TechXtra News Blog

White papers, webcasts and other free downloads available via TechXtra

Posted in News by Roddy MacLeod on July 13, 2009

TechXtra, the free science search engine, operates an affiliation scheme through which numerous White Papers, webcasts and other documents are available for free download.

Here are some examples:

A Smarter Start: Preparing Data with SPSS Statistics Base  Webcast. Before you can analyze your data, you must prepare it for analysis. SPSS Statistics Base offers an array of techniques and features to help users validate data in order to ensure more complete, effective, and accurate analysis.

Strategies to Run a Lean Supply Chain: How Principles of Lean Manufacturing Transfer Benefits to Operations White Paper. Explore the process of lean manufacturing and how it can be applied to supply chain management.

Protecting Your Network Against the Growing Danger of Web Attacks  White Paper.

 “Employee Web Use and Misuse: Companies, Their Employees and the Internet”  White Paper.  Is it okay for employees to spend time on social networking sites, shopping online or downloading pirated music? What are the risks associated with web surfing?

More white papers, downloads and podcasts available internationally are available.

Roddy MacLeod
TechXtra Manager


Free Pipeline and Gas, Processing, and Processing & Control News magazines

Posted in News by Roddy MacLeod on July 9, 2009

TechXtra operates an affiliation scheme through which numerous free magazine subscriptions are available to qualifying professionals.

Here are three sample magazines which are available internationally or in Europe:

Pipeline & Gas Journal is the recognized authority worldwide on industry standards and Best Practices in oil and gas pipeline design, construction, operations, maintenance and integrity.

Processing is recognized across the process industries as the leading source for up-to-date product and equipment solutions. The targeted audience is readers who purchase instrumentation, control systems, pumps, motors, compressors, valves, and other processing equipment.

Processing & Control News Europe presents and reports 6x a year on the latest products, suppliers and solutions that are available and valuable to the European processing professionals. It covers every aspect of process engineering including process and plant control, plant operation and quality control, maintenance, energy and health, safety and environmental issues.

Many more free magazine subscriptions are listed in the A-Z.

Roddy MacLeod
TechXtra Manager

Hindawi added to TechXtra search service

Posted in News by Roddy MacLeod on July 9, 2009

Hindawi is now cross-searchable from TechXtra, the free search service for engineering, mathematics and computing.  Hindawi becomes the 32nd collection to be added to TechXtra.

Hindawi is an academic publisher with open access journals in the fields of engineering, life sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences. In February 2007, Hindawi announced its full conversion to open access, making it the only publisher with fully developed open access journals spanning such a wide range of subjects in science, technology, and medicine.

To search Hindawi and 31 other collections in engineering, mathematics ad computing, go to the TechXtra home page.

Roddy MacLeod
TechXtra Manager

Numerous improvements to TechXtra, the free technology search service

Posted in News by Roddy MacLeod on June 1, 2009

TechXtra has been very busy!

A number of improvements have been made to TechXtra, the free service provided by Heriot-Watt University.  Using TechXtra, anyone can find articles, books, the best websites, the latest industry news, job announcements, technical reports, technical data, full text eprints, the latest research, thesis & dissertations, teaching and learning resources and more, in engineering, mathematics and computing.

Firstly, we’ve added full text indicators to search results pages in an attempt to show the likely availability of full text.

TechXtra search results

Establishing exactly whether the full text of digital resources is available to particular users, who may be accessing from various locations and in various ways, is not always a straightforward task.  It can depend on the database being searched, institutional or personal subscriptions, and so on.  However, TechXtra search results now include indicators as shown above, incorporating a key which uses a traffic light metaphor to provide an indication of the likely availability of full text.

Next, we’ve improved the speed of some database searches.

Searching of the ARROW Discovery Service, where you can search for Australian research outputs, including theses; preprints; postprints; journal articles; book chapters; music recordings and pictures, is much faster and more up-to-date, as Santy Chumbe, our Technical Manager, has switched from OAI to SRU.  Full text of items is available.

Searching of the CISTI database, from the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, should now also be much faster, as Santy has completed a migration from Z39.50 to SRU.  Full text availability of results in CISTI is dependent on subscription or purchase.

Next, we’re now once more updating the RAM (Recent Advances in Manufacturing) database.  RAM is a database of bibliographic information for manufacturing and related areas. You can also cross-search RAM from the TechXtra home page.

Next, we’ve added a lot of new sources to the OneStep Jobs and OneStep Industry News services, and tidied up existing sources:

Graduates need all the help they can get at the moment to find jobs, so we’ve added several new sources giving details of the latest job announcements to TechXtra OneStep Jobs and tidied up some of the existing feeds.  OneStep Jobs now now contains details of thousands of the very latest job vacancies in engineering, maths and computing.  All job vacancies are searchable, from the OneStep Jobs home page. New sources include the latest job announcements from:

We’ve also tidied up OneStep Industry News, and added some new sources.  OneStep Industry News now contains thousands of the latest news items from well over 100 different sources, making it an excellent place to go to catch up with news.  The new sources include items from:

Next, we’ve done a little publicity: Some time ago, TechXtra was featured in my post Ten science search engines, on spineless? the Heriot-Watt University Library blog.  We’ve had a good response to this post.

Next, there’s now a TechXtra SRU service – this should be good for developers who want to embed or reuse techXtra search results.

As usual, there are some new free magazine subscriptions available via TechXtra.  These include HRW, which provides comprehensive coverage of the Hydroelectric Industry Worldwide, and Diesel Progress.

In the near future, we hope to add some more sources to the TechXtra cross-search.  It currently searches over 4 million items from 31 collections, and we have some exciting new collections lined up.  Keep an eye on this blog for news about the new collections.

Please note that TechXtra is run on a shoestring.  We don’t receive any external funding.   So please help us spread the word by telling others that TechXtra is where you can find all sorts of information in engineering, mathematics and computing.

Thank you!

Roddy MacLeod
TechXtra Manager
Heriot-Watt University Library

OneStep Jobs now includes Check4Jobs vacancies

Posted in News by Roddy MacLeod on May 13, 2009

Job vacancies in engineering, mathematics and I.T. from Check4Jobs have been added to TechXtra OneStep Jobs.

OneStep Jobs includes details of many thousands of job vacancies from top sources in one place.

Roddy MacLeod
TechXtra Manager

RSS feeds for news about free trade publications, white papers and technical publications

Posted in News by Roddy MacLeod on March 26, 2009

techxtrarss PubFeeds for techxtra

This is an RSS feed for news about several hundred free trade magazines, free White Papers, and free technical publications which are available via TechXtra’s affiliation scheme with TradePub.

The publications cover all subjects.  For a breakdown by subject area, see the RSS Feeds list. The following are examples of some subject specific feeds:




Mechanical / Machine

Roddy MacLeod
TechXtra Manager

TechXtra mentioned in Zen Monthly Newsletter.

Posted in News by Roddy MacLeod on February 3, 2009

Nice to see that TechXtra was mentioned in this month’s Zen Monthly Newsletter (under The results Google can’t find).  TechXtra is also mentioned in Karen Blakeman’s Blog.

New free trade magazines and White Papers

Posted in News by Roddy MacLeod on December 10, 2008

TechXtra operates an affiliation scheme through which numerous free magazines are available to qualifying professionals. Here’s a newly available title.


Traffic Engineering & Control (tec) – leading the way in traffic engineering and transport planning.

Some White Papers are also available.  Here’s an example:


Many more are listed in the A-Z.

Roddy MacLeod
TechXtra Manager

OneStep Jobs now includes Technojobs vacancies

Posted in News by Roddy MacLeod on November 10, 2008

Engineering, I.T. Electronics and Telecom Job vacancies from Technojobs have been added to TechXtra OneStep Jobs.  OneStep Jobs now includes vacancies from a large number of different recruitment agencies and jobsites. 

OneStep Jobs gives you the latest jobs vacancies from top sources in one place. OneStep content is updated many times each day.

Roddy MacLeod
TechXtra Manager

Free trade magazines available through TechXtra

Posted in News by Roddy MacLeod on November 7, 2008

TechXtra operates an affiliation scheme through which numerous free magazines are available to qualifying professionals.

Here’s a selection of available titles:

Connector Specifier provides design engineers and specifiers with the most current and innovative information about electronic and optical connectors and related topics.

Telecom Mobile is a weekly newsletter providing up-to-date news and analysis on wireless network strategies.

Recycling Today is published monthly and is edited for the secondary commodity processing/recycling market.

EE Times Europe provides news, analysis, product and design information.

FibreSystems Europe delivers coverage of the technology and business issues affecting the specification, purchase and deployment of optical equipment, networks and services across Europe.

Electronic Design Europe provides leading edge technical information to electronic engineers and engineering managers in the European community – individuals responsible for design and development of electronic original equipment manufactures’ products and systems.

PipeLine and Gas Technology provides information on: engineering, construction, storage, transmission, etc

Hydrocarbon Processing provides job-help information to technical and management personnel in petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical/chemical and engineer/constructor companies throughout the world.

Chemical Engineering serves chemical engineering professionals in the chemical process industry including manufacturing, engineering, government, academia, financial institutions and others allied to the field serving the global chemical process industry.

Many more are listed in the A-Z.

Roddy MacLeod
TechXtra Manager

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