Report:Inspec/Data Coverage/Subject Coverage
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Each major subject area covered by Inspec is represented by a subfile letter, e.g. documents in physics are collected within subfile A. It is important to note that access tools will sometimes refer to the subfiles as disciplines. The table below contains a breakdown of specific subjects covered within each major discipline:
|Physics (Subfile A)||Elementary particles and fields, atomic, molecular and nuclear physics, phenomenology, fluids, plasmas and electric discharges, condensed matter: structure, thermal and mechanical properties, electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties, cross-disciplinary physics and related areas, geophysics, astronomy and astrophysics.|
|Electrical Engineering & Electronics (Subfile B)||Engineering mathematics, materials science, circuits and circuit theory, components, electron, magnetic and superconducting devices and materials, optical materials and applications, electro-optics and optoelectronics, electromagnetic fields, communications, instrumentation, power systems and applications.|
|Computers & Control (Subfile C)||Management topics, systems and control theory and technology, numerical analysis and theoretical computer topics, computer hardware, software and applications.|
|Information Technology (Subfile D)||Management aspects, applications, systems and equipment, and office automation for communications and computing.|
|Mechanical and Production Engineering (Subfile E)||General topics in manufacturing and production engineering, manufacturing and production, engineering mechanics, and industrial sectors.|
The Subfile letter designation is further split into more specific categories that each file is tagged with in the Classification section of the file. See the Sample Records section for more detailed view of the fields on each file.
Inspec is known as an industry leader in computing, control engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, information technology, and physics, which correspond to the main Subfile rankings for A, B, C, and D. Although some parts of Mechanical Engineering such as Production Technology are covered, there is a wide lack of coverage in this field and this is not a preferred source.
- ↑ "Inspec Prosheet." Dialog website, http://www.dialog.com/prosheets/inspec_prosheet.pdf. Accessed June 8, 2011.