Research guide to chemistry and life sciences resources
Be efficient in your research and use the various databases, reference works and additional literature in the field of chemistry and life sciences.
We recommend that you search the databases in order to research and review up-to-date and discipline-specific content on a topic. They mostly contain references to resources as well as full text articles from journals. Depending on the database, additional types of publications such as conference reports, book chapters, pictures, videos and much more are included.
The table below provides an overview of the databases in the area of chemistry and life sciences. Please note that databases marked with an asterisk (*) require special access information. You will find more information in the details of each database (in German).
|Agricola||agriculture, food sciences, forestry||references|
|Agris||agriculture, food sciences, forestry||references|
|Approved Methods of Analysis – AACC International||food sciences (cereals)||assay methods|
|CAB Abstracts*||agriculture, biotechnology, food sciences, forestry, environmental technology||references|
|European Pharmacopoeia Online*||pharmacology||full texts, facts, standards|
|FSTA - Food Science and Technology Abstracts||food sciences||references, laws, standards, patents|
|geodata2use*||architecture, engineering||geodata, maps|
|GeoVITe*||architecture, engineering||geodata, maps|
|GreenFile||environmental technology||references, some full texts|
|Merkblätter Gefährliche Arbeitsstoffe*||chemistry||facts|
|OECDiLibrary||agriculture, food sciences, economics, social sciences||references, some full texts|
|PubMed||medicine, pharmacology||references, some full texts, facts|
|Reaxys||chemistry||references, facts, patents|
|Schweizer Nährwertdatenbank||food sciences||facts|
|SciFinder*||chemistry||references, facts, patents|
|Springer Materials||engineering, material science||full texts, facts|
|SWISonline*||forestry, environmental technology||references|
|USP–NF - United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary*||pharmacology||full texts, standards, patents|
|VCF - Volatile Compounds in Food database||food sciences||facts|
|Web of Science Portal||multidisciplinary||references|
|WISO||economics, social sciences||references, some full texts|
* Requires access information. You will find more information in the details of each database (in German).
Open access portals
Search for scientific publications that are worldwide freely available, also known as open access publications.
Reference works are the ideal starting point for your research. In addition to defining concepts, they help you to gain an overview of a topic, narrow down a topic and find key concepts for future work.
All electronic reference works can be found and searched in ZHAW swisscovery. The selection of titles below provides you with a quick introduction to your specialist area. General reference works can also be found with the monolingual (in German) and multilingual dictionaries (in German).
Selected bachelor's and master's theses from the School of Life Sciences and Facility Management are available in the ZHAW digitalcollection.