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 Article Databases

Web of Science (Clarivate)
Web of Science provides seamless access to the Science Citation Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Allows searching of articles based on citations and cited references.

PubMed was developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). It was developed in conjunction with publishers of biomedical literature as a search tool for accessing literature citations and linking to full-text journals at web sites of participating publishers. Click for downloadable instructions.

BioRxiv (pronounced "bio-archive") is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. Articles are not peer-reviewed, edited, or typeset before being posted online. However, all articles undergo a basic screening process for offensive and/or non-scientific content.  An article may be posted prior to, or concurrently with, submission to a journal but should not be posted if it has already been published.

Biological Abstracts is now BIOSIS (Clarivate)
Biological Abstracts is a comprehensive database that directs you to information covered in life sciences journals. Coverage begins 1969 to present.

AGRICOLA (AGRICultural Online Access)
Provides book and article citations to agricultural literature. Some links to full-text documents online. The database covers materials in all formats and periods, including printed works from as far back as the 15th century.

Google Scholar
For information about showFor information about showing links to full text (FindIt button) and exporting to RefWorks and EndNote from Google Scholar please see our Google Scholar topic guide.

Dissertations and Theses Global (ProQuest)
A comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses with over 2.4 million dissertations and theses included from around the world.The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.Bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637.

Zoological Record (Clarivate)
Animal biology and biodiversity research literature since 1864

Scopus (Elsevier)
Provides abstracts and citations for peer-reviewed journals in all major disciplines. Offers comprehensive coverage of the scientific, technical, medical, geographic and social sciences (including arts and humanities). Includes complete contents of GEOBASE multidisciplinary database.

 Electronic Encyclopedias


Associated Press Images
The Associated Press, is one of the world's largest collections of historical and contemporary imagery. AP's mission is to be the essential global news network, providing distinctive news services of the highest quality, reliability and objectivity with reports that are accurate, balanced and informed. For more than a century, AP photographers have captured the greatest moments in history, news, sports and entertainment.

CDC Public Health Image Library
Created by a Working Group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the PHIL offers an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC's pictures. We welcome public health professionals, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, students, and the worldwide public to use this material for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages. The content is organized into hierarchical categories of people, places, and science, and is presented as single images, image sets, and multimedia files.

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone, in their own language.

 Citation Tools

Never type a bibliography again! RefWorks will help you easily gather, manage, and store bibliographic citations for all types of information, as well as generate footnotes and bibliographies. Learn more here.

Free Citation management tool supported by the Library

Council of Science Editors Name-Year Sequence

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