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INSPEC and COMPENDEX Guide: Search History and Combining Searches

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.

In This Section

Use these links to learn more about what you can do with search results in INSPEC & COMPENDEX.

Search History

A Search History appears for each search done in the database. The Search History appears above the Refine Search Box or can be accessed by clicking on Search History from the top of the search screen.

You can click on any search in the Search History to re-run the search.

Search History

Combining Searches

You can combine previously done searches from the Search History function. Use the box under the Combine Previous Searches heading to enter the item numbers of the searches you wish to combine. The item number must be preceded by a hash mark, #. For example:
#1 and #2.


You can combine the searches using AND, OR, NOT. When combining searches, use parenthesis to specify an order of operation.
(#1 or #2) and #3

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