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BMI 550: Topics in Translational Bioinformatics: Databases

Research Databases


Compedex and Inspec cover computing and engineering content.


  1. Select both Compendex and Inspec to search simulateously.
  2. If IEEE conference proceedings are not found electronically, search IEEEXplore for title.
  3. Records may have "Cited by in Scopus (##)."  ASU Library does not have a subscription to Scopus, so the full functionality is not there, however, you should be able to access the list of titles. 


  1. Use "Download" (Download this record) 
  2. Select "RefWorks Direct Import"

Web of Science

Web of Science is a multidisciplinary database.


  • Narrow to review articles.
  • Sort by "Times cited."
  • Use "Select a Database" to change databases to Biosis Preview (life sciences content).  In Biosis Previews, times cited is connected to Web of Science.


  • Use "RefWorks" button to directly export record into RefWorks.


SciFinder is a science focused database made by chemists for chemists.  Indexes Medline and CAPlus databases (among others).  


  • Use Explore References to do a keyword search.
  • Use "Get Citing" (when viewing specific titles)  or Sort by "Citing References" (when viewing results list) to find highly cited articles.
  • Use Refine --> Document Type --> Review to find Review articles. 


  1. Select references or view specific record.
  2. Use "Export" link
    1. For Citation Manager *.ris
    2. Give filename and save file.  
  3. In RefWorks select "References" --> Import 
    1. Import Filter/Data Source --> RIS Format 
    2. Database --> RIS Format
    3. Find file.

Google Scholar

Google for academic resources.  Searches publishers, academic respositories and edu websites.


  • "Cited by" will give a searchable list of titles.
  • "All versions" will give links and found citations.


  1. Click "Cite." 
  2. Select "Remember my bibliography manager and show import links on results page."
  3. Click "Import to RefWorks."
  4. Caveat:  will not import all authors (limit 10?).


PubMed is the database for biomedical literature (Medline).  


  • Also searches PubMed Central (free full text)
  • Use Advanced search to build and refine your search.
  • Use MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) to learn more about your topic and to expand your search.


  1. Select references
  2. Click "Send To"
    1. Choose Destination --> "Citation Manager"
    2. Create File
  3. In RefWorks select "References" --> Import 
    1. Import Filter/Data Source --> NLM PubMed
    2. Database --> PubMed
    3. Find file.

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