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Featured Science and Engineering Sources: Indexes/Abstracts

Use databases to find electronic resources such as journal articles, magazines, newspapers, and e-books.

Index and Abstracts Databases

Indexes and Abstracts generally do not provide full text, but offer useful citation searching features.

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more information  = More information
full text  = Some full text is available
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Scopus

Advantages

  • Premium content
  • Excellent citation tracker
  • Excellent author tracker
  • Wider range of resources (than WOS)
  • Excellent patent database

Disadvantages

  • Less comprehensive dates
  • Fewer basic search options

Web of Knowledge

Advantages

  • Premium content
  • Good search options
  • Excellent citation tracker
  • coverage from 1900
  • Includes PubMed
  • Wide range of sources

Disadvantages

  • Fewer journals than Scopus
  • Patent search not integrated

PubMed

Advantages

  • Powerful search options
  • Extensive refining options
  • Coverage from 1951

Disadvantages

  • Fewer journals (also a strength)
  • More limited date range

Google Scholar

Advantages

  • Good author tracker
  • Includes patents
  • Most inclusive range of resources

Disadvantages

  • Less accuracy
  • Fewer relevant resources
  • Lower percentage of scholarly resources