Report:Inspec/Common Ways to Access/Individual System Details/DialogPRO
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|Are all file specific search fields enabled?||No, Controlled, Uncontrolled, Astronomical and Numerical Indexes among others are unsearchable.|
|Is the Thesaurus for controlled vocabulary accessible?||No.|
|Which search operators are available?||Boolean.|
|Is truncation available?||Yes, both unlimited and limited right truncation operators are available; limited internal truncation operators are available.|
|Graphical or command line interface?||Graphical using drop down menus.|
|What dates are covered?||Inspec 1964-date. Full Inspec Archive not covered.|
DialogPRO is an unlimited access graphical user interface database search tool that has access to Inspec. However, Inspec is only available as part of the General Research search area along with parts of NTIS, PASCAL, and Current Contents, and Inspec cannot be searched by itself with DialogPRO. Individual fields of the Inspec records, therefore, cannot be searched. This includes lack of searching within the Controlled, Uncontrolled, Astronomical, or Numerical Indexes, and Classifications. Presumably the keyword searching would catch terms in those fields, but the accuracy of this is unknown. Additionally, with the General Research tab selected (which searches the Inspec file, along with others),documents can only be searched back to 1964, even though the Dialog Bluesheet information page on Inspec says that Inspec File 2 (the file designation cited by DialogPRO) dates back to 1898.
While left truncation and SLART* retrieved search results in DialogWeb and DialogClassic Web, searches using SLART or left truncation in DialogPRO continuously produced error messages. These results may be due to temporary technical issues with DialogPRO, but searches with right and internal truncations did always produce search results. Therefore, it is possible that DialogPRO doesn't support left truncation or SLART at all.
*SLART stands for Simultaneous Left And Right Truncation.