The NOAA Central Library offers a number of electronic resources for patron use. Some of these resourcecs may only be available to users at the NOAA Washington, D.C. area campuses, while others are available NOAA-wide or are freely available to anyone. For NOAA employees outside the Washington, D.C. area, check with your NOAA Library


Use our online databases to find citations, abstracts, and, in some cases, full-text articles, book sections and conference proceedings.

Search databases alphabetically or browse by subject.


Browse our current subscriptions to full-text online journals. NOTE: Full-text is available to library patrons only.

Or search the NOAA Central Library Catalog by Journal Title or ISSN


NOAA's eBook Collection, available NOAA-wide, features more than 300 eBook titles, primarily in the computer sciences.

This link should take you directly to the eBook collection. This collection is available to NOAA employees, staff, and affiliates only. If you are prompted to enter a user ID and password to access the collection, and if you are a NOAA employee or affiliate, you may email the Library Reference Desk to receive a user ID and password. We apologize for the inconvenience.

NOAA's eBook collection is also available through the NOAA Central Library Catalog. From the Power Search page, choose Electronic book under itemtype, then click the "Search Catalog" button.

If you have questions, please contact the Library Reference Desk, 301-713-2600, ext. 157.

Virtual Libraries

Coral Reef Database System (CoRIS) Coral Data & Publications Catalog, also known as the CoRIS virtual library, offers scientists, resource managers, and other coral enthusiasts direct and indirect access to coral ecosystem datasets and products. The Catalog is home to thousands of metadata records, citations of peer-reviewed journal articles, NOAA scientific publications and technical memoranda, conference proceedings, educational and outreach materials, and much more. It also provides direct links to other coral ecosystem websites, both internal to and outside of NOAA. Online access to literature is provided as available.

Reference Management Tools

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

Information on how to download is on the NOAA Google Sites EndNote page.

For more information about EndNote training and instruction sessions held in the library visit the Library Instruction page.

Reference Shelf

Browse a vitual reference shelf of useful online tools including almanacs, dictionaries and style manuals.