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Category: Literature search

Tools for literature search


By Research Cooperative, 2018-04-08

The universe of academic information is constantly expanding, and services to make that information accessible are also expanding:

Google Scholar - this has a wealth of related tools for literature research.

worldwidescience.org  - this portal is special as it can be used with many different languages.

 

Major publishers or publishing networks

Bioline International - A "not-for-profit scholarly publishing cooperative committed to providing open access to quality research (bioscience) journals published in developing countries" (Open Access).

BioOne Complete - A "full-text database of more than 200 leading journals in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences"

ScienceDirect - Search portal for peer-reviewed journals, articles, book chapters and open access content published by Elsevier. Find articles from over 3,800 journals and more than 37,000 book titles.

Taylor & Francis Online  - A commercial publisher in all major subject areas. When viewing a journal page, open access content is indicated by an orange unlock icon.

Factfish


By Research Cooperative, 2017-04-13

A useful website for research and writing: http://www.factfish.com

This site, based in Germany, may be useful for many authors seeking basic information related to social and economic issues globally, and country by country. The stated aim is: "to simplify the process of collecting information on decision-relevant topics. We speed up the process and make it cost-effective.

In relation to food and agriculture, for example, the site takes data from published FAO sources, and then makes it easy to explore the data and display the results graphically. So it is does not just 'collect information', it also offers a toolkit for looking at data and displaying it in ways that make interpretation - and decision-making - easier.

The high-level categories currently offered by Factfish are:

  • Population and health
  • Energy and environment
  • Economy
  • Education and science
  • Geography and agriculture
  • Transport and communication

Within these high-level categories, hundreds of sub-categories are shown. On my wishlist: a high-level category for Biodiversity and ecology - the living foundations of our world economy!