Literature and Patent Databases

Please find below a list of important databases accessible for staff and guests of the MPG.

PubMed is an extensive US-database for biomedical literature and as a service from the US National Library of Medicine it comprises the search of the complete literature of the public medical libraries in the United States. If you need the fulltext, take advantage of the MPG-SFX Services.

Web of Science (former Web of Knowledge) provides access to the „Web of Science Core Collection“, containing also InCites Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and the Essential Science Indicators (ESI), to BIOSIS Preview, MEDLINE, SciELO Citation Index and Zoological Record. Tools for analyzing search results and creating citation reports are also available. Patents are searchable under the Derwent Innovations Index (from 1963 onwards, please find further patent databases below).


Scopus is a multidisciplinary database covering a large selection of scientific, technical, medical, and social sciences journals. Citations are also included from 1996 onwards, but citations from before this date are being added on an ongoing basis (since 2015). Tools for analyzing search results and creating citation reports are also available.

SciFinder provides direct access to Chemical Abstracts, REGISTRY, Chem-Cats, and other databases for searching chemical texts, structures, reactions, bio-sequences and patents. Please note, new users have to apply for a user name and password, before they can start! Click here to register to SciFinder.


ProQuest contains 18 field-specific databases (including MEDLINE) and Web-resources, covering natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and humanities via an advanced search interface. Tables and figures are searchable.

MPG.ReNa is the eResource Navigator for scientific information resources available to staff and guests of the Max Planck Society.

Entering information regarding a specific reference into the MPG Citation Linker form, leads you via the MPG-SFX Services to full-text pdf or library holdings, etc.

Patent databases for free

  • Google Patents includes over 87 million patent publications from 17 worldwide patent offices, as well as many more technical documents and books indexed in Google Scholar and Google Books.

  • The United States Patent Office (USPTO) offers two patent key databases. USPTO for approved patents (full-text from 1976 onwards, images from 1790 to present) and USPTO for patents still at application status.

  • WIPO Patentscope from the World Interllectual Property Organization enables the search for patents in national and international collections.

  • DEPATISnet is the database of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt) for online searches on patent publications from around the world. It includes the internal DEPATIS electronic document archive of the office (German patent information system).

For further (international) patent databases please use the list from the IVS-CPT.


Search Tools & Collections

  • The Faculty of 1000 (the name stands for the more than 1000 leading scientists) offers the service of recommendation of recently published research papers in the life sciences.

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