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Chemicals, Hazardous Materials

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chemical - over 25,000 Material Safety Data Sheets

MSDS will be found for specific chemical preparations on the website of the company that manufactures it. Example: Accel Prevention Green Disinfectants made by


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Health and Drug Data

     Back to Page Contents          Up to Page Top - has concise set of pharmacological information on current drugs and supplements as well as an online health/symptom diagnostic tool - for environmental and health information - health and medical information from the University of California at Berkeley

CPS Manual the "Compendium of Pharmaceutical and Specialties" can be found in second hand bookstores and at main public libraries. 1995 edition can be virtually borrowed online at

OVID - More than 100 core and niche databases to support research needs in a wide range of disciplines including clinical medicine, pharmacology and more.

PubMed -More than 29 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Articles with free open access will have a link in the top right hand corner under the heading "Full Text Links" - usually to Elsevier. Clicking on that link will take you to the article and if it is open for public access under the article title will be a statement "Under a Creative Commons license open access". Full article will load on that page.

United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) - public access portal to the world's largest medical library with more than seven million books, journals, technical reports, manuscripts, microfilms, photographs, and images on medicine and related sciences, including some of the world's oldest and rarest works.

The Native Health Database includes literature, documents, reports, and surveys relating to the health of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Nations peoples from 1966 to the present. Look for the "Options" box in the description of a search result. The full article will be linked as a PDF file at the link "View this Article".

Indigenous Services Canada. Aboriginal issues, including health matters.

EBSCO open access databases - environment and health


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Popular Databases

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Internet Archive and Wayback Machine - any subject - 330 billion web pages, 0 million books and texts, 4.5 million audio recordings (including 180,000 live concerts), 4 million videos (including 1.6 million Television News programs), 3 million images, 200,000 software programs

National Geographic - culture, history, animals, exploration, environment, DNA, science, innovation, travel

Engineering Village - access through university libraries - all things engineerin - journals, conference proceedings, trade publications, patents, government reports and more

Lexis Library - offers 7-day free trial - also available through university libraries - all things in law. Also search in Google for " [search term e.g. environment]" will return links to articles, case law, news related to that search term, some of which are fully and freely accessible or have links to offsite free related articles

Proquest - arts, social sciences, dissertations, newspapers

WGSN - World Global Style Network - fashion forecasting reports and millions of catwalk and retail images - can sign up for a demo or access through university libraries

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum - over 120,000 objects the CH's online collection, of specific interest may be there textiles and wall coverings departments. But, you'll find an array of fashionable design items here as well, such as perfume bottles, fashion plates, and make-up accessories.

Chicago History Museum - over 50,000 costumes and textile artifacts from the mid-18th century to the present, the Chicago History Museum Costume Collection is the second largest in the world and one of the nations most complete repositories of fashion. About 400 costume and accessory objects are online.

Europeana Collections - historical clothing and accessories, contemporary designs, catwalk photographs, drawings, sketches, plates, catalogues and videos – from more than 30 European public and private institutions. Has many other subjects.

U.S. Patent Search - Patents may be searched in the USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database (PatFT). The USPTO houses full text for patents issued from 1976 to the present and PDF images for all patents from 1790 to the present.

Canadian Patent Search
Worldwide Patent Search

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