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Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Some useful resources for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies are listed below.

Academic Search Complete

Access information: Available on and off campus.
Description: The Academic Search Complete multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 8,500 journals, including full text for more than  7,300 peer-reviewed titles. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals.
Coverage: 1887-present.
 

Argentina, 1975-1980: The Making of U.S. Human Rights Policy

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Description:

Comprising 2,429 documents, this set on one of Washington’s most important Latin American relationships describes the development of U.S. policy as it attempts to deal with the tragedy experienced in Argentina during the critical, formative period of the late 1970’s, which featured a political collapse verging on civil war; a military coup; and massive illegal detentions, torture, and kidnappings. The documents show U.S. officials from two very different presidential administrations grappling with human rights violations in the context of the Cold War on a scale never heard of in the Western Hemisphere, underscored by the dramatic disappearance of tens of thousands of people at the hands of the security forces.

 
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Description: Part of Web of Science Core Collection. A multidisciplinary index containing details of every substantive item in 1,200 arts and humanities journals, as well as references to books included in book reviews, and live performances, films, records, and television and radio broadcasts. Contains over 2 million references.
Coverage: 1906 - present.

 

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Description: The Casalini full text platform (Torrossa) provides access to a selection of 1,902 scholarly e-books from Italian and Spanish academic publishers since 2000 for University of Edinburgh users. The collection consists of 1,188 titles on Italian studies and Italian literature and 714 titles on Spanish studies. The books are in Italian or Spanish and can be either downloaded or viewed online in PDF format (it is necessary to disable pop-up blocks on your web browser and also in your Google tool bar if applicable). The e-book collection is fully searchable, including by words in the full text.  There are records for the individual titles in DiscoverEd.

 

Chicano Database

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Description: Identifies all types of material on Mexican-American topics and about Chicanos. Produced by the University of California at Berkeley and updated quarterly. records added since 1992 have expanded the scope to include the broader Latino experience, including Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and Central American immigrants. Also includes the Spanish Speaking Mental Health Database, covering psychological, sociological, and educational literature.
Coverage: 1967 to present.
Note: This database will be cancelled on the 1st September 2017.

 

Colombia and the United States: Political Violence, Narcotics, and Human Rights, 1948-2010

Access information: Access on and off-campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.
Description: The National Security Archive's Colombia collection traces 50 years of U.S. policy toward its most important Andean ally throughout a period of sustained conflict, political corruption, and civil unrest. The approximately 2,000 documents from the State Department, Pentagon, Central Intelligence Agency, and other agencies focus on U.S. efforts during the Cold War, when insurgent groups first formed; during the drug war, when powerful narcotics trafficking organizations threatened the country's political institutions; during the rise of paramilitary violence in the 1990's, when right-wing militias terrorized rural Colombia; and during Plan Colombia and beyond, when human rights came up against a multi-billion dollar U.S. investment in Colombian security forces. 

 

 

Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files - Europe and Latin America

Access information: Access on and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.
Description The U.S. State Department Central Files are an important source of American diplomatic reporting on political, military, social, and economic developments throughout the world in the 20th century. Concentrating exclusively on those Central Files that have not been microfilmed by the National Archives or distributed by other publishers, the Central Files in History Vault contain a wide range of materials from U.S. diplomats in foreign countries: special reports on political and military affairs; studies and statistics on socioeconomic matters; interviews and minutes of meetings with foreign government officials; court proceedings and other legal documents; full texts of important letters, instructions, and cables sent and received by U.S. diplomatic personnel; reports and translations from foreign journals and newspapers; and countless translations of high-level foreign government documents.

 

Cuba and the U.S.: The Declassified History of Negotiations to Normalize Relations, 1959-2016

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Description:

These documents record the hidden history of secret talks between the United States and Cuba from the Eisenhower era to Obama’s back-channel dialogue that led to a U.S. policy of engagement. The collection opens a new dimension into the contentious relationship between Washington and Havana.

 

Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited: An International Collection of Documents, from the Bay of Pigs to the Brink of Nuclear War

Access information: Access on and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.
Description:

This collection on the Cuban Missile Crisis is a unique contribution to that history. Published here for the first time is a multinational set of records – declassified documentation from the United States, the Soviet Union, Cuba, and other key countries – covering events leading up to and through the missile crisis in 1962. Consisting of 1,463 documents providing details that have reshaped our understanding of history, the collection covers the CIA-led invasion at the Bay of Pigs; covert operations leading up to the Soviet installation of intermediate range weapons in Cuba; the crisis itself as it played out in Washington, Moscow and Havana; the negotiations to end the crisis between the U.S. and the Soviets; and previously poorly understood tensions between the Soviets and Fidel Castro.

 

Death Squads, Guerrilla War, Covert Operations, and Genocide: Guatemala and the U.S.     

Access information: Access on and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021
Description: This collection contains 2,071 declassified documents describing U.S. relations with Guatemala during the decades of violent conflict sparked by the CIA-controlled coup in 1954. The documents include CIA operational records produced during the coup, National Security Council deliberations on consolidating a post-coup regime friendly to the United States, and extensive intelligence and embassy reporting on Guatemala's U.S.-trained security apparatus. The material includes detailed information on the human rights catastrophe that gripped Guatemala during its 30-year civil conflict. 

 

Dialnet

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Description:

Dialnet is a bibliographic database that indexes scholarly journal articles, book chapters, theses and monographs published in Spain in any language, published in Spanish in any country or dealing with Hispanic topics. Subject coverage is diverse, from science, technology, law and business to art, history, language and literature. Dialnet is hosted by the University of La Rioja and includes over 5,000 journal titles and more than 2 million documents in total.

 

Early European Books Online

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Description:

Early European Books traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the seventeenth century, offering full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources.

Cross searchable with Early English Books Online on the Early Modern Books platform.

Coverage: Over 30,000 e-books. The University of Edinburgh has access to Collection 1 - 4 and the Wellcome Trust collection. Further details can be found at http://proquest.libguides.com/eeb

 

Early Modern Books

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Description:

An integrated search across both Early English Books Online and Early European Books.

Early Modern Books covers material from the British Isles and Europe for the period 1450-1700. An integrated search across both Early English Books Online and Early European Books allows scholars to view materials from over 225 source libraries worldwide. EEBO's content draws on authoritative short-title catalogues of the period and features many text transcriptions specially created for the product. Content from Europe covers the curated Early European Books Collections from 4 national libraries and London's Wellcome Library.

 

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: Contains over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes) published during the 18th Century, covering a range of subjects including history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, and science. The full text of the collection is searchable, from books and directories, Bibles, sheet music and sermons to advertisements.
Coverage: 18th Century.

 

Access: On and off campus
Description: The Eighteenth Century Journals portal consists of five Sections, containing digitised images of about 270 rare journals printed between c1685 and 1835. Topics cover a very wide range of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life, including: colonial life; provincial and rural affairs; the French and American revolutions; reviews of literature and fashion throughout Europe; political debates; and London coffee house gossip and discussion, etc. Many of these journal are ephemeral, lasting only for a handful of issues, others run for several years. The publisher suggests that all of the titles in this portal have been carefully screened against other eighteenth century e-resources to ensure that there is minimal overlap. Resources checked include Early English Books Online (EEBO); Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers, Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), The Burney Newspaper Collection, and British Periodicals (1680s to 1930s), all of which are in our Database list.
Coverage: 1685-1835

 

Electronic Enlightenment

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Description: This scholarly research project of the University of Oxford Humanities Division provides online access to correspondence between 18th-century thinkers and writers, from over 70,000 historical documents.

 

El Salvador: The Making of US Policy 1977-1984

Access information: Access on and off-campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.
Description:

This set of documents focuses on United States policy toward El Salvador and events in El Salvador from the Carter administration's formulation of a new Central American policy in January 1977 through the Salvadoran presidential elections of May 1984 that brought José Napoleón Duarte to power. Major events include: the military coup of October 1979; the agrarian reform efforts launched in 1980 and 1981; significant labor and peasant protests followed by a growing number of leftist guerrilla actions; and a series of political slayings widely attributed to government affiliated forces including those of Archbishop Oscar Romero, leaders of the Democratic Revolutionary Front (FDR), four American churchwomen, and three land reform proponents.

 

El Salvador: War, Peace and Human Rights, 1980-1994

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Description:

This second set of declassified U.S. records concerning El Salvador focuses on a series of human rights cases that became a subject of special attention by the United Nations Truth Commission. With the 1993 release of the commission's ground-breaking investigation, members of Congress appealed to President Clinton to declassify those records for public inspection. Many of those documents are included in this compilation.  Altogether, the collection, spanning  four presidencies, constitutes an extraordinarily rich account of a controversial and still highly relevant U.S. foreign policy issue.

 

Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics

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Description: 2005, second edition covers comprehensively the fundamental linguistic disciplines, with their applications to the study of language and other related disciplines. The online version supplements the written text with additional illustrative material, samples of spoken language or signed langague and videos of the use of language in context.

 

Ethnologue : Languages of the World

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Description An authoritative resource that brings together more data than any other resource of its kind, Ethnologue contains the profiles of the current 7,099 living languages of the world.  Regularly updated, Ethnologue provides in depth information covering the number of speakers of languages, location, dialects, usage statistics, linguistic affiliations and autonyms. In addition to living languages, Ethnologue also contains data on languages which have gone out of use since the first appearance of the publication 66 years ago.

 

European Sources Online

Access information: Open access
Description: European Sources Online (ESO) is an online database and information service which provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe, and on issues of importance to European researchers, citizens and stakeholders.

 

Europeana

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Description: Funded by the European Commission, the Europeana portal provides access to millions of digitised books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records from all over Europe. Use Europeana to explore major European collections including collections from Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the British Library and the Louvre as well as regional archives and local museums from every member of the EU.

 

EUscreen

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Description: The EUscreen portal offers free online access to thousands of items of audiovisual heritage. It brings together clips that provide an insight into the social, cultural, political and economic events that have shaped the 20th and 21st centuries. As well as chronicling important historical events, the EUscreen portal allows you to explore television programmes that focus on everyday experience

 

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Description: Covers a wide range of multilingual, multidisciplinary information in the humanities, social sciences, and economics. FRANCIS is strong in religion, the history of art, and literature, with particular emphasis on current trends in European and world literature. Produced by the Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Getty Information Institute; updated monthly.
Coverage: 1984 to date.

 

Gale Literary Sources

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Description:

Gale Literary Sources brings together several of Gale’s literary databases into one seamlessly cross-searchable resource on authors and their works, literary movements or genres, journal articles, literary criticism, as well as reviews of bestsellers. Currently users can cross-search these collections with Gale Literary Sources:

  • Literature Criticism Online, one of the largest, most extensive compilations of literary commentary available.
  • Literature Resources Center, offering up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods, and from around the world.
  • LitFinder, containing a wealth of literary works, including over 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays.
  • Scribner Writers Series, providing original, scholar signed essays on the lives and works of authors from around the world from all time periods.
  • Twayne's Authors Series, devoted to in-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers of the world within the context of the time period in which they lived.
Coverage: For details of the above named collections - click here.

 

Access information: Free access from HLAS Online.
Description:

A selective annotated bibliography of scholarly monographs, journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, and electronic resources dealing with Latin America. The multidisciplinary Handbook, edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. Disciplines covered include anthropology (including archaeology and ethnology), art, economics, electronic resources (beginning in 1995), geography, government and politics, history, international relations, literature, music, philosophy, and sociology.

Three language versions are available: English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Coverage: Continuously published since 1936.

 

HAPI

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Description:

The Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) provides bibliographic citations to over 400 scholarly journals and links to the full text contents of over 700 journals published around the world on Latin America, the Caribbean and Hispanics/Latinos in the US since 1967. Subject coverage includes everything from political, economic, and social issues to the arts and humanities.

Coverage: 1967 onwards

 

Historical Texts

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Description:

Historical Texts brings together four historically significant collections into a single database search platform: Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), 65,000 texts from the British Library 19th Century Collection and the UK Medical Heritage Library collection (UKMHL). For descriptions of and alternative access to EEBO and ECCO, see their separate entries in this Database A-Z list. The British Library 19th Century Collection offers over 65,000 recently digitised editions during 1789-1914, many of which are previously rare and inaccessible titles. The UK Medical Heritage Library collection (1800-1900’s) contains the images and full text of over 66,000 19th century European medical publications. The UKMHL visualisations are available on a separate platform

Coverage: 1473 to early 1910s

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Full-text journal archive service providing access to complete back runs of all the scholarly journals currently available in JSTOR. Recent volumes are excluded, usually the last 3-5 years, but each year a further year is added to the archive. Each title is listed in DiscoverEd.
Coverage

The collections currently available are:

  • Arts & Sciences 1-15;
  • Biological Sciences;
  • Health & General Sciences;
  • Ireland;
  • Lives of Literature;
  • Life Sciences;

The 19th Century British Pamphlets Collections is also available via JSTOR.  Userguides to the various collections can be found at https://guides.jstor.org

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description:

Literature Online is a very comprehensive, integrated library of thousands of primary literary texts, literary criticism and reference resources. The Core Collection provides access to the full text of more than 350,000 works of poetry, drama, and prose in English from the eighth century to the present day, and from throughout the English-speaking world. Authors writing in any language who are featured in criticism or reference materials are also indexed. Therefore about 2,000 authors of over 100 different nationalities are covered. Literature Online also contains over 400 full-text scholarly journals from the field of literary and cultural studies, as well as 17 literary dictionaries or encyclopaedias, and important bibliographies like MLA and ABELL. The Video and Audio section provides 880 clips of poets reading their own or other poets' works, as well as fully dramatized audio recordings of Shakespeare's 38 plays.

Apart from the Core Collection, we also have access to African Writers Series, Black Writing Collection and World Literature Collection.

Userguide http://proquest.libguides.com/lion
Further notes: The Library has access to the upgraded version of Literature Online , ProQuest One Literature - see theP database pagefor full details.

 

Access information: Access and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.
Description: This collection presents more than 1,800 carefully selected records, tracing U.S.-Mexican counternarcotics cooperation from the Nixon administration through the first term of the Obama presidency. Beginning with Operation Intercept, President Nixon’s unilateral attempt to stem marijuana traffic by closing the Mexico-U.S. border, the set follows the often contentious relationship between the hemisphere’s largest consumer of illegal drugs and a principal producer and transit point for those substances. It chronicles the impact of U.S. drug policy on Mexico-U.S. relations; the infusion of U.S. counternarcotics aid in the form of equipment, training, and joint eradication programs; the transformation of drug control from a law enforcement to a national security concern; the increased role of the Mexican military in drug control; the rise of Mexican cartels, drug violence, and official corruption; and efforts, through the Merida Initiative, to support judicial reform, institution-building, and institutionalization of rule-of-law.

 

MLA International Bibliography

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Description: Citations to critical documents on literature, language, linguistics and folklore from over 4,400 journals and series and over 1000 book publishers. Also covers monographs, reference works and collections, including working papers, conference papers and proceedings.  Coverage includes literature from all over the world--Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. Folklore is represented by folk literature, music, art, rituals, and belief systems. Linguistics and language materials range from history and theory of linguistics, comparative linguistics, semantics, stylistics, and syntax to translation. Other topics include literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts (film, radio, television, theater), and history of printing and publishing.  A userguide available from https://www.mla.org/Publications/MLA-International-Bibliography/Tutorial-Videos/EBSCO-Tutorial-Videos
Coverage: Over 2.5 million records from 1926 to date.  Updated 9 times per year with over 66,000 records added annually.

 

Nicaragua:  The Making of US Policy 1978-1990 

Access information: Access on and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.
Description: The Nicaragua document collection provides an unparalleled contemporary record of the diplomatic, political, paramilitary, and economic developments which turned the small Central American nation of Nicaragua into the most controversial U.S. foreign policy issue of the 1980s. The collection consists of 3,248 cataloged primary source documents totaling approximately 17,500 pages. Coverage highlights U.S. policy toward the Nicaraguan revolution and subsequent Sandinista regime, starting with the January 1978 assassination of newspaper publisher Pedro Joaquín Chamorro, and ending with the Sandinistas' electoral defeat by the U.S.-backed UNO coalition of Violeta Chamorro on February 25, 1990.

 

Access information: Available on and off campus
Description:

Developed cooperatively with scholars worldwide, Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this cutting-edge resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects.

Each subject area has an Editor in Chief, Editorial Board, and team of peer reviewers overseeing the development and updating of articles ensuring balanced perspective with scholarly accuracy and a robust updating program to keep researchers informed of advances in their field.

At the time of launch, each subject area includes approximately 50 articles; with an additional 50 to 75 articles added each year. New article topics are selected to ensure each subject area offers full and balanced coverage as determined by the Editor in Chief and Editorial Board, scholarly feedback, and research demand.

Coverage: The following modules are available to the University of Edinburgh - African American Studies, African Studies, American Literature, Anthropology, Biblical Studies, British and Irish Literature, Buddhism, Chinese Studies, Cinema & Media Studies, Classics, Criminology, Education, Hindu Studies, International Law, International Relations, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American, Linguistics, Literary and Critical Theory, Medieval Studies,  Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Victorian Literature.  See http://oxfordbibliographiesonline.com/obo/page/subject-list for individual module title lists.

 

Oxford Language Dictionaries

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Coverage: The following dictionaries are available: Arabic/English, English/Arabic, Chinese/English, English/Chinese, French/English, English/French; German/English, English/German; Spanish/English, English/Spanish; Italian/English, English/Italian, Russian/English, English/Russian.

 

Access Information: Access on and off campus. Off campus access requires the use of the University VPN - click for instructions on how to access to the University network via the VPN.
Description:

Full text of El Pais newspaper  from 17/09/2018 onwards.

For pre-current digital content, go to bottom of the newspaper homepage and click “Comprar Ejemplar” in the newspaper cover image. See the user guide to locate the digital edition link.

Full-text archive between the first issue 04/05/1976 until 07/02/2012 is available by clicking here.

Coverage: 4th May 1976 – 7th Feb 2012; then 17th Sept 2018 onwards
Note: 5 concurrent users

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: A database of journal articles citations in the arts, humanities and social sciences. covers 37 subject categories, in 44 languages and dialects.
Coverage: From journal first issue up to 1995.

 

Access: Access on and off-campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.
Description: This is a detailed collection documenting U.S. foreign policy at work in Latin America, as well as a fascinating story of domestic politics in Peru. Incorporating recent U.S. government releases, virtually all previously classified, these documents, provide a compelling primary-source portrait of Peru's civil war, internal repression, and growing authoritarianism during three successive Peruvian administrations, as witnessed by the U.S. embassy in Lima, U.S. military officials, and U.S. intelligence.

 

ProQuest One Literature

Access information. Access on and off-campus.
Description.

ProQuest One Literature (PQOL) is the upgraded version of Literature Online (LION, also in the Database list) but the content is double the size of LION. It contains all the content from core Literature Online plus all the content from LION Premium, plus literature content pulled from other ProQuest resources that we also subscribe to, including Historic Literary Criticism and African Writers Series, as well as the most relevant literary studies content curated from ProQuest Central, Academic Video Online, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, and Academic Complete.  

PQOL contains 3 million literature citations from thousands of journals, monographs, dissertations, and more than 500,000 primary works – including rare and obscure texts, multiple versions, and non-traditional sources like comics, theatre performances, and author readings. Enhanced by interpretive sources such as book reviews and criticism sourced from wider, interdisciplinary publications in the fields such as humanities and history, it provides diverse, global perspectives with sources from all over the world – Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America - the majority of which are in full-text. Newspaper book reviews will added in the future.

PQOL differs from LION also in its discipline-specific user experience, hand-keyed primary texts, the ABELL index, and a collection of author and literary movement pages, with more discipline user experience enhancements to come in the future as the product grows. PQOL is also a community-based  literary studies tool for scholars who must engage with an exhaustive and diverse set of scholarly resources around a given literary topic for research, teaching and learning. The database can be browed by literary period, literary movement, author name or literature collections.

User guide: http://proquest.libguides.com/pq1lit

 

Web of Science Core Collection

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Description:

Citations and abstracts to millions of journal articles and conference proceedings from all subjects. Impact factors, h-indexes and email alerts available.

Detailed information about Web of Science

Coverage:

Citation Indexes: Science and Social Sciences (both 1900 onwards), Arts & Humanities (1975 onwards), Conference Proceedings in Science and Social Science & Humanities (both 1990 onwards), Books in Science and Social Sciences & Humanities (both 2005 onwards). KCI-Korean Journal Database (1980 onwards), SciELO Citation Index (1997 onwards).

Chemical Indexes: Current Chemical Reactions (1986 onwards), Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data (1840 onwards), Index Chemicus (1993 onwards).

Help:

Publisher userguide

Finding articles which have in their reference lists a work you found useful ('cited reference searching'): Cited Reference Searching (pdf)

 

Journal Citation Reports: 

Impact Factors (pdf)