Databases: A-Z

As noted below, some databases are restricted to specific NOAA Washington D.C. area campuses, while others are freely available to anyone. For NOAA employees outside of the Washington, D.C. area, check with your NOAA library.

You may also view these databases arranged by subject.

(Available only to NOAA staff serviced by the NOAA Central Library)

ABI/Inform is a major global business research database covering all aspects of business, from company profiles and SWOT analyses to management techniques. To access this database through Nexis, click on the "Sources" tab at the top left of the Nexis search page, then search for "ABI Inform" (quotes not necessary) in the search box and click on "Find Sources". Check the box next to "ABI/INFORM" in the search results, then click on the button labeled "OK - Continue" on the right side of the page. You can now search within ABI/Inform.

(Abstracts available to anyone)

Bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library and its cooperators.

AGU Journals
(Full-text available only to NOAA staff serviced by the NOAA Central Library and College Park)

The American Geophysical Union publishes 20 highly respected, peer-reviewed scientific journals. Access American Geophysical Union (AGU) journals online including the Journal of Geophysical Research in seven disciplinary areas: Atmospheres, Biogeosciences, Earth Surface, Oceans, Planets, Solid Earth, Space Physics; Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (2000-present), Paleoceanography (1986-present), Space Weather (2003-present), and the AGU open access journals: Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES) (2009-present), Earth and Space Science (2014-present), Earth's Future (2013-present), GeoHealth (new, accepting submissions).

American Meteorological Society (AMS)
(Abstracts available to anyone. Full-text available only to NOAA staff serviced by the NOAA Central Library and Camp Springs)

Search full-text of 11 AMS journals running from 1873 to present, including Monthly Weather Review (1873-present), Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (1970-present), Journal of Climate (1988-present), and more.

Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA)
(Available NOAA-wide)

International database of aquatic science abstracts covering science, technology and management of marine, brackish, and freshwater environment and organisms from 1971 to present.

(Available to anyone)

Browse articles, abstracts, websites, and events related to the biological sciences by geographical location, organism name, or subject.

BioOne Abstracts and Indexes
(Available NOAA-wide)

BioOne is an indexed and fully-searchable collection of abstracts developed by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the University of Kansas, the Greater Western Library Alliance and Allen Press. It provides a unique aggregation of nearly 100 high-impact bioscience research journals from around 70 publishers.

CiteSeerX, Scientific Literature Digital Library
(Available to anyone)

CiteSeer is a digital library and search engine focused primarily on literature on computer and information science. Provides automated citation indexing and citation linking.

Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers
(Available to anyone)

Search for or browse the top researchers in the life sciences, medicine, physical sciences, engineering and social science by name, category, country, or institutional affiliation, to access biographical information, publications listings, and links to bibliographic information determined by a citation analysis of Web of Science data.

Conference Papers Index
(Available NOAA-wide)

Provides citations to Life sciences, environmental sciences, aquatic sciencespapers and poster sessions presented at major scientific meetings around the world from 1982 to present.

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
(Available to anyone; some restricted resources)

Provides centralized access to all of Department of Defense's scientific and technical information on DoD's multidisciplinary research, development, engineering, and studies programs.

Directory of Open Access Journals
(Available to anyone)

Browse free, full-text quality-controlled scientific and scholarly journals by title or subject. Covers biology, earth and environmental sciences, social sciences, and more. Includes international titles.

E & E News
(Available NOAA-wide)

E&E News (Environment & Energy Publishing) is a leading source of comprehensive, daily coverage of environmental and energy policy and markets. Titles include Climatewire, E&E Daily, E&E News PM, Energywire, and Green wire.

EconLit Full-Text
(Available to NOAA Fisheries staff NOAA-wide and at NOAA Central Library public access PCs)

The American Economic Association's source of citations and abstracts to economic research dating back to 1969 plus full text for more than 400 publications.

Elsevier Science
(Abstracts available to anyone)

Search article abstracts and table of contents of Elsevier journals, books and more. See also Science Direct.

E-Print Network
(Available to Anyone)

Provides access to deep-web searching and browsing by discipline of more than 31,000 web sites and databases worldwide, containing more than 5 million full-text scholarly and professional works in the basic and applied sciences. This gateway is hosted by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scienctific and Technical Information (OSTI).

Google Scholar
(Available to anyone)

Searches scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, book, abstracts and articles from academic publishers and professional societies, preprint repositories and more; try 'Advanced Search' to search Author names in combination with titles, or to limit search to a certain web domain, publication, or subject areas.

(Available to anyone)

GreenFILE offers well-researched 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.

(Available NOAA-wide)

Through HeinOnline, we have access to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), a comprehensive collection, containing more than 8,500 volumes (beginning with the 1st CFR edition in 1938) AND the Federal Register Library collection that begins with Vol 1 (1936) and also includes the CFRs and a Federal Register Quick Reference guide.

The HeinOnline Welcome Page features a list of the law journals, legislative histories and related collections that are available to you when you are onsite at NOAA.

Homeland Security Digital Library
(Available to anyone; some restricted access)

A database of over 57,000 non-classified Presidential directives, policy and national strategy documents as well as specialized resources related to Homeland Security.

Index to Organism Names
(Available to anyone)

A free online database of millions of animal names derived from three databases: Zoological Record, BIOSIS Previews, and Biological Abstracts. Each animal name is linked to at least one journal article, allowing researchers to track the usage of each name in the journal literature.

(Abstracts available to anyone)

Searches article abstracts from over 25 million academic and professional articles, chapters, and reports, and browses over 31,000 scholarly publications by title or subject area such as Biology/Life Sciences, Earth and and Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, etc.

Journal Citation Reports Science Edition
(Available NOAA-wide)

Journal Citation Reports allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 5,900 scholarly and technical journals from more than 5,000 publishers in over 60 countries. It includes virtually all areas of science and technology.

JSTOR: the Scholarly Journal Archive
(Available NOAA-wide)

Complete full-text archives of core scholarly journals, some dating from the 1600s. Search by topic, keywords, titles, authors and dates. NOAA subscribes to these JSTOR collections of titles: Arts & Sciences I; Arts & Sciences VII; Biological Sciences; Business; Health & General Sciences; Mathematics & Statistics; Public Health Reports. (You can view titles in specific collections or search by disciplines)
(Available NOAA-wide) offers legal information. Contact library staff for user id and password at or call the Reference Desk at 301-713-2600 ext. 157.

Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts
(Available only to NOAA staff at Silver Spring, Camp Springs, Miami, and Seattle.)

Index of the world's literature on meteorology, climatology, and hydrology from 1974 to present.

National Academies Press (NAP)
(Available to anyone)

Search over 2,500 reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health.

National Research Council Canada
(Abstracts available to anyone)

Browse abstracts and table of contents of the publications of NRCC Research Press.

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
(Abstracts available to anyone)

Containing over 2.0 million bibliographic records, the NTIS Bibliographic Database is the preeminent resource for accessing the latest research sponsored by the United States and select foreign governments. The Database represents billions of dollars in research. Contents include research reports, computer products, software, video cassettes, audio cassettes and more. The complete electronic file dates back to 1964. On average, NTIS adds over 30,000 new records per year to the Database. Most records include abstracts.
(Available NOAA-wide) offers news, business, and legislative information. NOAA staff at Silver Spring campus can access without a user id and password (access is through IP authentication). For NOAA staff outside Silver Spring, contact the Reference Desk for a user id and password or call the Reference Desk at 301-713-2600 ext. 157.

NOAA eBook Collection
(Available NOAA-wide)

Features more than 300 online book titles, including 200 Information Technology (IT) books on subjects including HTML, XHTML, XML, Visual Basic.Net, CGI, Dreamweaver, PHP, Apache, MySQL Web Development, and more.

Oceanic Abstracts
(Available NOAA-wide)

Indexes and abstracts worldwide technical literature pertaining to the marine and brackish-water environment from 1981 to present.

Open Access Journals
(Available to anyone)

Browse free, full-text quality-controlled scientific and scholarly journals by title or subject. Covers biology, earth and environmental sciences, social sciences, and more. Includes international titles.

(Available to anyone)

PubMed is a free database comprising over 19 million citations in the biomedical and life sciences, including marine biology, chemistry, ecology, and toxicology. Full text is available to anyone for many of these citations.

Science Accelerator
(Available to anyone)

Searches, via a single query hosted by a Department of Energy platform, important scientific and technical information resources on the deep web containing research and development results, an E-Print Network of gray literature, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more.
(Available to anyone) searches over 38 databases and 1,950 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information, including research and development results.

(Abstracts and citations freely available to anyone)

Search 2,500 journals and 11,000 digital books. Provides access to 8 online full-text journals from Elsevier Science for patrons of NOAA Central Library in Silver Spring, MD.

(Available NOAA-wide)

Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, provides bibliographic citations and abstracts from the care journal literature in toxicology from 1999 to the present.

USA Trade Online
(Available only at public workstations of the NOAA Central Library. Ask librarian for assistance with login information.)

A STAT-USA service for researching U.S. imports and exports.

(Available to anyone)

Search 150 million articles from 12,000 publications.

Water Resources Abstracts
(Available NOAA-wide)

Provides summaries of the world's technical and scientific literature on water-related topics covering the characteristics, conservation, control, pollution, treatment, use and management of water resources.

Web of Science - Science Citation Index Expanded
(Available NOAA-wide)

Indexes over 5,800 leading international scientific journals, provides author, cited reference and keyword searching, and provides links to the original full-text if the library has a subscription. Current subscription covers the years 1970-present. PLEASE NOTE: this log-in link provides access to both Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports, and free ISI databases.

Web of Knowledge Additional Resources
(Available NOAA-wide)

Includes ISI HighlyCited, BiologyBrowser, Index to Organism Names, Researcher ID, Science Watch, and Scientific WebPlus.

(Note: Access to Westlaw is limited to NOAA Office of General Counsel staff. )

Westlaw is a major legal research database of primary law, legal analysis and litigation materials. Contact Library Reference Desk for an ID and password.
(Available to anyone)

Catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide. The database contains all the records cataloged by Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) member libraries; offers millions of bibliographic records.

Worldcat via First Search Databases
(Available only to NOAA staff serviced by the NOAA Central Library)

Worldcat via First Search provides additional functionality. A username/password is required to access this database. Information can be obtained at the Reference Desk at (301)-713-2600 ext. 157.

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