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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.




Name Subject Content
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
ChemSpider chemistry facts, references
European Pharmacopoeia Online* pharmacology full texts, facts, standards
FSTA - Food Science and Technology Abstracts food sciences references, laws, standards, patents
GeoVITe* architecture, engineering geodata, maps
GreenFile environmental technology references, some full texts
hortigate agriculture full texts
KOSMET* cosmetic science references
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
SciFindern* 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 Core Collection multidisciplinary references
WISO economics, social sciences
Back up your data in your personal wiso account until the end of 2022. More on this in the news item (in German).
references, some full texts

* Requires access information. You will find more information in the details of each database.

Open access portals

Search for scientific publications that are worldwide freely available, also known as open access publications.

Reference works

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).

Title Additional information
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 Food Microbiology There are further reference works from ScienceDirect on the topic of life sciences
Encyclopedia of Industrial Biotechnology: Bioprocess, Bioseparation, and Cell Technology -
Food Composition and Nutrition Tables: Die Zusammensetzung der Lebensmittel - Nährwert-Tabellen -
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)
Römpp Online -
Schweizerische Lebensmittelgesetzgebung -
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.
The Prokaryotes -
Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry -
VDI-Wärmeatlas -

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.