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Life Sciences: Getting Started

Two Databases specifically for the broad scope of life sciences:
Biosis Citation Index

* World's most comprehensive database for life sciences.

Zoological Record
* Indexes more than 5,000 serials, as well as books, conferences, and reports.

Other Databases, but still excellent for life sciences:
* Over 3,900 journals in the medical sciences; much is pertinent to general life sciences.
* Version of Medline linked to USC paid resources, if you wish to use this version of MEDLINE.
* World's most comprehensive chemistry database; much is pertinent to life sciences.
ProQuest Research Library
Multi-disciplinary, covers dozens of subject areas, including life sciences.
* Indexes thousands of general and scholarly journals; much is full-text.
* An excellent starting place, particularly if one isn't sure where to begin
one's research.
Web of Science
*Part of the Web of Knowledge gateway.
*Especially strong in citation tracking.
Illustrata Natural Sciences
* A unique database that allows searching of tables and charts within journal articles, primarily from 2000 to date.

For more databases, see

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