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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. 
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.   
Date of coverage: 1985 - present

ACS Publications

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


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.  
Date of coverage: 1970 - present
Included in: ProQuest Science & Technology search [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. Guides and information on records, collections and searching in

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.  
Date of coverage: 1971 - present
Included in: ProQuest Science & Technology search


Biological Science 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. Includes the MEDLINE and TOXLINE databases.
Date of coverage: 1946 - present
Included in: ProQuest Science & Technology search


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

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.


Browse, read and get updates on new issues of many W&M subscribed journals such as those from Elsevier, Springer and Wiley. On your desktop or laptop? .... Connect to BrowZine Web.

You can create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals, readily scan table of contents, save pdfs to your device or Dropbox and read the articles when you wish. Receive alerts when new issues of your favorite journals are published.

Mobile device? From your mobile device download BrowZine from the App Store for your device and install it for free. When you open BrowZine for the first time, you will see a list of schools, go right to the bottom and select College of William & Mary and enter your W&M User ID and password.


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.  Subset of Advanced Technologies and Aerospace Index.
Date of coverage: 1981 - present



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 may 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 Dissertations and Theses page for information on locating international works.



A wide range of economics related literature covering economic theory and applications including agricultural and natural resource economics. 
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.
Date of coverage: 1967 - present

Environmental Impact Statements

Part of Environmental Science Index. 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. 
Date of coverage: 1985 - present



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:
ProQuest Science & Technology search

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

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, set up Google Scholar to automatically link to W&M subscribed journals. 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.


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 Science Education

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 including Environmental areas, Chemistry, Engineering, and Neuroscience sections.


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


Kanopy Streaming Video - Instructional use only

Kanopy Streaming Video has one of the largest collections of films in the world with 26,000+ films from hundreds of leading producers.

All  Kanopy film titles require a faculty request for access and approval by W&M Libraries. Once approved, the film will be available for viewing to everyone in the W&M community.   Kanopy film titles and categories remain searchable. A request form appears with each film title to which we do not have a current license. Film requests must be made by W&M faculty and tied to course instruction. Other requests will not be approved. 


LinkedIn Learning (formerly

LinkedIn Learning  is an online educational platform that helps you discover and develop business, technology-related, and creative skills through expert-led course videos. With more than 5,000 courses and personalized recommendations, you can discover, complete, and track courses related to your field and interests. You can also choose to add these courses and related skills to your LinkedIn profile once you've completed them. W&M login required.



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


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. 
Date of coverage: 1940 - present. Updated weekly.


NCBI Databases: Quick List of Resources

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

Nexis  Uni

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.


(National Service Center for Environmental Publications)
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

Unlimited access to the web site and NYT apps. Also includes NYT archives for articles outside the 1923-1980 date range. You must be logged in to your account. Register for a free account.
You need only register one time at Go directly to the newspaper site thereafter and login.



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. 
Dates of coverage: 1981 - present
Included in: ProQuest Science & Technology search



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. 
Dates of coverage: 1915-present.


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.

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.  
Date of coverage: varies by database
Power Searcher: Search Tips | Set up search alerts | Advanced Search information


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


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.



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, search for William & Mary. 
Power searcher: RefWorks tutorials | Managing citation styles | Check out the RefWorks Users Guide


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  
Power Searcher:  Set up search alerts | How to print, save, export  | Training videos | Scifinder Mobile

New Users: Register here

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
Power searcher: Tutorials and guides   Info on Advanced Searches, using alerts.


SciVal is a web-based research analytics solution that provides comprehensive access to the research performance of over 8,500 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide. SciVal allows the user to visualize research performance, benchmark relative to peers, develop strategic partnerships, identify and analyze new, emerging research trends, and create uniquely tailored reports.  All users will need to register with a username and password.


Scopus is a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Swem Library Databases

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




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.
Date of coverage: 2000 - present
Included in: ProQuest Science & Technology search


(Toxicology Data Network)

Information and databases formerly covered at this site have migrated or been retired. This page provides status information.



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



Wall Street Journal Online

Unlimited access to, mobile, and tablet apps. Focuses on personalized, current, mobile and credible news. Print edition available in EReader format. Coverage includes four-year archive.

Unlimited digital access to the web site on any device and to all Washington Post apps. Must be logged in to your account. Register for a free account with your W&M email address at the registration link above. You need only register one time on the campus network. This will provide direct access to Go directly to the newspaper site thereafter and login.


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.



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