eResource of the month: IET Inspec database (being trialled during February – March 2023)

Each month we spotlight one of our databases to highlight the range of resources available to our users. This month, Science Faculty Librarian Colin Theakston turns the spotlight on a database we have on trial.

Our status as a research active university means that we are frequently approached by data-providers who are keen to have us trial their databases, obviously they do this as they are hoping we might subscribe to their product.  Truth be told, if the feedback is good enough we often do!

Over the months of February and March we are trialling the Institute of Engineering & Technology’s (IET)  Inspec database.  So, hopefully many of our science scholars will look this database over.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your next science-based research project or compiling a literature review of your chosen field, your journey could include Inspec, a leading Engineering and Physics research database.

So please do give Inspec a once over as it is a subject-specific, interdisciplinary research tool used by science-based practitioners. It contains over 20 million records of research literature focussed around four main subject areas:

  • Physics
  • Electrical Engineering and Electronics
  • Computing
  • Mechanical and Production Engineering.

Each of these main subjects contains numerous sub-sections.

If you are doing a science-based project during February and March this year, why not try using IET Inspec?

Feel free to send me feedback on this trial database via my email (

And remember,  if the feedback is sufficiently glowing we might just take out a subscription!  See, you can make a difference!

Remember to look at the link “Temporary Trials of New Databases” on the library page for new database trial details.

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