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Comparing Database Features

This table summarizes features found in databases widely used in the health and life sciences.

  PubMed BIOSIS Previews PsycINFO Web of Science Knowledge CINAHL Plus
Subject scope Medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, preclinical sciences Biology (e.g., botany, zoology microbiology), agriculture, ecology, medicine, pharmacology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioengineering, biotechnology Psychology, psychiatry, education, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, social work Wide multidisciplinary coverage of the sciences and social sciences Nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health, allied health disciplines
Format scope Journal articles Journal articles, book chapters, meeting publications, conference proceedings, patents Journal articles, conference proceedings, books, reports, dissertations Journal articles, reviews, corrections, discussions, letters, meeting abstracts, grant number Journal articles, health care books, nursing dissertations, conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals, book chapters
Years covered 1948–present 1926–present 1806–present Science Citation Index: 1900–present;
Social Sciences Citation Index: 1956–present;
Arts and Humanities Citation Index: 1975–present
1937–present
Default search Runs most appropriate search Phrase Phrase Phrase Two adjacent words
Truncation symbol(s) * * (any group of characters);
? (single character)
* * (any group of characters);
? (single character)
* (any group of characters);
? (single character)
Types of searches available Keyword, phrase, author, title, subject/MeSH Topic, author, title, address, keyword, Boolean, exact phrase Exact phrase, all of the words, any of the words Topic, author, title, address, keyword, Boolean, exact phrase, words in same sentence Basic: Standard (use Boolean operators), all of the words, any of the words, exact phrase
Search options MeSH Browser, Single Citation Matcher, Batch Citation Matcher, Clinical Queries, Linkout, Explode Author, Title, Journal, Search Fields/Index, Tools (Thesaurus) Combine, Basic, Explode Advanced Search, Browse Indexes, Thesaurus Search, Search History/Alerts, Explode Cited Reference, Topic, Author, Title, Address, Advanced, Combine Search Sets Advanced: Limiters (see below), Expanders (Full Text Search, Related Words), Search History/Combine Sets, Journal, Explode
Limits Publication types, age groups, date, language, items with abstracts, human/animal, subsets, gender, specific database field English, abstracts, review articles, human, microorganisms, plants, latest update, full text, new taxa, human, organisms, animals, date Latest update, journal articles only, English only, dates, age, popultion, audience Date(s), database, language, document type Basic: date, publication, journal subset, publication type
Advanced: abstract available, author, language, gender, age related, special interest
Link to UCLA collections UC-eLinks UC-eLinks UC-eLinks UC-eLinks UC-eLinks
Print, email, download results Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes