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Article Databases

 These are the best databases for beginning your research.

ACS Journals

Full text for the nearly 50 journals published by the American Chemical Society, each accessible back to the first issue.

SciFinder Scolar

SciFinder Scholar software provides access to the Chemical Abstracts database, which contains references to over 26 million journal articles and other documents in the chemical literature. Users can search by: chemical substance or reaction, research topic, author, or specific CA or patent reference.

ISI Web of Knowledge

Combined searching for four databases on the Web of Knowledge platform: Web of Science with Conference Proceedings (contains the Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index), Derwent Innovations Index (Patents), BIOSIS Previews, and MEDLINE.

BIOSIS Previews

BIOSIS Previews includes Biological Abstracts (an index to over 4,200 international life sciences journals) as well as reports, reviews and meetings covering life sciences and biomedical research. Pre-clinical and experimental research, methods and instrumentation, animal studies, and environmental and consumer issues are all included, as is the published literature on life sciences topics from botany to microbiology to pharmacology.


A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, PubMed includes over 17 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.

Derwent Innovations Index (Patents)

Patent information from the Derwent World Patent Index and the Patents Citation Index, covering chemical, electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering patents from over 41 international patent issuing agencies. Full coverage includes indexing and abstracts of each patent for enhanced searching.


Inspec provides access to the world's scientific and technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers, computing, information technology, and manufacturing and production engineering. It also has significant coverage in areas such as materials science, oceanography, nuclear engineering, geophysics, biomedical engineering and biophysics. Approximately 4,000 scientific and technical journals and some 2,000 conference proceedings, as well as numerous books, reports and dissertations are reviewed each year by Inspec staff for relevant articles to abstract and index for inclusion in the database. Patent information was included in the database from 1969 through 1976 only.

Academic Search Complete

A multi-disciplinary full-text database that includes more than 7,000 full-text journals, of which nearly 6,000 are peer-reviewed (scholarly). An additional 11,000 journals are indexed in this database, many of which include descriptions, or abstracts, of published articles. Indexing for an additional 11,000+ monographs, reports, conference proceedings, and other kinds of publications is also included. Academic Search Complete is an excellent place to start looking for scholarly journal articles on almost any topic.