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Access to Databases

All reference databases have MPG-SFX buttons.
They lead to article full texts, if available. In case there is no licensed or free fulltext, the SFX form shows the option "Request this document via your local MPI library". You only have to fill in your name and email address to send us a document delivery request.
All licensed databases and journals are accessible from within the IP range of the institute without login data. SFX only works within the IP range of the institute.

Most relevant Databases
OVID is an interface integrating some high-quality subject databases; e.g. Medline and PsycInfo. All OVID subject databases are indexed with specialized thesauri and thus enable precise topical searches. OVID also provides an edition of Current Contents which is identical with the Current Contents edition on Web of Knowledge, but has some earlier volumes.
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Web of Knowledge contains the Science, Social Science and Arts & Humanties Citation Index (Web of Science). These are multi disciplinary databases traditionally known for citation linking (How often is an article being cited by others? Which articles have common references?). This is useful for searching but also yields the Web of Science to being a standard database for citation analysis. Other resources are the Journal Citation Reports (including the Journal Impact Factors) and other Science Indicators.
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Scopus is a newer large multi disciplinary literature database with citation analysis features comparable to Web Of Science. It covers more journals and conference proceedings than Web of Science, but has fewer back files. Notably citation linking only reaches back to 1996. In-Press-Articles of a considerable amount of journals are included as well as patents.
PubMedoffers free access to the bibliographic data of Medline - including the Medline subject headings - as well as to articles of selected journals within the range of the Life Sciences and to Medline-In-Process data (articles that still have no Subject Headings). Some journals are providing open access full text articles via PubMed after an embargo period of 6 or 12 months. Of course, these are referenced in the Electronic Journals Library, too. Please use the PubMed URL linked by us on this page to make sure SFX links are integrated.
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Dissertations & Thesis database with predominant American and Canadian dissertations and theses. The database comprises 2.3 million records. More than 925,000 papers can be downloaded in full text.
Special Interest
Biology Image Library is an online collection of biological and biomedical images, movies, illustrations and animations may be accessed to contribute, search and download suitable material for education & research for presentations and media work. Contributors retain their rights to the images. All material is peer-reviewed by academic editors (incl. several MPI directors).
CSA Illumina contains over 40 field-specific databases and selected web-resources, covering natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.
WebCelex is a web-based interface to the lexical database of the Centre for Lexical Information which was formerly maintained at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics . The database is freely available without IP authentification.
ELFI is generally a german database which collects and prepares information about research funding in Germany. As the database covers international programmes, too, some programme descriptions are in english.
Library Press Display is an international press portal covering more than 800 newspapers from 81 countries.
Search Engines, Open Access Repositories
VLIB is a MPS-specific portal to internal and external resources. All centrally licenced databases are integrated as well as free databases, library catalogs, E-Print server and journal collections. In the meta search modus several of these ressources can be cross-searched. It is possible to store an once defined set of ressources for re-use.
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Google Scholar is google`s search engine for scientific publications.
OAIster is a search engine that covers a large variety of institutional and subject repositories with freely accessible full text documents.
BASE( Bielefeld Academic Search Engine ) is german-based search engine covering institutional and subject repositories.
arXiv is a very large and well-known repository for preprints and postprints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology and statistics.
CogPrints is an electronic archive for self-archiving full text papers in any area of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Linguistics, and many areas of Computer Science.


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