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More Patent Searching with Sumobrain

Picture of letters and numbers funnelling into a brain

Another powerful tool to aid in your search for patents is Sumobrain. Sumobrain is free, and upon creation of an account, it features:

Using the advanced search option may be tricky, but Sumobrain has a tutorial page explaining Boolean operators, nested queries, and proximity searching.

Sumobrain is now available on our Ready Reference page under "Patents".

Added 7/6/10


 Springer to Publish Six New Peer Reviewed Open Access Journals

Starting in early 2011, Springer will begin publishing the following new open access titles:

Bulletin of Mathematical Sciences
Environmental Sciences Europe
Global Energy
Journal of Mathematics in Industry
Journal of Remanufacturing
Planetary Science

Though these journals will be freely available online, they offer the same rigorous peer review process as Springer’s subscription journals. They will be indexed in Web of Science and accessible from both the SpringerOpen website and SpringerLink.

The Journal of Mathematics in Industry is the first title open to receiving submissions, with others soon to follow. Authors will retain copyright to their articles under the Creative Commons Attribution License. Those interested may sign up for email updates relating to SpringerOpen from their website.

Added 7/13/10


Find Energy Technology Citations on ETDEWEB

The Energy Technology Data Exchange World Energy Base (ETDEWEB) is a free database consisting of over 4 million citations, many with links to full-text.  It is the result of the Energy Technology Data Exchange, an agreement by members of the International Energy Agency (IEA), whose homepage was featured in the March 10, 2010 Boulder Labs Library News. The database includes articles covering these topics:

Wind turbines in the Mojave Desert

ETDEWEB features an "Easy Search" with sorting options, an "Advanced Search" option for searching in specific fields, and a "Federated Search," which pulls results from all over the World Wide Web. Finally, you have the option to create an account in order to set up alerts.

Added 7/21/10


Download Important Government Datasets at

If you need government-generated data, then is the site to visit. Just over a year old, offers three different catalogs:

Datasets are available in such areas as Agriculture, Business Enterprise, Energy  & Utilities, Geography & Environment, Information & Communications and Science & Technology.

Snapshot of catalog search menu
Within each catalog, you may search by keyword, in addition to filtering by subject area and agency. The raw data catalog also allows limiting by such file types as XML, CSV/Text, KML/KMZ, Shapefile and RDF (see image above). Datasets are described in an easy–to-read format that includes user ratings and links to the originating agency’s technical documentation.

Added 7/27/10


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