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Research Guide - Biology


Electronic Research Databases

Finding Journals

Style Guide

Library of Congress Classification System

Web Sites of Interest


Electronic Research Databases

Access Science (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) – A collection of science reference materials—online and fully searchable. Offers easy accessibility research information — access to articles, fully illustrated, from the latest edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, Research Updates from the McGraw-Hill Yearbooks, thousands of illustrations, and the latest Science News headlines, biographies, and more.

Annual Reviews (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists. Annual Reviews volumes are published each year for 30 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences.

Biomedical Reference Collection (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) – A medical database that provides over 100 full text journals, including full text for many peer-reviewed publications. Offers journals which cover virtually every area of medical study. Topics include: clinical medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and the pre-clinical sciences.

BioOne (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides access to thoroughly linked full-texts of high-impact interrelated bioscience research journals (biological, ecological and environmental sciences).

Encyclopedia of Life Science (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) – A comprehensive reference work published in the biological sciences.

GreenFILE (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) – Information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.  

JSTOR - Ecology & Botany (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - The Ecology & Botany Collection contains twenty-nine titles in two important fields within the life sciences. Founded with the assistance of the Ecological Society of America, it contains this society's premier research journals alongside a range of titles broadly focused on ecosystems. Topics covered by the ecology journals are wide-ranging, from biodiversity and climate change to conservation and experimental biology. The botany titles — including the oldest botanical journal in the Americas — encompass a range of subjects such as plant biology, systematic botany, and taxonomy.

JSTOR - General Science (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - The General Science Collection contains seven titles. These titles include several of the most important historical scientific journals published: Science, PNSA, and the publications of the Royal Society of London. The material included in this archive reaches back to the 17th century and in total covers more than 800 journal years.

Medline (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, Medline allows users to search abstracts from over 4,600 current biomedical journals.

First Search (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus)

  • Agricola - Materials relating to all aspects of agriculture, forestry, and animal science.
  • BioDigest - Life-science information written in a non-technical style.

Project Muse (Link to database On-Campus/Off-Campus) - Full text electronic journals resources for the following titles: Human Biology (2001-); Native Plants Journal (2004-); Pacific Science (2001-); and Perspectives in Biology and Medicine (win 2000-). 

Academic Search Elite (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides full text for more than 2,050 publications, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all 3,468 journals in the collection. This database offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies and more.


Finding Journals

Guide to Periodicals & Periodical Articles.

Use the Library’s Journals A to Z List to search and find full text within the library’s collection.

Free Medical Journals.com – Promoting free access to medical journals.

HighWire- Free Online Full-text Articles

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals - "Free Full text, quality controlled ... scholarly journals" in the area of "Biology and Life Sciences."

Biochemical Journal - Free access to full text (most recent 6 months is not available, but archive of full text goes bac to 1906).


Style Guide

QH304 .C38 - CBE style manual : a guide for authors, editors, and publishers in the biological sciences - Location: Reference Area

Visit the ARC-Academic Resource Center for more information on documentation and plagiarism.

Visit Knight Cite, a project of Heckman Library of Calvin College - this is a citation creation tool. 

Visit bibme, an online bibliography maker for help with APA, Chicago, or MLA citation styles.

PE 1408 .H11 W95 - A writer's reference /Diana Hacker - Location - Circulation Desk


Library of Congress Classification System –LC Subject Headings

Q     Science

       Q     General

       QA   Mathematics

       QB   Astronomy

       QC   Physics

       QD   Chemistry

       QE   Geology

       QH   Natural history.  Biology

       QK   Botany

       QL   Zoology

       QM  Human anatomy

       QP   Physiology

       QR   Microbiology

R     Medicine

       R     General

       RA   Public aspects of medicine

       RB   Pathology

       RC   Internal Medicine

       RD   Surgery

       RE   Opthalmology

       RF   Otorhinolaryngology

       RG   Gynecology and obstetrics

       RJ    Pediatrics

       RK   Dentistry

       RL   Dermatology

       RM   Therapeutics.  Pharmacology

       RS   Pharmacy.  Materia medica

       RT   Nursing

       RV   Botanic. Thomsonian. eclectic medicine

       RX   Homeopathy

       RZ   Other systems of medicine


Web Sites of Interest

All the Virology on the WWW - Collection of Virology information sites on the Internet.

Biodiversity Hotspots - Information on "the 25 richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life on Earth."

Biology Gateway - Directory of Online Biological & Life Sciences Resources.

BIOSCI/bionet Electronic Newsgroup Network for Biology - "A set of electronic communication forums - the bionet USENET newsgroups and parallel e-mail lists - used by biological scientists worldwide."

DOEgenomes.org - "Genome programs of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science -founder of the Human Genome Project and leader in systems biology research."

Entomology Index of Internet resources - "The directory and search engine of insect related resources on the Internet."

Florida Center for Environmental Studies - "Represents ten state universities and four major private universities. The center acts as a facilitator and co-ordinator of research and training related to the environment and as a locus for environmental information."

Genetics Education Center - "For educators interested in human genetics and the human genome project."

A Hypermedia Glossary of Genetic Terms - Contains an alphabetical list of terms for browsing or can be searched for specfic terms.

Information Resources for Biology - Botany, Ecology, Evolution, Marine Biology, and Zoology.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System - "Authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world."

Kimball's Biology Pages - "Online biology textbook."

MedBioWorld - "Medical and bioscience reference and resource directory on the internet".

MedWeb - "A catalog of biomedical and health related web sites maintained by the staff of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library at Emory University."

MendelWeb - "An educational resource for teachers and students interested in the origins of classical genetics, introductory data analysis, elementary plant science, and the history and literature of science."

NatureServe - "Information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosytemes."

Research Link 2000 - "A project that has brought together biology faculty from colleges and universities to select, develop and disseminate a group of field-tested, research-based systems and instructional materials for introductory biology courses. Its major objective is to promote research activities by students and faculty on all levels of the undergraduate curriculum."

Resources of Scholarly Societies: Biology - "Set of suject pages...which facilitates access to websites of scholarly societies across the world."

The Tree of Life - "Used by people interested in locating information about a particular group of organisms, by biologists seeking identification keys, figures, phylogenetic trees, and other systematic information for a group of organisms, and by educators teaching about orgnismal diversity."

The Virtual Library of Ecology and Biodiversity - "The Virtual Library Project specializes in reviewing internet information sources pertaining to ecology and biodiversity based on their educational value."

American Museum of Natural History Research Library - "AMNH Scientific Publications disseminate the results of laboratory investigations and fieldwork conducted by museum scientists and their colleagues in the areas of zoological systematics, paleontology, geology, evolution, and anthropology. This collection inlcudes full-text PDFs of current and back issues of AMNH scientific series."

Biochemical Journal - Free access to full text (most recent 6 months is not available, but archive of full text goes back to 1906).

The National Academies - "Perform an unparalleled public service by bringing together committees of experts in all areas of scientific and technological endeavor. These experts serve pro bono to address critical national issues and give advice to the federal government and the public."

National Library for the Environment - "The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) has been working since 1990 to improve the scientific basis for environmental decisionmaking. For its efforts, the Council has earned a reputation for objectivity, responsibility, and achievement...the Council works closely with the many communities that create and use environmental knowledge to make and shape environmental decisions."

Science.gov - "A gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies including research and development results."

Linus Pauling and the race for DNA - "Utilizing over 800 scanned documents, photographs, audio clips and video excerpts, this website narrates the breathless details of the pursuit of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA."

Linus Pauling Research Notebooks - "The Pauling Papers holdings include forty-six research notebooks spanning the years of 1922 to 1994 and covering any number of the scientific fields in which Dr. Pauling involved himself. In this regard, the notebooks contain many of Paulings laboratory calculations and experimental data, as well as scientific conclusions, ideas for further research and numberous autobiographical musings.

PLANTS database - "Provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories."

Missouri Botanical Garden plant science - "To discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment, in order to preserve and enrich life."

CDC DPDx Parasite Image Library - Contains laboratory identification of parasites of public health concern.


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