During February, UTC Library is experimenting with trials of two databases – one geared toward Engineering students and the other toward Accounting students.

Currently, the UTC Library subscribes to Compendex via Engineering Village; however, low usage and high costs to subscribe are making it necessary to review whether Compendex is the best choice of online database for the UTC Engineering Department. In preparation, the UTC Library has been reviewing available and applicable online resources for engineering with the idea that a competing product will be trialed alongside Compendex so that both resources can be compared. Inspec, via Engineering Village, has been chosen for trial and review.

Title: Inspec
Coverage: Abstract and Indexing (no full-text)
Description: Inspec is an engineering and computer science literature database from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK). It contains 13 million records from nearly 5,000 journals and 2,500 conference proceedings. While Compendex covers all of engineering; Inspec focuses on physics and computer science in addition to engineering. There is about a 25% overlap between the two resources. Inspec is hosted on the Engineering Village platform. Read the information sheet for additional information.
Take the Survey: Inspec vs. Compendex

The UTC Library has been asked by faculty members in the College of Business to review CCH OmniTax Library for possible purchase. Currently, the UTC Library subscribes to tax and accounting data and research via Thomson Reuters RIA Checkpoint. Because these two products, CCH OmniTax Library and RIA Checkpoint, overlap in content in many areas, the library is conducting a comparison review of both products in February 2013.

Title: CCH OmniTax Library
Coverage: Comprehensive
Description: The CCH OmniTax Library is a powerful compilation of top-rated research materials that includes CCH’s current and archival Federal and State Tax Reporters. OmniTax features include: IntelliForms, Tax Thesaurus, Tax Rates and Tables, Depreciation Toolkit, Business and Tax Preparation Calculator, Citator, IRS Actuarial Finding Tool, and Multistate Quick Answer Charts. Read the information sheet for additional information.
Take the Survey: CCH vs. RIA

We’re also reviewing our ICPSR subscription during February. Read the ICPSR information sheet here. Please provide feedback regarding ICPSR at this survey link.

Access these databases through this Database Trials page or our main Articles & Databases page. And – we need your feedback! After you’ve explored the databases, please take our brief surveys. Tell us how you felt about the experience.