Major Research Tools

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

Full-Text, Reference

Reference database with peer-reviewed articles covering all basic and many applied aspects of the life sciences, with an emphasis on cell and molecular biology.

Google Scholar


Search engine for scholarly materials including journal articles. Be sure to use WebBridge to link to Lafayette's resources. Note: if accessing from off-campus, sign in, go to "Settings" and search "Library Links" for "Lafayette." Check "Lafayette College - Lafayette WebBridge" to make WebBridge appear in search results.

MEDLINE via ISI Web of Knowledge


Coverage: 1950-present

The premier index to medical literature for health researchers and professionals. Subject searchers may wish to consult the directory of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), available at the National Library of Medicine's website. A free search interface for MEDLINE, PubMed, with links to select full-text articles is also available. Complete


Full text access to most of Nature publishing group's journals, including current and archival access to Nature and Scientific American.



Database of full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe Publishing Group.



Major database of psychological literature. Produced by the American Psychological Association.

Web of Science: Science Citation Index

Coverage: 1955-present

Index covering the journal literature of science and technology. Allows you to search for a topic, an author, or for articles that cite a known author or work.

Other Suggested Research Tools

Annual Reviews

Full-Text, Index

Index coverage: vol. 1 - present; Full-text coverage: 1996-present

Full text of articles reviewing the scholarly literature for a variety of topics in the physical, biomedical, and social sciences.


Full-Text, Index

Archives of papers in areas of the physical, social, and mathematical sciences pertaining to the study of cognition.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine on PubMed

Coverage: 1963-present

Index of medical literature relating to alternative systems of medicine and methods of treatment. Duplicates the material in PubMed but makes it easier to find literature specifically about alternative medicine.



Detailed, scholarly encyclopedia articles covering computational neuroscience, dynamical systems, computational intelligence, astrophysics, and physics.