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INSPEC Now on the Campus Network

INSPEC journals include:
  • Physical Review A-E
  • Physical Review Letters
  • JETP (Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics)
  • Superconductor Science and Technology
  • Journal of Physics A-G
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry
  • Journal de Physique (all sections)
  • Zeitschrift fur Physik A-D
  • Physics in Medicine and Biology
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Computers and the Humanities
  • Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems
  • International Journal of Computer Vision
  • Chaos
  • Chemical Physics
INSPEC is now available on the campus network. The database is the electronic version of the following printed abstracts: Physics Abstracts, Electrical and Electronics Abstracts, and Computer and Control Abstracts. Previously available only on CD-ROM workstations in Crerar Library and Eckhart Library, this electronic resource is now accessible from any networked workstation, on- or off-campus. Produced by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and vended in the U.S. by the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), INSPEC provides a wide variety of information of interest to physicists, engineers, information specialists, researchers, and scientists.

Topics include physics, astrophysics, chemical physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computer science and computer engineering, and information technology. Journals, books, dissertations, conference proceedings, symposia, and technical reports are among the printed materials indexed.

The database contains over five million records and is updated weekly. Coverage of INSPEC is extensive and spans 1969 to the present. The database may be searched by author, author affiliation, conference title, descriptors and identifiers (subject headings), ISSN/ISBN, report number, title keywords, and publication date.

Faculty and students can connect to INSPEC by selecting it from any Library web page which has a link included on it, including the Science Libraries Division Home Page on LibInfo, at ..Libraries/Science/>, which lists INSPEC and provides numerous links to other research resources. No password or ID is required when logging in through LibInfo from a University of Chicago network connection. Users are requested to logoff when finished with their searches, in order to free their search sessions for other users.

For more information, for assistance using INSPEC, or to schedule a Library instruction session for graduate or undergraduate students on how to most effectively search INSPEC, contact Fritz Whitcomb, Librarian for Networked Resources, Crerar Library, at, or 702-8552.