Searching the Inspec Thesaurus

This search aid allows you to select one or more terms to add to your search query. Each Inspec record is indexed in the product using controlled terms selected from the Inspec Thesaurus to help you find the records you need in your search. The thesaurus shows:

  • The relationships between terms,
  • The dates on which the terms were added to the thesarus and the terms in use before these given dates, and
  • A listing of controlled terms and cross reference terms.

See Inspec Thesaurus Details for more detailed information about the Inspec Thesaurus.


Find Option

  1. Enter a word or phrase in the text box. Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) and wildcards (* ? $) are permitted.

  2. Click the Find button to go to a list of terms that contain the characters that you entered.

  3. Click the Add button to select an item from the list. The selected item is added to the text box at the bottom of the page.

  4. Click OK to transfer the selected item(s) to the Search page.


Browse Inspec Thesaurus Hierarchy Option

  • Click the View in Hierarchy View in Hierarchy icon icon to view the term in the context of the thesaurus hierarchy.

  • Click the View Thesaurus Details View Thesaurus Details icon icon to view details about the thesaurus term. These details include references to broader terms, narrower terms, and related terms.

  • Click the Expand Term Expand Term icon icon to display narrower thesaurus terms.


  • capacitor*
  • superlattice* OR quantum well*
  • computer* AND imag*