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Name Brief Description Format
CAB Abstracts
1910 to present
Bibliographic database compiled by CAB International. Covers literature in the fields of agriculture, forestry, human health, nutrition, animal health, and the management and conservation of natural resources. Includes full text documents from the CAB Reviews. Online
12TH (1987-1991)
13TH (1992-1996)
14TH (1997-2001)
A five-year cumulative index to chemical and chemical engineering literature. Covers journals, patents, technical reports, books, conference proceedings, and dissertations.
Resource available on a dedicated workstation in the Science Reading Room - floor 3.
Chemical Abstracts Web Edition
1996 - to date
Covers international journals, patents, technical reports, books, conference proceedings, and dissertations from all areas of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering. Updated daily.
NB: Access is password-protected.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.
Resource available on a dedicated workstation in the Science Reading Room - floor 3.
1937 to present
CINAHL Plus provides indexing for 3,802 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health. It also contains searchable cited references for more than 1,270 journals. Full text material includes nearly 80 journals plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials. Online
COCHRANE LIBRARY A compilation of evidence about the effects of health care, including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
(Available through Engineering Village)
Compendex is a comprehensive interdisciplinary engineering database, covering the entire spectrum of engineering, with abstracts from over 5,000 journals, conference papers and proceedings, and technical reports. Online
CRD databases A set of three databases which can be searched, individually or together. They are DARE (Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness), NHS Economic Evaluation Database, and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Database.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Credo Reference Credo Reference is an online reference library that provides access to a large number of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and other reference books. Subjects covered include art, biography, history, literature, music, religion, and science and technology.
Current Contents Connect Current awareness database that provides access to tables of contents, abstracts and bibliographic information from leading scholarly journals, as well information from evaluated websites and documents. Online
Data Citation Index Indexes data studies and datasets from a wide range of international data repositories across the humanities, social sciences and sciences and connects them with the literature to track data citation. Includes access to the Science (1993-present) and Social Sciences & Humanities (1993-present) editions. Online
Dentist Register Searchable database of registered dentists and dental care professionals in the UK.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Dissertations & Theses Index of North American and European doctoral dissertations and master's theses. A large number of the titles are available in full-text. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350-word abstracts written by the author. Master's theses published from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Period covered: 1861-.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music, Science or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
DRUG INFORMATION - FULLTEXT Information from the American Hospital Formulary Service and the Handbook of Injectable Drugs. Online
Earth and Environmental Sciences eBook Collection – Springer A collection of over 1,200 eBooks published between 2005 and date covering a range of earth and environmental science subjects. Content includes monographs, reference works, encyclopedias and handbooks.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.
ECHA REACH (European Chemicals Agency) A  source of information on chemicals manufactured and imported in Europe. It covers hazardous properties, classification, labelling, and information on how to use safely. A useful resource for advancing the safe use of chemicals and for the replacement of the most hazardous ones by safer alternatives.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Ecology Abstracts
2005 to present
Part of Biological Sciences. Focuses on how organisms of all kinds - microbes, plants, and animals - interact with their environments and with other organisms. Includes relevant papers on evolutionary biology, economics, and systems analysis as they relate to ecosystems or the environment. Online
(Excerpta Medica)

1974 to present
A medical database with particularly good coverage of drug literature. The emphasis is on European sources. Online
Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics Offers convenient access to the entire text of the printed Encyclopedia with continuous updating to the text, periodic additions of new material, extensive links to primary literature and important astronomy websites. Online
Encyclopedia of Life Sciences The most comprehensive reference work published in the biological sciences. Online
ENERGY CITATIONS Contains bibliographic records for energy and energy-related scientific and technical information from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies. The Database provides access to DOE publicly available citations from 1948 to the present, with continued growth through regular updates.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
1884 to present
Includes the the Compendex and INSPEC and NTIS databases covering all aspects of engineering plus applied physics, computing, data processing, nuclear technology industry standards and engineering management. Online
Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management (ESPM) Offers access to the international literature in the environmental sciences. Provides abstracts and citations drawn from scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs and government publications. Updated monthly. Online
Europe PubMed Central Europe PubMed Central provides a free-to-access online digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed publications from biomedical and life sciences research. Europe PubMed Central additionally provides access to PubMed abstracts, biological and medical patent records, searchable grant data provided by the funders of the service, as well as link-out to gene, protein and chemical compound databases.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.