Resource of the Month
June 2007

Each month WSU Libraries' Department of Collection Development features a "Resource of the Month" designed to highlight some of the library's new, interesting, under-used, large, unique, or otherwise noteworthy collections and resources.  You can learn more about the "Resource of the Month" on this website, from the display in the reference area, by attending a workshop (if available), or by contacting the Reference Desk at 978-3584.

If you are interested in learning more about a previous "Resource of the Month," check the archive.

Compendex & Inspec

Together Compendex and Inspec from Engineering Village 2 provide online information and support to engineering researchers, faculty, and students.  Search a broad range of topics within the engineering, scientific, technical, and applied science disciplines.  The combined database begins coverage in 1969 and is updated weekly. 

Upcoming Workshops

Compendex & Inspec
Workshops in Room 217
June 13 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday
June 19 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Tuesday

The workshop is free and although registration is not necessary to attend, it helps assure there are enough handouts.  For more information or to register, contact William Baer, Engineering Librarian at or 978-5082. 

How Do I Access Compendex and Inspec?

There is a link on the WSU Libraries' website under Electronic Resources / Electronic Databases.  You have the option of looking for it under the subject links or the alphabetic links (  If you are accessing Compendex and Inspec from off-campus you will be prompted to enter your myWSU ID number and password for authentication purposes.

Why Should I Use Compendex and Inspec?

Engineering researchers, faculty and students can search Compendex and Inspec together or separately on Ei Engineering Village2.  Both serve as a resource for current awareness, industry trends and forecasts, new technology information, and competitive intelligence.  They are updated weekly, each with over 35 years of literature.

Compendex provides access to worldwide engineering literature with nine million records that reference more than 5,000 scholarly journals, conference proceedings, and trade magazines.  It includes international literature published in over 80 countries and in multiple languages.  Subject coverage includes:  general engineering, mechanical engineering, mining engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, and civil engineering.

Inspec provides extensive coverage of scientific and technical literature in the fields of electrical engineering, electronics, computer science, and physics.  It is produced by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).  Inspec is comprised of over 9 million records in the form of conference proceedings, scientific and technical journals, reports dissertations, and books.  Subject coverage includes:  physics; information technology; electronics and electrical; computing and control; and manufacturing and production.

Features of Compendex and Inspec

  • Spans over 37 years of literature
  • Record de-duplication
  • Over 5,600 journals and conference proceedings indexed each year
  • Publications from over 55 countries
  • Over 400,000 records added annually

Related Websites

For assistance with Compendex or Inspec, contact Wichita State University Libraries' Research Services Desk at 978-3584.

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