search
The list of answers is displayed in a table format on the Answer Page.
Your search question and total number of answers are shown at the top of the Answer Page as well.
Far more than 4000 records are retrieved in the four STN Easy databases you have selected from energy category!
In order to narrow the search to only conference papers concerning danish windmills, click the blue "Refine Your Search" button. - There is no additional charge to refine your STN Easy search!
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   Refine Page:
Refine your search
The Refine Page is displayed.
Pick "Word(s)" from the first drop-down menu and enter the key word denmark in the appropriate search box.
Select the search-field "Document Type" in the second row. It offers 5 different options in a drop-down menu: book, conference, dissertation, journal or patent. Click "Conference".
Make sure that you have picked the Boolean Operator "AND" in the left selection-box to retrieve only those answers that contain both search terms.
Click "Search". - Refining is free!
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   2. Answer Page:
Select title at Answer Page
A precise set of research information is located. Note that, if desired, duplicate records from the search in multiple databases can be identified by clicking
"Show Duplicates".
Review the answer titles, and click directly on a title of interest. - The display costs are shown to the right of the answer.
Helpful HINTs: You may also change the "Display Format" and "Display Style" using the selection-boxes at the bottom of the title list.
In order to view records for several answers at once, simply check the boxes next to the appropriate answers and click the "Display Answers" button at the bottom of the page.
   Display Page:
See detailed record at Display Page
Immediately, the detailed record for the conference paper is displayed - right at your desktop.
Furthermore, you are free to choose between various options available at Display Page such as full-text order, citation-searching, searching the web, etc.
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In order to start a new search, simply click the appropriate search option below the STN Easy Logo on the blue Navigation Frame and a new Search Page is displayed.
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