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INSPEC and COMPENDEX Guide: Author Search

INSPEC covers physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers and computing, robotics, and information technology. COMPENDEX comprehensively covers the broad subject areas of engineering and applied science.

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Use these tips and strategies to help you search INSPEC & COMPENDEX.

Author Search

The INSPEC database does not use authors first names, but only their initials. To search on an author name, enter last name, comma, then a space followed by their initial(s)

For example:
White, A. A.
Brown, A.C.

Author names can be truncated by using the asterisk *, so Jones, A*will return Jones, A.A., Jones, A.B., Jones, A.C., etc.


This strategy can lead to false hits because there are many authors with the same last name and initial. A good strategy when searching for an author is to use the author look-up index. See the Look-Up Indexes section for further details.

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