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Getting started

Overview of functionality

  • Searchable library - with over 175,000 downloadable full text journals, magazines, conference articles and eBooks
  • Favourites - allowing you to bookmark content
  • Email alerts - automatically notifying you when new publications are uploaded
  • Sharing options - letting you share links to your favourite articles and publications, via social media networks
  • Shopping cart - allowing you to make multiple purchases and see all costs upfront

Exploring the IET Digital Library

The IET Digital Library is designed to provide quick access to research and engineering literature. You can start exploring the website now - for free.

The IET Digital Library comprises of over 175,000 full text journals, magazines, conference articles and eBooks - including over 70,000 historical documents from the IET's archive, dating back to 1872.

Create a personal account

You don't need to log-in to explore the IET Digital Library, but if you want access to the full range of services – including setting up free email alerts, and saving and purchasing content – it is recommended.

To create your personal account:

  • Click on Register on the right hand side above the login area
  • Fill in your title, name, address, email address and country, as prompted
  • Create a personal username and password
  • Complete the security question
  • Click Register


  • To search the Digital Library, enter keyword(s) into the search-box at the top of the page
  • Hit enter or click Search
  • Content containing references to your keyword(s) will be displayed on a results page, ranked by relevance
  • To search within a piece of content, use the smaller search-box under Tools
  • To help your search, search-boxes will automatically create suggestions based on your keyword(s)

Advanced search

  • To search for specific content, click on Advanced search on the page header

    From Advanced search, you can:
  • Refine your search by entering a document type or searching by publication date
  • Enter the ISSN, ISDN or DOI number
  • Change how your results are displayed

Further exploration

  • Use the 'Journals & Magazines', 'Conferences' and 'eBooks' tabs at the top of the page to browse the Library's titles by publication type
  • Use the 'Subject' tab to view content by subject area

Managing results

  • If you would like a save a publication, eBook or document click on Save search under Tools on the Search results page
  • Tick the box next to search you wish to save
  • Use the 'Save...' dropdown to decide if you want to save the search as an individual item or into a folder
  • Click the orange 'go' button
  • To see the saved searches, click on the Saved searches tab
  • To set up an email alert, simply tick the Receive email alert? box

Viewing, saving and sharing content

  • Select content by clicking on its title and then opening it by clicking on the PDF icon
  • Print or email links to content by using the icons at the foot of the article page

  1. Search bar - Enter keywords to search for content
  2. Advanced Search - Narrow the scope of your search by adding more details into the Advanced Search fields
  3. Register link - Click the link to register
  4. Login link - If you have registered, click here to log in
  5. Help – For Librarian and User help, as well as details on how to register, order products, and for a list of other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  6. Contacts - Click here for the IET’s contact details

Access Key symbols

The Access Key symbols (next to the content) denote the level of access that users are entitled to.

  • Free content - Free, unrestricted, full text content
  • Open access content - Unrestricted content that is available under the Open Access model. Paid for by the author, and free for users
  • Subscribed content - Normally-restricted content that is available as part of your subscription
  • Trial content - Content that is unrestricted for a trial period
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