WISER SCIENCE: Finding References
INSPEC for Physics and Engineering
About INSPEC database
Inspec (Information System for Physics, Electronics, and Computing) is a bibliographic database of international research in the fields of science technology and engineering. The database is produced by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and supplied by FIZ Karlsruhe. It covers the following subjects:
Atomic and Molecular Physics
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Condensed Matter Physics
Computers and Computing
Engineering Mathematics and Materials Science
Fluids, Plasmas and Electric Discharges
Magnetic and Superconducting Materials and Devices
Manufacturing and production engineering
Numerical Analysis and Theoretical Computing
Power Systems and Applications
System and Control Theory
It also includes research published in interdisciplinary subjects such as materials science, geophysics, biomedical engineering, biophysics, and environmental science.
Inspec database contains articles published in scientific journals, conference proceedings, books, technical reports, dissertations and patents (until 1976). Content from about 4200 journals, 20000 reports and dissertations, and about 2000 conferences is indexed and added to the databases each year.
The database includes content from 1969-to date and is updated weekly.
Inspec is used by researchers to find references of published research in their subject field. The database is available via WebSPIRS interface, which allows searching by keyword, as well as browsing using subject Thesaurus and Indexes. The indexes include Classification code, Treatment codes, Chemical Substance Index, Numerical Data Index, and Astronomical Object Index. In addition to this there are also Author and Journal Title Indexes.
Tutorial on searching INSPEC database
This is a step by step guide to searching Inspec database using
Advanced Search screen. Online tutorial is located on the Introduction
page. Please take a short time to run a example search if you are
not familiar with ERL WebSPIRS 5 interface.
INSPEC Advanced Search
It is recommended that you use the Advanced Search screen
to be able to conduct a specific search on your topic using
alternative keywords, the thesaurus and indexes available.
This is an Inspec record of a journal article.
This is an Inspec record of a Conference Proceeding paper
Contact us if you want more information and advice on how to use Inspec to find reference in your subject field. You may want to book further sessions for individual or group training.
Ljilja Ristic, MScChem PG LIS MCLIP
Physical Sciences Librarian Subject Consultant
Radcliffe Science Library,