Branch Information Resources
This is the selection of the prestigious professional bibliographic and full-text databases, mostly of paid access. Searching within these databases is enabled through a contract with the provider and user name registration, or through a contract with the database vendor.
Prominent scientific database for the biology and biomedicine is produced by the company, covers 4,7 mil. records since 1997. On-line access is provided by various vendors, in the Czech Republic the database is available thanks to special project. BIOSIS offers also free access to other biological resources and a new search system " ".
CA is the world´s largest bibliographic database of the chemistry-related information. It contains over 21 mil. records of various types of documents (journals, patents, books, dissertations…). The database is produced by . The other important CAS source is the Register of chemical composition (about 24 substances and 51 mil. compounds). Online access is provided by STN International. After the registration you can try .
MathSciNet is produced by the . MathSciNet is a bibliographic database covering the world's mathematical literature since 1940. Database includes Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Contents ( ). MathSciNet offers free access to the three recent issues of "Featured Reviews". AMS provides portal " " for the math-related information resources on the Internet.
(MathSciNet Mathematical Review on
AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) is a bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the U.S. National Agricultural Library. Free on-line access to books and journal articles searching. Access via ScienceDirect. National Agricultural Library offers portal for the agricultural information on the Internet
International information system for the agricultural sciences and technology created by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). within databases is free. The records are supplied by 146 national centres.
CAB Abstracts is the most comprehensive bibliographic, abstracting and indexing database, and covers applied life sciences, including agriculture, forestry, human nutrition, veterinary medicine and the environment. Provided by CAB International. It contains over 4 mil. records since 1973. Online access by vendors, EBSCO, or by producer via CABDirect interface.
The bibliographic database Compendex provides comprehensive information for engineering and related branches. Compendex is produced by . Online access is provided by vendors (Ovid, STN, Questel-Orbit, Dialog/Datastar), by ScienceDirect of Elsevier or by producent via interface.
The International CONstruction Database (ICONDA) is bibliographic database for the worldwide technical literature relating to all aspects of planning and construction. The records are scanned by international organizations in 14 countries. ICONDA is sponsored by the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) and by the (UICB). Access is provided by Dialog and STN International. Searching via IRBdirect interface is free (after the registration).
INformation Service in Physics, Electronics and Computing (INSPEC) is bibliographic database providing access to the world's scientific and technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers, computing, information technology, manufacturing and production engineering. Service provider is the (IEE). Online access is provided by vendors, ScienceDirect and EBSCOhost.
INIS Bibliographic database is focused on nuclear science and technology. INIS is co-ordinated by the (IAEA), the database contains over 2 million bibliographic references with abstracts since 1970. at disposal. Online access is provided by IAEA, national centres ( for the CR), and STN International.
CINAHL= Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature provides quality information, products and services of health care for professionals, students, teachers, librarians and researchers. Excerption from appx. 1800 professional journal titles, 56 titles are available as full texts. The CINAHL database covers appx. 800.000 records since 1982 to the present. In the CZ database is available in Centre of Scientific Information, Institute for Farther Education of Workers in Health Service Brno and in the Scientific Medical Library, .
The database offers information on effects of healthcare interventions, studies and their consequent validity evaluation. The Cochrane Library contains regularly updated collection of evidence-based medicine databases, articles citations with abstracts, monographs and chapters citations, reviews. The database consists of 4 parts, including The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, which provide regular reviews on health care effects information (excerpted to MEDLINE database). The update is quarterly. Producer is . Database is available for the participants.
The second largest medical database with an emphasis on pharmacological information. Larger share of European medical journals. Produced by Elsevier Science, Holland. Retrospection: 1988 +; monthly update. The access to Embase is provided by Dialog and STN. In CR the access is enabled by WebSpirs 4.3 of the OVID/SilverPlatter company via participants' IP address.
The oldest bibliographic biomedical database. The electronic version is the equivalent of three indexes – Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature and International Nursing Index. 76 % of the records are provided with abstracts. The producer is in Bethesda, USA. Free access via PubMed, retrospection: 1966 +; updating monthly.
In The Czech Republic the access is available via WebSpirs 4.3 of the OVID/SilverPlatter company via consortium participants' IP address, or through WinSpirs 4.1 of the OVID/SilverPlatter company.
The MEDLINE plus Health Information service provides health sources mostly of and other medical institutes. It contains the hospital’s database, medical encyclopaedias, health information on the Spanish area, information on drugs, health information from the media, and references to thousands of clinical trials.
Database in the configuration of Drugdex, Martindale, PDR, P&T Quick provides information for healthcare, pharmacology and related sciences (chemistry, toxicology, teratology). The module Drugdex contains the drugs monographs elaborated in accordance with the unified scheme. PDR (Physician Desk Reference) is the basic information resource about the drugs used in the USA, the module Martindale contains the data from the drugs encyclopaedia of The British Royal Pharmacological Society, the P&T Quick module contains detail and critical information about the new drugs. The database information is not reliable on the pharmacological companies. The producer is Thomson, USA.
The access is provided for participants of the medical libraries consortium in the Czech Republic at in Brno.
The latest information from pharmacology worldwide. The data are extracted not only from c. 1500 prestigious journal titles, but also from patents, reports from c. 300 world congresses and workshops yearly. There are also monitored the activities of ~2500 pharmaceutical companies, research institutes and universities. The producer is , USA. Update is daily. The access is via IP addresses of the project solving institutions, Masaryk University Brno, National Medical Library, Charles University and Palacky University.
The database contains journals processed for the collection of the in the USA in Bethesda, journals excerpted for MEDLINE, POPLINE and HEALTH databases and journals from the library collections cooperating with the NLM on the Biomedical Serials Holdings Database (SERHOLD). Journal record contain these data: title (the actual or the past), producer, address, place of issue, ISSN, CODEN, language, periodicity, subject classification and database, which excerpts the journal. The producer is NLM in Bethesda, USA. Retrospection: 1665+; update annually.
The database is not free accessible. In the CR it is available within the framework of medical libraries project LI01021.
Polythematic and multidisciplinary
EBSCO Publishing offers a broad range of full-text and bibliographic databases in social sciences, humanities and medicine. Most of the offered databases are available in the CR thanks to the project EIFL Direct ( ) through . Databases provide more than 5 000 full-text journal titles, newspapers and reports of information agencies and more than 1 300 full-text manual publications.
The database system of three citation indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (natural sciences and engineering, contains more than 5 600 serials), Social Sciences Citation Index (social sciences, contains more than 1 700 serials), Art & Humanities Citation Index (humanities a social sciences, more than 1 400 serials). Databases provide access to the bibliographic information including abstracts and cited references, retrospection since 1980, weekly update. The system producer is . Database is available within the Czech academical net thanks to the ASCR project " ".
A database of articles contents, abstracts and full texts of more than 650 prestigious journals published by Kluwer in natural sciences, technology, humanities and law. Some of the journals are linked to ISI Web of Science.
The access in the Czech Republic is enabled within .
ProQuest 5000 International is comprehensive collection of journal articles databases and is the important product of the international . There are available bibliographic article records of more than 8000 serials and more than half of them are in full text. The collection covers the humanities and social sciences, business, medicine, applied natural sciences, computers and telecommunication technology. In the CR the collection is available thanks to the project ProQuest 5000 & PCI Web.
Science Direct provides full-text journal articles (~1700 titles) of Elsevier Publisher, Academic Press and the others. It offers also the important abstract databases and reference publications from the technology, natural and social sciences and medicine.
The SpringerLink Database of the German contains the abstracts and full texts from c. 500 journals, book publications, expert systems and software in the natural sciences, technology, medicine and economy.
Vserossijskij institut naučnoj i techničeskoj informacii (Moscow) offers the access to the VINITI databases, free demo is available. The websites are available in Russian and English version.
The database provides access to 300 journals (77 full text titles), reference manuals, printed publications on-line of in the technology, natural, economical and social sciences.
Grey literature is characterized as a
half-published literature (is not officially published such as
journals, books etc.) of limited distribution. It includes mainly
research and technical reports, special institution analyses, working
reports, dissertations, theses, government documents.
An e-print archive of documents in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, and quantitative biology.
- CORDIS (Community
Research and Development Information Service)
Broad-spectrum of the research and development information in the EU.
Dissertationen der FU Berlin
Digital dissertations of the Freie Universität Berlin.
Archive of digital dissertations, inaugural dissertations and theses of the Technische Universität Berlin.
Information gateway to e-prints resources in science and technology.
- ERCIM Technical
Reference Digital Library
Czech centre of the Technical Reference Digital Library ERCIM. ETRDL is the European part of the global Networked Computer Science Technical Reference Library (NCSTRL). Searching digital collection of Czech documents, ERCIM documents and NCSTRL documents is free available.
- GPO Access – A
service of the U.S. Government Printing Office
Official information of the U.S. Government.
- Grayfiles – Tilburg
Free full texts of research and working papers on economics and mathematics of Tilburg University.
- Gray Lit
Network – A Science Portal of
Science portal of technical reports. Free documents are available via on-line interface from DTIC, DOE, NASA, EPA resources; provided by The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) | Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI).
– Networked Computer Science Technical
Digital library of research and academic reports, dissertations, articles in the field of computer sciences. Searching is free available, user can download the document in selected data format.
- Networked Digital Library
of Theses and Dissertations
Digital library of theses and dissertations of cooperative universities. The ETDs database - Electronic Theses and Dissertations - is free available.
- NTIS Technical Reports
The information of U.S. technical reports on science, technology and business; managed by the National Technical Information Service NTIS.
- NTRS – NASA
Technical Reports Server
NASA server of the aerospace research technical reports. Abstracts and full texts of technical reports from the different NASA centres and programmes are free available.
NZDL – The New Zealand Digital Library
Digital library of various documents worldwide saved in the central online depositary. Including collection "Computer Science Technical Reports".
ProQuest Digital Dissertations
Database contains about 1,6 mil. dissertations and partially theses from U.S. and some European universities since 1861. Each record includes an abstract written by the author since 1980 and on-line facsimile of the document introduction since 1997 (24 sites). Complete full text documents are available for fee presented on the PQDD website.
French information system on dissertations in the accredited higher education establishments.
View of the famous world online database vendors and their
Database vendors provide an access to many various on-line databases simultaneously to thousands of users. They usually buy information databases directly from producers including the licence for their on-line publication and distribution of their records. Rarely the vendors produce their own databases. They differ from free internet sources mainly by their reliability and recency. That´s the reason why they are so expensive. The conditions of accessibility and prices of services are shown on the webpages of each database vendor.
One of the largest database vedors all over
the world, owned by the Thomson Corporation. At present it provides
access to more than 900 databases, most of them contains
nonbibliographic data and full texts of various documents. Detailed
information on every database can be found on the . Searching databases
is available only through password. Dialog provides more
accesses and services. All information needed for use, search and work
with Dialog can be found in „ “.
This Swiss database vendor offers special collection of databases mainly of pharmacy, natural sciences, engineering, and computer technology. It is a part of Dialog of Thomson Company. The guidelines with detailed information about all databases - „ “ (350 descriptions of databases). Demo-version „ “ at disposal.
A service aimed at marketing, business, economy,
financial analyst and forecast, and also at journalistic and reporting
information. The part of the Dialog of Thomson Company.
The German information and database vendor offers (partly free of charge) scientific information from the field of medicine, toxicology and drugs. The MEDLINE database cost free available (under „grips WebSearch“), brief (about 90 databases) and subject index at disposal.
(Deutsches Institut für medizinische
Dokumentation und Information)
- GBI – German Business Information
The significant German vendor of Munich offers economic, business and marketing sources (425 titles of journals and newpapers in full text). It is a part of Genios.
The most prestigious German database vendor, the information from German business and trade sphere prevail, but also european and world‘s information. There are more than 350 databases with full texts.
The chief provider of dialog services in the USA aimed at information from the legislature, medicine, and preservation of full texts of first-quality printed journals and newspapers. Lexis/Nexis is an information department of the Reed Elsevier Company.
World producer of professional information and database vendor as well. Databases (including union catalogue „WorldCat“) are available through „ “ system (the access is paid). with their description (about 75 databases) at disposal. The OCLC webpages contains many interesting links.
The American database vendor of Ovid
Technologies provides more than 300 bibliographic databases, access to
the full texts of journals and manuals mainly from the medicine,
sciences and technology. . Access to
databases via Ovid WWW is
provided via password. The information company SilverPlatter
Information became a part of Ovid Technologies in 2001.
The French-American database vendor specializes in patent databases. It covers also the area of sciences, technology, economy, business, social sciences and humanities. Full texts of significant French journals at disposal. (about 250).
- (The Scientific & Technical Information Network)The prestigious vendor of scientific-technological and patent information (more than 220 databases) with emphasis on sciences and technology. The database net consists of three independent centres: FIZ-Karlsruhe in Germany, CAS in the USA and JST in Japan. Access via WWW interface „ “ or „ “.
The Czech providers of access to information resources of database vendors
Provider of foreign electronic resources for science, research, education and business. The current product offer can be found in STM Catalog (on-line on or on CD-ROM „Informace na dlani“). The „ “ system intermediate search for information resources available in the Czech Republic through the grant programms of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, and on other similar project and related institutions. AIP acts as an agent of more than 50 vendors and publishers (f.e. ProQuest Information and Learning, Ovid Technologies, Dialog, Economist Inteligence Unit aso).
The company deals with creating, publishing and distribution of databases which cover Czech and Slovak Republic's market. It offers search services and consultations, and enables to find out information about companies all over the world. Products and services make up an large-scale project known as „ “ (Albertina – Trade Monitor).
The company providing information and searching services, patent, trade and marketing information, chemistry and pharmaceutical information. It‘s a representant of database network of STN International and the Information, Ltd. It creates the factual database „ “ with information on dangerous substances (more than 6000 records in czech language).