We recently had a visit from Richard Simms of the IET to talk about the Inspec database:
- Inspec is a bibliographic database for finding details of articles, books etc. containing material from 1968 onwards. It does not have full text but includes the IGetIt button which will allow you to check whether we have access at Swansea.
- Inspec covers Physics, Computing, Electrical & electronics engineering. In recent years it has added mechanical engineering and has records on nanotechnology, biomedical engineering and aerospace engineering.
- Only quality material is covered, mainly peer reviewed journals with a few books, reports and dissertations and 3000 conferences.
- You can restrict your search to particular areas of the database by using their classification scheme http://www.theiet.org/publishing/inspec/about/coverage/index.cfm. To use this go to the Advanced Ovid search tab, click Limits then click the Edit Limits button. This will allow you to add the option to use classification and other limits such as Numeric data. Inspec indexes numeric data to allow comparison of things like heat and measurement which may be expressed in different ways – more information at http://www.theiet.org/publishing/inspec/about/records/numerical/numerical.cfm
- Inspec also has a useful thesaurus under Search tools. The database is indexed by specialists in its subject areas to increase your chances of finding useful information.
Inspec can be found at http://ovidsp.tx.ovid.com/athens/. We find it to be a useful database even for subjects outside its core area, for example biomechanics for sports science. Give it a try and contact us if you need any help at firstname.lastname@example.org reading
Inspec update – information for physics, computing & electronics
Wednesday 28th April 11-12 noon Library PC Room 3 (Just turn up)
Are you making the most of our subscription to Inspec?
Inspec has comprehensive coverage of electronics; computer science; physics; electrical, control, production and mechanical engineering; communications & IT, with significant coverage of operations research, material science, oceanography, engineering mathematics, nuclear engineering, environmental science, geophysics, nanotechnology, biomedical technology and biophysics.
Inspec is a bibliographic database produced by the IET (The Institution of Engineering & Technology) and is highly regarded for the quality of its content and indexing.
Why not see if Inspec has anything relevant to contribute to your research? This workshop (led by Richard Simms from the IET) will enable new users to get started with Inspec and allow existing users to learn new tips for finding information effectively.
If you are interested in Inspec but unable to come to the workshop please let us know and we will try to arrange a repeat session or talk to you individually. You can access Inspec at http://ovidsp.tx.ovid.com/athens/ using your Athens username and password.continue reading