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Biology

Getting Started

  • Access Science
    General science resource with articles, updates, and biographies great for background research. Search for your topic or browse the list.
  • Biological Abstracts
    Essential database for life sciences and biomedical research information, drawn from over 4,000 international scholarly journals.

Finding Books & Media

  • Virtual Reference Library
    Includes the "Gale Encyclopedia of Science", "Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia", and books on each biome. Search everything at once from the box.
  • EBSCOHost ebooks    
    Over 20,000 full-text eBooks. Search with your topic or browse the Sciences category.
  • VAST : Academic Video Online  
    Provides thousands of complete video titles in a multiple disciplines. For biology titles, search by topic or browse the Health and Science Topics.
  • INTELECOM Online Video Resources
    A database of short academic video clips, including animations. Relevant collections include Anatomy, Biological Sciences, Botany, Zoology, and more!

Finding Articles

  • Biological Abstracts
    Essential database for life sciences and biomedical research information, drawn from over 4,000 international scholarly journals.
  • Agricola
    From the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library, AGRICOLA covers journal articles, books, theses, patents, and audiovisual materials related to agriculture back to 1970.
  • Environment Complete
    Offers in-depth coverage of research in ecology, energy, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental law, urban planning, and more.
  • MEDLINE
    Provides authoritative information from over 4,800 journals related to medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and more.
  • ScienceDirect
    Database of 1800+ journals, including many in the Life Sciences & Health Sciences. Search for your topic or browse journals by title. Use Request It for journals that we don’t subscribe to.

Finding Botanical Information

  • Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
    Specializes in the history of botany and provides access to: BPH Online for botanical literature, the Categorical Glossary for the Flora of North America, and the Index to Binomials Cited in Linnaeus' "Species Plantarum."
  • Native Plant Database
    Search for 7,239 native North American plants by name, state, habit, duration, and more. Maintained by the Wildflower Center and the University of Texas at Austin.
  • PLANTS Database
    USDA site that provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

Finding Online Information

  • Biology Browser
    Brings together data sets, images, web content, and current science news. Includes a Nomenclatural Glossary of Zoology and a Student Guide to the Animal Kingdom.
  • National Center for Biotechnology Information
    Provides links to a variety of resources with extensive biomedical and genomic information, including literature databases, primary data, genome directories, and more.
  • Science.gov
    Search the gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. government agencies, including research and development results.
  • TOXNET
    Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.
  • Health Source : Consumer Edition
    Provides access to popular consumer health magazines (like Men’s Health) and news sources on a variety of health topics.

Citing Information

  • CSE Quick Citation Guide
    Provides examples of citations in CSE Style (Council of Science Editors, formally called the CBE Council of Biology Editors) from Penn State University.