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Professional Resources

The selection of the prestigous professional databases in area of natural sciences, technology and medicine. Following section contains bibliographic and full-text databases, mostly of paid access.

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.

Natural science

  • Biological Abstracts
    Prominent scientific database for the biology and biomedicine is produced by the BIOSIS 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 "BiologyBrowser".

  • Chemical Abstracts, CAS Registry
    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 Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS). 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 searching in FREE demo.

  • MathSci (MathSciNet Mathematical Review on the Web)
    MathSciNet is produced by the American Mathematical Society. MathSciNet is a bibliographic database covering the world's mathematical literature since 1940. Database includes Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Contents (MathSciNet about). MathSciNet offers free access to the three recent issues of "Featured Reviews". AMS provides portal "Math on the Web" for the math-related information resources on the Internet.



    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 AgNIC 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). On-line search within databases is free. The records are supplied by 146 national centres.

  • CAB Abstracts
    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 Engineering Information. Online access is provided by vendors (Ovid, STN, Questel-Orbit, Dialog/Datastar), by ScienceDirect of Elsevier or by producent via Engineering Village 2TM interface.

  • ICONDA Bibliographic
    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 International Union of Building Centres (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 Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE). Online access is provided by vendors, ScienceDirect and EBSCOhost.



    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, Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine.

  • Cochrane 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 The Cochrane Collaboration. Database is available for the consortium OVID 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  consortium OVID 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 NLM 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 OVID consortium participants' IP address, or through WinSpirs 4.1 of the OVID/SilverPlatter company.

  • MEDLINE plus Health Information
    The MEDLINE plus Health Information service provides health sources mostly of National Library of Medicine 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.
    Updated daily.
    Free available.

    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 Masaryk University in Brno.

  • Prous Science Daily Essentials – Daily Drug News
    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 Prous Science, USA. Update is daily. The access is via IP addresses of the project LI 01021 solving institutions, Masaryk University Brno, National Medical Library, Charles University and Palacky University.

    The database contains journals processed for the collection of the National Library of Medicine 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 databases
    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 (national license) through EBSCOhost. 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.

  • ISI Web of Science
    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 Thomson ISI. Database is available within the Czech academical net thanks to the ASCR project "Large surface multi-license Web of Science".

  • Kluwer
    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 Kluwer consortium.

  • ProQuest 5000 International
    ProQuest 5000 International is comprehensive collection of journal articles databases and is the important product of the international ProQuest Information & Learning Company. 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
    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.

  • SpringerLink
    The SpringerLink Database of the German Springer-Verlag 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.


Grey Literature

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.

  • Digitale Dissertationen
    Archive of digital dissertations, inaugural dissertations and theses of the Technische Universität Berlin.

  • E-PRINT Network
    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 University Library
    Free full texts of research and working papers on economics and mathematics of Tilburg University.

  • Gray Lit Network A Science Portal of Technical Reports
    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).

  • NCSTRL Networked Computer Science Technical Reference Library
    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.

  • NTIS Technical Reports (FedWorld)
    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.


Database vendors

View of the famous world online database vendors and their brief characterization.
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.

  • Dialog
    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 Bluesheets. 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 „Dialog Library“.

  • Dialog DataStar
    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 - „DataStar Datasheets“ (350 descriptions of databases). Demo-version „free ride“ at disposal.

  • Dialog Profound
    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. Demo-version at disposal.

  • DIMDI (Deutsches Institut für medizinische Dokumentation und Information)
    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 description of all databases (about 90 databases) and subject index at disposal.

  • 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.

  • GENIOS Wirtschaftsdatenbanken
    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.

  • Lexis/Nexis
    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.

  • On-line Computer Library Center (OCLC)
    World producer of professional information and database vendor as well. Databases (including union catalogue „WorldCat“) are available through „FirstSearch“ system (the access is paid). List of databases with their description (about 75 databases) at disposal. The OCLC webpages contains many interesting links.

  • Ovid
    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. List of accessible databases. Access to databases via Ovid WWW Gateway is provided via password. The information company SilverPlatter Information became a part of  Ovid Technologies in 2001.

  • Questel/Orbit
    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. List of databases (about 250).

  • STN International (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 „STN on the Web“ or „STN Easy“.

The Czech providers of access to information resources of database vendors

  • Albertina icome Praha
    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 „Infozdroje“ 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).

  • Albertina Data
    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 – Firemní monitor“ (Albertina – Trade Monitor).

  • Medistyl
    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 DERWENT Information, Ltd. It creates the factual database „MEDIS-ALARM“ with information on dangerous substances (more than 6000 records in czech language).


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