How do I... Find Science Resources

Find science resources

A wide variety of science databases, journals and resources are available to Smithsonian researchers.  Learn how to search like a pro using these training videos and tip sheets. 

Science Libraries at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Libraries offers more than 600,000 volumes of monographs and serials on every aspect of the natural and physical sciences.  Contact the subject librarians at each location listed here for more details on resources and access to collections. 
All Science Libraries

Databases for Science Research

Smithsonian Libraries offers staff and visitors access to many scientific databases, including Zoological Abstracts, Anthrosource, and Web of Science.   A complete listing of these databases is located on the Libraries' A-Z List of e-Journals & Databases. 
All Science Databases

Finding Full Text Science Articles

Some databases do not include the full text of articles.  Included are several methods you can use to find and access the full text of an article.
Finding Full Text Articles

Natural & Physical Sciences Subject Guides

These subject guides compiled by Smithsonian Libraries staff will lead you to additional websites for researching the natural & physical sciences.
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Advanced Google Scholar Searching

Learn how to search Google Scholar like a pro with tips from Dan Russell,  Uber Tech Lead for Google Search Quality & User Happiness, which was presented at the Smithsonian Libraries on January 26, 2017.
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Searching GeoRef

Georef is a database of the American Geological Institute containing 3.8 million references from 3500 journals in 40 languages, all USGS publications, U.S. and Canadian Masters' theses and doctoral dissertations, books, maps, and reports.    
Searching Georef

Searching Web of Science

Web of Science is a comprehensive database of more than 55 million articles, books, and other literature in the sciences.  The Smithsonian Libraries' subscription to Web of Science databases includes the Web of Science Core Collection, Zoological Record, Biological Abstracts, and three regional databases: SciELO Citation Index, KCI Korean Journal Database, and Russian Science Citation Index. 
Web of Science

Using Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports measures research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals.  JCR allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from approximately 12,000 scholarly and technical journals and conference proceedings from more than 3,300 publishers in over 80 countries. Journal Citation...
Journal Citation Reports