Information Resources

National Science Library

NISCAIR serves as a single window in the country for providing all kinds of S & T information. Its role as the national information resource is fulfilled through the National Science Library that has a rich collection of over 2,10,000 books, reference books, reports and standards. The library has one of the finest collections in the field of information science and technology in the country and natural products of India, specially medicinal & aromatic plants. It receives over 5,100 periodicals both Indian and foreign every year. Of this, nearly 3000 periodicals are received in electronic form on CD-ROMs.

In addition, full text databases like the U.S. Patents Database and prominent directories are also being obtained on CD-ROM. To provide time bound information services for the corporate and business sector, NISCAIR is acquiring over 800 management and business periodicals on CD-ROM. Information on market intelligence, competitors and global tenders in an area can be provided by scanning international databases.

The acquisition policy of the National Science Library lays emphasis on acquiring all Indian S & T monographs and periodicals. It also promotes acquisition of foreign periodicals in electronic format sharing of resources with other libraries. Evaluating and analysing the scientific research activity of the scientists and researcher in the country is an important service of NISCAIR. Indian scientists contribute nearly 40,000 R&D papers annually of which 80% are disseminated through more than 700 S&T journals of Indian origin and the remaining of foreign origin. The bibliometric analysis of research output is based on Science Citation Index data. Research output analysis of selected research institutes, agencies, universities and other bodies is also being done. Efforts are also underway to create an Indian S&T citation index database.

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E-journals Consortia

NISCAIR is the nodal organization for developing a "Consortium for CSIR Laboratories for Accessing e-journals". The activity shall range from creation to monitoring of the access facility of scientific periodicals published by leading international institutions. To start with, an agreement has been signed with, e-journal publisher, M/s Elsevier Science for a period of four years for 1200 journals. Under this scheme, CSIR scientists shall be able to access these journals and download material for their use. Such access to world wide journal resources will play a very vital role and strengthen research and development in CSIR laboratories, thus leading to knowledge generation useful for socio-economic development of the country. The objectives are:


Raw Materials Herbarium & Museum




The National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources has set up a Herbarium and Museum housing economically important raw materials of plant, animal and mineral origin of India as a whole, in one place, to cater to the needs of scientists, researchers, industrialists students and the public.  The Herbarium houses over 6000 specimen of economic and medicinal plants of India and the Museum comprises over 2500 samples of crude-drugs, animal and mineral specimens.

The NISCAIR Herbarium & Museum has been acronymed as the Raw Materials Herbarium & Museum Delhi (RHMD), by the International Association for Plant Taxonomy, and published in the Index Herbarium, New York, USA.

The herbarium provides information on folk-lore, ethnomedicine and traditional medicine and is a source of knowledge for development of new herbal medicines.  



This facility backed up by the Wealth of India publications, is a veritable storehouse of information on the raw materials of India, and is a place useful to students to gain knowledge on economic biology and geology.  Based on this facility and the available expertise, the following services are offered.                                      



Consultancy Services

Under this programme, services are offered in the identification of plants and crude drug samples against payment. Information on plants regarding availability, uses, cultivation, export/import data is provided on request.Services on other important aspects of plants, animals and minerals of commercial and industrial uses are also supplied against payment.

Official Certifying Centre (OCC)

Based on the herbarium and museum of crude drug samples and in-house expertise, NISCAIR herbarium will be one of the nodal agencies in India for authentication of crude drugs used in the Indigenous Systems of Medicine.

Herbarium Database

NISCAIR is developing a user-oriented database on medicinal and economic plants of India useful in retrieving information on phenological data and locality of occurrence and availability of plants, along with images of herbarium specimen and authentic botanical illustrations.  Such information is useful in the collection and identification of plants for research, conservation and sustainable utilization.

Handbook on Herbariam in India and Neighbouring Countries

NISCAIR has published a Handbook on Herbaria in India and Neighbouring Countries, as a source of reference on repositories of plant wealth of the sub-continent.  This publication is a useful guide for information on the availability of specimens, especially Angiosperms and also special group of plants like Algae, Fungi, Lichens etc. and availability of authentic and rare illustrations.

Herbarium Techniques Course

Short-term training courses are offered on Herbarium techniques, imparting scientific methods of plant collection, preservation, processing and documentation, having a bearing on commercial and industrial application and as educational aids.

Three such courses have been conducted so far at national and international levels, the recent one being the Regional Workshop on Herbarium Techniques and Plant Database Management for Asian Countries (8-17 September, 1999) in which candidates from Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka besides India participated.