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SAO/NASA ADS: ADS Home Page [Astrophysics Data System] (ca. 1975+)
Database indexing and abstracting literature on astronomy, astrophysics, geophysics, instrumentation, physics, and other topics. Links to scanned images of journal articles, conference proceedings, and books, as well as astronomical data catalogs and other resources.
Academic Search Complete is a large scholarly, multi-disciplinary, full-text database, with more than 7,400 full-text periodicals, including more than 6,300 peer-reviewed journals. Best used for interdisciplinary subjects, or if you're just starting your research.
Maintains coverage on a variety of environmental sciences topics drawn from over 10,000 serials including scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications.