Full-text Databases in Vistula University
As present, Science Library provides free access to eleven commercial full-text databases. They can be accessed from any of the workstations in the university campus. They are:
1. ProQuest Central – This database serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels. Covering more than 160 subjects areas, ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated database of periodical content. This award-winning online reference resource features a highly-respected, diversified mix of content including scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, reports and videos.
If you want to use ProQuest database outside the University campus you will need to create a “My research” account on the University campus. access is active for 3 months.
2. ebrary – provides authoritative, over 120 000 full-text e-books in a wide range of subject areas along with powerful tools to find, use, and manage the information.
- Business & economics
- Computers & IT
- Engineering & technology
- History & political science
- Interdisciplinary & area studies
- Language, literature & linguistics
- Law, international relations & public policy
- Life sciences
- Nursing & allied health
- Physical sciences
- Psychology & social work
- Religion, philosophy & classics
- Sociology & anthropology
3. IBUK Libra – Polish e-book platform
- 24/7 access to virtual reading room, from any place (PIN code must be acquired in the Library prior to first log-in procedure),
- almost 900 titles,
- the biggest collection of specialized, scientific publications, as well as books on popular science and belles-lettres literature,
- quick view of full-text publications,
- personalized cloud-reading zone (personal myIBUK account),
- advanced tools for editing text: text marking, notes, tagging, direct connection between text and PWN vocabularies and encyclopaedias,
- additional tools for skill development, e.g. PWN Language Assistant, SuperMemo language course,
- flexible choice of resources and easy use of the platform,
- easy access to texts on mobile devices,
- menu available in three languages: Polish, Russian and Ukrainian,
- Database contains e-books available in Polish language only!
For more information about using IBUK Libra platform go to training materials.
NOTICE !!! You can use all databases listed above only in the University campus (except ProQuest, ebrary and IBUK Libra) !
4. EBSCO – a platform that consists of 12 databases which contain scientific publications from various branches of knowledge. One of the databases is Academic Search Complete which contains full-text articles from ca. 8000 titles of periodicals. In the main menu of the site there are short descriptions of other databases.
5. Web of Knowledge (Science) – the platform contains various databases, for instance:
– Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) – over 13.000 titles of exact science periodicals,
– Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) – over 3600 titles of periodicals,
– Art & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI) – over 1800 titles of periodicals.
6. Science – the Science magazine portal and database. License grants access to issues dating back to 1997.
7. Springer – the database contains 1862 titles of periodicals. It also contains archives of book series as well as the collection of 3009 e-books published by Springer in 2005.
8. Nature – the Nature magazine portal and database. License grants access to current year issues as well as to archives from the four previous years.
9. Elsevier – the database contains ca. 1650 titles of periodicals from 1995 until present, as well as archives of over 370 discontinued ones.
10. Wiley-Blackwell Online Library – hosts the world’s broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It delivers seamless integrated access to over 4 million articles from 1500 journals, over 11,500 online books, and hundreds of reference works, laboratory protocols and databases.
11. Scopus – is the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature which contains:
– over 20,500 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide,
– 49 million records, 78% with abstracts,
– over 5.3 million conference papers,
– 100% Medline coverage,
– ensure interoperability with ScienceDirect, EngineeringVillageand Reaxys, a unique chemistry workflow solution.
NOTICE !!! You can use all databases listed above only in the University campus (except ProQuest, ebrary and IBUK Libra) !
Other useful links:
12. DART-Europe. DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses. DART-Europe is endorsed by LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche), and it is the European Working Group of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).
13. DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals – is website that lists open access journals and is maintained by Infrastructure Services for Open Access (IS4OA). Until January 2013, the DOAJ was maintained by Lund University. The project defines open access journals as scientific and scholarly journals that meet high quality standards by exercising peer review or editorial quality control and “use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access.” The Budapest Open Access Initiative’s definition of open access is used to define required rights given to users, for the journal to be included in the DOAJ, as the rights to “read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles”.
As of January 2013, the database contains 8536 journals, with an average of four journals being added each day in 2012. The aim of DOAJ is to “increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact.[wikipedia.org]
14. EU Bookshop – EU Bookshop is an online bookshop, library and archive of publications dating back to 1952. It contains 100,000 titles and 190,000 corresponding electronic versions (PDFs, e books, CD ROMs, DVDs, etc.) in more than 50 languages, including the 24 official languages of the EU.
15. Eurostat – Directorate-General of the European Commission located in Luxembourg. Its main responsibilities are to provide statistical information to the institutions of the European Union (EU) and to promote the harmonisation of statistical methods across its member states and candidates for accession as well as EFTA countries. The organisations in the different countries which actively cooperate with Eurostat are summarised under the concept of the European Statistical System.
16. EUR-Lex – provides free access to European Union law and other documents considered to be public. The contents of the site amount to some 2 815 000 documents with texts dating back to 1951. The database is updated daily and every year around 12 000 documents are added.
17. Hyper Articles en Ligne (HAL) – is a multi-disciplinary open access archive for the deposit and dissemination of scientific research papers, whether they are published or not, and for PhD dissertation. The documents may come from teaching and research institutions in France or abroad, or from public or private research centers.
18. The Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) is a research institution dealing with analyses and forecast studies of the political, social and economic situation in: the countries neighbouring Poland and in the Baltic Sea region, the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia. OSW’s tasks include the compilation of information on important events and the political, social and economic processes taking place in Poland’s international surroundings and to make it available to Poland’s state authorities, as well as preparing analyses, expert opinions and forecast studies.
19. Publications of the Bureau of Research (BAS) are prepared in cooperation with the Sejm Publishing Office. Their purpose is to document expert work in the course legislative process, provide Deputies and organs of the Sejm with information necessary for performance of their duties, as well as arouse interest of Deputies in social and economical matters important from the point of view of lawmaking. Publications form a necessary element in research carried out by the Bureau, concerning such fields as law, the system of government, parliamentarism, as well as economics, economy and other areas important for the functioning of the society.
20. DOAB – Directory of Open Access Books – searchable index of academic, peer-reviewed books that have been published under an Open Access license. Includes links to the full-text books on the publishers’ websites.
21. UNWTO – Library of World Tourism Organisation. The e-unwto is a fully cross-searchable interactive database offering a vast number of high-quality UNWTO publications including books, journals, and statistics in their respective languages. In addition to more than 1100 books in English, French, Spanish, Russian or Arabic.
22. OpenDOAR – The Directory of Open Access Repositories is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. OpenDOAR lets you search for repositories or search repository contents.
23. arXiv – Open access to 948,173 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.
24. EconBiz is a search portal for economics as the Virtual Library for Economics and Business Studies. EconBiz was set up as a joint project of the German National Library of Economics (ZBW) and the University and City Library of Cologne (USB Köln). Database offers e.g.:
– a search engine including important German and international databases for economics and business studies,
– a calendar of events in economics and business studies.
25. Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek EZB (Electronic Journals Library) – The EZB offers fast, structured and standardized access to scientific and academic full text journals. At the moment, it contains 76648 titles, among them 14019 online-only journals, covering all subjects. 45772 journals can be read free-of-charge.
26. OAIster (OCLCWorldCat) – is an online union catalog of materials held by OCLC member libraries. OCLC, Online Computer Library Center, is a nonprofit, membership, library computer service and research organization. WorldCat contains millions of bibliographic records describing items owned by libraries around the world. Item records provide information about individual library holdings. Types of materials include books, journals, musical scores, computer data files, magazines, newspapers, computer programs, sound recordings, films and slides, maps, videotapes, and manuscripts written as early as the 12th century. Updated daily.
27. CeON Repository (Repository of Centre for Open Science) – open-access repository for research output of Polish scholars, contains thesis of many faculties in many different languages.
28. e-Publikacje Nauki Polskiej (ePNP) – collection of various scientific publications, released by Polish higher education institutions, scientific institutes, museums, scientific societies and associations. The main aim of this database is to collect in one place the scarcely available literature from scientific centres from all over Poland and to make it accessible through just a few clicks on the epnp.pl platform. The database contains a wide selection of both free e-books, as well as those that you can access upon paying a small fee, being the 45% of the net price of the paper version of a book. Create free account to use the service.
29. e-Wydawnictwo (Portal Publikacji Naukowych) – created for the academic institutions which strive to have the most up-to-date information on scientific progress. E-wydawnictwo offers access to dissertations and theses, fulfilling the need of fast and easy access to broad spectrum of academic works, at the same time making the works available quickly and free of charge. The portal offers free access to unreviewed theses and paid access to reviewed ones. Free registration is required.[Service is available only in Polish language version].
30. Social Science Research Network (SSRN) – world wide collaborative of over 256,700 authors and more than 1.7 million users that is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research. Founded in 1994, it is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences. The Abstract Database contains information on well over 552,700 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers. The eLibrary currently contains over 455,400 downloadable electronic documents in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
31. niSearch – member-based community to download free ebooks, share eBooks, documents, courses, video trainings and or any other educational digital material. Create free account to become a member and use the service.
32. aleBank.pl – The Academic Library of VISTULA University Group has joined to all-Poland programmme: “Bankowość * Finanse * Samorząd: Wiedza on-line”, founded by Polish Banking Association and Wydawnictwo Centrum Prawa Bankowego i Informacji. Programme grants access for students and academics to electronic versions of journals, containing informations about: banking, finance, self-gorvernment administration (access to current year issues as well as to archives from the previous years):
- “Miesięcznik Finansowy BANK”,
- “Nowoczesny Bank Spółdzielczy”,
- “Europejski Doradca Samorządowy”,
- “Finansowanie Nieruchomości”,
- “Kurier Finansowy”.
Ask about access in the Academic Library or by using contact form.[Service is available only in Polish language version].
33. EServer – a digital humanities venture, founded in 1990 and based at Iowa State U, where writers, editors and scholars publish over 35,000 works free of charge.
34. OhioLINK ETD (Electronic Thesis & Dissertation Center) – is a searchable online collection of the full text of more than 40,000 dissertations and theses from 26 Ohio institutions of higher education. The subject matter covers all disciplines, from Academic Guidance Counselling to Zoology.
35. The Online Books Page – a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such multidisciplinary online books, for the benefit and edification of all.
36. ResearchGate – ResearchGate is a social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators. It is designed for researchers and scientists. Most of ResearchGate’s users are involved in medicine or biology, though it also has participants from engineering, computer science and agricultural sciences among others. Members are encouraged to share raw data and failed experiment results. ResearchGate does not require peer review or fees, but creating free account is required to use the service.[wikipedia.org]
37. Project Gutenberg (PG) – a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to “encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks”. As of May 2014, Project Gutenberg claimed over 45,000 items in its collection, with an average of over fifty new e-books being added each week.
38. The Digital Libraries Federation (DLF) – next stage of the development of network of distributed digital libraries and repositories in Poland. The name of the DLF corresponds to its nature – it is a set of advanced network services based on the resources available in Polish digital libraries and repositories deployed in the PIONIER network. These resources are created by many institutions like universities, libraries, museums, archives or research institutions. The Digital Libraries Federation is maintained by the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center affiliated by the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of Polish Academy of Sciences, and the PSNC Digital Libraries Team is responsible for the DLF development. At the moment the number of publication is 1,990,410.
39. Local Data Bank – it is the greatest Polish organized information bank about social-economical situation, demographical, social and environmental matters. LDB describes voivodships, powiats and gminas as elements of social and administrative organization of the country, as well as regions and subregions that are parts of territorial units nomenclature, for statistical purposes. Garners, systematically completes, and updates statistical information on specific territorial division units. Ensures continuous, user-friendly access to up-to-date statistical information and allows multidimensional statistical analyses in regional and local systems.
40. CORDIS – the Community Research and Development Information Service. It is the European Commission’s primary public repository and portal to disseminate information on all EU-funded research projects and their results in the broadest sense. The website and repository include all public information held by the Commission (project factsheets, publishable reports and deliverables), editorial content to support communication and exploitation (news, events, success stories, magazines, multilingual “results in brief” for the broader public) and comprehensive links to external sources such as open access publications and websites.
41. Investment Tribune is a magazine on finance, discussing issues about venture capital, Business Angels, financing SME sector enterprises and capital investments in general. Being a specialized magazine, IT has a distinct group of readers. They are, among others, stock exchange investors, institutionalized investors, wealthy individual investors (Business Angels) and innovative market entrepreneurs (biotechnology, IT, ICT, alternative energy sources, multimedia, high tech). [Service is available only in Polish language version].
42. The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is The World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products. Through the OKR, The World Bank collects, disseminates, and permanently preserves its intellectual output in digital form. The OKR is interoperable with other repositories and supports optimal discoverability and re-usability of the content by complying with Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) standards and the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). The World Bank’s new Open Access Policy (effective July 1, 2012) and the OKR both improve access for those who regularly use World Bank research outputs and knowledge products.
43. Open Library – project of the non-profit Internet Archive, and has been funded in part by a grant from the California State Library and the Kahle/Austin Foundation. Open Library have gathered over 20 million records from a variety of large catalogs as well as single contributions, with more on the way. To use more functionalities we suggest to create free account.
44. CASE – independent non-profit economic and public policy research institution founded on the idea that evidence-based policy making is vital to the economic welfare of societies. Established in 1991 in Warsaw, CASE scholars and researchers assisted policy-makers during the early years of transition, before turning their attention to the challenges inherent in the European Union enlargement process and then EU key policy challenges in the globalized world. While remaining focused on our five core thematic areas of: (1) European Neighbourhood Policy, enlargement, trade and economic integration, (2) labour markets, human capital and social policy, (3) innovation, competitiveness and entrepreneurship, (4) reforms, growth and poverty reduction in developing and transition countries, (5) macroeconomics and public finance, we want to contribute to new debates facing Europe, including the economic impact of climate change mitigation policies and the economics of energy policy.
45. BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine) – one of the world’s most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources. BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library. As the open access movement grows and prospers, more and more repository servers come into being which use the “Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting” (OAI-PMH) for providing their contents. BASE collects, normalises, and indexes these data. BASE provides more than 60 million documents from more than 3,000 sources. You can access the full texts of about 70% of the indexed documents. The index is continuously enhanced by integrating further OAI sources as well as local sources.
46. The Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics – The scientific research conducted at IAFE-NRI is focused on key issues of the economic, production and social situation of rural areas in Poland, on agriculture and on broadly conceived food economy. The research is carried out as part of the statutory activity and the research programme launched in 2011, entitled “Competitiveness of the Polish Food Economy in the Conditions of Globalisation and European Integration.” The third major direction of the Institute activity is collecting agricultural accountancy results. Since May 2004 the Institute has acted as the FADN Liaison Agency, which entails collecting farm accountancy data within the European system. FADN (Farm Accountancy Data Network) is a tool that facilitates the programming and implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy in 27 EU Member States. The Liaison Agency is responsible for providing accountancy data from a representative sample of farms, to FADN, to national decision-making, advisory as well as scientific and research centres, and to farmers, in the form of individual and comparison reports. The collections of original and unique empirical data, gathered for many years through field studies, has a prominent place within the scientific output of the Institute. The Agricultural Accountancy Department has gathered information on the economic and production results achieved by private farms as part of the Agricultural Accountancy System, and since 2003 as part of the Polish FADN. Every 4 or 5 years, the Social and Regional Policy Department conducts a questionnaire survey in 76 Polish villages, concerning the production and social situation of farms. The IAFE-NRI further collects the CSO data concerning the economic and financial situation in the food industry, production and food prices, as well as the CIHZ (i.e. the Foreign Trade Information Centre) data on the situation in foreign trade with agricultural and food products. This data forms the basis of many master’s, doctor’s and habilitation theses that are developed at universities countrywide.
47. Cyfrowa Biblioteka m.st. Warszawy (Digital Library of the City of Warsaw) is the project converging in one place all the publications financed or cofinanced by City of Warsaw. For now it has 345 items. The Library contains also some other materials considering Warsaw and urban issues like articles, reports or thesis. All the publications are free of charge. The Library materials can be reached also from mobile devices.