Science Databases



Journal articles are the main source of information for most scientists. Some of the databases listed below will only provide citations or abstracts to the journal literature.

Includes databases such as:

  • Google Scholar - Google Scholar searches for scholarly materials such as journal articles, research reports, dissertations and theses, preprints, technical reports, patents, and many other document types. It can be configured to work in conjunction with many of our full text databases. Here is a guide to set up links to local full text.

  • Agricola - Citation to agricultural articles as index by the National Agricultural library (1979-Pres.)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics Abstract Service - Contains over 850,000 abstracts from thousands of journal and conference sources. The abstracts database contains data from several sources, including NASA's Scientific and Technical Information group (STI), journal publishers, SIMBAD, NED, and OCR'd. (1975-present.)
  • ChemFinder - This free database includes: Chemical Structures with 2D structures & 3D models, Physical Properties MP, BP, CAS RN, & more, and Hyperlinks to other websites with information about your compound.
  • HighWire Press - This is the largest archive of free full-text science on Earth! As of 10/31/08, we are assisting in the online publication of 1,971,410 free full-text articles and 4,876,658 total articles. There are 17 sites with free trial periods, and 44 completely free sites. 255 sites have free back issues, and 1092 sites have pay per view!
  • Physics e-print Server - Contains the full text of Physics, astronomy, mathematics and computer science pre-print articles. 1991-present.
  • Physics & Geophysics Abstract Service - Contains bibliographic information from several sources, including NASA's Scientific and Technical Information group (STI), journal publishers, SIMBAD, NED, and table of contents. Provides access to over 1,300,000 records. 1975-present.
  • PROLA - Physical Review On-Line Archive. This has Indexes to all American Physical Society (APS) journal material published from 1893 to present. Freely available. Access to the full text of articles and other online journal features requires a paid subscription.
  • PubMed - PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, provides access to over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources. (1950's-Pres.)
  • Science.gov - Science.gov searches over 36 databases and 1,850 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information, including research and development results.
  • Scirus [from Elsevier] - This is the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. With over 450 million scientific items indexed at last count, it allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists' homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information.
  • Scitopia - Search over 3.5 million documents, plus patents and government data. Twenty One societies spanning 350 years of sci-tech scholarship help you with your queries.
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