Databases And Services

The objective of our research was examination of scatter of references on genera Origanum and Lippia in all-major international agricultural and biomedical bibliographic databases in the period 1981—1998. Year 1999 was excluded because of possible indexing delay in some databases. To maximize our results (bibliometric recall) some other databases such as chemical abstracts and biological abstracts (BIOSIS) could also be used. Such searches covering almost 20 years and yielding up to thousand references would nevertheless be too costly so we decided to systematically compare only agricultural and biomedical databases. Here we do not wish to forget the natural-products oriented data-base Napralert (NAtural PRoducts ALERT) which is maintained by the Programme for Collaborative Research in the Pharmacological Sciences (PCRPS) at the College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago. This database was not consulted because we tried to establish the scatter of a specific multidisciplinary topic as is evidenced in non-specialized databases.

Bibliographic databases described bellow offer similarly structured bibliographic information (author, document title, source, publication data, subject headings, abstract) on journal articles, books, conference papers, patents, standards, theses, etc. These databases are accessible in different formats. All are available for a fee both online and on CD-ROMs, or on tape for in-house installation, through several online providers or commercial vendors. Some are in addition accessible free of charge on the WWW.

The three general agricultural databases Agris, Agricola and CAB Abstracts cover all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including production and protection aspects of animal and plant sciences, food and feed, and animal and human nutrition, forestry, wood technology, aquaculture and fisheries, farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, rural sociology, extension, education, information, legislation, earth, environmental sciences, etc. FSTA is the world's leading food and human nutrition database. Medline and Embase (Biobase) both cover immense field of biomedicine.

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