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Key Resources: Databases for Biotechnology
Please note: Use of databases from off-campus requires logging in with your myNortheastern account user name and password.
Use this link for direct full-text access to Northeastern's resources through PubMed.
PubMed comprises more than 29 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. For tips on searching efficiently and effectively in PubMed, click here
Embase is a versatile and up-to-date biomedical research database covering the most important international biomedical literature from 1947 to the present day with more than 32+ million records from 8,200 journals and ‘grey literature’ from over 2.4 million conference abstracts. Embase includes unique non-English content and coverage of the most important types of evidence, such as randomized controlled trials, controlled clinical trials, Cochrane reviews and meta-analyses.
Biological Abstracts, the premier database of research in Biology and related disciplines. International coverage of scholarly articles, books and book chapters, meetings and conferences, patents and software. 1969-present, updated weekly.
Web of Science
Web of Science is a database that broadly covers all of the sciences with strengths in natural sciences, health sciences, engineering, computer science, materials sciences. Great for interdisciplinary research, it also includes coverage of social sciences, arts, and humanities. Web of Science contains over 73 million records.
Compendex with Inspec (Engineering Village)
A comprehensive interdisciplinary engineering database, including peer reviewed journals, professional literature, conference proceedings, book series, dissertations, and trade publications. A broad view of engineering is included with research information from the fields of nanotechnology, bioengineering, food science, medical devices, and more.
Combining your search with INSPEC adds a comprehensive database of physics, computer science and electrical engineering research and professional literature to your results. On the main search page, use the toggle checkboxes to include or exclude Compendex or Inspec from your search.
bioRxiv is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints
in the life sciences. It is operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution. For more information on bioRxiv and its policies, click here
An independent online publishing house; provides immediate free access to the peer-reviewed biological and medical research. BMC has a profile of approximately 300 peer-reviewed journals, sharing discoveries from research communities in science, technology, engineering and medicine.
Not-for-profit collaboration bringing together scientific societies, publishers, and libraries to provide access to critical, peer-reviewed research in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences.
Published by the Public Library of Science, an open access, peer-reviewed journal; features works in all areas of biological science, including works that interface with other disciplines such as chemistry, medicine and mathematics.
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STAT+ (STAT Plus) provides in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Coverage includes Wall Street news, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs, clinical trial results, and health care disruption. Access to this resource requires registration with a Northeastern University email address.
Finding journal articles
Includes all journals, print & electronic available at NU
Complete A-Z list of databases
Off-campus access to resources
Using your Northeastern login, you should be able to access resources off campus. Click the above link for help with troubleshooting any issues you may have with off-campus access.
Get started with Scholar OneSearch
Scholar OneSearch can be a great place to start your research. It contains resources provided by Northeastern, but may not include results from specific databases. Search results include books (both print and electronic), articles, videos, data sets, and more. Click here for tips on using Scholar OneSearch
If we don't have access to an article you need...
Try using Northeastern's Interlibrary Loan system to request books, book chapters, or articles not available at NU. Articles can be delivered electronically.
What is a preprint?
A preprint is an article that is published prior to peer review, allowing scientists to see and discuss works immediately. As these articles are published before peer review, they may not be finalized by authors and some errors may appear. Advantages include the dissemination of scientific information in a timely manner, as the length of the peer review and publication process can be time consuming, and gives the authors the opportunity to receive feedback on their manuscript prior to journal submission. As a reader of preprints, it is important to remember that these articles have not yet been peer reviewed or accepted by a journal. Preprints are typically stored in preprint databases such as arXiv or bioRxiv.