Annual Review of Biochemistry
Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology
Current Opinion in Cell Biology
Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
Current Opinion in Immunology
Genes & Development
JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Journal of Bacteriology
Journal of Biological Chemistry
Journal of Cell Biology
Journal of Virology
Molecular & Cellular Biology
Nature Cell Biology
Nature Chemical Biology
Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology
Nature Structural and Molecular Biology
Nucleic Acids Research
PNAS: Proceedings of the
Trends in Cell Biology
Trends in Genetics
Trends in Microbiology
Trends in Molecular Medicine
Biomedical researchers rely heavily on the three databases listed above. There is no one perfect database. In routine use, researchers usually stick with one favorite. But when preparing journal articles and grant proposals, the review of the literature is extremely important. At these times, researchers will comb through several databases.
There are some significant differences between these four databases.
PubMed Produced by the National Library of Medicine, PubMed includes Medline, additional llife science journals reviewed by the editors, online books in the NCBI library, relevant web sites, in-press citations, and author manuscripts of articles published by NIH-funded researchers. It also contains links to the NCBI molecular biology resources. It uses automatic term mapping to MeSH subject headings which enables users to search using natural language. PubMed indexes 5500 journals covering the life sciences. This is a free resource available to anyone on the web.
Biosis Previews (1969-present). This is the most comprehensive reference database for life science research. It covers original research and reviews in traditional biology and biomedicine. It also covers references to primary journal literature on vital biological research, medical research findings, and discoveries of new organisms. This database was originally known as Biological Abstracts. It has powerful indexing features and a unique controlled vocabulary that allows very precise searching.
Web of Science This "for-profit" database has for many years been the premier science database. It indexes articles from 6650 major scientific journals covering all scientific disciplines. It includes journal article abstracts and conference proceedings. The strength of Web of Science is that one can search both forwards and backwards in time by utilizing its cited reference searching capabilities. While it doesn't index every scientific journal, its coverage does include "the best" journals. Searching is keyword for words occuring in the abstract and in author-supplied keywords.
SpringerProtocols is the largest subscription-based online database of reproducible laboratory protocols in the biomedical and life sciences. Compiling protocols from the book series Methods in Molecular Biology and other sources, SpringerProtocols offers researchers access to nearly thirty years of tested, trusted, step-by-step protocols for immediate use in the lab. With an emphasis on comprehensiveness and clarity, each protocol is organized in an easily reproducible recipe style. Protocols are written by experts in the field and are reviewed by editors distinguished in their specific subject areas.