Bibliographic/Article Databases

Main Databases

SciFinder WebUIUC
SciFinder Web provides bibliographic and patent information from Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) from 1907 to the present. It is available to approximately 12 simultaneous UIUC/UIC users 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Please see the SciFinder official Web site for more information about SciFinder Web. In order to search SciFinder Web, you must be a current affiliate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and you must register for a SciFinder Web account. In addition, you must read and agree to the license agreement set forth by CAS.

Help with using SciFinder Web

Beilstein/Gmelin UIUC
Beilstein is an enormous database of information on organic chemistry. It includes information on over 8 million compounds, 9 million reactions, and indexes over 180 journals. Gmelin is a database of information on inorganic and organometallic chemistry. It has information on 1.6 million compounds, 1.3 million reactions, and indexes 61 journals. Beilstein and Gmelin can be accessed via Reaxys. Register for Reaxys here.

Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science in ISI Web of Knowledge) UIUC
This resource allows you to find articles by author, title, or keyword, then gives you the opportunity to trace ideas and their influence by following both forward and backwards references to an article appearing in the scientific literature. This electronic version of Science Citation Index covers from 1980 to the present.

There are several free ways to learn more about using Web of Science; those interested can follow a tutorial, listen to recorded training sessions, or attend a live web-based training class.

Scopus (1960-present) UIUC
This is an abstract and citation database containing over 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from over 4,000 international publishers. Scopus also covers books, conference proceedings, web sites, reports, and patents.

For help on using Scopus, check out the interactive tutorials, the quick reference guide [pdf], the Training Desk [video tutorials], or the how it works section.

Other Databases

  • Conference papers index (1982-present) UIUC
    Index to papers and poster sessions presented at major scientific meetings worldwide.
  • Entrez: The Life Sciences Search Engine
    Allows users to search across all NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) database (including PubMed, PubChem, protein sequence database, data sets, online books, and the National Library of Medicine catalog).
  • Faculty of 1000 (2002-present) UIUC
    Identifies important and interesting biological papers based on the recommendations of over 1000 leading scientists.
  • Google Scholar
    Search for academic articles on the web. Off-campus affiliates of UIUC should check out the library's guide to Configuring Google Scholar for off-campus use.
  • PubMed
    From the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Includes links to determine which articles are available through the UIUC library.
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (ISI Web of Science) (1982-present) UIUC
    See description above.
  • Toxicology Abstracts (1981-present) UIUC
    Comprehensive coverage of articles in the field of toxicology. Includes data on issues from natural to man-made toxins (including drugs), current and past legislation, and studies covering household products and pharmaceuticals.
  • Water Resources Abstracts (1967-present) UIUC
    Contains information from the world's technical and scientific literature on any issues related to water resources, including "characteristics, conservation, control, pollution, treatment, use and management."
  • Web of Knowledge UIUC
    Search for articles and cited references in the following databases: Web of Science (Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Science Citation Index, and Arts and Humanities Citation Index); Biological Abstracts; CAB Abstracts (agriculture, forestry, and bioscience); Food Science and Technology Abstracts; MEDLINE; Web Citation Index; and Zoological Record.