Journal Articles and Conference Papers


Search for a print or electronic journal (Nature, Science) or magazine (Popular Science) in the UCLA Library Catalog or browse our collection of E-Journals in Science and Engineering

Article Databases - Science and Engineering

Use an article database to search for articles on a topic. Note that many of these sources only index journal articles -- they might not have the full text.  To find the full text, use the gold UC E-Links button to do an automated search, search for the journal title in the UCLA Library Catalog, search our collection of E-Journals in Science and Engineering, or request through Interlibrary Loan.

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Coverage Database/Provider Description
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Academic Seach Complete (EBSCOhost)

Comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database.

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Access World News (Formerly America's Newspapers)

Provides full-text information and perspectives from U.S. and international sources, each with its own distinctive focus offering diverse viewpoints on local, regional and world issues.

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ACM Digital Library

Provides access to Journals, Magazines, Transactions, Proceedings, Newsletters and more published by ACM.
ACM Digital Library User Guide (video)


ADS (NASA Astrophysics Data System)

Covers astronomy, astrophysics, geophysics, and physics.


Aerospace and High Technology (CSA)

Covers aeronautics, astronautics, and space sciences.


Agricola (NAL)

Citations to the agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library and others, including printed works from the 15th century.

2002+ AIAA ARC (Aerospace Research Central) Library Access to the AIAA Journals and Conference Papers for 2002 and later.

Article First (journals) (OCLC FirstSearch)

Citations from the table of contents of journals in the sciences, social sciences, the humanities, and popular culture.


*ASFA 3: Aquatic Pollution and Environmental Quality (CSA)

Covers research and policy on the contamination of oceans, seas, rivers, and estuaries.


*Bacteriology Abstracts (CSA)

Covers clinical findings as well as all aspects of pure bacteriology, biochemistry, and genetics.


BIOSIS (life sciences) (ISI)

Citations to journals, books, conference proceedings, and technical reports, in all areas of the life sciences and biology, many of which contain abstracts.
BIOSIS Quick Guide


Business Databases by Type



Business Source Complete (EBSCOhost)

Full text from scholarly business journals and other sources such as management journals, marketing journals and economic reports.


Compendex (engineering) (Engineering Village 2)

Indexes over 2600 journals, books, reports and conference papers in science, engineering and technology.  Online equivalent of Engineering Index.
Quick Guide to Compendex (UC Berkeley Engineering Library)


Conference Papers Index (CSA)

Provides citations to papers and poster sessions presented at major scientific meetings in the life sciences, environmental sciences and the aquatic sciences, while older material also covers physics, engineering and materials science.


Declassified Documents Reference Service (DDRS) (Gale InfoTrac)

Covers previously classified government documents.

  Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) MultiSearch  Federated search engine for government-sponsored technical reports from many different agencies. 

Earthquake Engineering Abstracts

Over 70,000 articles on earthquake engineering, prediction and public policy with worldwide coverage.


*Ecology Abstracts (CSA)

Covers ecology research across a wide range of disciplines.


*EIS: Digests of Environmental Impact Statements (CSA)

Indexes federal government-issued environmental impact statements.


*Environment Abstracts (CSA)

Covers environmental studies, pollution, waste management, energy, land use, and environmental design.


*Environmental Engineering Abstracts (CSA)

Covers pollution control and waste management, with emphasis on technological and engineering aspects of air and water quality maintenance, and alternative energy sources.


*Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management (CSA)

Includes subfiles covering all aspects of the environment including aquatic pollution and environmental quality, bacteriology, biotechnology, ecology, environment, environmental egineering, health and safety science, industrial and applied microbiology, pollution, risk, sustainability science, toxicology, and water resources.


Factiva (news and business) (Dow Jones and Reuters)

Access to business and general news sources, including newspapers, magazines, wire services, Web sites, photographs, and trade and industry publications.


GEOREF (geology, geophysics) (CSA)

3500 journals in the geological sciences, plus USGS, Canadian and state survey publications, theses, maps and guidebooks.  Online equivalent of Bibliography and Index of Geology.  Coverage for areas outside North America begins in 1933.


GPO (U.S. government publications)

Complete text of government information from the U.S. Government Printing Office.


GreenFILE (EBSCOhost)

Covers all aspects of human impact to the environment including global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling. Note: this is a free database accessible to all.


*Health and Safety Science Abstracts (CSA)

Covers issues relating to public health, safety, and industrial hygiene.


History of Science, Technology and Medicine (OCLC FirstSearch)

Contains citations from publications in the history of science, the history of technology, and allied historical fields in a variety of languages.


IEEE Xplore

Covers IEEE and IET publications including journals, magazines, conference proceedings, and standards. Subject coverage includes electrical and electronic engineering, computer engineering, computing science, and related disciplines.
IEEE Xplore User Guides


Inspec (electrical engineering, computers, physics) (ISI WoK)

Covers journal and conference proceedings indexed by Physics Abstracts, Electrical and Electronics Abstracts, and Computer and Control Abstracts.
Inspec on Web of Knowledge guides


*Industrial and Applied Microbiology Abstracts (CSA)

Covers agricultural, food and beverage, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries.

  JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) Protocols resource of video articles; Biology, Neuroscience, Immunology and infection, Clinical and translational medicine, Bioengineering, and Applied physics sections only.
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LexisNexis (news, law, reference)

Provides access to a wide range of news, business, legal and reference information including company, industry and market news; also general medical and health topics.
LexisNexis User Guide (Adobe PDF document)


Los Angeles Times Current

Offers full text from 1985 to the present.


Los Angeles Times Archive

Offers full page and article images with searchable full text from the first issue in 1881 to 1985 and full text from 1985 to the present.



Online equivalent of Mathematical Reviews with links to many full-text articles.  Produced by the American Mathematical Society.
MathSciNet Tutorials (videos)

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Full text access to selected medical texts, medical journals, practice guidelines, drug information, patient handouts, and Continuing Medical Education materials.


Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts (CSA)

Over 180,000 abstracts on meteorology, climatology, atmospheric chemistry, and related environmental sciences.


NASA/NACA Technical Report Server (NTRS)

Abstracts and full texts of publications published under the auspices of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, 1915-1958, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1958+.


New York Times

Offers full text from 1857 to the present.


NTIS National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) (government technical information)

Covers U.S. government sponsored research and worldwide scientific, technical and business related information. Indexes over 2 million technical reports with over 500,000 reports in full-text.


OCLC FirstSearch (all databases)



PAIS (public affairs) (CSA)

Covers social and public policy, political science, public administration, current affairs, and related topics.


PapersFirst (OCLC FirstSearch)

Provides citations to presented papers in all disciplines.


*Pollution Abstracts (CSA)

Comprehensive coverage of pollution research.


Proceedings (OCLC FirstSearch)

Provides lists of papers presented at conferences, meetings, and congresses.

1861+ ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (UMI)

Provides access to American Ph.D. dissertations since 1861. Abstracts provided for all Ph.D. and Masters Theses since 1988.  Full-text of UC dissertations since 1997 and all full-text dissertations in the database.
ProQuest User Guide (Adobe PDF document)

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ProQuest Statistical Insight (Formerly LexisNexis Statistical)

Provides comprehensive access to statistical sources from over 200 federal agencies, 50 state governments, 100 international intergovernmental organizations, and 500 private and academic sources.



Covers medical literature.
PubMed Help


Readers Guide Retrospective

Indexes the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States.


Reaxys (Formerly CrossFire Beilstein & Gmelin)

Access to Beilstein's Handbuch der Organischen Chemie, and Gmelin's Handbuch der Anorganischen Chemie. Provides chemical data on organic substances and reactions, including structures, properties, bioactivity records, preparation details and specific reaction pathways; also provides citations and some abstracts to the primary organic chemistry literature.
Reaxys Training Center
Reaxys – Content at a Glance (Adobe PDF Document)
Reaxys Quick Reference Guide (Adobe PDF Document)


*Risk Abstracts (CSA)

Encompasses risk arising from industrial, technological, environmental, and other sources, with an emphasis on assessment and management of risk.

1998+ SAE Digital Library  Indexes all Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) publications. Provides the full text of technical papers published since 1998. See print and microform holdings in UCLA Library Catalog.
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ScienceDirect (Elsevier)

Provides access to journal articles and book chapters published by Elsevier. UCLA will not have access to every journal and book available on this platform.


SciFinder Scholar (Chemical Abstracts)

Includes Chemical Abstracts (1907+), Registry (1957+), and CASREACT (1907+) databases. Must register with a UCLA email address before accessing database. Already registered? Go directly to SciFinder Scholar Web.
Web support and training for SciFinder, including e-seminars and how-to guides

Date varies Scopus (trial for 2014, send feedback) Multidisciplinary citation and abstract database for research literature. Offers several tools for tracing, analyzing and visualizing research information in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences, technology and medicine.

Sociological Abstracts (CSA)

Indexes publications in sociology and the social and behavioral sciences.


SPIE Digital Library

Contains more than 275,000 technical papers on optics and photonics from SPIE Journals and Conference Proceedings published from 1990 to the present.

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Provides access to journal articles and book chapters published by Springer. UCLA will not have access to every journal and book available on this platform.


*Sustainability Science Abstracts (CSA)

Covers sustainable development, conservation, human impact, land use, resource management, biodiversity.



Coverage of all areas of all areas of toxicology, including chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, environmental pollutants, and mutagens and teratogens


*Toxicology Abstracts (CSA)

Covers social poisons, substance abuse, natural toxins, hydrocarbon studies, radiation effects, and associated legislation and standards.


*Water Resources Abstracts (CSA)

Covers conservation, control, pollution, treatment, use and management of water resources worldwide.  Indexes books, journals, technical  and government reports.

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Web of Science (Web of Knowledge)

Online equivalent of Science, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Citation Indexes.
Web of Science Quick Reference Guide (Adobe PDF document)
Cited Reference Searching (UC Berkeley Science Libraries)
Saved Searches (UC Berkeley Science Libraries)


Zoological Record

Covers all areas of zoology including paleontology.

* Indicates part of Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management Database collection.