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Margaret Smith Library, SAIAB: Databases
The library at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity contributes to research and teaching in the aquatic sciences through heritage collections and a global web of data. Resources and services are shared with Rhodes University Library
There is a strong focus on journals published in Africa. Comprises: the original Africana Periodical Literature database, compiled by Davis Bullwinkle from 1974 to 2008; the Quarterly Index of African Periodical Literature (QIAPL), of the Overseas Office of the American Library of Congress in Nairobi from 1991 to 2011; ongoing contributions from Leiden African Studies Centre. Covers agriculture, geography, history, anthropology, women’s studies, medicine and health.
Includes, i.a.: Fish Project Websites; Literature & Publications; Meetings; Geographic Information & Maps; Museum Collections; National Fisheries Agencies; Support for research projects in Africa; Supplies;Training: Type Specimen Information & Images; Where to publish at no cost.
AGRIS contains more than 7 million bibliographic references on agricultural research and technology & links to related data resources on the Web, like DBPedia, World Bank, Nature, FAO Fisheries and FAO Country profiles. AGRIS includes records from AVANO :a marine and aquatic sciences OAI (discontinued)
Combines databases on all facets of international water research, with excellent world coverage, this database includes research ranging from coastal and offshore engineering to pollution and water treatment.
ISI Web of Knowedge is a multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the sciences. It is a multidisciplinary database and covers over 10,000 high-impact journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, as well as international proceedings coverage for over 120,000 conferences.
Databases vs. Google
Why use a database to search for articles when you can simply “Google” something? Here's why!
Searchable collections include abstracts (short summaries) and citations (references) to articles in journals and newspapers; also include other publications like conference papers and chapters in books
Verified academic sources indexed to retrieve the most relevant results by subject or type of publication.
No irrelevant information like advertisements.
Links to older materialMany sources such as journal back issues in print are not available on the open Internet; use the databases to link to older RU Library subscriptions.
Searchsimulataneously across many years and many publicationsinstead of browsing through individual publications (imagine going through years and years of every issue of a journal).
Links to full-text articles from many database records.