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What is the focus of the different bibliographic databases?

Each bibliographic database has a different emphasis in coverage:

OSHLINE® provides current references to international literature with an emphasis on peer-reviewed research literature.

NIOSHTIC® is an archive database which provides references to international literature spanning over 100 years.

NIOSHTIC-2 provides references to NIOSH published or sponsored reports.

Canadiana provides references to occupational health and safety documents published in Canada, about Canadian subjects, or by Canadian authors.

HSELINE provides references to international references with an emphasis on publications from Europe, including the UK Health and Safety Commission and Health and Safety Executive.

CISILO is a bilingual database which provides references to international literature with an emphasis on training and policy materials in many different languages.

INRS Bibliographie provides references to international scientific and technical literature with an emphasis on French-language materials.

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What is the difference between direct and bibliographic databases?

Direct databases provide discrete information on a specific substance (e.g. for gasoline: physical properties, LD50, fire hazards, environmental effects, safety procedures, etc.).

Bibliographic databases list references and sometimes summaries of reports, journal articles, publications, on a particular topic. Sometimes the topic is a chemical. For example, a search on the subject of gasoline might provide a number of database records which reference printed sources on gasoline or topics related to gasoline (e.g. hazards of underground gasoline storage tanks,gasoline accident reports, incidents of gasoline poisoning).

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