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Science & Math Databases

These databases are recommended for the College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics.

VU students, faculty and staff:

For best results, log into MyVU before accessing databases.

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Agricola:  Online catalog and index to the NAL (National Agricultural Library) collections.  Covers all aspects of agriculture and includes tens of thousands of AGRICOLA records that contain links to full-text resources on the web.

Applied Science and Technology Source (EBSCO):  Nearly 1200 full-text journals on topics including: applied mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geology, machinery, information technology, robotics, the food industry and more.  MyVU login required for off campus access.

Associates Programs Source (EBSCO):  Provides access to over 1,000 full-text journals and 11 full-text books.  Topics include, agricultural science, automotive technology, biotechnology, construction, cosmetology, culinary arts, diesel mechanics, electrical technology, fire science and service, food service management, hospitality management, industrial and mechanical design, information technology, horticulture, law enforcement and criminal justice, paralegal, machine tool technology, surveying, and veterinary assisting.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.



Bar Code of Life Data Systems (BOLD):  BOLD is a cloud-based data storage and analysis platform developed at the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics in Canada that aids collection, management, analysis, and use of DNA barcodes. It consists of four main modules, a data portal, an educational portal, a registry of BINs (putative species), and a data collection and analysis workbench.

Bentham Open Access:  Publishes over 230 open access journals covering the sciences, technology, and medicine.

BioMed Central:  Includes 220 open access, online, peer-reviewed journals covering all areas of biology and medicine.

Biomedical Reference Collection: Basic (EBSCO):  Access to over 100 full-text peer reviewed journals on topics like clinical medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pre-clinical sciences, and the health care system.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.



Career and Technical Education Collection (ProQuest):  Access to over 500 full-text journals and trade publications on topics including: computer science, healthcare, building trades, auto mechanics, sales & retail, accounting, graphic design, photography, and more.  MyVU login required for off campus access.

CQ Researcher Online (CQ Press):  Provides up-to-date, unbiased information on issues in the news.  Topics include: health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy.  MyVU login required for off campus access.

Credo Reference:  Full-text articles from nearly 800 reference eBooks on topics including: art, food & beverage, language, medicine, psychology, social sciences, biographies, geography, law, music, religion, technology, business, history, literature, philosophy, and science.  MyVU login required for off campus access.



eBooks on EBSCOhost (INSPIRE or VU):  Collection of over 9,000 eBooks on topics including: the arts, business, computer science, education, engineering & technology, health & medicine, history, law, literature & criticism, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, sciences, study aids, and language learning.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

EBSCO eBook Community College Collection: The EBSCO eBook Community College Collection offers over 40,000 books from a variety of publishers. These books are non-fiction, selected to help students do research for school work or personal interest. There are books on most subjects, including art, history, nursing, psychology, zoology, and much more. MyVU login required for off campus access.

EBSCO Electronic Journals Service: This resource provides users with access to the Library's e-journals subscriptions via the EBSCOhost interface.

EMBL - European Bioinformatics Institute: The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is part of EMBL, Europe's flagship laboratory for the life sciences. Explore open data resources, browse data, perform analyses, and more.


F Free access to 3,316 scholarly journals covering all medical topics.



Gale Virtual Reference Library: Collection of Reference eBooks on topics including: the arts, biographies, business, education, environment, history, law, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nation & world, religion, social sciences, science, and technology.   MyVU login required for off campus access.  Also partially available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE at this link.

GreenFILE (EBSCO) – Access to over 9,000 full-text articles on topics including: global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.



Indiana Department of Natural Resources:  Website includes information about wildlife, forestry, natural resources, hunting/fishing, conservation law, outdoor activities, state parks, historic preservation & archaeology.  Also the Indiana Big Tree Register.



Landmarks in Indiana Geology: A Timeline: This website presents a rich and copiously illustrated guide to mineral wealth and other earth resources that shaped Indiana history. Beginning in 1787 with the establishment of the Northwest Territory and extending to 2018, the timeline traces the development of industries around mineral resources (coal, natural gas, cly, and iron ore) and profiles important benchmarks in the scientific understanding of Indiana's geology with maps and other documents.



National Center for Biotechnology Information: The National Center for Biotechnology Information advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information. Includes GeneBank, Entrez, Cancer Genome Database, Human Genome Database, etc.



Plants Database:  Provided by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Includes information on vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens in the U.S. and its territories.  Also includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, automated tools, web links, and references.

Public Library of Science (PLoS):  Free access to journals, some peer-reviewed, on topics like biology, medicine, genetics, computational biology, pathogens, neglected tropical diseases, and more.

PubMed Central:  Free access to over 1,700 scholarly biomedical and life science journals.



R2 Library Collection of eBooks covering topics including medicine, nursing, allied health, and consumer health.  MyVU login required for off campus access.



Salem Press:  Online reference ebooks including Applied Science, Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society, Forensic Science, etc.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  U.S. government information and research results from the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, the Interior and Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, Library of Congress, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the National Science Foundation.

Science in Context (Gale):  Includes 1.5 million periodical articles, two dictionaries, over 200 detailed experiments, and thousands of biographies, images, and videos. Free to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Science Reference Center (EBSCO):  A research database providing easy access to a wealth of full-text, science-oriented content. Designed to meet student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other reliable sources. In addition, the database includes a vast collection of images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and the Nature Picture Library.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

SIRS Issues Researcher: Contains full-text articles selected from more than 1,600 publications.  Topics include social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues.  MyVU login required for off campus access.

Stats Indiana:  Indiana statistical information provided by more than 100 federal and state agencies, commercial, and private data sources.  Topics include: economics, demographics, industry, education, health care, population, taxes, workforce and unemployment, agriculture and more.



Testing and Education Reference Center: Contains career information and hundreds of practice tests and study materials.  Test preparation and information topics include: ASE Automotive, ASE Collision/Refinish, ASE Medium/Heavy Truck, Cosmetology, Fire Fighter, EMT-Basic, Law Enforcement, Medical/Nursing, Military (ASVAB and AFOQT), Social Work, and Teaching (PRAXIS).  Free to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.



United States Fish & Wildlife Service:  Website of US government agency includes updated information about endangered species.  



World Wildlife Fund:  A worldwide conservation organization.  Their website includes an informative list of endangered species