Wednesday, March 14, 2007

TRIAL: Inspec on Engineering Village

We have a trial of Inspec on Engineering Village until 27th April 2007.

To access Inspec go the
Engineering Village. The default search covers Inspec, Compendex and Referex (a collection of engineering e-books). Off-campus, login to Athens and then follow the link to Engineering Village.

Inspec is the leading English-language bibliographic information service providing access to the world's scientific and technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers, computing, information technology, manufacturing, production and mechanical engineering.

We subcribed to Inspec until 2003. Since then we have subscribed to several full-text resources in this area, most notably the IEEE/IET Electronic Library and the SPIE Digital Library.

If you try Inspec, please leave a comment below.


Sergio said...

Inspec is quite valuable for my research, as many important papers are publised in SPIE and IEEE.

Terry Bucknell said...

Sergio, but you can search IEL and the SPIE Digital Library (and get the full-text) so why do you want to search Inspec to find IEEE and SPIE papers? BTW, the IEEE are digitising their backfiles and during the course of 2007 we'll get access to around 60 of their titles back to Volume 1. By next session we should have a system that will allow you to cross-search IEL and SPIE (and Scopus and WoK and...) so do you really need Inspec too?

Robert said...

Some quick searches (and even quicker check of the results) reveal the size of the digital libraries is quite different -- the IEEE DL gets 207 hits for "text mining" whereas Inspec gets 1257, IEEE gets ~6000 for "data mining" whereas Inspec gets ~36000.

In terms of coverage then, inspec looks quite valuable.

Terry Bucknell said...

By the start of next academic session we hope to have MetaLib up and running which will allow to you to cross-search several resources at once. It would be interesting to compare Inspec with a cross-search of, say, Web of Science, Scopus, ScienceDirect, IEEE and SPIE and see how much additional stuff Inspec comes up with - and if it is the sort of stuff that is possible to get your hands on. When we used to subscribe to Inspec we found that the low level of usage didn't justify the cost, much as we recognised the intrinsic quality of the database.