Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)

IEEE (Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
Updated 13 March, 2010

[Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL)] [Expert Now]
[IEEE Draft Standards Online] [IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL)]

NEWS: In late January 2010 the IEEE will add approximately 40,000 archive articles from the IET (Institution of Engineering & Technology) to the IEEE Xplore platform  The IEEE Xplore platform is used to access subscriptions to the  following products IEL, POP, ASPP, IEEE Enterprise and more. Subscribers to the complete IEL Database will get full text access to these archive IET articles. Others will see the abstracts only. IEEE Xplore can be found at The IET can be found at

On 31st May 2009 IEEE will add the attached IET (Institution Of Engineering & Technology) legacy content to the IEEE Xplore platform. All users of the Xplore platform will see abstract and indexing information for these titles, those with relevant subscription will also receive access to the full text at no additional subscription cost. (29/5/09)
IEEE sales exclusively through EBSCO from January 1, 2008 (1/8/07)

Technical Contact/s:

IEEE Online Products License Agreement - Academic (April, 2006)
Licence agreement. (March, 2004)
IEL Licence (July 2001 version)

COUNTER-compliant usage reports. (24/1/06)  IEEE is pleased to announce that COUNTER-compliant usage reports will be available soon.  Usage statistics for all IEEE online subscription packages for January 2006 forward will be delivered on a new COUNTER-compliant website.  IEEE has hired a third-party vendor, MPS/IBM, to provide COUNTER-compliant reporting. MPS/IBM will manage the service and host the COUNTER reports which will be available through an improved online interface.
    The same username and password that allows you access the existing IEEE usage site at will authenticate you at the new site.  The URL and additional information will be sent to you in February when the first COUNTER-compliant statistics are available. IEEE has posted December 2005 usage reports at  This will be our final update to this site, however IEEE will continue to maintain the site throughout 2006.
    If you have any questions,  or require a Username & Password to access your statistics Online please contact me on the details below;
Jason Connelly, Senior Account Manager, IHS Australia Pty Limited
P: 61 2 9804 1200 ; F: 61 2 9804 0200 M: 0417 282 156 E:
IEEE Online Usage Reports

Expert Now.
Course catalogue (29/9/08)
2009 offer to CAUL (29/9/08)

IEEE Draft Standards Online Package - offer to CAUL for 2008/2009 (16/5/08)
IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) offer for new & renewing CAUL subscribers for 2009-2010, includes Draft Standards Online (via EBSCO, 5/4/09)
IEEE doesn’t provide trials for Draft Standards. The logic is that as it’s only available to IEL subscribers, and is presented the same way as the IEEE Standards package, a trial would be overkill.

IEEE Xplore
IEL - IEEE Electronic Library

IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) offer for CAUL, 1 July 2010 - 30 June 2011 (via EBSCO, updated 2/3/10)
IEEE Press & Wiley eBook titles available in the January 2010 package for subscription or outright purchase (12/3/10)
IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) offer for new & renewing CAUL subscribers for 2009-2010, includes Draft Standards Online (via EBSCO, 5/4/09)
IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) offer for new CAUL subscribers for 2008-2009 (via EBSCO, 7/5/08)
This file includes the price increase for existing IEL subscribers (Tier 1) for the upcoming 2008/9 period. (31/3/08)
2007–2008 CAUL / CONZUL CONSORTIUM PRICING: IEEE XPLORE - IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) ONLINE (via IHS, 19/6/07)
IEEE/IET titles lists (21/6/07)
2006–2007 CAUL / CONZUL Consortium Pricing: IEEE XPLORE - IEEE/IEE Electronic Library (IEL) ONLINE (via IHS, 6/6/06)
IEEE CAUL pricing for 2005-2006.  (via IHS, 26/5/05)
IEEE subscribers (23) at 18/5/05.
IEEE CAUL pricing for 2004-2005. (via IHS)
List of 21 current subscribers at 29/4/04.
IEEE Xplore CAUL pricing for 2003-2004. (via IHS) Includes list of 18 current subscribers at 10/4/03.
IEEE Xplore CAUL pricing for 2002-2003. (via IHS) Includes list of 13 current subscribers to 30 June 2002.
(Expressions of interest & renewals received for post 30 June 2002)
IEEE/IEE Electronic Library (IEL) - Comprehensive, Highly Cited Information in EE, Computing and more...  Presentation by Joseph Dillon, Director of Sales Administration, IEEE at Monash University, November, 2003.
Proceedings of the IEEE Seminars held November, 2003 at various Australian & New Zealand universities.

The Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL) covers an overlapping but in some cases different set of materials than those found in IEL. Please remember that IEL includes the publications that appear in our printed packages namely, ASPP and the POPs.  Basically, CSDL, produced by the IEEE Computer Society, includes conferences that are not included in the POPs program and therefore are not considered part of the IEL.

Update 24/7/06:
The IEEE Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL) provides:
   Web access to 23 IEEE Computer Society periodicals from 1988 forward
   Includes over 1,700 conference proceedings from 1995 forward
   Anniversary-basis or calendar-year subscriptions
   Powered by the CSLSP-e electronic delivery platform on
   Full-text, searchable HTML format plus PDF
   IP authentication: Every user at your site can access CSLSP-e articles
   No limit on concurrent users
   Electronic access in advance of the periodicals print publications

Further details are available at:  then click on the "Digital Library" link at the top left side of page

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The IEEE Computer Society Digital Library price for a 12 month subscription, with unlimited concurrent users is US$14,795
* Price valid until 30th November  2006.

Update 15/10/02
For 2003, CSDL costs a member approx. $110 US/year. Libraries may subscribe for 2003 for $12,395 US, with discounted consortium rates available.

  • CSDL hosts Computer Society (CS) journal publications starting from 1988 (versus 1988 for IEL) except for IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, which goes back to Volume 1 (published in 1979).
  • CSDL hosts CS conference proceedings starting from 1995 *(versus 1988 for IEL).
  • For 2003, CSDL is limited to 20 Computer Society magazines and transactions *(versus over 105 for IEL, including the 20 of CSDL.
  • Future - CSDL will be exchanging digital library metadata with the ACM. Each digital library will provide links to the other's site.

  • Our digital library is a subset of the larger IEEE packages, but you may have members who are offering only undergraduate programs in computer science or whose budgets can't afford the larger IEEE packages.

    Update 11/8/00
    - CSDL does not cover any IEEE Standards
    - CSDL does not cover any IEE publications (Journals, Conferences, Colloquia)
    - CSDL displays citation information with abstracts FOR FREE TO ALL WEB SURFERS
    *(versus TOCs only for non-members; citations with abstracts limited to subscribers and IEEE members with web accounts)
    - CSDL PDF quality is better: usually distilled from PostScript(PS); Magazines usually in color
    *(versus only the last 18 months-or-so distilled from PS, almost nothing in color, but we're working to replace the old PDFs with good PS PDFs in IEL)
    - Timeliness: issues appear in CSDL first, before they reach IEL for processing and INSPEC for Indexing
    *(IEL must wait for CS to push files to us for processing after CSDL processing complete)
    - Search functions: IEL includes (soon) searchable HTML versions of document   *(versus CSDL's searchable distilled PS PDF files)
    - Future: IEL will include reference linking

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