Library Instruction

We provide access to a number of scientific, technical, and legal databases to support NOAA's mission to study the structure and behavior of the ocean, atmosphere, and related ecosystems; integrate research and analysis; observations and monitoring; and environmental modeling. We also provide access to the bibliographic management tool, Endnote, that helps you keep track of and create citations.

Discover the best ways to navigate the NOAA Central Library web site, how to search databases, access e-journals, set up email alerts, get started with Endnote, tour our special collections, and more. Contact the Library Reference Desk to set up an individual appointment or to set up a more formal briefing for your program or office staff.

Library Instruction Sessions

For upcoming training sessions, please visit NOAA Central Library Brown Bag seminars.

Online Tutorials

We also provide access to online tutorials on the following tools available to you through our NOAA Central Library subscriptions.


NOAA has a site-wide license for the bibliographic management tool Endnote. This tool helps you keep track of your references by helping you create citations for sources you use and guides you to create bibliographies.

Information on how to download the program and product keys for NOAA Staff can be found on the NOAA Google Sites EndNote page

Endnote tutorials


HeinOnline is a legal research collection that features full-text searching of laws and regulations, case law, treaties and agreements, scholarly legal and criminal justice periodicals, and related materials.

Proquest Databases

Proquest is a platform of databases that allows you to search for journal articles and conference proceedings in the aquatic, biological, environmental, meteorological, and toxicological sciences. The databases accessible through Proquest for NOAA staff include Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), COS Conference Proceedings, Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA) and Water Resources Abstracts.


LexisNexis includes major newspapers, law journals, legislative histories, international news, intellectual property records, industry and market reports, and more. Available to all NOAA staff nationwide at via user id and password. Contact your NOAA Library for more information. If you are a patron of the NOAA Central Library, contact the Reference Desk. For a list of NOAA libraries click here.

Web of Science

Web of Science (formerly ISI Web of Knowledge) is today's premier research platform for information in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

(Note: NOAA is subscribed to the Science Citation Index Expanded portion of the Core Collection, but NOAA is not subscribed to the social sciences or arts and humanities indices as those are out of our scope).

  • Web of Science Training Page

  • Science Direct

    Science Direct is a multidisciplinary database of scientific journals published by Elsevier B.V.


    Westlaw is a specialized database of primary law, legal analysis and litigation materials.

    Library Tours

    Come join us for a tour of the library and our Special Collections Room, which holds such unique items as a collection of Civil War era maps and charts created by the Coast and Geodetic Survey, a 1485 Latin Transcription of Hippocrates' work on climate and human health, and more.

    To set up an individual or group tour of the library, contact the Library Reference Desk.

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