Chemical Literature (Chem 184/284)

Important Indexes in Science and Engineering

The following is a list of indexes of significance to researchers in the chemical sciences. It is arranged by the name of the printed form of the index, but contains information on the equivalent electronic databases as well. The list is not meant to be all-encompassing; the absence of an index from the list below should not be interpreted that its area of coverage is insignificant or that it is poorly constructed. Each record below contains information on the UCSB Library's holdings of that index in all its forms.

Alloys Index

TN 1 .A3

Publisher:

Materials Information (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts)

History:

1974-present (UCSB has 1975-1993)

Subject Coverage:

"Worldwide literature on specific alloys, metallurgical systems or intermetallic compounds."

Source Types:

Journals, conference proceedings, technical reports

Number of Sources:

Unspecified

Frequency of Issues:

Monthly

Indexing by Issue:

Citations arranged by type of alloy and specific alloy. An alloy classification guide is provided.

Cumulative Indexing:

The citations and index are cumulated annually.

Electronic Equivalents:

Contained in METADEX (STN, DIALOG, ORBIT, CSA Web) 1974-present Available on CD-ROM as part of METADEX Collection; UCSB does not own.

Other Notes:

 

 

Analytical Abstracts

QD 1 .A55

Publisher:

Royal Society of Chemistry

History:

1954-present (UCSB has 1954-1989)

Subject Coverage:

"World-wide coverage of the literature on al branches of analytical chemistry."

Source Types:

Journal literature

Number of Sources:

About 1,300 journals, 300 indexed in entirety.

Frequency of Issues:

Monthly

Indexing by Issue:

Abstracts arranged in subject sections; controlled vocabulary subject index.

Cumulative Indexing:

Semi-annual volume indexes - controlled vocabulary subject indes and author index.

Electronic Equivalents:

Analytical Abstracts Online (STN, DIALOG, ORBIT) 1982-present. Available on CD-ROM (SilverPlatter); UCSB does not own.

Other Notes:

The same literature is covered by Chemical Abstracts, but for specific analytical topics, its focus and indexing can be helpful.

 

Applied Science and Technology Index

Z 7913 .I5

Publisher:

H. W. Wilson Co.

History:

1958-present (UCSB has 1976-1991 at Annex)

Subject Coverage:

Applied science and engineering

Source Types:

Journal literature

Number of Sources:

About 350 journals

Frequency of Issues:

Monthly

Indexing by Issue:

Controlled subject arrangement of citations using Library of Congress-like subject headings; book review index arranged by author being reviewed.

Cumulative Indexing:

Quarterly and annual cumulations

Electronic Equivalents:

Applied Science and Technology Index (DIALOG,WILSONLINE) Nov. 1983-present Available on CD-ROM; UCSB does not own.

Other Notes:

Same format as the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature. Much of the same material is covered by MAGS and CC on MELVYL for recent years. 

 

Biological Abstracts

QH 1 .B5

Publisher:

BIOSIS

History:

1926-present; A related publication, now called Biological Abstracts/RRM began in 1965 - see below. (UCSB has up to 1979 in print, 1980-1995 on CD-ROM and 1988-present on MELVYL)

Subject Coverage:

"Worldwide research in life sciences"

Source Types:

Journal literature; BA/RRM covers technical reports, reviews, patents and conference papers

Number of Sources:

BA screens about 9000 journals; BA/RRM adds about 240,000 records per year of various types.

Frequency of Issues:

Both BA and BA/RRM are semi-monthly.

Indexing by Issue:

BA arranges abstracts under concept headings and subjeadings, with author, title keyword-in-context and biosystematic indexes. BA/RRM has three separate sections: books, meetings and "content summari es". The latter, for reviews, reports and patents, are arranged by the same headings used in BA. The meetings list groups citations for papers beneath the overall citation for the meeting itself. The books list gives summaries of individual chapters in many cases. BA/RRM has the same indexes as BA.

Cumulative Indexing:

Indexes are cumulated semi-annually; same indexes as in individual issues. Five year cumulations are published on microfiche.

Electronic Equivalents:

BIOSIS Prevews (STN, DIALOG, Ovid) 1969-present, combines BA and BA/RRM. STN version has CAS Registry Number indexing. Available on CD-ROM (SilverPlatter); UCSB owns 1980-95 for BA, 1988-1995 for BA/RRM. BIOSIS is available on MELVYL from 1988-present.

Other Notes:

The big gun of biological indexes. Electronic versions are far more powerful than print, thanks to searchable classification codes and "supertaxa" headings for major groups of organisms.

 

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts in Biochemistry

Various call numbers, see below.

Publisher:

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts

History:

See below.

Subject Coverage:

Cambridge publishes a number of indexes of biochemical interest, including:
Cambridge Scientific Biochemistry Abstracts
Part I: Biological Membranes (1973-present) QH 601 .B45
Part II: Nucleic Acids (1971-present) QP 551.N82
Part III: Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins (1972-present) QP 551 .A48
CSA Neuroscience and Endocrinology Abstracts (1983-present) QP 351 .C75
Chemoreception Abstracts (1973-present) QP 455 .C4
Biotechnology Research Abstracts (1984-present) TP 248.2 .B57 Note: UCSB stopped getting these in print in 1991; old volumes have been shipped to Annex. UCSB has these indexes on CD-ROM from 1984-present.

Source Types:

Journals, books

Number of Sources:

About 5,000 journals

Frequency of Issues:

Monthly for most of them

Indexing by Issue:

Abstracts are grouped by subject headings and subheadings; Author and controlled vocabulary subject indexes.

Cumulative Indexing:

Annual cumulations, with the same indexing.

Electronic Equivalents:

Life Sciences Collection (STN, DIALOG, Ovid, CSA Web) 1983-present; includes several other CSA biological indexes Available on CD-ROM (SilverPlatter), 1984-present; UCSB owns CD-ROM and has acc ess to several of these on the Web as part of the Cambridge Environmental Database.

Other Notes:

While less comprehensive than Biological Abstracts, there is a surprising amount of non-overlap between the two sets of indexes, and can be useful especially in the specialty areas of the CSA index es.

 

Ceramics Abstracts

TP 785 .C47

Publisher:

American Ceramics Society

History:

1975-present as independent publication; was published 1922-1974 as part of other Amer. Ceram. Soc. publications. (UCSB has 1922-present.)

Subject Coverage:

Ceramics

Source Types:

Journals, patents, books

Number of Sources:

Unspecified

Frequency of Issues:

Bimonthly

Indexing by Issue:

Abstracts for journals and patents are arranged separately by subject headings; separate section for book reviews; no indexing in bimonthly issues.

Cumulative Indexing:

Sixth issue of each year has cumulative author and controlled vocabulary subject indexes for the year.

Electronic Equivalents:

Ceramics Abstracts (STN, DIALOG, ORBIT) 1976-present.

Other Notes:

 

 

Chemical Abstracts

QD 1 .C43

Publisher:

Chemical Abstracts Service, a division of the American Chemical Society.

History:

1907-present (UCSB has all)

Subject Coverage:

Chemistry in the broadest possible sense; includes chemical engineering, biochemistry, materials science, chemical physics.

Source Types:

Journals, patents, technical reports, conference papers, dissertations, books

Number of Sources:

About 14,000 journals, 28 patent issuing authorities. Over 500,000 total records per year.

Frequency of Issues:

Weekly issues alternate subject coverage; effectively biweekly.

Indexing by Issue:

Abstracts are grouped in 80 subject sections; author, keyword subject and patent number indexes.

Cumulative Indexing:

Volume indexes and cumulative indexes every ten volumes; author, controlled vocabulary subject, chemical substance index (separate since 1972), molecular formula index, patent index and concordance. 

Electronic Equivalents:

CAS Online (STN) 1967-present; Less complete versions available on DIALOG, Orbit, Ovid and others. Web interface available as STNEasy. CD-ROM versions available of selected subject areas (CASurv eyor), 12th and forthcoming 13th collective indexes, and full CD version since 1996. UCSB does not own these.

Other Notes:

Chemical Abstracts is arguably the single most powerful scientific bibliographic resource, and is covered in much greater detail elsewhere in the course. 

 

Current Chemical Reactions

Z 5523 .C87

Publisher:

Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)

History:

1979-present (UCSB has 1979-1989 at Annex)

Subject Coverage:

New and newly modified organic chemical reactions

Source Types:

Journals, some books

Number of Sources:

Over 350 organic chemistry and pharmaceutical journals

Frequency of Issues:

Monthly

Indexing by Issue:

Abstracts describe the novel reaction(s) found in the article, with reaction diagrams, conditions and key steps labeled. A list of review articles also appears in each issue. Author, journal, corpor ate source and subject indexes.

Cumulative Indexing:

Annual cumulations

Electronic Equivalents:

Available as a database for systems running MDL's ISIS or REACCS systems, covering 1986-present. Much of the CCR information is also incorporated in ISI's client server system, Reaction Citation s Index.

Other Notes:

Has some advantages over printed Chemical Abstracts for synthetic organic chemists interested in keeping up with current reaction methods.

 

Current Contents

 

Publisher:

Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)

History:

Life Sciences edition started in 1958; Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences in 1961; Engineering, Technology and Applied Sciences in 1970; others more recently.

Subject Coverage:

Between the various titles, almost every area of scholarly publication is covered, except the law.

Source Types:

Journals, books

Number of Sources:

Life Sciences: over 1,180 journals; Physical Sciences: over 800 journals; Engineering: over 800 journals; Agriculture & Environment: over 1000 journals; there is overlap among the four editions.< br>

Frequency of Issues:

Weekly

Indexing by Issue:

Each issue contains the tables of contents of journal issues received during the week in question. they are arranged by discipline and there are author and title keyword indexes.

Cumulative Indexing:

None

Electronic Equivalents:

Current Contents Online (DIALOG, Ovid), CD-ROM and floppy disk versions. Some electronic versions now contain abstracts. Available for all sections, including humanities and social sciences, on MELVYL from 7/89 to present.

Other Notes:

Printed CC also contains original essays on important papers and developments in the history of science, and provides the addresses of authors and publications covered in the issue. Time lag ranges from on e to several months after publication, which is less that most other printed indexes.

 

Dissertation Abstracts International B: Sciences and Engineering

AS 30 .D53

Publisher:

UMI

History:

Covers 1861-present (UCSB has 1952-1990; some volumes in storage)

Subject Coverage:

North American PhD dissertations in the sciences and engineering.. (A similar publication, Masters Abstracts covers masters theses from 1962-present. Some European and other dissertations ap pear in Dissertation Abstracts C: Worldwide

Source Types:

PhD dissertations

Number of Sources:

About 3500 dissertations per month

Frequency of Issues:

Monthly

Indexing by Issue:

Author and title keyword indexes

Cumulative Indexing:

Comprehensive Dissertation Index -- one set of volumes covers 1861-1973, with annual indexes since then. Same indexing as the monthly issues.

Electronic Equivalents:

Dissertation Abstracts (STN, DIALOG, Ovid) 1861-present; includes all sections of DA, plus Masters Abstracts. Available on CD-ROM (UMI); UCSB has it in the Information Arcade on the 1st floor of the Library. The electronic versions are much easier to use and more powerful than the print version.

Other Notes:

This is the master source for dissertations. Chemical Abstracts gets its basic information on dissertations from here and adds enhanced chemical and subject indexing.

 

Energy Research Abstracts

Z 5853 .P83 U565

Publisher:

Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Department of Energy

History:

1976-1995 (see below) (UCSB has all)

Subject Coverage:

Energy related research

Source Types:

Technical reports, plus books, journal articles, patents, conference papers and dissertations based on DOE sponsored research.

Number of Sources:

Unspecified

Frequency of Issues:

Was semi-monthly

Indexing by Issue:

Abstracts arranged by subject heading and subheadings. Controlled vocabulary subject, personal author, corporate author, contract number and report number indexes.

Cumulative Indexing:

Annual cumulations

Electronic Equivalents:

ENERGY database (STN, DIALOG) 1974-present. Available on CD-ROM (SilverPlatter) 1987-present; UCSB owns 1987-1994. Now available free of charge on the Web, from 1994 to present, as DOE Reports Bibliographic Database

Other Notes:

The cancellation of the printed product in favor of Internet distribution is a fast growing trend in government information. In some cases (notably NASA), even the reports themselves are being distributed electronically rather than in hardcopy or microform.

 

Engineered Materials Abstracts

TA 401 .E47

Publisher:

Materials Information (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts)

History:

1976-present (UCSB has 1976-1994)

Subject Coverage:

Polymers, composites, ceramics

Source Types:

Journals, conference proceedings, technical reports, patents, dissertations

Number of Sources:

Over 1600 journals

Frequency of Issues:

Monthly

Indexing by Issue:

Abstracts are arranged by subject heading and subheadings. Controlled vocabulary subject, personal author, corporate author, trade name and materials class indexes.

Cumulative Indexing:

Annual cumulations

Electronic Equivalents:

Engineered Materials Abstracts (STN, DIALOG, Orbit). Available on CD-ROM and CSA Web as part of METADEX collection; UCSB does not own.

Other Notes:

 

 

Engineering Index

Z 5851 .E622

Publisher:

Engineering Information (EI)

History:

1884 to present (UCSB has 1884-1984 in print; 1985-1996 on CD-ROM; 1997-present on the Web; see below)

Subject Coverage:

"The world's technological literature in all engineering."

Source Types:

Journals, technical reports, conference proceedings

Number of Sources:

Unspecified, but large.

Frequency of Issues:

Monthly

Indexing by Issue:

Abstracts are arranged by subject headings and subheadings; author and combined keyword/controlled vocabulary subject index.

Cumulative Indexing:

The abstracts themselves are cumularted annually and renumbered; author and subject indexes cumulated annually, plus an author affiliation index. Multi-year cumulations are issued irregularly.

Electronic Equivalents:

COMPENDEX Plus (STN, DIALOG, Orbit, Ovid) 1969-present Available on CD-ROM (DIALOG, SilverPlatter) 1985-present. Available on Web (SilverPlatter) 1987-present.

Other Notes:

This is the most comprehensive index to the engineering literature, but can be difficult to use in print. The UC system is currently making the database available over the Web (see above); it will probably move to MELVYL in 1998.

 

Environment Abstracts

Z 7171 .E59

Publisher:

Congressional Information Service, a division of Reed-Elsevier

History:

1971-present (UCSB has 1971-1990 at Annex, 1975-present on CD-ROM)

Subject Coverage:

"The impact of humankind and technology on the environment."

Source Types:

Journals, conferences, newsletters, government publications and technical reports.

Number of Sources:

Unspecified

Frequency of Issues:

Monthly

Indexing by Issue:

Abstracts are arranged by broad subject classes; author, controlled vocabulary subject, source publication and industry code indexes.

Cumulative Indexing:

Abstracts and indexes are cumulated annually. Indexes are the same as in the monthly issues, plus a geographic index.

Electronic Equivalents:

ENVIROLINE (DIALOG, Orbit) 1971-present Available on CD-ROM (CIS) 1975-present; CD-ROM also incorporates the ENERGYLINE database.

Other Notes:

 

 

General Science Index

Z 7401 .G46

Publisher:

H. W. Wilson Co.

History:

1978-present (UCSB has 1978-1991 at Annex)

Subject Coverage:

Science in general

Source Types:

Journal literature

Number of Sources:

About 110 journals

Frequency of Issues:

Monthly

Indexing by Issue:

Controlled subject arrangement of citations using Library of Congress-like subject headings; book review index arranged by author being reviewed.

Cumulative Indexing:

Quarterly and annual cumulations

Electronic Equivalents:

General Science Index (DIALOG,WILSONLINE) May 1984-present Available on CD-ROM; UCSB does not own.

Other Notes:

Same format as the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature. Much of the same material is covered by MAGS and CC on MELVYL for recent years. 

 

Government Reports Announcement and Index

Z 7405 .R4 U8

Publisher:

National Technical Information Service (NTIS), U.S. Department of Commerce

History:

1946-1996 (UCSB has 1946-1993. Volumes after 1966 areat Annex; also has microfiche 1964-1996)

Subject Coverage:

U. S. government technical reports

Source Types:

Technical reports

Number of Sources:

About 100,000 reports per year

Frequency of Issues:

Was semi-monthly.

Indexing by Issue:

Abstracts arranged by subject category and subcategory; Keyword subject, personal author, corporate author, contract/grant number and report number indexes.

Cumulative Indexing:

Semi-annual cumulations

Electronic Equivalents:

NTIS (STN, DIALOG, Orbit, Ovid) 1964-present Available on CD-ROM (SilverPlatter) 1983-present; UCSB owns CD-ROM

Other Notes:

The premier index to the technical report literature. The printed version has ceased due to the government shift to electronic distribution of information. There is a Web database, NTIS OrderNow but it covers only materials from the last 30 days.

 

Index Chemicus

QD 1 .I535

Publisher:

Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)

History:

1960-present (UCSB has 1965-1991 at Annex)

Subject Coverage:

"new organic compounds and new synthetic methods"

Source Types:

Journals

Number of Sources:

Over 100 organic chemistry journals

Frequency of Issues:

Weekly

Indexing by Issue:

Abstracts are taken from author's abstracts. Structural diagrams of new compounds and important reactions are given, as is a chart providing quick identification of the degree of characterization and techniques used. Each issue has author, molecular formula, keyword subject, biological activity and isotopic labeling indexes.

Cumulative Indexing:

Annual cumulations

Electronic Equivalents:

Available on CD-ROM and as a database for MDL's ISIS system; UCSB does not own. Much of its information is incorporated into ISI's client-server Reaction Citation Index.

Other Notes:

The high frequency and detailed indexing of the print tool make it a useful supplement to Chemical Abstracts for organic chemists. The electronic forms are relatively new, but show great promise.< br>

 

Index Medicus

Z 6660 .I52

Publisher:

National Library of Medicine

History:

Published in some form since 1879; current form started in 1960 (UCSB has 1960-1965 in print, 1966-present on MELVYL)

Subject Coverage:

"The literature of biomedicine"

Source Types:

Journals

Number of Sources:

About 3200 journals

Frequency of Issues:

Monthly

Indexing by Issue:

No abstracts are given in print form. Citations are indexed by a complex hierarchical system of subject headings (MeSH). Author index.

Cumulative Indexing:

Annual cumulations

Electronic Equivalents:

MEDLINE (NLM, STN, DIALOG, Ovid) 1966-present Available on CD-ROM from numerous vendors; MEDLINE is mounted on the MELVYL system for UC users. Electron ic versions have abstracts.

Other Notes:

Index Medicus is the big gun of biomedical indexes, comprehensive and well-indexed, though it is hotly rivaled by Excerpta Medica (EMBASE in electronic form), a publication of Elsevier Sci ence Publishers. 

 

Metals Abstracts

T 1 .M4275

Publisher:

Materials Information (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts)

History:

1968-present (UCSB has 1968-1994)

Subject Coverage:

Literature of metals

Source Types:

Journals, conference proceedings, technical reports

Number of Sources:

Unspecified

Frequency of Issues:

Monthly

Indexing by Issue:

Abstracts are arranged in subject sections. Indexes (author and controlled vocabulary subject) are published in a separate monthly issue.

Cumulative Indexing:

Annual cumulations

Electronic Equivalents:

METADEX (STN, DIALOG, Orbit, CSA Web) 1966-present Available on CD-ROM (DIALOG, SilverPlatter); UCSB does not own.

Other Notes:

 

 

Physics Abstracts

QC 1 .P475

Publisher:

INSPEC (an offshoot of the Institution of Electical Engineers (IEE))

History:

Started in 1898 as Science Abstracts, continues to present (UCSB has 1903-1968 on the shelves, 1969-present on MELVYL)

Subject Coverage:

Physics

Source Types:

Journals, conference papers, technical reports, books, dissertations

Number of Sources:

Unspecified but large

Frequency of Issues:

Twice a month

Indexing by Issue:

Abstracts are arranged according to a detailed subject classification scheme; author index in each issue; book, conference and corporate author indexes published irregularly.

Cumulative Indexing:

Semi-annual cumulations

Electronic Equivalents:

INSPEC (STN, DIALOG, Orbit, Ovid) 1969-present Available on CD-ROM (UMI), Web (SilverPlatter). The INSPEC database is available for UC users on the MELVYL system.

Other Notes:

IEE also publishes Computer and Control Abstracts (T 3 .C6) 1966-present, and Electrical and Electronics Abstracts(T 1 .E425) 1898-present. These publica tions are also a part of INSPEC, UCSB keeps 1904-1968 on the shelves. There was a rival publication called Physics Briefs published by FIZ Karlsruhe from 1979-1994, which has since been absorbed by INSPEC.

 

Pollution Abstracts

Z 7913 .I5

Publisher:

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA)

History:

1970-present (UCSB has 1970-1991 at Annex; has Web access through CSA Environmental Database)

Subject Coverage:

Pollution and its effects, measurement and regulation

Source Types:

Journals, conference papers, books, government reports

Number of Sources:

About 2,500 primary sources 

Frequency of Issues:

Bimonthly

Indexing by Issue:

Author, assigned subject headings.

Cumulative Indexing:

Annual cumulations

Electronic Equivalents:

Pollution Abstracts (STN, DIALOG, CSA Web) 1970-present Available on CD-ROM (SilverPlatter)

Other Notes:

 

 

Science Citation Index

Z 7401 .A1 S36

Publisher:

Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)

History:

Covers 1945-present (UCSB has 1955-1979 in print, 1980-present on CD-ROM)

Subject Coverage:

All of science, technology, medicine.

Source Types:

Journals, books

Number of Sources:

About 3,600 journals

Frequency of Issues:

Bimonthly

Indexing by Issue:

Printed version has no abstracts; author, author affiliation, keyword subject, citation indexing

Cumulative Indexing:

Annual and five-year cumulations.

Electronic Equivalents:

SCISEARCH (STN, DIALOG, Orbit) 1974-present Online versions have abstracts. Available on CD-ROM (ISI) 1980-present.

Other Notes:

Science Citation Index covers only the "most important" journals in each field of science and technology. Its most important and unique feature is its citation index, which enables the user to loc ate papers which cite a specific previous paper. Specific subject subsets are also available on CD-ROM, such as Chemistry, Biotechnology and Materials.

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