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A non-exhaustive list of major article indexing databases and links to most useful OPACs.
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MAJOR SUBJECT INDEXES

Below are the most comprehensive and significant broad disciplinary article indexing databases for international (but English-language-centric) scholarship.  

  • Agricola [via Ovid]  
      
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    Published by the National Agricultural Library, the Agricola database describes publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines including: animal science; veterinary science; entomology; plant science; forestry; aquaculture and fisheries; farming, farming systems and crops; agricultural economics; extension and education; food and human nutrition; and earth sciences and environmental sciences. The Bibliography of Agriculture is the print index to the agricultural literature going back to 1942 located on the Shields Library, Third Floor, at call number Z 5071 .U63
    Coverage: 1970-present
    Database Guide
    Saved Searches/Alerts/Automatic Updating Service
    Unrestricted Access via the National Agricultural LibraryFree access for non-UCD
  • Anthropology Plus [via EBSCO]  Icon
    Anthropology Plus brings together into one resource the highly respected Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index, Royal Anthropological Institute from the UK. Anthropology Plus provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. The index offers excellent coverage of all core periodicals in the field in addition to local and lesser-known journals.
    Date: Late 19th century to present
  • BIOSIS Previews [via Web of Science]  
      
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    More than 25 million records in all life science areas, including agriculture, biochemistry, biomedicine, biotechnology, ecology, environmental sciences, genetics, microbiology, plant biology, veterinary medicine & pharmacology, and zoology. Indexes over 6000 journals, serials, books and book chapters, conference proceedings and patents.
    Coverage: 1926-present
    Quick Reference Card: BIOSIS Previews, 2010
    Online BIOSIS information
    Saving Your Search & Setting Alerts
  • CAB Abstracts [via Ovid]  
      
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    FARMED or DOMESTICATED ANIMALS. Citations and abstracts to the international agricultural literature, including veterinary medicine, human and animal nutrition. Covers over 11,000 journals & conference proceedings and selected books in agriculture. Produced by CAB (Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux) International (CABI) with more than 9.0 million records.
    CAB DATABASE PDFs: As of January 2009, hard-to-find literature may be available as CAB Database PDFs (so noted *below* the UC-eLinks button). Currently, only Internet Explorer, Chrome & Safari loads these PDFs.
    Coverage: 1910-present
    CAB Abstracts Overview
    Database Guide[OvidSP]
    Saved Searches/Alerts/Automatic Updating Service
  • Econlit [via Proquest]  Icon
    A comprehensive, indexed bibliography with selected abstracts of the world's economic literature compiled from the American Economic Association's Journal of economic literature and the Index of economic articles in journals and collective volumes. Topics include economic theory and history, monetary theory and financial institutions; labor economics; international, regional, urban economics; and other related subjects.
  • ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) [via Proquest]  Icon
    The ERIC Database indexes and abstracts education and education related journals, studies and reports, with links to full-text studies and reports.
  • FDsys (GPO's Federal Digital System)
    FDsys provides free online access to official U.S. Federal government documents and information. Through FDsys, search for government documents and publications, browse by title, collection, congressional committee, date, and download publications. FDsys replaces GPO Access which is now an archived site.
  • INSPEC [via Web of Science]  
      
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    Citations from scholarly journals, conference proceedings, books, reports, and dissertations in physics, electrical engineering and electronics, computers and control, and information technology.
    Coverage: 1898-present
    Quick Reference Card: INSPEC, Web of Knowledge PDF
    Video training: Saving Search Histories and Creating Alerts for Current Awareness
  • MLA International Bibliography [via Proquest]  Icon
    The Modern Language Association International Bibliography (MLAIB) covers international scholarly materials on all languages, literatures, linguistics, and folklore from around the world. It includes citations to items from journals, series, books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. MLAIB does not index book reviews.
    Coverage: 1926-present
    Related: Instructions on downloading filters and importing citations using Endnote
    MLA Directory of Periodicals
    Quick Reference Card
  • NTRL - National Technical Reports Library  
      
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    NTRL (National Technical Reports Library) is from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) within the Department of Commerce. NTRL provides access to government-sponsored research, development and technical reports with full-text access to reports that have been digitized. Searches over 3 million reports with links to over 800,000 full-text reports. 1964 to present
  • PsycINFO [via Proquest]  
      
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    PsycINFO is a department of the American Psychological Association (APA). It provides citations to articles in professional journals, conference proceedings, books, reports, dissertations and even important internet sites in psychology and related disciplines, most with abstracts and some citations.
    Coverage: 1840-present
    PsycINFO Lib Guide [ProQuest]
    Setting up Alerts
  • PubMed  
      
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    More than 26 million citations and abstracts for articles published in approximately 8,400 journals in medicine, life sciences, health administration, veterinary medicine, nursing, molecular biology and genetics. PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine on the NCBI platform.
    Coverage: 1946-present
    PubMed Tutorial & more
    Alerts/Automatic Updating Service (Saving & Managing Searches)
    NLM Searching PubMed with Mesh tri-fold handout [PDF]
    NLM PubMed Basics tri-fold handout [PDF]
  • Sociological Abstracts [via Proquest]  Icon
    Prime resource for accessing the latest research in sociology and related disciplines in the social, behavioral, and cultural studies. The database draws information from an international selection of over 2,600 journals and other serials publications, plus conference papers, books, and dissertations. Records added after 1974 contain in-depth and nonevaluative abstracts of journal articles.

    Coverage: 1963-present
  • Zoological Record [via ProQuest]  
      
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    WILDLIFE. Comprehensive coverage of zoology; including behavior, conservation and environmental science, ecology, evolution, genetics, habitat, marine and freshwater biology, nutrition, parasitology and disease, reproduction, taxonomy and systematics, veterinary studies, zoogeography and fossil records. Especially strong in new species reports and field studies. Backfile for 1864-1977 added April 2007.
    Coverage: 1864-present [1864-1977 backfile added]
    Setting up Alerts
    Zoological Record's 150th anniversary
    Zoological Record information

CITATION INDEXES AND DIRECTORIES

In addition to subject indexes, citation indexes and publication directories provide access to scholarship.

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