Report:Inspec/Data Coverage/Document Types Indexed

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Document Types Indexed

The documents available in Inspec fall into general categories of journals, books (monographs), conferences, dissertations, patents, reports, and unpublished papers. A large percentage of the database is composed of around 5,000 journals dating back to 1968[1] and also including the three Science Abstracts print publications dating back to 1898: Physics Abstracts, Electrical and Electronics Abstracts, and Computer and Control Abstracts. The Science Abstracts were print publications started in 1898 as a venture by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and the Physical Society of London. The IEE eventually in part became what is now the producer of Inspec, the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Around 1,600 of the journals contain abstracts and full indexing for every record in each journal.[2]

In 2011, Inspec added bibliographic coverage of video presentations from to the database, and bibliographic data and links on around 2,000 videos will be added to Inspec by the end of 2011.[3] Inspec also added coverage of metadata for 186 Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) journals in 2011.[4]


  1. "Inspec and Inspec Archive." Engineering Information website, Accessed on June 8, 2001.
  2. "INSPEC Product Sheet on Ovid." Ovid website, Accessed on June 8, 2011.
  3. "Inspec Announces Video Indexing and Links." IET email news, Accessed October 20, 2011.
  4. "Inspec Signs Agreement to Index Japan Science and Technology Agency Journals." IET Inspec email, Accessed October 20, 2011.
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