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Introduction to the OVID bibliographic database

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Introduction to OVID

OVID is a searchable bibliographic collection of engineering related materials in multiple disciplines. The OVID collection is composed of two databases, Inspec and Compendex*Plus. The Grainger Engineering Library Information Center offers Web access to OVID for faculty, staff, and students of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Note: Items referenced in Compendex and/or Inspec are not necessarily contained in the UIUC library system, although the University library does own most of the material cited. References from Compendex and Inspec not available at the UIUC library can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Database Coverage

Compendex*Plus

Compendex*Plus is the electronic version of Engineering Index, produced by Engineering Information, Inc. Make use of Compendex primarily for resources and citations in chemical, civil, industrial, and mechanical engineering; energy technology and materials science. Although Compendex contains some materials in physics, computer science, and electrical engineering, such subject areas and related references are primarily contained in the INSPEC database.

Compendex contains over 1.7 million references to conference proceedings, conference papers, books, technical reports, engineering society publications, and journal articles. Compendex indexes approximately 2,600 publications and updates to the database are made monthly. Full bibliographic records including abstracts are available for most citations.

INSPEC

INSPEC is produced by the Institution of Electrical Engineers in Great Britain (IEE), and is the electronic equivalent of three abstract publications: Physics Abstracts, Electrical and Electronics Abstracts, Computer and Control Abstracts. INSPEC provides comprehensive coverage of research literature in physics, astronomy, electrical engineering and electronics, computer science, control technology, communications and information technology, and computers.

INSPEC consists of three sections (May 1995 to January 1997; January 1987 to April 1995; and 1987-Present) which can not be searched concurrently. However, a search strategy performed in one database can be repeated in another INSPEC database. The program will query as to whether or not the user would like a previous search strategy repeated when changing databases.

INSPEC contains over 2.1 million references to conference proceedings, conference papers, books, technical reports, engineering society publications, dissertations, and journal articles. INSPEC indexes approximately 4,000 publications and updates to the database are made monthly. Full bibliographic records including abstracts are available for most citations.

Search Capabilities

Compendex and Inspec both allow for general searches on the author/authors, monograph or article title, journal title, and keyword or keywords. Keyword or phrase search is the default option, while author, title, and journal title searches are accessable by clicking the icons at the top of the screen.
Other fields that can be searched include; abstract, accession number, article designator, classification code, conference information, entry week, floating subheading, heading word, ISBN, ISSN, identifier, institution, journal word, language, publication type, publisher, source description, sponsor, subject headings, and year of publication. To search these fields, simply click the search fields icon at the top of the screen.

There are also icons at the top of the screen for limiting and/or combining searches that retrieve a large number of records. To combine two or more searches, simply click the combine icon at the top of the screen then select the desired combination of searches by clicking the open box to the left of each search in the displayed table. To limit a search, simply click the limit icon at the top of the screen and the database presents the options of limiting by year, language, publication type, and/or treatment code.

OVID displays retrieved search results in either short citation format, abstracts, or complete record format. Records can then be printed, e-mailed, or saved on a diskette.

Web vs. Telnet

The Grainger Engineering Library Information Center offers a Web version of OVID and a Telnet version of OVID for UIUC faculty, staff, and students. OVID is available for access from any computers on the UIUC campus, including most dial-in and ISDN connections to the campus.

The Web and Telnet versions of OVID offer the same material for users, the major distinction is in the interface. The Telnet version may be faster (especially during busy times of the day such as 1-4pm) than the Web version, but requires more knowledge of the Ovid command language The Web version offers a simpler and more intuitive search interface for the user. Either version of OVID is a quality bibliographic research tool that is recommended for research needs in engineering and/or computer science and related subject areas.

OVID Training

Additional questions or requests for OVID training should be addressed to enginlib@uiuc.edu or call the GELIC Reference Desk at 244-7826.

Connect to OVID via the Web or Telnet


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