• Academic OneFile

    1980+  Academic OneFile provides full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources

  • Aluka

    A digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa.

  • Archimer

    Archimer provides a database of full-text documents covering post-publications (final drafts published in peer-reviewed journals), theses, conference proceedings and Ifremer reports in all fields related to oceans.

  • ArXiv.org

    1991+ Physics and mathematics e-print server.

  • ASFA - Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts

    1978+ Aquaculture, fisheries, marine and freshwater environments, marine technology, meteorology, oceanography, policy and legislation.

  • Biodiversity Heritage Library

    Twelve major natural history libraries, botanical libraries & research institutes including the MBLWHOI Library have collaborated to digitize the published literature of biodiversity held in their respective collections. Over 12 million pages are searchable using the uBio species name-finding tool.

  • Biography in Context

    600,000+ biographies on more than 525,000 people.

  • Biological Sciences

    1982+  Biomedicine, biotechnology, zoology, ecology, agriculture and veterinary science; includes ecology, entomology, genome, human genome and nucleic acids abstracts.

  • BioOne

    1998+ Abstracts with links to full text for 82  high-impact bioscience journals from 66 publishers.

  • BISC eReference Collection Index

    Digital reference library specializing in the biomedical and life sciences compiled by the members of the BioInformation Science Consortium

  • Boston Globe

    Full text 1997+

    Earlier years available at Boston Globe 1980-1996

  • Cell: An Image Library

    The Cell: An Image Library is an open access library containing over 4,350 research quality cellular images, videos, and animations.

    The new repository of microscopy data gives researchers the opportunity to archive their data for their own use, as well as make that information available to other researcher. The Cell welcomes submissions and feedback.

  • Chicago Manual of Style

  • Clinical Trials

    A guide to clinical trials being conducted in the USA. Provided by the National Library of Medicine.

  • Conference Papers Index

    1982+  Papers and poster sessions presented at major international scientific meetings.

  • Congressional Research Service Reports

    Briefing documents for Congress on environmental and current issues.

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism

    Over 11,000 references of literary criticism.

  • Contributions to the Scientific Literature from WHOI

    1930+  Articles, books and conference papers written and edited by WHOI scientists (including works in progress)

  • Current Protocols in Molecular Biology

    Molecular techniques and protocols -- online version of the book.

  • Darwin Correspondence Project

    This site is the work of the Darwin Correspondence Project.  It contains basic descriptions of more than 15,000 letters known to have been written by or to Charles Darwin, and the complete texts of around half of those.

  • Darwin Online

    Darwin Online provides access to  Darwin's complete publications, many handwritten manuscripts and private papers and the largest Darwin bibliography and manuscript catalogue ever published.


    Gateway to global environmental law resources (treaties, national legislation, court decisions & publications--includes full-text)

  • Elsevier Science Direct

    Single search interface to > 2,500 journals, books & reference works in life, physical, medical, technical and social sciences.

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

    Encyclopaedia Britannica and Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus.

  • Energy Citations Database

    1943+ Energy and energy related unclassified science and technology information.

  • Entrez Database (NCBI)

    Entrez, the life sciences search engine, searches across multiple health sciences databases at the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieves related sequences, structures & references.

  • Environmental Fate Data Base

    Multiple databases with physical, chemical, environmental fate, and degradation properties of chemical and compounds.

  • Environmental Health and Toxicology

    Collection of databases on hazardous chemicals, toxic releases, and environmental health

  • Environmental Studies and Policy from GaleCengage

    Includes articles from academic journals and magazines covering the fields of environmental issues and policy between 1980 and 2012.

  • ERIC - Education Resources Information Center

    1966+ Information about education research and practice.

  • Expanded Academic ASAP

    1980+ General database covering all academic disciplines.

  • Federal Business Opportunities

    FedBizOpps provides information on daily U.S. government procurement, research and contract awards and opportunities

  • Federal Register

    1994+ Daily regulatory changes and announcements, including health and research.

  • Fisheries Heritage Digital Collection

    Digital collection from NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program including photos, correspondence, logbooks, statistics, sampling inventories & other historical research records from the US Fish Commission (Late 19th/early 20th century)

  • Fossil Record

    Dating the Tree of Life (Date-a-Clade) and the Fossil Record 2 / MJ Benton (ed). London: Chapman & Hall, c1993.

    Palaeontological date for major nodes on the tree of life and near-complete listing of the diversity of life through time, compiled at the level of the Family.

  • Foundation Directory

    US Foundations, corporate giving programs and grantmaking public charities. Contact library [at] mbl [dot] edu for login and password.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

    Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research

  • General Business File ASAP

    Business information.

  • General Reference Center

    General interest database that integrates a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.

  • GeoRef

    World geosciences literature. North America coverage: 1669+ and international coverage: 1933+ 

  • Google Scholar

    From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.

  • GPO Monthly Catalog

    1976+ Publications of the U.S. Government Printing Office.

  • Health Reference Center Academic

    1980+  General database covering all aspects of personal and public health, and occupational health and safety.

  • HeinOnline

    Provided by the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries, HeinOnline provides full-text access to more than 1400 law journals and over 60 million pages of legal history in an online, fully-searchable, image-based format.  For access, contact library [at] mbl [dot] edu

  • Illustrata: Natural Sciences

    1997+ CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences is the first in a series of CSA Illustrata databases of searchable tables, figures, graphs, charts and other illustrations from the scholarly research and technical literature.

  • Index to Organism Names (ION)

    ION contains all the animal names data found within the Thomson Reuters life science literature databases including ZooRecord, Biosis & Biological Abstracts

  • Infotrac

    1980+ Collection of databases covering a wide variety of topics from health to social sciences for levels

  • Ingenta

    1988+ Searchable database of more than 30,000 multi-disciplinary journals. Full-text available via MBLWHOI Library subscriptions or credit card.

  • Internet Archive (access the WayBack Machine)

    A digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.

  • ISI Science Citation Index (Web of Science)

    1965+ Citation Index with cited reference searching which tracks articles that have cited a specific work by an author.

  • Journal Citation Reports Science Edition (Impact Factors)

    2004+ (product has a lag time)  ISI impact factors, journal rankings , and data from over 7,300 journals in science and technology


    JSTOR offers a high-quality, interdisciplinary archive to support scholarship and teaching. It includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

  • LexisNexis Academic

    Newspaper and magazine searching;  business and industry information & directories; company profiles; legal research;  laws; patents; codes & regulations; medical information; general reference sources.

  • Medline

    1950's+ Information provider: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts

    Worldwide biomedical literature (subset of PubMed).

  • Medline

    1950's +  Information provider: Thomson Reuters

    Worldwide biomedical literature (subset of PubMed).Search this database separately or in combination with other Thomson databases like Web of Science

  • Medline Plus

    Information provider: National Library of Medicine

    Consumer health information, includes health topics and tutorials, drug information, dictionaries and current health news.

  • Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus

    Dictionary and thesaurus with links to Encyclopaedia Britannica and full-text

  • National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

    1990+  Government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information from 200 federal agencies.

  • NCBI Entrez

    National resource for molecular biology information & software tools for analyzing genome data & biomedical information.

  • NetLibrary

    Thousands of  ebooks available for check ou t

  • New York Times

    Full text 1980+

  • NewsBank

    1980+ Full-text collection of U.S. newspapers: features Cape Cod Times full-text from 1998-present.

  • OAIster

    This site allows users to directly search the collection of freely available academically-oriented digital resources.

  • Ocean Instruments

    WHOI database of scientific instruments: how they work, what they do, and why they do it.

  • Oceanic Abstracts

    1981+ Marine and brackish-water environments with emphasis on non-living resources.

  • Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

    The OED is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is a  guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

  • Pharmabase

    Cellular physiology and pharmacological compounds used in cellular research.

  • Plant Science

    1994+  Plant sciences emphasizing pathology, symbiosis, biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, techniques and environmental biology.

  • Prokaryotes (an evolving e-resource for microbiologists)

    3rd ed. c1991-2006  Information provider: Springer

    Online only 3rd version of print resource; updated in regularly scheduled releases.

    Volume 1

  • Pubget

    Biomedical literature searching tool for Medline and arXiv.  Results link directly to PDF files of articles in subscribed to or freely accessible journal titles.

  • PubMed

    1950's+ Information provider: National Library of Medicine

    Life sciences and biomedical literature with links to genomic, proteomic, & related data sets & additional information.

  • PubMed (PDA version)

    1950's+ Information provider: National Library of Medicine

    Text/PDA/screen-reader version of PubMed. Life sciences and biomedical literature with links to genomic, proteomic, & related data sets & additional information.

  • Science Citation Index (Web of Science)

    1965+ Science Citation Index with cited reference searching which tracks articles that have cited a specific work by an author.

  • Science Direct

    Single search interface to > 2,500 journals, books & reference works in life, physical, medical, technical and social sciences.


  • ScienceJobs.com

    Information provider: New Scientist via Reed Elsevier

    Career and job site for scientists.


    Current plus previous 4 years 

    Toxicology, including chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, environmental pollutants, mutagens and teratogens.

  • TOXNET (Toxicology Data Network)

    1967+  Collection of databases covering toxicology, environmental health, chemistry, HIV/AIDS and specialized topics in minority health.

  • US Geological Survey (USGS) Publications Warehouse

    1882+  Reports, maps, datasets, satellite imagery, real-time data, & software.  Links to full-text where applicable.

  • US Geological Survey (USGS) Woods Hole Science Center Publications

    2008+   USGS Woods Hole Field Center publications.


  • Vadlo

    Vadlo is an academic, open-access, free search engine created to locate biology research information by searching across specific categories such as protocols, online tools, seminars/powerpoint & databases.

  • Water Information Center

    Provided by the National Academies. Over 100 peer reviewed NAS reports on water-related issues

  • Water Resources Abstracts

    1967+ Freshwater and estuarine science, groundwater, wastewater, water law and related topics.

  • Web of Science

    1954+  Science Citation Index with cited reference searching which tracks articles that have cited a specific work by an author.

  • WHOI Contributions to the Scientific Literature

    1930-2011  Articles, books and conference papers written and edited by WHOI scientists (including works in progress).

  • World Ocean Database 2009

    The largest, most comprehensive collection of scientific information about the oceans with records dating as far back as 1800. This product is part of the climate services provided by NOAA.

  • WorldCat

    2100 BC+  WorldCat connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 library worldwide.

  • WorldWideScience.Org

    A global science gateway connecting you to national and international scientific databases. WorldWideScience.org accelerates scientific discovery and progress by providing one-stop searching