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Discover eJournals, eBooks and databases

The library at ISTA provides predominantly electronic resources. Therefore, the main focus of the library lies on licensing eJournals and eBooks, and providing access to important databases and further electronic content.

On this site:

Electronic Resources

Off-campus access to licensed content is provided to ISTA members via a proxy.
Learn more about off-campus access.

If you have questions or remarks concerning off-campus access, please contact the library team. In any case, please let us know if you do not have access to content where you would expect access or have access within IP-range.

Read more about our eJournals, eBooks, Databases and Video Resources.

The Catalog

BookList is the library catalog containing an increasing number of books and eBooks available at ISTA. Here you will find all book items offered by the library for general use, but it also includes numerous books held by the research groups of ISTA.

Physical Books

At the moment, the library offers approximately 2’000 books to lend in the fields of biology, mathematics, physics, computer science etc.

Library books are freely accessible 24/7 at the library located on the on the ground floor of Sunstone Building. With the exception of reference books, you can borrow these books by using the Self Checkout System.

BookList also lets you manage your library account. It shows the books you have recently borrowed, allows you to renew your borrowed items and to put books on hold.


Besides the physical books, you can also search the catalog for more than 150’000 eBooks licensed for ISTA employees. The catalog leads you directly to the publisher where you can read or download the items.

Book Suggestions

If you want to suggest a book for the library to add to its collection, don’t hesitate to use the Purchase Suggestion Tool. After login please enter the crucial parameters of the book you suggest and write a short comment why the library should provide the book. We will try to purchase books which could also be of use to other readers as soon as possible.

Document Delivery

Document Delivery is a library service that helps you access articles, book parts or books not available at ISTA. Different options are available, depending on the type of document.
Learn more about Document Delivery

User Guide for BookList

For further information on how to use the catalog, please read the ISTA BookList User Guide.

Further Library Catalogs

As a member of ISTA, you are entitled to use the library of any Austrian educational establishment (e.g. University of Vienna libraries) free of charge. Before visiting an external library for the first time, please read the terms of use of the library concerned or ask the ISTA library team. As a rule, you will need your ISTA ID Card and proof of residence (Meldezettel) for borrowing books in other university libraries.



Produced by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), SciFinder is the most comprehensive database for the chemical literature, searchable by topic, author, substances by name or CAS Registry Number. It’s a core research tool for chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, nanotechnology, physics, environmental science and other science and engineering disciplines.
Please register once with your ISTA credentials via the following link:

Web of Science

An online subscription-based scientific citation indexing service that provides a comprehensive citation search. It gives access to multiple databases that reference cross-disciplinary research, which allows for in-depth exploration of specialized sub-fields within an academic or scientific discipline.


Similar to Web of Science, Scopus is also a subscription-based bibliographic database containing abstracts and citations for academic journal articles.

Google Scholar

A freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature. The Google Scholar index includes most peer-reviewed online journals of Europe’s and America’s largest scholarly publishers plus scholarly books and other non-peer reviewed journals.


A digital library containing predominantly digitized back issues of academic journals like the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Science, Evolution, and many more.

The database provides full text searches of 1’900 journals but it also contains books, primary sources and current issues of journals.

Journal Citation Report

JCR offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate academic journals, with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. By compiling articles’ cited references, JCR helps to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals.


A free search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics. PubMed provides quality control in scientific publishing. Only journals that meet PubMed’s scientific standards are indexed.


A database from the American Mathematical Society (AMS) that contains information on about 2 million articles from 1’900 mathematical journals, many of them abstracted “cover-to-cover”. In addition, reviews or bibliographical information on selected articles is included from many engineering, computer science and other applied journals abstracted by MathSciNet.

MathSciNet provides a Quickstart Guide.


The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) maintains a database of genetic and molecular biology data for the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Data available from TAIR includes the complete genome sequence along with gene structure, gene product information, gene expression, DNA and seed stocks, genome maps, genetic and physical markers, publications, and information about the Arabidopsis research community.

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