|The Social Science Research Network or SSRN is an incredible collection of journals on a wide variety of subjects. It's easy to search and best of all it's completely free.|
|For the purpose of my search for prior art related to touch screens let's check out their Information Systems Network section. I can navigate there by following the link in the left sidebar.|
|This takes us to the ISN homepage, but we're looking to search their journals. Click the "Subject Matter" link back in the left sidebar.|
|With touch screens in mind let's search ISN's Technology and Systems eJounal.|
|This takes us to the journals home page.|
|To begin searching follow the link to the eJounal's Electronic Library.|
|Now we're ready to browse the eJournals Digital Library.|
|But don't start your search here, if I search for 'touch screen'...|
|I get no results. Obviously I need search results to search within them.|
Instead click the Search button located tool bar at the top of the page.
|We're finally ready to start our search, let's try 'touch screen' again.|
|Only two results, one is promising but I'm looking for art prior to 2005. Still let's check out the result.|
|Here are the bibliographic and abstract summary of the article. |
It looks very relevant to what I'm searching for though. Let's download it and check the references for possible earlier prior art.
|Since SSRN is free I can download the entire document by following this link just above the article's title.|
Let's open it up...scroll down to the references...
5 great pieces of prior patent art and all before 2004! Like most US Patents, I can easily find and download them at Google Patents. Looks like our one relevant search result wasn't so useless after all.