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.
SciFinderDatabase for chemical literature, searchable by topic, author, substances by name or CAS registry Number.
CRCnetBASECHEMnetBASEElectronic collection of major reference works for chemistry and related science. 
EBSCO PublishingAcademic Search CompleteCollection of full-text journals, providing users access to information from peer-reviewed STEM research as well as social sciences and humanities.
Applied Science & Technology SourceCollection of full-text journals covering a wide variety of STEM disciplines, including artificial intelligence, applied mathematics, plastics, hydroponics, chemical engineering and robotics.
Business Source CompleteDatabase covering all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, banking, finance and more.
Computer SourceCovers information on computers, telecommunications, electronics, and the internet.
Computers & Applied Sciences CompleteA full-text database covering computing, technology and engineering disciplines.
EconLit with Full TextA full-text database for economic research.
Energy & Power SourceA full-text database of energy and power industry-erlated content.
Engineering SourceDatabase for professionals and researchers across all engineering disciplines, including biomedical, civil, electrical, mechanical, environmental, and software.
Environment CompleteA 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 CollectionA full-text science database providing access to scholarly journals covering an array of science subjects, including chemistry, biology, computer technology and physics.
Science Reference CenterContains full-text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images.
eFundaeFundaReference for engineering fundamentals.
ElsevierKnovelOnline resource combining books, technical information, interactive equations and analytical tools.
Encyclopaedia BritannicaEncyclopaedia BritannicaGeneral knowledge online encyclopedia including objective articles, biographies, videos, and images.
Faulkner Information ServicesFACCTSLibrary 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 PracticesReports 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.
GeneCardsGeneCardsA searchable, integrated, database of human genes that provides concise genomic related information, on all known and predicted human genes.
International Society for Horticulture ScienceActa HorticulturaeCovers Proceedings of ISHS Symposia and the International Horticultural Congress.
IP.comInnovationQ PlusPatent search tool that features fully discoverable content from IEEE, including full-text journals and conference papers.
John Wiley & SonsCochrane libraryA collection of databases on healthcare and controlled trials.
Law360Law360News and analysis on legal developments including litigation filings, case settlements, verdicts, regulation, enforcement, legislation, and corporate deals.
LexisNexisLexisNexisDatabase providing legal, regulatory, and business information and analytics.
OnePetroOnePetroTechnical literature on oil and gas exploration and production.
O'ReillyO'Reilly MediaLearning platform providing books, videos, and live training courses.
Oxford University PressOxford English DictionaryOnline 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 CoProQuest CentralProvides 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 DialogThe Dialog platform allows researchers to access and search peer-reviewed content databases from reliable sources.
QuestelForeign Patent SearchDatabase of industrial designs, US patent images & full-text patent applications, and foreign patent images indexed with Locarno classification numbers.
Reed TechNavigator for Drug Labels (PDR)U.S. human drug label database with advanced search, comparison, analysis and alerts tools.
Royal Society of ChemistryMerck Index OnlineDatabase of chemical substances.
Synthetic Reaction UpdatesCovering primary sources, Synthetic Reaction Updates includes reactions published in the recent scientific literature.
Therapeutic Research CenterNatural MedicinesDatabase on dietary supplements, natural medicines, and complementary alternative and integrative therapies.
Thieme Medical PublishersPharmaceutical substancesProvides access to syntheses, patents, and applications for more than 2,600 active pharmaceutical ingredients.
Science of synthesis: Houben Weyl methods of molecular transformationsProvides 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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