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INSPEC provides access to the published literature in physics, electrical/electronic engineering, computing, control engineering and information technology. Its print counterparts are : Physics Abstracts, Electrical and Electronics Abstracts, Computer and Control Abstracts. The database is designed to assist engineers, scientists and others to:

  • locate relevant journal articles, conference papers and other documents in response to specific queries
  • maintain a continuing awareness of the latest published information in any particular field (within the above disciplines)



The database covers the time span 1898 to present. An alternative source, available online, is PROLA covering the complete set of articles published in Physical Review (1893- ). In general, the database offers the customer bibliographic records with abstracts and full details of the source document which can be located by using the CERN Library catalogue or obtained via our interlibrary loan service.

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