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  • Engineering Village – vendor that hosts INSPEC, Compendex, and National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
  • *Quick Search is the default home pageSearch options:Easy search comparable to Google-type search: single search area, nothing else. Quick search gives several search field options (database, search for/in fill-in fields, limiters – document type, treatment type Expert Search - Search Codes: define the fields in which you would like the key words to be searched by using the field code.

    1. 1. INSPEC<br />Powering Quality Research©<br />
    2. 2. About inspec<br />Major indexing database of scientific and technical literature, published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)<br />The definitive database for <br /><ul><li>Physics
    3. 3. Computers & control
    4. 4. Information technology
    5. 5. Mechanical & production engineering
    6. 6. Electrical Engineering & Electronics </li></ul>Plus coverage of cross-disciplinary subjects such as biomedical physics, oceanography, nanotechnology and material science. <br />Information taken from and<br />
    7. 7. Key features<br />Comprehensive coverage - nearly 12 million records in the fields of electronics, computer science, physics, electrical, control, production and mechanical engineering.<br />Content - indexing and abstracts of articles selected from nearly 5000 scientific and technical journals (1600 of which are indexed from cover to cover), some 2500 conference proceedings, as well as numerous books, reports and dissertations.<br />Specialized subject indexing by experts that retrieves accurate and extensive results.<br />Web links to the original article (where available) - currently 70 per cent of journal articles<br />Information taken from<br />
    8. 8. Broad scope & coverage<br />675,000 new records added each year<br />More than 1,000 different publishers abstracted, including society publishers such as IEEE and SPIE and commercial publishers such as Elsevier, Springer and government agencies<br />Global, peer-reviewed material in publications from more than 68 countries from both English and non-English sources.<br />Full text linking via Digital Object Identifiers (DOI’s) (80% of current material)<br />Optional Archive with fully searchable access to over 70 years of research in science engineering and technology, dating from 1898 - 1968. <br />Information taken from<br />
    9. 9. Getting there<br />From the ULS home page (, INSPEC can be accessed through either<br /><ul><li>‘Find Articles’ tab -> locate databases by title -> choose ‘I’ from alphabetical list </li></ul>or<br /><ul><li>‘Find Articles’ tab -> locate databases grouped by subject -> INSPEC listed under the following subjects: Computer Science, Engineering, Chemistry, History & Philosophy of Science, and Physics</li></ul>Once selected from either search method, the database description page will display the link: CONNECT to the database<br />
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    11. 11. Using inspec<br /><ul><li>Search options: Easy, Quick, and Expert
    12. 12. Easy Search
    13. 13. Similar to a Google search: Simple, straightforward…Easy!
    14. 14. Quick Search
    15. 15. Browse Indexes
    16. 16. Select Database
    17. 17. Search For & Search In
    18. 18. Limit By
    19. 19. Sort By
    20. 20. Expert Search
    21. 21. Browse Indexes
    22. 22. Select Database
    23. 23. Enter Search Terms box
    24. 24. Search From & Sort By
    25. 25. Search Codes”
    26. 26. Search Tips</li></li></ul><li>Inspec Search options<br />
    27. 27. INSPEC Search Results<br />Results Manager<br /><ul><li>Select a range of search results – Choose the number of results and type of format for a more comprehensive review</li></ul>Search Results <br /><ul><li>Remove Duplicates
    28. 28. Save Search
    29. 29. RSS feed
    30. 30. Sort by (Relevance, Date, Author)</li></ul>Refine Results<br /><ul><li>View Chart
    31. 31. Download Data</li></li></ul><li>Inspec Extras<br />Tags & Groups<br /><ul><li>View and Sort</li></ul>Thesaurus<br /><ul><li>Compendex and INSPEC only
    32. 32. Enter Term as Search, Exact Term, or Browse</li></ul>Ask An Expert<br />Search History<br />Help!<br />
    33. 33. Let’s try inspec!<br />For further assistance or questions concerning this presentation, please contact:<br />Jessica Smith<br />Reference Librarian<br />Hillman Library<br />University of Pittsburgh<br /> <br />