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Databases for Life Sciences Research



Core Databases for Life Sciences Research

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BIOSIS
Description: BIOSIS is the most comprehensive biological sciences database. It is the online version of Biological Abstracts and Biological Abstracts/RRM.
Sources: Over 6,000 journals, plus books and conference proceedings on a wide variety of biological and biomedical topics.
Dates: 1926 - present
Guides: HTML | PDF | List of journals indexed in BIOSIS

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PubMed
Description: More than 20 million biomedical citations from the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE database, plus in-process citations and citations from other sources. PubMed also provides access and links to NCBI's integrated molecular biology databases including nucleotide sequences, protein sequences, 3-D protein structure data, population study data sets, and assemblies of complete genomes in an integrated system.
Sources: About 5400 biomedical journals, plus books, author manuscripts, and other sources.
Dates: 1900 - present
Guides: HTML | PDF | PubMed Help | UCB PubMed URL Information

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Scopus
Description: Contains over 50 million records covering the sciences, technology, medicine, arts, humanities, and social sciences literature. Cited references available from 1996 forward. A Journal Analyzer tool assesses journal performance. Trial access to Scopus ends on December 31, 2014.
Sources:Over 21,000 journals, conference proceedings, trade publications, and book series. Includes all of the Medline database and more than 23 million patents.
Dates: 1960 - present; cited references from 1996 - present

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Web of Science
Description: Covers all areas of science (Science Citation Index), plus the social sciences and arts & humanities. Cited reference searching allows you to search for articles that have cited a given work or author, while automatically-generated related records lists show articles that share citations with a given work.
Sources:More than 8300 journals in all areas of science.
Dates: 1899 - present
Guides: WoS Quick Reference Guide

For impact factors, see Journal Citation Reports

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Additional Databases for Life Sciences Research

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Academic Search Complete
Description: Multidisciplinary source for scholarly journals, government and non-governmental organization reports, popular magazines and some newspapers.
Sources:More than 10,000 English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese sources. Full text is available for over 5990 titles.
Dates:1865 - present

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AGRICOLA
Description: Subjects include agriculture, agricultural economics, animal science, entomology, horticulture, nutrition, plant diseases, and soil science.
Sources:Journal articles and books, with many state agricultural and USDA publications being added from the early 1900's. Lists all the holdings at the National Agricultural Library, including audiovisual materials.
Dates:1900 - present
Guides: About AGRICOLA | List of journals indexed in AGRICOLA

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Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts
Description: An international database on all aspects of marine, freshwater and brackish environments. Subjects include biology, ecology, fisheries, aquaculture, oceanography, and limnology.
Sources:Citations come from journals, reports, monographs, dissertations, grey literature and conference proceedings.
Dates:1978 - present

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BIOBASE Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD)
Description: HGMD includes the first example of all mutations causing or associated with human inherited disease, plus disease-associated/functional polymorphisms reported in the literature.
Sources:Over 135,00 mutation reports derived from research articles and reviews published in more than 250 journals.
Guides: HGMD Resources

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BIOBASE Proteome
Description: Proteome covers protein structures & functional analysis. Content includes diseases, drugs, gene regulation, pathways, and fully annotated mammalian, plant, yeast and worm genomes.
Sources:520,000 references manually curated from over 4,400 journals, with experimental observations linked to the original PubMed reference.
Guides: PROTEOME Resources

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CAB Abstracts & Global Health
Description: Covers topics such as biodiversity, biotechnology, pest control, environmental pollution, animal science, nutrition and food technology, crop production, natural resources, forestry, environmental policy, and rural development. Also includes the Global Health database, which covers environmental and occupational health, food safety and hygiene, infectious diseases, medical microbiology, nutrition, public health, toxicology, and zoonoses.
Sources:Indexes books, journals, conference proceedings, reports and other sources from the agricultural literature and from more than 100 countries.
Dates:1910 - present
Guides: HTML | PDF

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Dissertations & Theses
Description: A multidisciplinary database that offers citations to nearly 3 million dissertations dating from the eighteenth century forward. The full text of all dissertations from UC since 1997 (many issued in late 1996 are also available). The first twenty-four pages from all other dissertations for which images exist online are also available. It is possible to search this database by thesis advisor!
Dates:1743 - present

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Embase
Description: Broad biomedical scope with strong coverage in drug, pharmaceutical, and toxicological research including economic evaluations. Useful for clinical medicine, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, infectious diseases, healthcare policy & management, biomedical engineering & medical devices, and more. Embase is a primary resource for conducting systematic reviews and researching evidence-based medicine.
Dates:1946 - present (Medline); 1974 - present (Embase)

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Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management
Description: A multidisciplinary database covering ecology, agricultural biotechnology, energy, climate, pollution, toxicology, waste management, water resources, and other environmental issues.
Sources:Citations and abstracts from 1500 scientific journals, conference proceedings, books, reports, and governmental publications.
Dates: 1981 - present

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Faculty of 1000
Description: Papers recommended by leading researchers are categorized as 'Novel finding,' 'Technical advance,' 'Interesting hypothesis,' 'Important confirmation' or 'Controversial findings' and are ranked as 'recommended, 'must read' or 'exceptional'. Thirty-two Faculty of 1000 members are from UC Berkeley or LBNL. You can browse papers within a field, such as biochemistry, cell biology, genomics & genetics, molecular biology and plant biology, or search across all fields. UC e-Links is enabled for full text access when available.
Sources:Citations from biology and medicine, recommended by leading faculty in their disciplines.
Dates: 2002- present

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GeoRef
Description: Produced by the American Geological Institute, GeoRef covers the fields of geology and geophysics. This is an excellent resource for paleontology literature.
Sources:Citations for over 3,500 journals plus numerous conference papers, theses, and other publications.
Dates: 1693 - present (North America)
1933 - present (other areas)
Guides: GeoRef Brief Guide

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Google Scholar
Description: Searches scholarly literature across many disciplines.
Sources:Includes articles, theses, books and websites. A list of the journals and other sources included in Google Scholar has not been made publicly available.
Dates: Unknown
Guides: Google Scholar Help

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History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Description: Covers the history of science, technology, and allied historical fields in a variety of languages. Subjects include agriculture, biology, construction, chemistry, energy, engineering, geology, linguistics, mathematics, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, social sciences, town planning, transport engineering, and zoology.
Sources:Citations from journal articles, conference proceedings, books, book reviews, and dissertations.
Dates: 1976 - present

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Journal Citation Reports
Description: Offers citation metrics such as total citations, impact factor, and cited half-life for thousands of scholarly journals.
Sources: The JCR Science Edition covers more than 8,000 journals in science and technology, while the JCR Social Sciences Edition covers more than 2,600 journals in the social sciences.
Dates: 1998 - present

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LexisNexis Academic
Description: Covers news, business, and legal information, with full-text access to nearly 6,000 titles.
Sources:Foreign and domestic newspapers and wire services; radio and television transcripts; and business, industry, and legislative magazines, journals, and newsletters.
Dates: Various, depending on the source

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Natural Standard
Description: An international research collaboration that aggregates and synthesizes data on complementary and alternative medical therapies, such as herbs and dietary supplements; health & wellness; and the environment and global health.
Sources: Natural Standard Monographs are evidence-based, consensus-based, and peer-reviewed full-text summaries of current research and contain additional references.
Dates: Vary

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Oceanic Abstracts
Description: A leading source of information on topics relating to the oceans, marine biology, physical oceanography, fisheries, aquaculture, non-living resources, meteorology and geology, as well as environmental, technological, and legislative topics.
Sources: Indexes worldwide technical literature pertaining to the marine and brackish-water environment.
Dates: 1981 - present

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Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide
Description: Coverage of literature on mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Includes wildlife behavior, wetlands, economics and management.
Sources: Derived from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Biological Survey, and the National University of Costa Rica.
Dates: Partial coverage from 1935 - 1970 and full coverage from 1971 - present

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Zoological Record
Description: Covers all aspects of zoology, including systematics, ecology, behavior, evolution and conservation. Searchable by author, subject, geographic area and taxa, with a thesaurus of about 10,000 terms arranged in 80 hierarchies. Includes abstracts.
Sources: Covers about 4,500 international scientific journals plus books, meetings, conferences, reviews, and electronic documents.
Dates: 1864 - present
Guides: HTML | PDF

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