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Inspec's new search platform incorporates leading web technologies and services that meets the needs of our customers in an era of information overload, thus increasing information ‘findability'. This new powerful search engine is combined with intuitive search interfaces that cater for both novice and expert searchers.

  • 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.

Key functionality

Browse Indexes
A valuable search feature that aids retrieval and innovation.

Limit searches
Limit searches by a wide variety of fields including publication date, document type, treatment code, subject area, language and only those articles that are available online.

Search via hyperlinks
Initiate a new search by clicking on various field terms such as author names, corporate sources, classification codes and thesaurus terms.

Results options

  • Sort by relevance ranking, publications date, accession number, document type, author name.
  • Search only within the previous results.
  • Export results using a wide range of download formats that enable easy import to personal bibliographic databases for further analyses.
  • Save results and search history to folders for future use.
  • Email results to colleagues.

Full-text links
For all articles for which a DOI (Digital Object identifier) has been assigned.

The latest records can be sent to you via e-mail or RSS (for those with IP address access) to keep you abreast of your subject field.

Inspec Search Aids
Browse and search the Inspec Thesaurus, Classification and List of Journals to help you improve your search techniques and hone results.

  • Inspec Thesaurus
    Browse and search over 10,000 controlled vocabulary terms and 8,000 synonyms, with the ability to import a particular term with all its narrower terms into your search strategy.
  • Inspec Classification
    Determine those codes that will confine your search to a broad subject area to guarantee highly relevant results.
  • Inspec List of Journals
    Search and browse nearly 5,000 current and previous titles of serials indexed by Inspec.

Extensive context sensitive help screens, plus additional training materials, tutorials and guides.

Personalisation features - "My Inspec"
To set up your search preferences, save your search strategies and results to folders for future reference, share with others, create combined searches from previous saved search history, and create alert services.

Content and coverage

  • Physics
  • Electrical & electronic engineering
  • Communications
  • Computer science
  • Control Engineering
  • Information technology

Powerful functionality 

  • Statistical analysis
  • Graphing tools
  • COUNTER compliant reports
  • OpenURL support
  • MetaSearch capability
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