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INSPEC and COMPENDEX Guide: INSPEC Controlled Terms

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 links to learn about the INSPEC Expert Search function.

INSPEC Controlled Terms

Controlled terms improve INSPEC search efficiency. To select a term, click on the Controlled term link in the Browse Indexes box.

Browse Indexes Box

A new window will open where you can search or browse for controlled subject term(s) that can be linked together using AND or OR. Check the box next to each desired term and close the window when you are finished.


The appropriate search string will display in the Expert Search Term box using wn CV. The search string can be modified to include additional search terms and fields.

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