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IEEE Xplore (English): Searching

IEEE Xplore is a digital library that offers full-text access to technical literature on electrical engineering, information technology, electronics and related disciplines.

A range of search options in IEEE Xplore

Select first the sectopm to search for: All, Books, Conferences, Courses, Journals & Magazines, Standards, Authors of Citations.
These sections are explained in the following tabs.

Enter your search terms in the search bar. You can use an asterisk (*), the wildcard or truncation symbol that stands for zero, one or more alphanumeric characters or een question mark (?) that stands for 1 character.
For example: electro* will also find: electron, electrons, electronic, electronics, electromagnetic, electromechanical and electrostatic.

You can search with the Boolean operators: AND, OR, NOT, NEAR and ONEAR.

A search for computer science java technology will first show results in which all four terms occur.

It's also possible to use Field Searching. There are 26 fields available with the following syntax between quotation marks:

  1. "Document Title":computing
  2. "Authors":B. Smith
  3. "Publication Title":data mining
  4. "Abstract":LTE
  5. "Index Terms":resistor AND capacitor
  6. "Accession Number":16585141
  7. "Article Number":8263303
  8. "Article Page Number":1102305
  9. "Author Affiliations":IBM
  10. "Author Keywords":java
  11. "Author ORCID":0000-0001-6017-975X
  12. "DOI":10.1109/TPDS.2017.2754366
  13. "Funding Agency":Smithsonian
  14. "IEEE Terms":lasers
  15. "INSPEC Controlled Terms":sensors
  16. "INSPEC Non-Controlled Terms":controls
  17. "ISBN":9780262347051
  18. "ISSN":2169-3536
  19. "Issue":10
  20. "Mesh_Terms":biomedical
  21. "Publication Number":5
  22. "Standards Dictionary Terms":wireless
  23. "Standards ICS Terms":35.240.80
  24. "Standard Number":802.11
  25. "Start Page":1
  26. "End Page":1


In All you can search for keywords, phrases, etc. If you want an exact term, place it between quotation marks.
When searching for the terms computer science java technology, the boolean operator AND will be placed default between the terms.

Select Books and search for the terms: java technology. In the overview of results you can see the number of books that have been found, but also results in the other sections. A means that the book is not fulltext available online.

Search in the section Conferences for Java technology and you get the next results. A means the article is online fulltext available. 

Click Courses to search for the course Java technology. The results show 20 records. None of the courses are free available. Click on a course to pay and get access.

In the section Journals & Magazines search for the title "IEEE Software". The quotation marks ensure that you only find the articles from this journal:

Searching a standard  for Java results in 8 hits:

Fill in the first name and surname in Authors and click on  . It is not possible to search for M*, where * stands for zero, one or more characters (truncation or wildcard). There must be at least three characters: e.g. Mar* or M*rk. The full first name Marko gives the best results.

If you click on a title the next information may appear:


1. Click on this botton for more information about the article, authors, references, etc.
2. Information about :

  • Abstract
  • Authors: authors names and affiliation
  • References : which references the authors use writing this article
  • Citations : which references cite this article
  • Keywords
  • Metrics :  the amount of views for this article and click on Search for Citations in Google Scholar

  • Media

3. Download PDF: read the fulltext article if available
4. Download citation to reference software like EndNote or Mendeley


The result of a search can look like this:

1. Show: All Results: You can choose whether you want to see all results, only the subscriptions or Open Access articles.
2. Download PDFs: you can select a maximum of 10 articles to download the full-text of the articles as a ZIP-file on your computer.
3. Export: Export the search results as a .CSV document, or the citations to eg EndNote, or to Collabratec (online program of IEEE to collect references and become a member of a community.Set a free account)
4. Set Search Alerts: create a free login and create an alert for your search.
5. Sorting your results

Some search tips:

  • Stemming, or searching by word stems: if you search for run, it will automatically also search for running, etc.
    If you don’t wish to use stemming, you can place the search term between double quotation marks: e.g. “run”
  • IEEE Xplore automatically looks for British and American spellings of words: e.g. localization and localisation
  • Searching with a wildcard or asterisk: You can use an asterisk (*) at the beginning, middle or end of a word:
    e.g. Computer* will find Computers and computerize. Asterisk wildcards cannot be used in a full-text search or with the NEAR and ONEAR operators.

More search tips for IEEE Xplore