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 the e-media portal. 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).
|A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation||There are further reference works from Oxford on the topic of environmental technology.|
|A Dictionary of Food and Nutrition||There are further reference works from Oxford on the topic of food sciences and nutrition.|
|A Dictionary of Plant Sciences||There are further reference works from Oxford on the topic of life sciences|
|Comprehensive Renewable Energy||-|
|CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics||-|
|Encyclopedia of Food and Health||-|
|Encyclopedia of Industrial Biotechnology: Bioprocess, Bioseparation, and Cell Technology||-|
|GMP-Berater||Limited to one user at a time - please be sure to log out.|
|Handbook of Clean Energy Systems||-|
|Handbuch der Bodenkunde||-|
|Handbuch Lebensmittelhygiene||Registration free of charge required. Then it can be found in the table of contents: QM /QS, Hygiene & Mikrobiologie|
|Hommel interaktiv 15.0||Handbuch der gefährlichen Güter (ZHAW login required)|
|The Encyclopedia of Fruit & Nuts||-|
|The New Encyclopedia of Insects and their Allies||There are further reference works from Oxford on the topic of life sciences.|
|Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry||-|
Bachelor's and master's theses
Selected bachelor's and master's theses from the School of Life Sciences and Facility Management are available in the ZHAW digitalcollection.