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OBIS Catalog

OBIS provides access to print and digital books, databases, audiovisual materials, journals, and course reserves. It is the best place to look up books, recordings, journals and films by title to determine if you can access an item through Oberlin. To see if Oberlin has access to an individual article, use the journal list. OBIS makes it easier to search by subject heading than Summon does, but it does not index the full-text of any books.

In addition to books available at Oberlin through OBIS, patrons also have access to collections from a number of public, university, and college libraries in the state of Ohio through Oberlin College’s partnership with the OhioLink consortium and SearchOhio.

The online library catalog of all print and electronic materials held by the Oberlin College Libraries.


An online encyclopedia of scientific knowledge that is continually updated. Offers links to primary research material, videos and exclusive animations; demonstrates and explains core concepts in all areas of science.

Provides persistent links to citable material, serving as an excellent introduction to more in-depth and specialized sources. Print forerunner: McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.

Authoritative and dynamic online resource that contains incisively written, high-quality reference material covering all major scientific disciplines.


Comprises more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Best bet: neuroscience

Public access to MEDLINE, plus 40+ specialized databases for biochemistry, proteins, genomics, nucleotides, the NLM catalog, and more.


Comprehensive first choice for chemical literature searching from Chemical Abstracts Service. Draw and search by chemical structure, formula, name, registry number, other compound attributes.

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Chemical AbstractsPlus (CA Plus)-- Literature from 1907 to the present plus selected pre-1907 references. Sources include journals, patents, conference proceedings, dissertations, technical reports, books, and more.


Biomedical literature from more than 4,780 journals and 70 countries, covering literature from 1950 to the present. Other MEDLINE options: EbscoHost, PubMed.

CAS Registry

Specific chemical substances, including organic and inorganic compounds, sequences, coordination compounds, polymers, and alloys covering 1957 to the present, with some classes going back to the early 1900s.


Reaction information for single- and multiple-step reactions from 1907 to the present.


Chemical source information, including supplier addresses and pricing information derived from current chemical catalogs and libraries, retrieved for individual substances.


Regulatory information records from 1979 to the present, including substance identity information, inventory status, sources, and compliance information.

Merges Chemical Abstracts, CAS Registry chemical compound data, CASReact chemical, and Medline. Access requires individual registration, first time users click the help icon for registration information.

Web of Science

Major interdisciplinary resource. Scholarly literature in the sciences, health and medicine, social sciences, arts, and humanities and proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions. Includes cited reference searching across many databases. Best bet: biology.

Combines these databases: Science Citation Index, Humanities Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index. Also: BIOSIS, Derwent Innovations Index, KCI-Korean Journal Database, MEDLINE, Russian Science Citation Database.

Major index of scholarly literature in the sciences, health and medicine, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Includes cited reference searching.