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The Polymer Library is now available on the Ebsco host platform thanks to a partnership between Smithers Rapra and Ebsco Publishing.

The Polymer Library (formerly Rapra Abstracts) is the world’s largest database dedicated to plastics, rubber, polymeric composites and adhesives.

The database is designed for both academic and corporate researchers and includes information on the science, technology and business of polymers.

The library includes content from around 500 publishers and contains nearly one million records dating from 1972 to the present.

The information originates from a wide range of sources including technical and application-focused journals, conference proceedings, books and reports.

Coverage includes well-known major journals and smaller niche content.

The Polymer Library provides technical content, key news, plus market and research information.

It is supported by a team of experienced abstractors who are specialists in their fields.

Abstractors ensure records are comprehensively indexed with multiple keywords to aid searchers.

The keywords indicate both the subject matter and the nature of the article, with records averaging 40 terms each.

The database is updated with the latest information every two weeks.

By making the Polymer Library available on Ebsco host, libraries subscribing to both the Polymer Library and Academic Search Complete (ASC) will be able to provide access to the full-text in ASC, the leading platform for STM databases.

Academic Search Complete provides full-text for about 25 per cent of the journals indexed in the Polymer Library.

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