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BIOSIS Citation Index/Biological Abstracts

Last Updated: May 23, 2022 11:52 AM


Connect to Database for years 2008 to present

Remote access to this resource requires a UBITName and password.

Additional Database Segments (1990 to 2007)

See the tabbed Description box below for details about the coverage for each of these file segments, all part of the BIOSIS/Biological Abstracts family of databases. These three files indicate full coverage of Biological Abstracts and BIOSIS Previews from 1990 through 2007. BIOSIS Citation Index resumes coverage from 2008 to the present.

Biological Abstracts 1990+ on the Web of Science search system

BIOSIS Previews 1990-2007 on the OVID search system

Biological Abstracts 1980-2002 on the OVID search system

Description

BIOSIS Citation Index is a comprehensive source for biology information providing access to more than 18 million citations (print and online; about 500,000 new citations are added annually) in the biological literature. Coverage includes: agriculture, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biomedicine, biotechnology, botany, ecology, genetics, genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, pharmacology, physiology, proteomics, public health, and zoology. [HINT: you may be able to increase the number of citations retrieved by searching both the common name and the scientific, aka genus-species name or binomial name, e.g., "brown trout" OR Salmo trutta.]

Leads to citations and abstracts to journal articles, conference papers, books, U.S. Patents, and technical reports.

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BIOSIS Citation Index is available on the Clarivate's Web of Science platform. BIOSIS Citation Index can be searched alone or as part of a federated (multi-database) search across all of the Web of Science databases. BIOSIS Citation Index allows for Cited Reference Searches which displays all citations to an article including those with missing or incorrect information. 

Right AND Left Truncation: Right-hand truncation puts an asterisk (*) at the right side of the word stem, e.g. “biochem*” retrieves biochemical, biochemically, biochemistry. Left-hand truncation places the asterisk (*) on the left side of the word stem, e.g. “*degradation” retrieves degradation, phytodegradation, biodegradation, etc. Both left and right truncation can be used simultaneously; i.e., *degrad*.

Please refer to the other two Tabs for information on searching BIOSIS/Biological Abstracts content prior to 2008.

BIOSIS Previews Archive (1990-2007) on the OVID platform is the back file for the current BIOSIS Citation Index database (2008+) on the Web of Science platform (See first tab).  Both the current and the archive databases cover journal articles, conference papers, books, U.S. patents, and technical reports. The only difference between the two files is that the BIOSIS Previews Archive file does not contain citing paper counts for publications.

Coverage includes: agriculture, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biomedicine, biotechnology, botany, ecology, genetics, genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, pharmacology, physiology, proteomics, public health, and zoology.

Content from 1980-1990 can be searched in the journal article-only subset of the BIOSIS databases, Biological Abstracts on the OVID platform (See third Tab).

Biological Abstracts is the journal article-only subset of two closely related databases described on the other two tabs of this guide: BIOSIS Citation Index and BIOSIS Previews Archive. For the time periods from 1990-2007 on OVID and from 2008 to present on Web of Science, the more comprehensive BIOSIS databases should be searched in place of Biological Abstracts as they include conference papers, books, U.S. patents, and technical reports.

Coverage includes: agriculture, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biomedicine, biotechnology, botany, ecology, genetics, genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, pharmacology, physiology, proteomics, public health, and zoology.

Biological Abstracts overlapping file segments are available on two different search systems:

Dates Covered

Between the OVID and Web of Science platforms, our UB subscription covers 1980 to the present, updated weekly.

BIOSIS/Biological Abstracts File Overlaps

For the most comprehensive search possible search time spans highlighted in yellow for the specified datbases on the specified platform.

Print Counterpart

Biological Abstracts(1927-1989)
Lockwood Library Periodical Collection
CALL NUMBER: QH301 .B37

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