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Sign up:  Drew users only. Must register for SciFinder Account:

  • Follow the directions at the link above to register using a Drew networked computer.
  •  Indexes all of Chemical Abstracts and Medline. (Use remove duplicates to get rid of Medline sources.)
  • Search using natural language, molecular formula, or substance. Searches can be refined.
  • Links to:
    • citing and cited articles (Both are useful for finding related articles.)
    • reactions
    • substances
  • Get full text links to our article linker to find electronic full text. If we don't have online full text, we might have the journal in print or microform. To find out, take citation information or DOI and go to the Electronic Journals link. Enter the Journal title or the DOI into the appropriate search box and proceed.
  • If exporting citations to EndNote Web (see below) use tagged format .txt .


  • Indexes anything to do with medicine.
  • Not scanned in a Summon search.
  • Export search results to EndNote Web (see below). (Use the MEDLINE display format.)
  • Many ways to limit searches (age group, gender, language, type of study), but there is no structure, patent, or CAS number searching.
  • Related documents are determined by number of repetitions of search words.
  • Offers some free content, but does NOT work with the Drew article linker. To find out if Drew has access to a journal, enter the PMID in the appropriate box on the Electronic Journals page.
  • Search help: (these are meant to be two sided trifolds, so you will have to figure out how to read the information in the correct order.)

 Science Direct (SD)

NOTE:  As of February 2014, Drew University users must complete registration process for full text access to most of SD's resources. Please contact either Margery Ashmun at or Guy Dobson at to initiate registration.

  • After completing registration, Drew users will have full text access to all journals, including those in the sciences, social sciences, and math/computer science.
    • PLEASE NOTE: As stated above, all SD materials are available to the Drew community, however, most will be "purchased"  for the user by the Library on an "as-needed" basis.  We are confident that Drew users will make thoughtful use of this "pay-per-use" content.  
    • registration also allows user to save searches, preferences and RSS alerts
  • Green rectangles and PDF symbols indicate full text.
  • For best results
    •  Use advanced search (you have to hunt for it--look for tiny print all the way to the right of the page.)
    • Click into Journal search for more features (and to turn off the Books feature--we don't get any books through this vendor).
    • Use the dropdown to specify that search terms must appear in Abstract, Title, Keywords to focus the search


  • Related documents are determined by the number of times search words are repeated in those documents.

Web of Science

See the Quick Reference Card with instructions and screen shots for using Web of Knowledge link from Thomson Reuters.

You can search All Databases or choose databases to search separately:

  • ISI Science Citation Index
    • Topic searching searches title, abstract. To limit further, try limiting to title.
    • Within searches you can limit within topic (determined by journal title), author, affiliation, year.
    • Can analyze results (for example, to find authors who are the experts in an area of study), get related (articles with citations in common with the source article).
    • Free registration for preferences, alerts, saving search histories, or to use EndNote Web (see below) to prepare bibliographies.
  • Biological Abstracts
    • See the Quick Reference Card with instructions and screen shots specific to Biological Abstracts from Thomson Reuters.
    • Topic searching searches title, abstract. To limit further, try limiting to title.
    • Within searches you can limit within topic (determined by journal title), author, subject area, concept code, super taxa.
    • Indexed by subject area, concept code, super taxa; examine these features to determine whether they can augment your search capability.
    • Can access EndNote Web from this database.


  • If an item of interest appears in both ISI Science Citation Index and Biological Abstracts, you can toggle back and forth between the two databases, giving you the advantage of both citation indexing and subject indexing.
  • Web of KnowledgeTipsheet
  • Biological Abstracts Tipsheet

Google Scholar

The advanced Search screen


  • To find full text availability from Drew, click Settings in the upper right corner. Click Library links in the right column. Choose Scholar preferences and enter Drew University in the search box. Save.
  • No clues about content and timeliness of added content, except Wiley journals and PubMed are supposed to be included.
  • + includes a search word, -excludes a search word.

Manage your citations with EndNote Web


Just ask!

  • Call (973-408-3588) or come to the Reference Desk in the Library (9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday; 6:00pm-10pm, Sunday-Thursday).
  • IM us using the chat message box on the Research Resources page when the Reference Desk is staffed.
  • Text:973-241-5275 (973-241-5ASK) when the Reference Desk is staffed. 
  • Email
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