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AccessScience   |
online encyclopedic resource that contains incisively written, high-quality reference material that covers all major scientific disciplines
CRC Press   |
broad coverage of science, technology, and medical resources
ScienceDirect   |
provides subscription-based access to a large database of scientific and medical research
Knovel   |
online reference shelf including handbooks, dictionaries, and datasets covering the full range of engineering and science discipline
Oxford Reference   |
specialized subject dictionaries are available in a wide range of disciplines
Proquest Ebook Central   |
provides access to a growing collection of academic titles across many disciplines
Wiley Online Library   |
multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health, physical sciences, social science, and the humanities
 


handbook
A single-volume reference, companion, manual, or book of compact size that provides concise factual information on a specific subject, organized systematically for quick and easy access; sometimes published serially (e.g. CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics). Synonymous with vade mecum.

dictionary
A single-volume or multivolume reference work containing brief explanatory entries for terms and topics related to a specific subject or field of inquiry, usually arranged alphabetically. The entries in a dictionary are usually shorter than those contained in an encyclopedia on the same subject, but the word "dictionary" is often used in the titles of works that should more appropriately be called encyclopedias.

encyclopedia
A book or numbered set of books containing authoritative summary information about a variety of topics in the form of short essays, usually arranged alphabetically by headword or classified in some manner. An entry may be signed or unsigned, with or without illustration or a list of references for further reading. Headwords and text are usually revised periodically for publication in a new edition. In a multivolume encyclopedia, any indexes are usually located at the end of the last volume. Encyclopedias may be general or specialized, usually by subject or discipline.  

(definitions adapted from the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science by Joan M. Reitz)


peer-reviewed
Requires an article to be subjected to a process of critical evaluation by one or more experts on the subject, known as referees, responsible for determining if the subject of the article falls within the scope of the publication and for evaluating originality, quality of research, clarity of presentation, etc. Changes may be suggested to the author(s) before an article is finally accepted for publication. Some bibliographic databases allow search results to be limited to peer-reviewed journals. Synonymous with juried and refereed.

preprint
A portion of a work printed and distributed for a special purpose in advance of the publication date announced for the whole, for example, an article to be published in a periodical or a work selected for inclusion in an anthology or collection. Also, a paper prepared for presentation at a conference, printed in multiple copies in advance of the conference date, usually for distribution to participants and other interested persons.​

(definitions adapted from the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science by Joan M. Reitz)

WebCSD   |
WebCSD is the online portal to the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), the largest repository of small molecule crystal structures. As it is a web product, WebCSD can be accessed from anywhere at any time without installation.  To download or update CSD software, visit https://www.ccdc.cam.ac.uk/.  For site number and confirmation code, contact d.roose@miami.edu or jsobczak@miami.edu.

Reaxys   |
Reaxys is a web-based search and retrieval system for chemical compounds, bibliographic data and chemical reactions. It is built to support chemists in their daily work with focused and relevant information in chemistry.

Knovel   |
online reference shelf including handbooks, dictionaries, and datasets covering the full range of engineering and science discipline
PubChem   | 
PubChem is an open chemistry database at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) containing mostly contains small molecules, but also larger molecules such as nucleotides, carbohydrates, lipids, peptides, and chemically-modified macromolecules. It collects information on chemical structures, identifiers, chemical and physical properties, biological activities, patents, health, safety, toxicity data, and many other topics. PubChem is one of the world's largest collection of freely accessible chemical information.

Toxnet   | 
Collection of toxicology and environmental health databases, hazardous chemicals and toxic releases. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine

ChemSpider   | 
ChemSpider is a free chemical structure database providing fast text and structure search access to over 67 million structures from hundreds of data sources.

 Pro Tip: All of these eBooks can also be found in the UM Library Catalog.
Ebook Central (Proquest)   |​​
ebooks from well-regarded publishers and scholarly sources, including University Presses
Ebook Collection (EBSCOHost)   |​​
ebooks from well-regarded publishers and scholarly sources across many disciplines
Research Methods (Sage)   |​​
online collection of ebooks focusing on research methods across many disciplines
Wiley Online Library   |​​
multidisciplinary collection of online resources


Pro Tip: Browsing bookshelves is a good way to find books on a general topic of interest.
 
Subject Number Floor     Subject Number Floor
  Astronomy QB         Physics QC  
    General QB 1 -
QB 139
4       General QC 1 -
QC 75
4
    Practical and spherical astronomy QB 140 -
QB 237
4       Weights and measures QC 81 -
QC 114
4
    Geodesy QB 275 -
QB 343
4       Descriptive and experimental mechanics QC 120 -
QC 168
4
    Theoretical astronomy and celestial mechanics QB 349 -
QB 421
4       Atomic physics QC 170 -
QC 197
4
    Cosmochemistry QB 450 4       Acoustics and Sound QC 221 -
QC 246
4
    Astrogeology QB 455 -
QB 456
4       Heat QC 251 -
QC 338.5
4
    Astrophysics QB 460 -
QB 466
4         ⤷ Thermodynamics QC 310 -
QC 319
4
      ⤷ Data processing QB 462.2 4       Optics and Light QC 350 -
QC 467
4
      ⤷ Mathematics QB 462.3 4         ⤷ Spectroscopy QC 450 -
QC 467
4
      ⤷ Radio astrophysics QB 462.5 4       Radiation physics QC 474 -
QC 496.9
4
      ⤷ Molecular astrophysics QB 462.6 4       Electromagnetic and Magnetism QC 501 -
QC 776
4
      ⤷ Relativistic astrophysics QB 462.65 4         ⤷ Electromagnetic theory QC 669 -
QC 675.8
4
      ⤷ Plasma astrophysics QB 462.7 4         ⤷ Radio waves QC 676 -
QC 678.6
4
      ⤷ Cosmic magnetic fields QB 462.8 4         ⤷ Electrical discharge QC 701 -
QC 715.4
4
      ⤷ Nuclear astrophysics QB 463 -
QB 464
4         ⤷ Plasma physics and
   Ionized gases   
QC 717.6 -
QC 718.8
4
      ⤷ Astronomical spectroscopy QB 465 4       Nuclear/Particle Physics
and Atomic Energy
QC 770 -
QC 798
4
    Non-optical methods of astronomy QB 468 -
QB 480
4         ⤷ Elementary particle physics QC 793 4
      ⤷ Infrared astronomy QB 470 4         ⤷ Radioactivity and radioactive
   substances  
QC 794.9 -
QC 798
4
      ⤷ Gamma-ray astronomy QB 471 4       Geophysics QC 801 -
QC 809
4
      ⤷ X-ray astronomy QB 471 -
QB 473
4       Geomagnetism QC 811 -
QC 849
4
      ⤷ Ultraviolet astronomy QB 474 4       Meteorology and Climatology QC 851 -
QC 999
4
      ⤷ Radio astronomy QB 475 -
QB 479
4         ⤷ Meteorological optics QC 974.5 -
QC 976
4
    Descriptive astronomy QB 495 -
QB 903
4         ⤷ Climatology and weather QC 980 -
QC 999
4
    Cosmogony. Cosmology QB 980 -
QB 991
4              
                         

 


Research Methods (Sage)   |​​ 
online collection of ebooks focusing on research methods across many disciplines
Journal of Visual Experiments (JoVE)   |​​
peer-reviewed scientific video journal with subscribed content
Kanopy   |​​
video streaming service that provides students and educators access to a large database of over 28,000 films--including award-winning documentary, training, indie, foreign, and popular films
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massive online course and video tutorial website covering a variety of software, creative, and business skill
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NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)   | 
massive collection of videos and multimedia from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration covering a varity of engineering, physics, aerospace, and technology topics 
 


Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3Data.org)
an international registry of research data repositories Dataverse Project
an open source web application to share, preserve, cite, explore, and analyze research data  Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR)
quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories

FigShare
allows users to upload any file format to be previewed in the browser so that any research output, from posters and presentations to datasets and code, can be disseminated in a way that the current scholarly publishing model does not allow Zendo 
part of the OpenAIRE project, Zendo is a CERN-hosted repository for  researchers, scientists, EU projects and institutions to share, preserve and showcase multidisciplinary research results (data and publications) that are not part of the existing institutional or subject-based repositories of the research communities

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 
Mission: "To promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life." Part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. National Nuclear Data Center (NNDC) 
Mission: "The National Nuclear Data Center (NNDC) collects, evaluates, and disseminates nuclear physics data for basic nuclear research and for applied nuclear technologies. The NNDC is a worldwide resource for nuclear data.​"

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Create unique data management plans or use templates for data management plans that are based on funder policy documents that meet institutional and funder (e.g. NSF, NIH, DOE) requirements.


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Data Services Librarian
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GIS and Data Specialist
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Call: 305.284.5729

ProQuest Dissertation & Theses Global   |
Comprehensive collection of full-text dissertations and theses. Includes millions of searchable citations to dissertations and theses from 1861 to the present day. Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)   | 
International organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations PhdData - Universal Index of Doctoral Dissertations in Progress   | 
Holds a database of doctoral dissertations in progress around the world

Center for Research Libraries: Foreign Doctoral Dissertations   | 
An international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries that supports original research and inspired teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available primary source materials from all world regions Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)   | 
Searchable international database of open access institutional repositories 
Theses Portal Canada   | 
Holds doctoral theses from Canda

Electronic Theses Online Service (EthOS)   | 
Holds doctoral theses from the United Kingdom and Ireland

TESIUNAM   | 
Holds some electronic theses from Mexico

Cybertesis   | 
Holds some electronic theses from Chile, Brazil, Bolivaia, and Peru


thesis
A proposition advanced and defended in a formal disputation, especially by a candidate in partial fulfillment of university requirements for a master's degree (for most United States universities).

dissertation
A lengthy, formal written treatise or thesis, especially an account of scholarly investigation or original research on a specialized topic, submitted to a university in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Ph.D. degree (for most United States universities).​

(definitions adapted from the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science by Joan M. Reitz)

 Pro Tip: All of these eJournals can also be found in the UM Library Catalog.
Journal Collections
American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications   |
Provides access to the entire library of ACS full-text journals. The ACS Publications archive allows access to 120 years of chemistry research. The online archives search the full text of all titles published by ACS from 1879 to the present day providing seamless integration between the archives and web editions.

Royal Society of Chemistry Journals   |
Full-text articles published in Royal Society of Chemistry journals.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)   | 
This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals in a multitude of languages. The independent database contains around 12000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science, and humanities.

UM Library Catalog

Scimago Journal Rank Indicator
"It expresses the average number of weighted citations received in the selected year by the documents published in the selected journal in the three previous years, --i.e. weighted citations received in year X to documents published in the journal in years X-1, X-2 and X-3." (source)

H-Index
"The h-index expresses the journal's number of articles (h) that have received at least h citations. It quantifies both journal scientific productivity and scientific impact and it is also applicable to scientists, countries, etc. " (source)

Journal Impact Factor
"The Journal Impact Factor is defined as all citations to the journal in the current JCR year to items published in the previous two years, divided by the total number of scholarly items (these comprise articles, reviews, and proceedings papers) published in the journal in the previous two years." (source

Eigenfactor
"The Eigenfactor Score calculation is based on the number of times articles from the journal published in the past five years have been cited in the JCR year, but it also considers which journals have contributed these citations so that highly cited journals will influence the network more than lesser cited journals.  References from one article in a journal to another article from the same journal are removed, so that Eigenfactor Scores are not influenced by journal self-citation." (source)

Conference Proceeding Citation Index - Science (Web of Science)   |
Indexes current and retrospective bibliographic data on science conferences based on conference titles, sponsors, locations, dates, article titles, authors, author addresses, publisher names and publishers addresses, series titles, book titles, ISSN numbers, and ISBN numbers.

IEEE Xplore   |
A full-text collection of IEEE and IEEE-associated journals and conference proceedings. 

AIP Conference Proceedings   | 
Reports the findings presented at scientific meetings, conferences, and workshops coving subject including physical sciences, physics, math, chemistry, materials science, and engineering.

Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) - U.S. Department of Energy   | 
Collects, preserves, and disseminates both unclassified and classified scientific and technical information emanating from government-funded research and development activities at the Department of Energy's national laboratories, scientific facilities, universities, and other institutions nationwide. Specialized search tools within OSTI:
  • Public Access Gateway for Energy & Science (PAGES) - Scholarly scientific publications resulting from DOE-funded research
  • DOE Data Explorer - Scientific research data resulting from DOE-funded research
  • DOE Code - Open source, submission and search tool for DOE-funded software 
  • DOE Patents - Patents resulting from DOE-funded research
  • ScienceCinema - Scientific videos featuring DOE-funded research
  • Science.gov - Interagency initiative of science organizations at 15 U.S. federal agencies which searches of over 200 million pages of scientific and technical information with just one query
  • WorldWideScience.org - International gateway to approximately 100 national science collections from more than 70 participating nations


conference papers
An original paper at a formal gathering of peers, usually at the invitation of the group or organization sponsoring the conference, which may be subsequently published in its proceedings. In the sciences, ground-breaking research results are often publicly introduced in such presentations. The term can also apply to papers presented at meetings or symposia. 

conference proceedings
The published record of a conference, congress, symposium, or other meeting sponsored by a society or association, usually but not necessarily including abstracts or reports of papers presented by the participants. When the entire text of the papers presented is included, the result is called transactions. The term is also used in the titles of journals published by long-established scholarly societies, for example, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

gray literature
Also spelled grey literature. Documentary material in print and electronic formats, such as reports, preprints, internal documents, memoranda, newsletters, market surveys, theses, dissertations, conference proceedings, technical specifications, standards, or trade literature not readily available through regular market channels because it was never commercially published/listed or was not widely distributed. In the United States, the gray literature of science and technology is indexed in the NTIS database. Theses and dissertations are indexed and abstracted in Dissertation Abstracts International and are available in hard copy via Dissertation Express.  Related to ephemera, semi-published, and fugitive materials. 

(definitions adapted from the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science by Joan M. Reitz)

Lens
Great search functionality and options. Covers many international patent databases and jurisdictions. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Repository for the intellectual property of United Nation members. Google Patents
Familiar user interface. Good for browsing or if you know the exact patent number.

Free Patents Online (FPO)
Another popular global patent search engine. 
 

National Patent Databases

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Official patent repository of the United State. Search functionality feels and looks dated, but it is the most up-date database available.
  • PatFT - Patent Full-Text and Image Database
  • AppFT - Patent Application Full-Text and Image Database (for patent applications awaiting approval
Japanese Patent Office
Japanese patent repository.

esp@cenet
Euproean pantent search engine.

 
University of Miami Policies

patent
A legal document issued by a government in response to a formal application process in which the inventor or originator of a new product or process is granted the exclusive right to manufacture, use, and sell it for a designated period of time.

trademark
A letter, numeral, word, phrase, logo, device, design, sound, or symbol (or combination of these) used in connection with a product or service to signify, directly or by association, the identity of the maker, usually a commercial enterprise that has reserved to itself the use of the distinctive mark by registering it. Registration is indicated by the ® symbol following the name. If the registration is pending, the  symbol is used which also gives the owner the right to legal redress in case of infringement.

copyright
The exclusive legal rights granted by a government to an author, editor, compiler, composer, playwright, publisher, or distributor to publish, produce, sell, or distribute copies of a literary, musical, dramatic, artistic, or other work, within certain limitations (fair use and first sale). Copyright law also governs the right to prepare derivative works, reproduce a work or portions of it, and display or perform a work in public. Such rights may be transferred or sold to others and do not necessarily pass with ownership of the work itself. Copyright protects a work in the specific form in which it is created, not the idea, theme, or concept expressed in the work, which other writers are free to interpret in a different way. A work never copyrighted or no longer protected by copyright is said to be in the public domain. 

gray literature
Also spelled grey literature. Documentary material in print and electronic formats, such as reports, preprints, internal documents, memoranda, newsletters, market surveys, theses, dissertations, conference proceedings, technical specifications, standards, or trade literature not readily available through regular market channels because it was never commercially published/listed or was not widely distributed. In the United States, the gray literature of science and technology is indexed in the NTIS database. Theses and dissertations are indexed and abstracted in Dissertation Abstracts International and are available in hard copy via Dissertation Express.  Related to ephemera, semi-published, and fugitive materials. ​

(definitions adapted from the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science by Joan M. Reitz)

Pivot
Pivot combines the most comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $44 billion in available grants, prizes, and awards and for researchers and scholars with our unique database of 3 million pre-populated scholar profiles, drawing from Community of Scholars and Community of Science profiles.

UM Office of Research - Funding Opportunities
This site provides a wide variety of tools and resources to help the University of Miami research community find the right funding source for research, creative and other scholarly activities.

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