Information Resources

Information Resources

Selection of portals, reference databases, fact and patent databases centrally licensed by the Max Planck Digital Library

Databases for references and facts

WoS - a reference database:
Web of Science provides access to the „Web of Science Core Collection“, containing also InCites Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and the Essential Science Indicators (ESI), to BIOSIS Preview, MEDLINE, SciELO Citation Index and Zoological Record. Patents are searchable under the Derwent Innovations Index (from 1963 onwards). A unique feature of the WoS is that from any bibliographic record in the database links are available to its cited references, to related articles and to citing articles. In some instances additional links (e.g. to the journal impact factor) may also be available.

Scopus - a genuine reference database:
Scopus is a multidisciplinary database covering a large selection of scientific, technical, medical, and social sciences journals. Citations are also included (1996 onwards).

SciFinder - a chemical database for references and facts:
SciFinder provides direct access to Chemical Abstracts, REGISTRY, Chem-Cats, and other databases for searching chemical texts, structures, reactions, bio-sequences and patents.
Please note: new users have to apply for a user name and password, before they can start. Please register here: Registration for CAS SciFinder

SpringerMaterials - a database for references and facts:
Springer Materials is based on the Landolt-Börnstein New Series, the unique fully evaluated data collection in all areas of physical sciences and engineering. It provides access to curated data about more than 3,000 physical and chemical properties of more than 250,000 materials and chemical systems.

ProQuest - a genuine reference database:
ProQuest offers over 40 field-specific databases and Web-resources, covering natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and humanities via an advanced search interface, amongst others ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, the world´s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day and offering full text for graduate works since 1997.

1findr - a collection of Open Access publications
1findr by the Canadian based information provider 1science is an extensive collection of over 25 million green and gold OA papers published in arts, humanities, and sciences journals. All the articles are peer-reviewed. 1findr is considered to be world’s largest curated open access discovery platform. Using the oaFindr link resolver, this advanced search solution provides hyperlinks to 30 million freely available articles. It is directly integrated in MPG/SFX Services to indicate all full texts free available.

Max Planck services

Max Planck Resource Navigator. Web application to navigate through scientific information resources available to staff and guests of the Max Planck Society. MPG.ReNa lists over 500 databases, licensed digital collections and reference works as well as recommendable retrieval tools available on the web free of charge. Consequently, MPG.ReNa is a good entry point to disvover the scope of the institutes resources as well as the entire MPG collection.

MPG/SFX Citation Linker is a service to get the requested article's full text. The Max Planck Digital Library maintains this link resolving service. It takes you from your search results directly to the article on the publisher's website. Also it offers additional information (e.g. library holdings, journal information, etc.). You will find the MPG/SFX button integrated in databases like Web of Science, Scopus or on many other platforms.

Primo Central Index
To find articles & books, you may run a comprehensive search through Primo Central Index. This is a mega index hosted by Ex Libris. It contains several hundred million references to scholary publications retrieved from publishers, aggregators and open access repositories.

Patent databases

List of patent databases and useful information about retrieving patent literature and gaining the full text.

European Patent Office ( ESPACE)
Collection of published patent applications from over 80 countries. Content of the last 5 years for all countries, additional content depending on the national patent office.  

US Patent Office (USPTO)
Collection of patent applications from the USA, contains full-text since 1976, full-page images since 1790

Derwent Innovations Index
Patents are searchable under the Derwent Innovations Index (from 1963 onwards).

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