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Major Databases

  • Agricola
    provides access to literature acquired by the National Agricultural Library (NAL). It is an extensive bibliographic database consisting of records for literature citations of journal articles, monographs, theses, patents, translations, microforms, audiovisuals, software, and technical reports.
  • Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA)
    is an electronic version of ASFA 1: Biological sciences & living resources; ASFA 2: Ocean technology, policy & non-living resources; ASFA 3: Aquatic pollution & environmental quality; ASFA marine biotechnology abstracts; ASFA aquaculture abstracts. Subject areas include: aquaculture, aquatic organisms, aquatic pollution, brackish water environments, conservation, environmental quality, fisheries, freshwater environments, limnology, marine biotechnology, marine environments, meteorology, oceanography.
  • Biological Sciences
    Provides citations and abstracts to research in biomedicine, biotechnology, zoology and ecology, and some aspects of agriculture and veterinary science. The citations describe journal articles, conference proceedings, technical reports, monographs and selected books and patents.
  • BioOne
    A searchable collection of the full-texts of high impact bioscience research journals covering the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. The Libraries also support the access of BioOne via the CSA internet database service.
  • BIOSIS Previews
    is a Life Sciences reference database that combines the journal reference content from Biological Abstracts with the references to meetings, reviews, books, and monographs from Biological Abstracts/RRM (Reports, Reviews, Meetings). BIOSIS Previews provides current life science information, covering fields such as Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Pre-Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Pharmacology, Zoology, Veterinary Sciences, and Agricultural Sciences.
  • CAB abstracts
    is an international agriculture research database which indexes literature in agriculture, forestry, human and animal nutrition, animal health, natural resource management and conservation, and related aspects of human health. Focal areas are animal and plant science, crop protection, parasitology, soil science, rural development, economics, horticulture, and agricultural engineering. Its geographic scope is global, with emphasis on African and Latin American studies.
  • Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management
    This database offers abstracts to the worldwide literature covering all aspects of the environmental sciences. It is comprised of twelve subfiles, which are available individually through Cambridge Scientific Abstracts. They are Agricultural & Environmental Biotechnology Abstracts, ASFA 3: Aquatic Pollution & Environmental Quality, Bacteriology Abstracts (Microbiology B), Ecology Abstracts, EIS: Digests of Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Engineering Abstracts, Human Population & N
  • Faculty of 1000. Biology
    from BioMed Central, is an online research service that highlights and reviews papers published in the biological sciences, based on recommendations of over 1000 selected researchers.
  • Food Science & Technology Abstracts
    Comprehensive coverage of the food sciences, food products, and food processing from 1969 to the present including the relevant basic sciences: biotechnology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, microbiology, engineering,and toxicology as well as economics and legislation.
  • ISI Web of Science
    Online version of the 5 separate ISI indexes: Arts & humanities citation index; Science citation index; Social sciences citation index; Current chemical reactions and Index Chemicus. Allows citation research and the search of impact factors of journals.
  • Medline
    Provides comprehensive coverage on every aspect of medicine, biomedical research, including animal studies and veterinary medicine.
  • Oceanic Abstracts
    Oceanic Abstracts focuses on marine biology and physical oceanography, fisheries, aquaculture, non-living resources, meteorology and geology, plus environmental, technological, and legislative topics.
  • PubMed
    provides access to the PubMed database of bibliographic information, which is drawn primarily from MEDLINE and PREMEDLINE. PubMed also includes all articles from from participating journals that are indexed selectively for MEDLINE. In addition, PubMed provides access to the molecular biology databases included in NCBI's Entrez retrieval system.
  • Zoological Record
    Zoological record online provides worldwide coverage of zoological literature, including entomology, herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, ornithology, paleontology, protozoology, and others. Covers biochemistry, biometrics, disease, evolution, genetics, habitat, life cycle and development, morphological variation, nomenclature, physiology, taxonomy, and zoogeography.

Get Citations

Web of Science

  • Connect to the database Web of Knowledge
  • Once you are in Web of Knowledge, click on the tab for "Web of Science"
  • In the middle of the search template, you will see a hyperlink for "Author Finder". Please click on it. You will then need to go through several steps:
  1. Enter author name: E.g. enter "Ho" as last name, "J" as first initial and "CM" as middle initials. Click on the "Next" button.
  2. Select author variant, and then click on the "Next" button.
  3. Select subject category: If the author's publications might fall under different subject disciplines, select all. And then, click on the Next button.
  4. Select institution: Tick those institutions which the author is or have been affiliated with. And then click on the "Finish Now" button.
  • Click on the "Create Citation Report" hyperlink. You will then get data such as number of publications, times cited and the h-index.



  1. Access Scopus
  2. Click on the "Author Search" tab.
  3. Enter the last name and the initials. E.g. "Ho" as last name, "J.C.M." as initial. Please also tick the checkbox for "Show exact matches".
  4. You may then see a list of authors with variant name formats. For the above example, you will find two author records. If you refer to the record which belongs to this author, and click on the "Details" link, you will find the citation analysis data, including the number of publications, times cited, h-index. E.g. For this author, there are 28 publications receiving 191 citations and the h-index is 9.

Note: As there may be publications by other authors with the same name, or variant forms of the same name, perhaps there are two things that you may wish to do at this stage:

  • To make sure that entries under variant author names are included in the analysis: Click open "Find unmatched authors" and check if there are other forms of this name. If there are entries that refer to this author, tick the checkbox against the entry. Then, click on the "Group with author" button. These publications will then be added to perform an aggregate analysis.
  • To make sure that all documents included have been written by this author and not by someone else under the same name: Click on the number against "Document". Go through the list and mark those which belong to this author. After this, click on the "Citation Tracker" button. A new analysis will be performed, and you will get a new figure for "Cited By' and h-index.

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