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- dental OR teeth OR tooth OR oral
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Math / Computer Science Databases
Annual Review Journals
Comprehensive collection of critical reviews written by leading scientists. Includes Biomedical, Life & Physical Sciences, and Psychology, 1932-present.
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Thousands of peer-reviewed journals and ebooks in the physical, life, health, and social sciences.
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, updated online, includes Yearbook updates, latest Science News headlines, biographies, etc.
Collection of 2,000s+ scholarly journals and primary documents in a variety of subjects including history, literature, and science. Note: some titles have an embargo on the most recent year(s). Ask the IRC for details.
Over 1,250 fully peer-reviewed journals in sciences, technology, medicine, and more.
Wiley Online Library
Scientific, technical, and medical scholarly journals.