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BIOSIS Previews Database: Welcome

A guide to searching BIOSIS Previews, a combined index of biology journal articles from Biological Abstracts and supplemental, non-journal content

General Information about Biological Abstracts/BIOSIS Previews


Direct link to Biosis Citation Index / BIOSIS Previews (online)

(Available through Web of Science)

BIOSIS Citation Index (BCI) covers the life sciences literature. Subjects include microbiology, zoology, biochemistry, biophysics, and medicine. BIOSIS Previews (BP) covers international meetings, review articles, books, and monographs.

The combined BCI/BP  indexes over 5,500 international journals.  There is about a 30% overlap between this database and MEDLINE; while MEDLINE tends to focus on clinical medicine, BCI provides more in-depth coverage of pre-clinical and experimental medicine, pharmaceutical botany, pharmacognosy, proteomics, nanotechnology, and gene therapy.

OhioLINK offers access to BCI/BP from 1969 to the present and updates the database twice a month.

The database can be accessed from the UToledo Library’s Web pages: Click on Databases by Subject and scroll down to Biology.

Remote access is available for those who are registered with the Library; for more information, see