Inspec is a major indexing database of scientific and technical literature, published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology(IET) ,UK, and formerly by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE),.
INSPEC is bibliographic database that provides access to abstracts and indexing to the world's scientific and technical papers in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computing, information technology, manufacturing, production, and mechanical engineering.
Data validation and checking
Inspec is one of the most respected databases in the information business, and this reputation is due largely to the quality of the indexing.
indexers are subject specialists
include not only the usual Thesaurus Term and Classification Code indexes, but also the Uncontrolled Index Terms, Treatment codes, Chemical Substance Indexing, Numerical Data Indexing and Astronomical Object Indexing.
Inspec prides itself not only on the provision of rigorous indexing, but also strives to achieve the quality and integrity of all the data.
Containing nearly 10 million records, Inspec provides coverage from over 3,800 journals and serials are scanned of which 750 are abstracted cover-to-cover.
20,586 U.S. and U.K. patents published between 1968 and 1976.
3,000 conference proceedings, dissertations, patents and reports.
1898 to date
Who should use Inspec?
Benefits of using Inspec
Document Types Indexed
Books and Monographs
Conferences, Symposia, Meetings
Theses and Dissertations
There are five main subjects covered by the Inspec database:
2. electrical engineering and electronics
3.computers and control
4. information technology for business
5.mechanical and production engineering
Outline of Inspec classification
Section A - Physics
A00 General A10 The physics of elementary particles and fields A20 Nuclear physics A30 Atomic and molecular physics A40 Fundamental areas of phenomenology A50 Fluids, plasmas and electric discharges A60 Condensed matter: structure, thermal and mechanical properties A70 Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties A80 Cross-disciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology A90 Geophysics, astronomy and astrophysics
Inspec treatment codes
Inspec assigns treatment codes to indicate the approach taken to a subject by the author of a source document. Treatment codes are especially useful where a search has produced a large number of documents on the required subject. Treatment codes offer a means of selecting those records which are most relevant. DIALOG's online thesaurus feature is available to assist searchers in determining appropriate subject terms and codes.
Treatment codes used A Applications assigned when a document describes the actual technique, computer program or physical effect where some specific application is described or envisaged. B Bibliography or literature survey indicates documents containing a bibliography or significant number of references. E Economic aspects or market survey applied where the document deals with some economic or commercial aspects, eg cost, pricing, market forecast, etc G General or review article this code distinguishes documents which give an overall view of a subject. It includes general approaches, overviews, state-of-the-art reviews and introductory articles N New developments used where a claim of novelty, in the patent sense, might be made
What is an Inspec record?
Each record contains enough information to enable searchers to pin-point the content that they need for their research.
Each record in Inspec contains an English-language title and a descriptive abstract together with full bibliographic details. These include the author's name and affiliation and the publication title.
Quick search : Allows the user to enter words and phrases into a text box
Advanced search : Allows the user to perform complex searches using keyword search and browsing in specific fields, using Boolean operators, truncation, refine search, setting limit parameters and sorting results.
Expert search : Command language for expert searchers that allows a high degree of search sophistication and flexibility