Inspec and Inspec Archive search fields

You can search on the following fields in the Inspec and Inspec Archive databases.

All Fields

Using the default All fields in the Quick Search drop-down retrieves results from the following fields, or you can select them from the drop-down:

Abstract* CODEN* Publisher*

Accession Number

Conference information* Source title*
Astronomical Indexing Inspec Controlled term* Subject/Title/Abstract*
Author* ISBN Title*
Author Affiliation* ISSN* Uncontrolled term

Chemical Indexing

Material Identity Number*  
Classification code* Numerical Indexing  

* Directly searchable in both Quick and Expert Search.

** Directly searchable only in Expert Search.

Tip Click any of the linked fields above to jump directly to descriptions and examples of that field found below. Click Back in the Help navigation bar to return to the top at any time.

Additional fields can be searched using the Expert Search. These fields are provided at the end of this topic.

Also, all examples below using "wn" followed by a field code (e.g., wn AB) are Expert Search examples.

Abstract

Search Abstract to find terms in the Abstract field. To search for an exact phrase, enclose it in braces or quotation marks:

Example "solar energy"
{graphical user interface}
(gold or fe) wn AB

To search for documents related to computers or computing, type comput* wn ab.

Note The asterisk ( * ) does not work in a phrase search.

Accession Number

The accession number is a unique number assigned to each record in Inspec and Compendex. It is only displayed in the detailed record format. Accession Number is searched by itself in Expert Search:

Example 11414022 wn AN

Astronomical Indexing

Astronomical Object designations have been indexed in the Astronomical Object field back to 1995. It allows named or numbered objects to be retrieved more efficiently. Three types of designations exist:

Detailed information about Astronomical Object indexing can be found at the IET website at http://www.theiet.org/resources/inspec/about/records/astronomicalindexing.cfm. Astronomical Indexing is searched by itself in Expert Search.

Author

Inspec does not use authors' first names, but only their initials. The database also includes any suffixes appended to the name. To search on an author name, enter last name, comma, then a space, initial(s) and suffix (if any):

Example White, A. A.

Brown, A.C., Jr.

Author names can be truncated by using an asterisk (*) as a truncation symbol.

Example Jones, A* retrieves
Jones, A. A
Jones, A. B.
ones, A. C
Jones, A. D. III
Jones, A. D. R. 
Jones, A. D. W.,
Jones, A. D.
Jones A. E, etc.

Be aware that this strategy may lead to false hits because there are many authors with the same last name and first initial. Use of the Author Browse Index is strongly recommended in order to make selections from all the possible variations on an author's name.

Note that only authors whose names are presented in the format given are retrieved. For instance, searching on Templeton, D.D. does not retrieve articles with the author cited as Templeton, D.

Note The asterisk ( * ) does not work in a phrase search.

If a single term is entered as an author name, all forms of that name will be retrieved, e.g., entering Fisch retrieves articles by all of the following:

Fisch, A.

Fisch, A. M.

Fisch, B.

Fisch, B. J.

Fisch, C.

Fisch, C. B.

Fisch, D.

Fisch, D. E.

Fisch, E.

Fisch, E. A.

Fisch, E. E.

Fisch, E. F.

To further refine this search, add the truncation symbol after the first initial.

Fisch, E* retrieves:

Fisch, E.

Fisch, E. A.

Fisch, E. E.

Fisch, E. F.

When records are displayed, author names are linked. Click an author link to retrieve records with that author from the entire date range of the database.

Author Affiliation

The institutional affiliation at the time of publication is given for the first author of each record as given in the journal if it can be determined from the source document. The affiliation includes the name, city, state, and country of the organization where applicable. In some cases, more than one level of the organization is cited as well.

As variations and abbreviations may have been used, it is a good idea to use the Author Affiliation Browse Index.

Chemical Indexing

The Chemical Indexing field is a system of controlled indexing for inorganic substances and material systems. Chemical Indexing is searched by itself in Expert Search.

Every significant substance in a record is given one of three basic role indicators:

Some substances may be assigned special roles. These are:

Detailed information about Chemical Indexing can be found at the IET website at http://www.theiet.org/resources/inspec/about/records/chemicalindexing.cfm.

Classification Code

The Inspec Classification is divided into five areas:

The single letter and following 4 digits indicate the levels of classification. The letter (A, B, C, D, or E) represents the discipline area. The most general level is represented by the first digit. The second level is represented by the second digit, etc.

Example A4000 Fundamental areas of phenomenology
A4200 Optics
A4255 Lasing processes
A4255N Fibre lasers and amplifiers 

See http://www.theiet.org/resources/inspec/about/coverage/index.cfm for more details.

CODEN

CODEN are 6-character representations of source titles. They can be used to limit results to a specific journal. CODEN can be found in Inspec's List of Journals, Ulrich's Periodicals Directory and CASSI: Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index. You can also find a journal's CODEN at the abstract and detailed level of a record.

Conference Information

Conference information includes the name, date, location, and sponsor of a conference.

Controlled Term (Inspec)

The controlled vocabulary used to index records in Inspec can be found in the Inspec Thesaurus available online. These terms can also be browsed in the Inspec Controlled-Term Browse Index.

These terms also appear inked in the abstract and detailed record format. Click any of these to retrieve additional records on that subject spanning the default time period of the database.

ISBN (International Standard Book Number)

The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a formerly 10-, now 13-digit number that uniquely identifies a specific title and edition of a monograph or monographic series. It can be used to find chapters from the same monograph or papers from the same conference. The ISBN appears at the abstract or detailed level of a record. An ISBN is searched individually according to the specific search code in Expert Search.

Example 978-0-87339-255-8 wn BN

ISSN (International Standard Serial Number)

The International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) is a standardized international alphanumeric code that is a unique and precise identifier for a serial publication. The format of the ISSN is an eight-digit number, divided by a hyphen into two four-digit numbers. The last digit, which may be 0-9 or an X, is a check digit. It can be used to limit search results to a specific journal or serial conference proceeding. It can be searched with or without the hyphen. The ISSN is displayed in abstract and detailed formats. There may be an E-ISSN displayed, which is assigned to the electronic version of a serial publication.

Material Identity Number (1996 - present)

This field contains an internal Inspec code uniquely identifying the publication issue for serials or the entire publication for non-serials. It can be used to find papers from a specific issue of a journal once at least one paper from that issue is located. It can also be used to find all the papers from conference proceedings or chapters from a book.

Example "O646-2002-002" wn MI

Numerical Indexing

Numerical data indexing standardizes the way values are expressed by the authors within their papers.

Example 32 megawatts may be cited as:
32 M W
32000 kW
32 MWatts, etc. 

Numerical data indexing is composed of three elements:

Detailed information about Numerical Data Indexing can be found at the IET web site at http://www.theiet.org/resources/inspec/about/records/numericalindexing.cfm. Numerical Indexing is searched by itself in Expert Search.

Publisher

Search on the Publisher field to identify publishers or find the journals published by a particular publisher. Be sure to look for all versions of a publisher's name. To do so, it is helpful to refer to the Publisher Browse Index.

Example American Institute of Physics can appear as:
AIP
AIP Press
American Inst. Phys 
 

Source Title

Search on the Source Title field if you want to identify source titles, such as journals, monographs, or conference proceedings, from your area of study.

Example Searching for polymer* retrieves citations whose sources will include:
Polymers for Advanced Technologies
Journal of Applied Polymer Science

To search for a specific source title, enclose the title in braces or quotation marks.

Example {X-Ray Spectrometry}
"Journal of X-Ray Science and Technology"

As variations of source title names sometimes appear, it is a good idea to use the Source Title Browse Index. The look-up index also includes monographs and conference titles.

Subject/Title/Abstract

Searching for Subject/Title/Abstract retrieves results from any of the following fields: Abstract, Title, Controlled terms, or Uncontrolled terms.  

Title

To search for specific terms within the title, search on the Title field. Words in a title are often indicators of the main focus of the article. For example, "radio frequency" in the title likely finds articles where radio frequency is an important aspect of the article.

All titles in Inspec are in English.

Uncontrolled Term

Uncontrolled terms, also known as free language terms, are additional subject terms assigned by indexers. These terms are not selected from the Inspec Thesaurus, but can reflect new expressions and terminology used in a particular discipline. These terms allow for further specificity in indexing that is not available using controlled vocabulary. Uncontrolled terms may subsequently become part of Inspec's controlled vocabulary. Uncontrolled Term is searched by itself in Expert Search.

Example {irregular media} wn FL
"stationary phase methods" wn FL

Additional fields

Searching All fields in a Quick Search also retrieves results from these additional fields. The information appears when you view the details of a document in the Detailed view.

Use Expert Search to search these additional fields directly in the Inspec database:

See Expert search fields and field codes for descriptions of these fields.

 

 

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