CAB Abstracts


The most comprehensive database of its kind, CAB Abstracts gives researchers instant access to over 7.1 million records from 1973 onwards, with over 350,000 abstracts added each year. Its coverage of the applied life sciences includes agriculture, environment, veterinary sciences, applied economics, food science and nutrition. Our excellent international coverage sets CAB Abstracts apart from other databases. We process all relevant publications, including less well-known and non-English journals and those published by independent and learned publishers. With publications from over 116 countries in 50 languages, including English abstracts for most articles, researchers get the fullest global picture for any subject.

Each record has been hand-selected by our subject specialists from over 10,000 serials, books and conference proceedings, ensuring unparalleled coverage. As a result, we have been shown to include information from more agricultural serials than any other database  (don't just take our word for it – click here for an excerpt from an independent study published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship)

Access to ALL relevant research

As well as selecting from thousands of core scientific journals, CAB Abstracts also offers extensive coverage of  'grey' literature from around the world including:

  • Annual Reports
  • General Reports
  • Books/book chapters
  • Handbooks
  • Bulletins
  • Monographs
  • Conference proceedings
  • Newsletters
  • Discussion papers
  • Technical information
  • Field notes
  • Theses

Who uses CAB Abstracts?

Used by hundreds of the world's leading institutions, including 75% of US land-grant universities, together with many of the premier universities and research centres from across the globe, CAB Abstracts is the first choice for agriculture and related applied life sciences.

'CAB Abstracts is the leading English-language bibliographic information service providing access to the world's agricultural literature. It has a longstanding reputation for comprehensive, quality abstracting and indexing, and integrity of its data. This should be the first stop for the serious researcher.'
- Luti Salisbury, Librarian/Professor, Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences Subject Specialist, University of Arkansas Libraries

'The search of CAB Abstracts was the most specific and yielded the most trials in the least amount of time.'
- Alison Avenell, Helen G Handoll and Adrian M Grant, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

'This study indicates that if CAB Abstracts is available for searching the core agricultural serials, doing a literature search in any of all of the other three databases would represent a duplication of effort.'

Delivery Platforms
Thomson Web of Knowledge
CAB Direct (CABI's own platform)
STN International

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