The following licensed databases are available in the MPG. Use the MPG Resource Navigator to identify more relevant resources.

The licensed databases are IP-protected and can only be accessed from a valid domain within the MPS.

Web of Science

The Web of Science (WoS) is a platform that offers a collection of several databases.

Web of Science Core Collection

Authoritative, multidisciplinary content covers over 21,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access journals, as well as over 225,000 conferences and more than 123,000 editorially selected books. The databases support cited reference searching. This unique feature allows you to retrieve for any bibliographic record in the database its cited references, related articles and articles that cite this work.

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Current Contents Connect

It includes complete tables of contents and bibliographic information from journals and books, including pre-published electronic journal articles from 1998 onwards.

Data Citaton Index

It provides access to data studies and datasets from over 380 data repositories worldwide.

Derwent Innovations Index

The index contains enriched patent literature from almost 60 patent-issuing authorities. It provides over 14.3 million basic inventions from 1963 onward, citation coverage goes back to 1973.

Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) provides citation statistics from 1997 onward. The evaluation data (e.g. journal impact factors) comes from over 11,500 journals (JCR Science + Social Science Edition). To help you compare and evaluate journals, the JCR may be used.


SciFinderⁿ provides an easy access to one of the largest scientific databases even for non-chemists. You can search for substances, reactions, patents and journal references. There is a range of sorting, analyzing and refining tools available. A structure editor allows users to draw structures for substance and reaction searches. SciFinder covers a broad field of literature and patents stretching back to 1905. In addition to the chemical literature it covers physics, material science, biochemistry and genetics, as far as the documents are related to substances.

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Scopus (Elsevier) is a multidisciplinary database including citation searching and therefore a competitor to Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics). Scopus covers more than 23,500 serial titles and more than 234,000 books, records date back to 1788 and cited references back to 1970. An advantage of Scopus is the broad coverage of grey literature and conference proceedings.

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Springer Materials

Springer Materials is based on the Landolt-Börnstein handbook and includes a number of specialized databases. The systematic and comprehensive database provides access to selected and critically assessed physical and chemical properties of more than 290,000 materials and chemical systems.

The following sources are integrated:

  • Landolt-Börnstein Database (new series)
  • Linus Pauling Files – Inorganic Solid Phases
  • A subset of the Dortmund Database of Software and Separation Technology (thermophysical properties)
  • Adsorption Database
  • Polymer Thermodynamics Database
  • MSI Database
  • Corrosion Database
  • Springer Handbooks


The Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD) contains records of all inorganic crystal structures, with atomic coordinates, published since 1913. The database contains more than 240,000 crystal structures as of May 2021 and is updated twice a year.

If you have questions or problems, please contact Robin Haunschild (IVS-CPT).


ICDD PDF-4+ is a database with diffraction data of crystalline compounds (single crystal data, organic compounds, minerals). The database entries are based on powder diffraction experiments or were extracted from single crystal structure analysis.

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Specialized Databases

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