Pharmacology and Toxicology

A comprehensive database of toxicity information for over 150,000 chemical substances including: prescription and non-prescription drugs, food additives, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, solvents, diluents, chemical wastes, reaction products of chemical waste, and substances used in both industrial and household situations. Reports of the toxic effects of each compound are cited. In addition to toxic effects and general toxicology reviews, data on skin and/or eye irritation, mutation, reproductive consequences and tumorigenicity are provided. Federal standards and regulations and NIOSH recommended exposure limits are included. It is also part of another database called Biovia Toxicity

Years of coverage: 1971 - present
Content types: reports, data, journal articles
Access: fee based

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

Database with millions of references, primarily from MEDLINE, to citations on biomedicine and health, including portions of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering.

Years of coverage: 1948 - present
Content types: journal articles; some online books
Access: free online and by vendor

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

Search databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. TOXNET includes Toxicology Literature Online (TOXLINE) with journal articles and technical reports covering the biochemical, pharmacological, physiological, and toxicological effects of drugs and other chemicals.

Years of coverage: 1965 - present
Content types: journal articles; technical reports; chemicals, mixtures, and products; chemical nomenclature
Access: free


Bibliographic information from 22 key U.S. and international pharmaceutical, health care, biotechnology, medical device, and cosmetic industry newsletters.

Years of coverage: 1973 - present
Content types: newsletters
Access: fee based

United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The Science Inventory is a searchable database of research products primarily from EPA's Office of Research and Development. Science Inventory records provide descriptions of the product, contact information, and links to available printed material or websites.

Access: free online

United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The ECOTOXicology database (ECOTOX) is a source for locating single chemical toxicity data for aquatic life, terrestrial plants and wildlife.

Years of coverage: 1971 - present
Type of content: data
Access: free online


This is a comprehensive international database on pharmacological and biomedical literature, similar to Medline. It contains drug-related and clinical literature, with a particular focus on comprehensive indexing of adverse drug reactions; emphasis on Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) indexing including systematic reviews, and coverage and indexing of journals and articles relevant to the development and use of medical devices.

Years of coverage: 1947 - present
Content types: journal articles; conference proceedings; symposia; meetings; books
Access: fee based

Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). Centre for Documentation and Evaluation of Alternatives to Animal Experiments (ZEBET).

ZEBET is scientific institution that aims to bring about the replacement of legally prescribed animal experiments with alternative test methods, to reduce the number of test animals to the absolutely necessary level and to alleviate the pain and suffering of animals used in experiments. ZEBET is responsible for documenting alternatives to animal experiment, for assessing them, for recommending their use both nationally and internationally. They are also involved in research of their own to develop alternative methods.

Years of coverage: 2002 - present
Content types: books; journals; monographs; laws; regulations; directions; guidelines; recommendations; pharmacopoeia; dissertations; congress papers; proceedings of meetings; conferences; symposia
Access: free online

Thompson Reuters.

An international, multidisciplinary database that includes information in areas such as agriculture, biological sciences, engineering, medical and life sciences, physical and chemical sciences, anthropology, law, library sciences, and the humanities. Provides access to citation databases including Science Citation Index® (SCI®). Cited reference searching allows you to track prior research, see who is citing your work, and follow new developments.

Years of coverage: 1900 - present
Content types: journal articles; review papers; meeting abstracts; letters; editorials; conference proceedings
Access: fee based