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Recent JPL Publications

A new page has been added to the BEACON web site: “Recent JPL Publications.”  This page list papers published by JPL staff members during the most four weeks, links to full text articles are provided whenever possible.

The references are gathered from the Web of Science database. In addition to this page, JPL Library also maintains a “JPL Authors Database”, where journal and meeting papers from JPL authors from 2000 on can be found.

If you have questions or comments about the Recent JPL Publications page, the JPL Authors Database, or Web of Science, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200, or email

CFR Covering NASA Link Available From BEACON

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) annual edition is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government.  Title 14, Aeronautics and Space, covers NASA. A direct link can be found on the BEACON Search Page, under Specialized Database.

Compendex Covers More Engineering Conferences

Compendex, the database for references in engineering and technology journal and meeting papers, has expanded its coverage for more conference proceedings. According to the publisher’s news release, it has added more than 1,000 conference titles, 6,000 conference events, and more than 400,000 conference papers from 2005 to the present!

For the past four to five years, conference papers account for about half of all references added to the Compendex database.  This conference-based content focused on disciplines such as engineering, computer science and some aspects of physics, where authors tend to present their findings at major conferences and move on, without submitting papers to academic journals.  More conferences took place outside the United States, especially those in Europe and Australia, have been added, broadening the international coverage of Compendex.

For more information about Compendex or any other JPL Library resource, please contact the Library at ext 4-4200, email, or leave a comment below.

Women Making History

Do you know who was Augusta Ada Byron? Valentina Tereshkova? Ruby Payne-Scott? Do you want to encourage more women in science and technology fields? March is Women’s History Month. Here is a list of electronic books on women in science, technology and leadership.  They can be downloaded and moved to your mobile devices for personal reading. If you want to recommend some of these books to your colleagues, please ask them to download the books themselves.

There are additional printed books on women in the various scientific and technology fields, and leadership and management skills for women in the workplace.  Come to the Hub (111-104) to see a current display and check out the books.