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Botany & Zoology: Finding articles / Databases

Quick access to full text articles

1)  Follow the full-text link from databases, OR
2) Search A-Z list of e-journals by journal title, OR
3)  Search article titles on Google Scholar  

Internet Archive Scholar

Includes over 25 million research articles, books and other scholarly documents preserved in the Internet Archive. The collection spans from digitized copies of 18th century journals though the latest Open Access conference proceedings and pre-prints crawled from the World Wide Web

Search for print journals in the Library

Teaching Tools in Plant Biology

Teaching Tools in Plant Biology (Use Google Chrome)

Teaching Tools in Plant Biology, published by the American Society of Plant Biologists, combines up-to-date peer-reviewed research-based content with flexible presentation components 

Key databases for Botany and Zoology

Scopus from Elsevier is a comprehensive abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and features tools to track, analyze and visualize research
Training material

Web of Science
Web of Science from Thomson Reuters provides access to Science Citation Index and Journal Citations Reports.  Also features bibliometrics tools to analyse results
Training material

Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) 
Open access to biodiversity legacy literature and taxonomic literature

CAB Direct
Comprehensive databases for the applied life sciences
CABI Invasive Species Compendium
A power search of invasive species datasheets. Lists of datasheets can be retrieved by filtering on taxonomy, risk and impact factors and pathways of introduction

Science Direct is a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters
Training material

JSTOR Global Plants
Global Plants lets herbaria share their plant type specimens and experts determine and update plant names. The database is an essential resource for institutions supporting research and teaching in botany, ecology, and conservation studies

* Search PATENTS  as an additional source for information

Full text South African and African journals
Searchable collection of full-text African electronic journals available on one platform. Also indexed in SCOPUS  and selected titles on Web of Science

The choice for chemistry research: a one-stop search for: substances (editor for chemical structure drawing available), reactions, journal references, MethodsNow, retrosynthesis planning,  patents, and commercial source data.
Training tutorials

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Search for legislation in South Africa

SABINET Legal Platform
An expert team updates South African national, provincial and local legislation on a daily basis



free online archive and distribution service for preprints in the life sciences and operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.