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Open access resources

 The following is a selection of specialized databases covering a variety of subject fields that will support the research required in NGS coursework.  A large percentage of the citations within each database link to full text.  Additional proprietary databases can be accessed through the NGS Learning Management System.   

Agriculture–Agricola–The U S Dept. of Agriculture Library has one of the world’s largest collections of information on the subject of agriculture and related sciences.  Through their website you can gain access to the National Agriculture Catalog (AGRICOLA) and the National Agricultural Library Digital Repository (NALDR).  AGRICOLA contains two databases, NAL Catalog as well as the Article Citation Database, which can be searched combined or separately.  The Article Citation Database refers to journal articles, many of which need to be obtained through a commercial provider.  

Biomedical and Life Sciences Journals —PubMed Central–(PMC) is the free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the National Institute of Health (NIH).  It is developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  The database includes approximately 1 million articles, letters, or editorials from 1,082 journals.  Some publishers delay access for a period of six months before articles can be accessed.  Most of the resources are written in English language, but journals may be published internationally.

Biomedical Research and Related Sciences–PubMed–In PubMed citations and abstracts are provided for over 20 million references to articles and online books in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and preclinical sciences.  Links to full text articles in PubMed Central denote free availability and some links to publisher sites also denote free copies.  The remainder may be obtained through an institutional subscription, a local public library, or may be purchased directly from the publisher.  PubMed is a free resource that is developed and maintained by the national Center for Biotechnology Information (NFCBI) at the National Library of Medicine.  PubMed Central, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/, the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, providing free access to the full text of articles, can also be searched directly.

Company Reports–EDGAR–EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Its primary purpose is to increase the efficiency and fairness of the securities market for the benefit of investors, corporations, and the economy by accelerating the receipt, acceptance, dissemination, and analysis of time sensitive corporate information filed with the agency.  Annual reports to shareholders (except in the case of investment companies) are not required submissions to EDGAR, however, some companies submit them voluntarily.  Annual reports on Form 10-K or 10-KSB, which contain much of the same information, are required to be filed on EDGAR.  Reports of publicly held companies can be searched under company name, ticker symbol, SIC code, and other identifiers.  SIC codes can be used to identify all companies within in a given geographical area which are engaged in the work of a specific industry classification.

Economics–Economic ResearchEconomic Research is a clearinghouse of economic information for the U.S and forty other countries in full reports, graphs and charts maintained by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.  Access is provided to FRED® (Federal Reserve Economic Data), a database of 27,086 economic time series, which data can be downloaded in Microsoft Excel and text formats. Liber8® is a portal that links to economic information from the Federal Reserve System, government agencies, and international data sources.  FRASER® is a project providing economic information and data to researchers interested in the U.S. economy. On this web site you will find links to scanned images (in Adobe® Acrobat® PDF format) of historical economic statistical publications, releases, and documents.  FedinPrint, is a comprehensive index to Federal Reserve Research with articles in full text.

Education–ERIC–Over 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles, reports, and other materials on all categories of education.  Topics of interest might include adult learners, distance education, team based projects, etc.  Some reports are available in full text and your searching strategy can easily limit to full text, if desired.

Energy–ECD–Energy Citations Database, ECD, was created and developed by DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information with the science-attentive citizen in mind. It contains energy and energy‑related scientific and technical information collected by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies, the Energy Research & Development Administration (ERDA) and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).  ECD) provides free access to over 2.4 million science research citations with continued growth through regular updates. There are over 267,000 electronic documents, primarily from 1943 forward, available via the database. Citations and documents are made publicly available by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Engineering and Applied Sciences–NASA Technical Reports Server–The NASA Technical Reports Server indexes current and historical technical literature and engineering results found in conference papers, journal articles, meeting papers, patents, research reports, images, movies, and technical videos.  Over 500,000 citations are provided, with over 200,000 full text online documents, and over 500,000 images and videos.  NACA reports, 1916-1958, and NASA reports, 1958 to present are a significant part of the collection.

Government Publications–Catalog of U. S. Government Publications–Current or historic federal publications are listed here, with many entries linked to full text.  Documents such as congressional hearings or publications of specific government agencies can be found in this database.

Medicine and Allied Health–see entries above for Biomedical and Life Science Journals and Biomedical Research and Related Sciences

Multi-Disciplines–Directory of Open Access Journals–The Directory of Open Access Journals provides, completely in full text, a collection of over 8,500 scientific and scholarly journals in all subject fields and in a variety of languages from 110 countries.  A substantial number of journals cover the fields of business and management, technology and engineering, environmental sciences, health sciences and medicine, technology and engineering, and international studies.

StatisticsAmerican FactFinder–Data compiled by the U. S. Census Bureau includes information taken from the decennial census on population, housing, education, household income, etc. as well as other special censuses, such as the Economic Census, taken every five years to measure business activity.  This five year economic census includes data segments on Business and Industry, Foreign Trade, and Government.  Reports of annual economic surveys are also included.  A link to the New American FactFinder, a separate database for the 2000 and 2010 decennial census, is provided.

Statistics–Statistical Abstract of the United States–Published each year by the U.S. Census Bureau, this is a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States with references to additional information from U.S. agencies and private organizations.  Tables include multinational companies; manufacturing shipments, orders, inventories; research and development funds in R&D performing and non-performing manufacturing companies by industry; renewable energy consumption estimates by source; live births, deaths, marriages; etc.  While most tables provide statistics at the national level, some are broken down to the region or state level.  Earlier editions of the Statistical Abstract of the United States can be accessed online at a separate website.

Transportation–TRID–All modes of transportation are the focus of this international database with references to more than 900,000 publications including technical reports and conference papers and citations to books and journal articles.  Over half of the references include access to the full text-mostly the technical reports.  Records are supplied by the U. S. Transportation Research Board and the Joint Transport Research Centre of the International Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, as well as two key transportation libraries.  The database includes over 20,000 citations for Environmental Impact Statements.