Commercial Databases Available at USPTO




American Mathematical Society (AMS)


Database of reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information for much of the mathematical sciences literature.

ASTM International

ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library

Covers a broad range of engineering disciplines including: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum, soil science and solar engineering.

Bloomberg BNA

Bloomberg Law IP

Database on intellectual propriety covering trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and patents.

Building Green

BuildingGreen suite

Source on healthy and sustainable design and construction strategies.

Chemical Abstracts Service


Access databases from publishers in chemistry, biomedical, pharmaceutical, intellectual property and engineering disciplines. Includes global full-text patent databases, biomedical and pharmaceutical collections, and engineering and materials databases. Supports complex structure searching.
SciFinder Database for chemical literature, searchable by topic, author, substances by name or CAS registry Number.
CRCnetBASE CHEMnetBASE Electronic collection of major reference works for chemistry and related science.  
EBSCO Publishing Academic Search Complete Collection of full-text journals, providing users access to information from peer-reviewed STEM research as well as social sciences and humanities.
Applied Science & Technology Source Collection of full-text journals covering a wide variety of STEM disciplines, including artificial intelligence, applied mathematics, plastics, hydroponics, chemical engineering and robotics.
Business Source Complete Database covering all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, banking, finance and more.
Computer Source Covers information on computers, telecommunications, electronics, and the internet.
Computers & Applied Sciences Complete A full-text database covering computing, technology and engineering disciplines.
EconLit with Full Text A full-text database for economic research.
Energy & Power Source A full-text database of energy and power industry-erlated content.
Engineering Source Database for professionals and researchers across all engineering disciplines, including biomedical, civil, electrical, mechanical, environmental, and software.
Environment Complete A full-text database for environmental studies covering agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, public policy, sustainability and other related subjects.
Information Science & Technology Abstracts (ISTA) Information science database that provides indexing and abstracts for articles, books, research reports and conference proceedings.
Science & Technology Collection A full-text science database providing access to scholarly journals covering an array of science subjects, including chemistry, biology, computer technology and physics.
Science Reference Center Contains full-text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images.
eFunda eFunda Reference for engineering fundamentals.
Elsevier Knovel Online resource combining books, technical information, interactive equations and analytical tools.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Encyclopaedia Britannica General knowledge online encyclopedia including objective articles, biographies, videos, and images.
Faulkner Information Services FACCTS Library containing more than 1,200 reports including technology tutorials, marketplace insights, product face-offs, product and service profiles, standards reports, comparison and selection guides, and more.
Faulkner Security Management Practices Reports covering topics such as deploying network security appliances, using biometric technologies and physical security, managing organizational risk, planning for disruptions, securing the enterprise network and so much more.
GeneCards GeneCards A searchable, integrated, database of human genes that provides concise genomic related information, on all known and predicted human genes.
International Society for Horticulture Science Acta Horticulturae Covers Proceedings of ISHS Symposia and the International Horticultural Congress. InnovationQ Plus Patent search tool that features fully discoverable content from IEEE, including full-text journals and conference papers.
John Wiley & Sons Cochrane library A collection of databases on healthcare and controlled trials.
Law360 Law360 News and analysis on legal developments including litigation filings, case settlements, verdicts, regulation, enforcement, legislation, and corporate deals.
LexisNexis LexisNexis Database providing legal, regulatory, and business information and analytics.
OnePetro OnePetro Technical literature on oil and gas exploration and production.
O'Reilly O'Reilly Media Learning platform providing books, videos, and live training courses.
Oxford University Press Oxford English Dictionary Online dictionary providing a record of the English language, featuring 600,000 words, 3 million quotations and over 1,000 years of English.
ProQuest Info & Learning Co ProQuest Central Provides access to databases across all major subject areas, including business, health and medical, social sciences, arts and humanities, education, science and technology, and religion. The collection includes thousands of full-text scholarly journals, trade and professional titles, newspapers, magazines, dissertations, working papers, case studies, and market reports.
ProQuest Dialog The Dialog platform allows researchers to access and search peer-reviewed content databases from reliable sources.
Questel Foreign Patent Search Database of industrial designs, US patent images & full-text patent applications, and foreign patent images indexed with Locarno classification numbers.
Reed Tech Navigator for Drug Labels (PDR) U.S. human drug label database with advanced search, comparison, analysis and alerts tools.
Royal Society of Chemistry Merck Index Online Database of chemical substances.
Synthetic Reaction Updates Covering primary sources, Synthetic Reaction Updates includes reactions published in the recent scientific literature.
Therapeutic Research Center Natural Medicines Database on dietary supplements, natural medicines, and complementary alternative and integrative therapies.
Thieme Medical Publishers Pharmaceutical substances Provides access to syntheses, patents, and applications for more than 2,600 active pharmaceutical ingredients.
Science of synthesis: Houben Weyl methods of molecular transformations Provides a critical review of the synthetic methodology developed from the early 1800s to-date for the entire field of organic and organometallic chemistry.



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