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CAB Direct

CAB Direct

Gateway to the world's applied life sciences

CAB Direct is CABI’s online database platform, providing a single point of access to all of your CABI database subscriptions.  


NEW: CAB Direct now supports integration with ORCID.

The new integration between CAB Direct and ORCID enables authors to claim publication types indexed in CAB Direct, including journal articles, conference proceedings, and grey literature.

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CAB Direct 'Highly Recommended' by CHOICE magazine

In the March 2017 issue of CHOICE magazine, the CAB Direct platform, a single point of access to all of CABI’s databases, was rated as “highly recommended” for undergraduates, researchers, faculty members, technical programme students, professionals and practitioners.

In January 2018 the platform won a CHOICE magazine ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ award 2017. Read more

The new version of CAB Direct was launched in July 2016 and libraries/institutions are finding out how it improves the literature research experience for their users!

CABI worked with development partners from across academia and industry to develop the next generation of the CAB Direct platform. Designed around the way researchers work, CAB Direct has completely new features to help you get more out of the literature, a more intuitive user experience, and has a new look and feel.


To requests a free institutional trial of the new CAB Direct, or any of CABI’s online resources, please contact  

CAB Direct is the only online platform built specifically to help you get the most out of CABI’s world class databases, CAB Abstracts and Global Health, and over 30 Online Database Subsets. The platform enables you to access the most thorough and extensive source of reference in the applied life sciences.

Through CAB Direct's innovative platform you, and your users, have access to:

  • over 12.5 million bibliographic records across the applied life sciences
  • a minimum of 35% of bibliographic records currently added per year link to free full text (more than 465,000 FT records) available in open access documents or held in the unique CABI full text repository, constituting over 4000 journal and grey literature titles where the full text can be accessed directly from CAB Direct. Additional full text is available through library holdings or other sources
  • many other authoritative reviews, news articles and reports

CAB Direct uses CAB Thesaurus, the extensive online index of CABI terms for searching; you can send your search query to CAB Thesaurus and back to CAB Direct at a click of a button to pinpoint the precise information that you require.

Improved, personalise your experience with My CABI

New, organise your work with My Projects

New, analyse the literature with visualisations

New, add notes with Highlight and Annotate

Enhanced, search experience

New, navigate using Browse

We offer a variety of promotional materials for use in your library and by your researchers.

To explain features and benefits of the new CAB Direct platform, we have published:

  • BROCHURE: CAB Direct Platform
  • CASE STUDY: CAB Abstracts on CAB Direct, Panama disease of bananas
  • CASE STUDY: Global Health on CAB Direct, Aedes mosquitoes - carriers of Zika virus
  • POSTER: CAB Abstracts on CAB Direct  

To requests copies, please contact