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Academic Search Complete

Multi-disciplinary full text database, with over 7,000 periodicals including more than 6,000 peer-reviewed journals. Funded by VIVA
Date of coverage: 1887 - present

ACM Digital Library

Information technology and computer science. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) publications, including newsletters, magazines, transactions, proceedings, journals, special interest groups, and materials from associations affiliated with ACM.   Funded by VIVA
Date of coverage: 1985 - present

ACS Publications

Full text of journals published by the American Chemical Society. List of titlesFunded by VIVA
Date of coverage: varies by title

Agricola

Journal, books, proceedings, technical reports. Major areas: agriculture, animal sciences, cytology, agricultural economics, education, horticulture, hydrology, natural resources, pesticides, pollution, water quality, weather and climate, wildlife, zoology.  Funded by VIVA
Date of coverage: 1970 - present
Included in: ProQuest Science & Technology search
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Algology, Mycology & Protozoology Abstracts

Reproduction, growth, life cycles, biochemistry, genetics, infection and immunity in man, other animals, and plants; algae, fungi, protozoa, or lichens or more broadly, microbiology, immunology, pathology, environmental research, and toxicology.  Funded by VIVA
Date of coverage: 1970 - present
Included in: ProQuest Science & Technology search
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Ancestry.com [Library Edition]

Provides access to historical U.S. and international documents and photos, narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources that span from the 1500s to the 2000s. The Library Edition has fewer personalized functions and options than the version available to private subscribers. Information on differences.

Annual Reviews Online

Annual Reviews saves you time by synthesizing primary research literature and identifying the principal contributions in a field. Articles are written by authors who are recognized experts in the field. Annual Reviews publications are among the highest cited publications by impact factor according to the Institute for Scientific Information® (ISI). Some relevant subject areas: biochemistry, cell biology, ecology, evolution and systematics, genetics and genomics, immunology, marine biology, microbiology, phytopathology, earth sciences, environment and resources, fluid mechanics. 
Date of coverage: Coverage varies by title up to and including 2016. Annual Review of Marine Science includes current year coverage.

Aquatic Science Collection (ASFA)

Science, technology and management of marine, freshwater and brackish water environments and organisms. Over 5,000 serial publications, books, reports, conference proceedings, translations and some grey literature. Major areas of coverage: aquaculture, aquatic organisms, aquatic pollution, brackish water environments, conservation, environmental quality, fisheries, limnology, marine environments and biotechnology, oceanography, policy and legislation.  Funded by VIVA
Date of coverage: 1960 - present
Included in: ProQuest Science & Technology search
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Biological Sciences Collection

Interdisciplinary database offering abstracts and citations to a wide range of research in biomedicine, biotechnology, zoology and ecology, and some aspects of agriculture and veterinary science. Some major areas of coverage: algology, aquaculture, aquatic organisms, bacteriology, ecology, marine biology, microbiology, mycology, protozoology, toxicology, virology and zoology.  Funded by VIVA
Date of coverage: 1946 - present
Included in: ProQuest Science & Technology search
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BioOne

Fulltext content of over 80 high-impact bioscience journals from a number of established society, association and non-commercial scientific presses.  Funded by VIVA & VIMS
Date of coverage: varies by journal
Included in: ProQuest Science & Technology search
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Biotechnology and Bioengineering Abstracts

Coverage of ground-breaking research, applications, regulatory developments and new patents across all areas of biotechnology and bioengineering, including medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, environmental and marine biology. Some areas included: aquaculture and fisheries, biofouling, biopesticides, bioremediation, environmental and marine applications.  Funded by VIVA
Date of coverage: 1982 - present
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Birds of North America Online

BNA Online provides comprehensive life histories for each of the 716+ species of birds breeding in the USA (including Hawaii) and Canada.


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Chesapeake Bay Bibliography

This compilation produced over a ten year period ending in 1981, covers books, articles, government, institutional and academic reports, as well as theses and dissertations dealing with all aspects of the ecology and management of the Bay spanning back to the 1920's.  VIMS only
Date of coverage: 1920 - 1981

Chronicle of Higher Education

News, information about educational trends and developments, career information for college and university faculty and administrators.
Date of coverage: current

Computer & Information Systems Abstracts

Theoretical research and practical applications in computer technology from around the world. Includes AI, applications, programming, hardware, IS, software engineering and mathematics of computing.  Funded by VIVA
Date of coverage: 1981 - present
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Conference Papers Index

Conference papers and poster sessions presented at major scientific meetings around the world with current emphasis on the life sciences, environmental and aquatic sciences.  Funded by VIVA
Date of coverage: 1982 - present
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CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

The online version of the latest edition of this classic reference book.  Funded by VIVA

   


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Dissertations and Theses Global

Locate doctoral dissertations and master's theses from colleges and universities from the U.S., Canada, Britain and some European countries.

  • Dissertations prior to 1980 only have basic citation information
  • Dissertations published from 1980 forward include abstracts written by the author
  • From 1997 onwards, the fulltext of the work is provided in pdf format

Use the advanced search option to identify dissertations from specific institutions, authors or advisors. The drop down menu shows you the limiting choices. Records can be imported to a citation manager such as RefWorks or EndNote. VIMS works will be listed under the College of William and Mary.
Date of coverage: abstracts 1861 - present, fulltext 1997+
Also known as: ProQuest Dissertations

See the Disserations and Theses page for information on locating international works.

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EconLit

A wide range of economics related literature covering economic theory and applications including agricultural and natural resource economics. Funded by VIVA
Date of coverage: 1969 - present

Environment Complete

Coverage in areas of ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more. Contains records from more than 1,500 domestic and international titles going back to the 1940s (including 1,094 active core titles) as well as more than 100 books. Also contains full text for more than 600 journals. Funded by VIVA
Date of coverage: 1967 - present

Environmental Impact Statements

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires that U.S. federal agencies or anyone receiving federal funding prepare detailed analyses of any of their actions that significantly affect the quality of the environment. In recent years, EISs have looked at biodiversity. Most EIS documents will include a description of major habitats and a list of the plant and animal species present. They also pay particular attention to the presence of threatened species. Where the effects are considered significantly harmful to threatened species, an additional document, the Species Impact Statement (SIS), may also be prepared. Funded by VIVA
Date of coverage: 1985 - present


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GeoRef

Covers the geology of North America from 1693 to the present and the geology of the rest of the world from 1933 to the present. The database includes references to all publications of the U.S. Geological Survey. Some major areas included are environmental geology, geochemistry, hydrogeology and hydrology, marine geology and oceanography and stratigraphy.
Date of coverage: 1693 - present for North American coverage; 1933-present Worldwide
Included in:
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GeoScience World

Fulltext of core journals from the Geological Society of America, Geological Society of London, Mineralogical Society of America, and other highly respected organizations in the geosciences. Journals included in GSW are indexed by GeoRef.
Date of coverage: varies with the journal
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Google Scholar

Good for a quick browse to see what's out there on a topic and also for identifying and connecting to non-journal article materials. When searching while off campus, connect to GS via the library page to optimize journal linking. Modify personal preferences to enable downloading a record to a citation manager. There may be other subject specific database sources which you should utilize as well.

GreenFILE

Information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.


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Journal of Visualized Experiments : JoVE

The Journal of Visualized Experiments, commonly referred to as JoVE, is a journal of peer reviewed material covering the fields of biology, medicine, chemical, and physical research in video format. The W&M subscription is to the General Biology, Chemistry, Engineering and Neuroscience sections. There is a collection of open access material in this database, generally with a firewall which excludes access to the 3 most current years.

Journal Citation Reports : JCR

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is a comprehensive and unique resource that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 11,000 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 80 countries.  Quick Reference Guide  | Using citation reports wisely | Tutorial on impact factor

JSTOR

Fulltext archive of scholarly journals in the sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences organized into subject collections.  Primarily archival journal content.
Date of coverage: varies by title
Browse by subject | Information on alumni access

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Kanopy Streaming Video

Kanopy Streaming Video has one of the largest collections of films in the world with 26,000+ films from hundreds of leading producers such as Criterion Collection, Universal Paramount, The Great Courses, New Day Films, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, PBS, First Run Features, Documentary Educational Resources, etc. Users can watch films, share comments, create clips and playlists. Subject areas include: Humanities, Education, The Arts, Business, Health, Sciences, and Media & Communications. **All films have public performance rights.**


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LexisNexis Academic

Fulltext news, business, legal, medical and reference information. Includes wire services, newspapers, magazines and trade publications, legal and scholarly journals. Company information and annual reports, polls, laws and regulations. National and international coverage.
Date of coverage: Updated daily.

Lynda.com
Lynda.com is a constantly growing library of over 2000 video courses and over 107,000 tutorials in streaming video format, and new material is added every week. Courses are offered at different skill levels in over 140 specialties. Subjects covered range from 3D + Animation; Audio; Business including Office and Google software; Design; Developer; Photography and Video; and Web and social media. Videos use screenshots, narration, live action, smart boards, charts and graphics, audio and include captioning.

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MathSciNet

Mathematical sciences. Reviews, summaries of articles and books from approximately 1600 current serials and journals. Fulltext linking. Funded by VIVA
Date of coverage: 1940 - present

Medline

Worldwide biomedical literature. A broad range of medical topics relating to research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues, and health care services. Subject content includes microbiology; physiology; toxicology; parasitology; laboratory techniques and procedures; diagnosis and management; clinical research trials and experimental treatment protocols; legislation and regulation; investigational drugs and new drug uses, and some veterinary medicine. Fulltext linking. Funded by VIVA
Date of coverage: 1940 - present. Updated weekly.
Included in: ProQuest Science & Technology search
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NCBI Databases: Quick List of Resources

Links to NCBI's array of databases, datasets, tools and other resources.

NSCEP/NEPIS

(National Environmental Publications Internet Site)
Search for and view over 25,000 full text EPA documents. Major areas of coverage include technical reports in the areas of environmental education, environmental protection, pollution prevention, and water.
Date of coverage: 1997 to the present
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NTIS

National Technical Information Service
Identify government funded scientific, technical, engineering and business related reports from over 200 federal agencies. Contact the Library before ordering, we may be able to obtain items through other sources.

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Oceanic Abstracts

International technical literature pertaining to the marine and brackish-water environment, focusing on marine biology and physical oceanography, fisheries, aquaculture, non-living resources, meteorology and geology, plus environmental, technological, and legislative topics. Funded by VIVA
Dates of coverage: 1981 - present
Included in: ProQuest Science & Technology search
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PAIS

Contemporary worldwide social, economic, & political issues, and public policy. Citations to journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, etc. Includes PAIS Archive and PAIS International. Funded by VIVA
Dates of coverage: 1915-present.

POLITICO Pro

POLITICO Pro is considered the essential policy information tool. It offers real-time, customizable news & analysis on developments in policy, access to over 100 policy expert reporters and a data-driven graphics/presentation tool.

Plant Science

Plant science, focusing on all plant scientific aspects, especially on pathology, symbiosis, biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, techniques and environmental biology. Funded by VIVA
Included in: ProQuest Science & Technology search
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ProQuest Science & Technology

Life sciences, environmental and aquatic sciences, computer sciences, materials sciences and engineering, aerospace; also includes a few social sciences databases. The Science & Technology group will to search multiple databases at the same time.  Funded by VIVA
Date of coverage: varies by database
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PubChem
(NCBI / MLM)

Information on the biological activities of small molecules. Includes substance information, compound structures and bioactivity data. More info | Help

PubMed

Medical topics relating to research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues, dentistry, nursing, and health care. Free database from the National Institutes of Health. Citations to biomedical literature from the MEDLINE database, journal articles, and online books. See also MEDLINE.
Dates of coverage: 1951-present.


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RefWorks

A citation manager which allows you to create your own database of references from searches in online databases or your own files. Citations can be incorporated into your paper and the bibliography can be easily created in a number of citation styles. Create an account and access your records from any computer. Good for collaborative project work.
First step: go to RefWorks, register and create your login and password while on campus. 
Power searcher: RefWorks tutorial | Importing from other databases that do not have direct import | Check our RefWorks Guide for more info and the Get Started videos!


Safari Books Online

Online collection of books covering covering all areas of computing - databases, graphics, hardware, security, web design, operating systems, languages plus more for users of all ranges and ability. New books are added monthly. Many of the top publishers in the fields are represented - O'Reilly, Sams, Que, Microsoft Press, Adobe Press, SAS, Prentice Hall PTR. Funded by VIVA.

SciFinder

Coverage of chemistry and the life sciences including biochemistry, biology, pharmacology, medicine, and related disciplines from several databases, including Chemical Abstracts Plus, Registry, CASREACT, CHEMLIST, CHEMCAT, and Medline.
Date of coverage: 1907 - present. Updated daily. Connect to Scifinder  
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Science Direct

Search the range of journals from Elsevier publishing covering the areas of life, physical, medical, technical and social sciences.
Date of coverage: varies by journal
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Swem Library Databases

List of all databases available to the W&M community.


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TOXLINE

Information in all areas of toxicology, including chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, environmental pollutants, and mutagens and teratogens. Some of the major areas covered: environmental chemical and pollutants, chemical-induced diseases, gentoxicity, human and animal toxicity, industrial and household chemicals, mutagencity of pesticides and herbicides and risk information. Funded by VIVA
Date of coverage: 2000 - present
Included in: ProQuest Science & Technology search
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TOXNET
(Toxicology Data Network)

A cluster of databases covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and related areas. It can be used to locate toxicology data, literature references, and toxic release information on particular chemicals as well as to search to identify chemicals that cause specific effects. Some of the databases:

  • Hazardous Substances Data Bank: toxicology of over 5,000 potentially hazardous chemicals
  • IRIS: carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic health risk information on over 500 chemicals
  • GENE-TOX: genetic toxicology test results on over 3,200 chemicals
  • Haz-Map: occupational toxicology database designed to provide information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals and biologicals at work

    Use TOXLINE (above) via ProQuest Science & Technology for article linking capabilities.
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VIMS Bibliography

This database searches for citation to older articles compiled from a number of sources in a single search. BIOSIS [1994-2003], Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) [1978-2003], Water Resources Abstracts, the Chesapeake Bay Bibliography, the Chaetognath Bibliography, the Zoological Record [1978-1999].This file should be used for retrospective searching only. It is a closed file and not updated. Restricted to VIMS users.
Date of coverage: 1978 - 2003

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Water Resource Abstracts

Coverage of the world's technical and scientific literature on water-related topics covering the characteristics, conservation, control, pollution, treatment, use and management of water resources. Major areas include estuaries, erosion and sedimentation, desalination, watershed protection and water resources planning. Funded by VIVA
Date of coverage: 1967 - present
Included in: ProQuest Science & Technology search
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Web of Science

Coverage of over 6,000 science journals selected for their influence within a discipline. Smaller society publications may not be covered by this database, be sure to use other research databases as well to avoid missing relevant articles. If you require broader coverage of the literature in an area, you should also use ProQuest Science & Technology 1982+.
Date of coverage: 1900 - present. Updated weekly
Power searcher: Quick tips guide | Cited reference searches : Tips and interpreting the results  | Set up citation alerts | Journal title abbreviations  | How to refine and analyze results

WorldCat

A database that identifies items in thousands of libraries in North America and internationally. Good source for identifying other books and reports held elsewhere which usually can be requested on interlibrary loan. Updated daily.

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Zoological Record

Many areas of animal biology, from environment to taxonomy and veterinary sciences. Note that this is not an updated file. Restricted to VIMS users.
Date of coverage: 1978-1999