Databases and Prosheets

Quick access to critical information

Below is a list of key databases created for Dialog with a link to their corresponding ProSheet, which contains a range of critical information, including search techniques for the special features of each database. They also include a detailed database description for each collection, subject coverage, date range, update frequency, data sources, origin and more. Our ProSheets also provide sample records showing what you can expect when performing a search in the database.

Key databases

Ei Compendex®

Ei Compendex is a comprehensive bibliographic engineering database, which covers 190 disciplines from the world’s most significant engineering and technology literature. It contains more than 3,700 journals as well as monograph literature, with some records dating back to the early 19th century. Subjects include civil, energy, environmental, geological and biological engineering; electrical, electronics and control engineering; chemical, mining, metals and fuel engineering; mechanical, automotive, nuclear and aerospace engineering; and computers and robotics.


Inspec, a bibliographic database, comprises abstracts and specialised indexing of the world's quality research literature in the fields of physics and engineering from journals and serials, conference papers and proceedings, books, book chapters and technical reports.


MEDLINE is the US National Library of Medicine’s premier bibliographic database, which contains journal articles in the life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine and health. It encompasses life sciences, behavioural sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering, which are all needed by health professionals and others engaged in basic research and clinical care, public health, health policy development or related educational activities.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

The world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses, the official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress, and the database of record for graduate research. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Professional is an invaluable resource in searching for cutting-edge research – often before it appears in scholarly journals - and for prior art investigations.


A Cited Reference Science Database. SciSearch is a major international, large, multi-disciplinary bibliographic database covering 150 disciplines in science, technology and biomedicine. It’s also the world’s preeminent citation database with millions of cited reference connections indexed from high-quality, peer-reviewed journals and proceedings.