Databases for Science Research

The following science databases are just some of the databases available to researchers from the Smithsonian Libraries. For a complete listing of databases, go to the Libraries' A-Z List of e-Journals and Databases.

Anthropology Plus:  Index of journal articles, and additional resources from core and lesser-known journals from the early 19th century to today.

AnthroSource: Full-text anthropological resources from the breadth and depth of the discipline.

Biodiversity Heritage Library (Free): A digital library containing primarily historical texts in the natural sciences.

Biological Abstracts: Content from journals in fields such as biology, botany, medicine, pharmacology, zoology, agriculture, and veterinary medicine published since 1926.

Birds of North America Online: Comprehensive resource from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Ornithologists' Union.

GeoRef: Over 3.4 million references in the geosciences, including journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses.

Google Scholar (Free): Accessing Google Scholar from the Smithsonian computer network provides access to library-subscribed full text. For more information, see directions about remote access.

GreenFILE: Covers connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines and includes topics such as global climate change, green building, and more.

Journal Citation Reports: Provides impact factors and rankings of many journals in the social and life sciences based on citation analysis.

JSTOR Global Plants: Includes plant type specimens, taxonomic structures, scientific literature, and related materials.

Latindex (Free): Regional Cooperative Online Information System for Scholarly Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. For more details, visit

PubMed (Free): Includes more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

Web of Science: Covers over 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide with coverage from 1900 to present. See the Web of Science training portal for additional help resources. 

Worldcat (Free) or WorldCat (OCLC FirstSearch): Combined search of thousands of library catalogs from around the world, including books, music, videos, and digital content records.

Zoological Record: Considered the world's leading taxonomic reference, with coverage back to 1864.