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Biological and Life Sciences (including
food and agriculture)
Health, Medicine & Nursing
Chemistry Maths, Physics and Computer Science
Energy and Environment Psychology
Engineering and Technology Science - General
Geology and Geography Standards

Biological and Life Sciences (including food and agriculture)

Name Brief Description Format
AGRICOLA A bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library and its cooperators.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Online
AGRIS
1975 to present
An international multi-lingual database covering all aspects of agriculture. Online
Biological Sciences Biological Sciences provides access to a wide range of research in biomedicine, biotechnology, zoology, ecology, and some aspects of agriculture and veterinary science. Contains citations, abstracts and links to full text articles where available. Online
Biology Browser Provides access to resources such as the Nomenclature Glossary for Zoology and the Zoological Record Thesaurus. Contains links to current biological science news stories, relevant web sites, forthcoming conferences and more.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Online
Biomedical and Life Sciences eBook collection - Springer A collection of over 2,000 eBooks published between 2005 and date, covering a range of biomedical and life science subjects. Content includes monographs, reference works, encyclopedias and handbooks.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.
Online
BIOSIS Citation Index Bibliographic database covering all areas of life science research. Includes journal citations and abstracts from Biological Abstracts with non-journal coverage (conference proceedings, book chapters, meeting reports etc.) from Biological Abstracts Reports, Reviews and Meetings. 1926-present. Online
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
Encyclopedia of Life Sciences The most comprehensive reference work published in the biological sciences. Online
Food Science and Technology Abstracts
1969 to present
Covers food sciences, food products and food processing, including journal articles, books, conferences, reports, patents and legislation. Online
Index of Organism Names The most complete source of organism names available with millions of animal names, both extant and extinct, at all taxonomic ranks, reported in the scientific literature since 1978, together with plant and virus names. Online
Proquest Illustrata: Natural Sciences
1997 to present
This database indexes tables, figures, graphs, charts and other illustrations from scholarly research and technical literature. In most cases, the parent abstract is displayed and links to the full-text documents are provided where available. It has broad subject coverage including most areas in the Natural Sciences

Online

Zoological Record
1864 to present
Comprehensive index to the worldwide zoological and animal science literature. Records cover all aspects of zoology with specific emphasis on systematic and taxonomic information. Sources indexed include journals, books, meeting reports and conference proceedings. 1864-present. Online

Chemistry

Name Brief Description Format
ANALYTICAL ABSTRACTS
1980 to present
Contains references to articles dealing solely with analytical chemistry from 3000+ journals. Online
CHEMICAL ABSTRACTS COLLECTIVE INDEXES
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.
CD-ROM
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.
Online
ESIS (European chemical Substances Information System) This EU database provides information on chemicals, covering subjects such as classification and labelling, IUCLID Chemical Data Sheets, Risk Assessment and EU Producers/Importers lists.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Online
Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology Covers all areas of the chemical industry and allied fields. A useful resource for chemists, biochemists, engineers and anyone needing information on chemistry related topics. Online
Reaxys Web-based chemistry database that offers extensive coverage of organic, inorganic and organometallic chemistry information. Based on the combined content of CrossFire Beilstein, CrossFire Gmelin and the Patent Chemistry Databases. Online
TOXNET Toxicology Data Network.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Online
Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry Covers the science and technology in all areas of industrial chemistry including organic and inorganic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, polymers and plastics, metals and alloys, food chemistry etc. Online

Energy and Environment

Name Brief Description Format
Aqualine
1960 to present
Water sciences and hydrology. 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.
Online
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
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.
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
GreenFile
1984 to present
Offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for approximately 295,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,600 records.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Online
Pollution Abstracts
1981 to present
Provides information on scientific research and government policies in a single resource. Topics of growing concern are extensively covered from the standpoints of atmosphere, emissions, mathematical models, effects on people and animals, and environmental action in response to global pollution issues. Material from conference proceedings and hard-to-find documents has been summarized along with information from primary journals in the field. Online

Engineering and Technology

Name Brief Description Format
Compendex
(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
ENGINEERING VILLAGE (EV2)
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
ICONDA
1976 to present
The CIB International Construction Database covering all forms of building construction, architecture and planning. Online
IEEE Xplore IEEE Xplore, published by the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, provide US industry validated and globally respected technical standards in the areas of telecommunications, transport safety, instrumentation, nanotechnology, computer networking and engineering and electrical power generation. Online
Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology Covers all areas of the chemical industry and allied fields. A useful resource for chemists, biochemists, engineers and anyone needing information on chemistry related topics. Online
METADEX
1966 to present
A comprehensive source for information on metals and alloys: their properties, manufacturing, applications, and development. Online
NTIS
(Available through Engineering Village)
1983 to present
National Technical Information Service. Containing over 2.0 million bibliographic records, the NTIS Database can be used for accessing the latest research sponsored by the United States and select foreign governments. Online
Polymer Library (RAPRA)
1972 to present
References with abstracts to commercial and technical literature on the rubber, plastics and adhesives industries. Online
Risk Abstracts
1990 to present
Published in association with the Institute for Risk Research at the University of Waterloo. A comprehensive source for interdisciplinary perspectives on identification and alleviation of risk arising from industrial, technological, environmental and other sources, with an emphasis on assessment and management of risk. Includes risk-related concerns from public and environmental health, social issues and psychological aspects. Online
Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry Covers the science and technology in all areas of industrial chemistry including organic and inorganic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, polymers and plastics, metals and alloys, food chemistry etc. Online

Geology and Geography

Name Brief Description Format
Geobase
1980 to present
Multidisciplinary database containing bibliographic information and abstracts in the fields of development studies, the earth sciences, ecology, geomechanics, human geography, and oceanography. The database provides current coverage of over 1,800 journals and archive coverage of several thousand additional titles. Online
GEOREF
1785 to present
Covers worldwide technical literature on geology and geophysics. Online