Produced by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Inspec is a comprehensive index to literature in physics, electrical/electronic technology, computing, information technology, control, production and manufacturing engineering. Updated weekly, Inspec provides data from journals, books, reports, dissertations and conference proceedings.

Inspec give you access to the world's scientific and technical literature in the following fields.

  • Physics
  • Electronics
  • Control Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Production Engineering

With Inspec you can uncover research information in specialized areas such as materials science, oceanography, nuclear engineering, geophysics, biomedical engineering, and biophysics.

All Inspec data is supplemented by special subject indexing that aids retrieval and provides valuable subject information about indexed documents.

Database Coverage: 1898 to present

Inspec Archive - Science Abstracts 1898-1968

Inspec now includes the entire collection of Science Abstracts Journals (back to volume one) dating from 1898 to 1968. The Science Abstracts Journals were the precursor to the Inspec database. The subject coverage is:

  • All aspects of physics (originally published as Physics Abstracts).
  • Electrical and electronic engineering (introduced as a separate journal in 1903, and originally published as Electrical and Electronic Abstracts).
  • Computing and control engineering (introduced as a separate journal in 1966, and published initially as Control Abstracts, later renamed to Computer and Control Abstracts).

The Inspec Archive - Science Abstracts contains more than 873,700 records. These records:

  • Contain tables, graphs and figures from original source documents. They also include longer abstracts than the 100-200 word abstracts typical today. These vary in length from half a page to several pages, including diagrams and complex mathematical proofs, because printed copies of source documents were more difficult to obtain.
  • Retain the original value-added indexing and classifications, and include enhancements in the form of the nearest equivalent current Inspec Thesaurus Terms and Inspec Classification Codes.
  • Cover conference proceedings, journals, reports, and dissertations.