NOAA Miami Regional Library

User Education and Help


Literature databases today provide many useful and powerful search functions that can save time and provide more thorough and targeted results. In addition to the self-guided help links listed here, the NOAA Miami Regional Library staff provides workshops and individual assistance. Contact us for more information.


Literature Database support and training pages

Bio One

  • BioOne is a collection of 160 internet-based electronic biology and science research journals. All BioOne articles are full-text, complete with illustrations and links from the original print source. BioOne is a collaboration between scientific organizations, including scholarly societies, museums, universities, organizations, and the private sector
  • Training Materials - Informational brochures, handouts and presentations providing librarians and patrons information on how to effectively use Bio One


  • CiteULike is a free service to help you to store, organize and share the scholarly papers you are reading. When you see a paper on the web that interests you, you can click one button and have it added to your personal library. CiteULike automatically extracts the citation details, so there's no need to type them in yourself. It all works from within your web browser so there's no need to install any software. Because your library is stored on the server, you can access it from any computer with an Internet connection.
  • FAQs - Information on how to use CiteULike


Mendley-a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research

Meteorological and Geophysical Abstracts (MGA)

  • Covers meteorology, climatology & hydrology from 1974 to present.
  • Database guide - An 18-page PDF that details general and advanced searching techniques, emailing records, using QuickBib and output format editor and using the controlled vocabulary for more thorough and efficient searching.
  • Serials Source List for MGA - Lists the publications that are indexed in the database.


Journal Citation Reports (Science Edition) 2000 -2010

  • Aggregates and tabulates citation and article counts as indicators of how frequently current researchers are using individual journals.
  • Using Journal Citation Reports Wisely - Briefly describes benefits and pitfalls of JCR data.
  • Help and How to - Table of contents to help topics.
  • Training - Describes all the live, recorded and downloadable training opportunities available for JCR.
  • Quick Reference Card


  • Help topics - Including accessibility, PDF help, FAQ's, searching JSTOR, MyJSTOR and citation management.
  • Citation management - Instructions on how to manage your citations and your MyJSTOR account.

Web of Science (Science Citation Index) 1984 -

  • Covers more than 5,700 major journals across 164 scientific disciplines.
  • Quick Reference Card - Six-page PDF that describes how to do a cited reference search; use Refine to mine a set of up to 100,000 results to find the top 100 Subject Categories, Source Titles, Document Types, Authors, Publication Years, Conference Titles, Countries, Institutions, and Languages; create a personal profile and/or alerts; and export to EndNote or EndNote Web.
  • Training - Describes all the live and recorded training opportunities available for WoS.
  • Cited Author, H-Index Training - Provides training on how to seach for cited authors and using the H-Index for WOS
  • Workbook - and other downloadable/printable materials.
  • Tutorial - A quick, online tutorial covering the basic search features Web of Science.
  • Newsletters - providing updates on scientific and Thomson product news.


Citation Management

NOAA has a site-wide license for the bibliographic management applications Endnote and Reference Manager. These tools help you keep track of and create citations to the sources you use. EndNote Web is a web-base citation manager that can be accessed from any NOAA-authenticated computer.

Most literature databases have easy-to-use citation exporting functions which can save researchers time and effort. The databases vary but all provide help pages to assist with this function. Start by looking for an export link on a search results page.

EndNote Web
EndNote Web is a web-based citation management tool available to NOAA employees.

EndNote is a client-based citation management application available to NOAA employees.

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