Resources by Subject Biology

Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)
Film, Video, and Image Collections
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources
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Reference Sources (Background)

Credo Reference (full text; current)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Oxford Reference Online - Life Sciences (full text; current)
Search biology-related dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press.

Encyclopedia of Environmental Pollution and Cleanup.
Ref. TD 173 .E53 1999

Encyclopedia of Human Biology.
Ref. QP 11 .E53 1997

Locating Books

These are the main call number areas for books in Biology:

Q Science (General)
QH Natural History & Biology
QK Botany
QL Zoology
QM Human Anatomy
QP Physiology
QR Microbiology
R-RZ Medicine
S Agriculture (General)
SB Plant Culture
SD Forestry
SF Animal Culture
SH Aquaculture and Fisheries
TP 248.13 - TP 248.65 Biotechnology

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)

Biological and Medical Sciences ( Dates vary; most 1980s to present; citations & abstracts)

Environmental Science and Pollution Management (1967 to present; citations & abstracts)

ScienceDirect Health and Life Sciences College Edition (full text; most 1995 to present)
Over 1100 scholarly journals in the health and life sciences published by Elsevier. Please note: our access is only to the items with the green square or green key next to them.

BioOne (Dates vary, most 2000 to present; full text)
A collection of over 80 electronic journals from scholarly associations and societies in the biological, ecological and environmental sciences.

JSTOR (full text; dates vary by journal)
An archive of back issues of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

PubMed (1966 to present; abstracts)
See also:  MEDLINE
Covers biomedical literature and medical topics relating to research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues, and health care services.

MEDLINE - CSA (citations & abstracts; last 10 years only)
See also:  PubMed
Covers biomedical literature and medical topics relating to research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues, and health care services.

Dissertations & Theses Global (full text 1997 to present; citations & abstracts primarily 1861 to present, some citations 1637+)
Covers master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations worldwide in all disciplines.

AGRICOLA (citations; dates vary)
This catalog of the National Agriculture Library includes citations to journal and book literature in agriculture, farming and related fields.

Index to American Botanical Literature (citations; 1996 to present)
This index to books and journal articles from the New York Botanical Garden includes "extant and fossil American plants and fungi, including systematics and floristics, morphology, and ecology, as well as economic botany and general botany (publications dealing with botanists, herbaria, etc.). 'America' is defined in the broadest possible sense, encompassing land and marine plants and fungi from Greenland to Antarctica."

Kew Bibliographic Databases (citations; dates vary)
Includes three parts: Kew Record of Taxonomic Literature, Economic Botany, and Plant Micromorphology. Kew Gardens are the Royal Botanic Gardens in Britain.

Aquatic Plant Information Retrieval System (APIRS) (citations, 1980s to present)

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.

Film, Video, and Image Collections

American History In Video
Hundreds of hours of histroical film footage compiled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries on American history.

PBS Streaming Video Collection
Hundreds of hours of streaming video content from PBS, including programming from series such as Frontline, NOVA, and The American Experience.

ARTstor (images)
An international digital library of approximately 550,000 images contributed by museums, individual photographers, scholars, special collections at libraries, and photo archives. In addition to images of  paintings, drawings, sculpture, and the decorative arts, the collection includes cultural and religious objects, cartoons, fashion and costume illustrations, covers from printed music, pages from illuminated manuscripts and early printed books, natural history illustrations, early anatomical and medical drawings, and many other types of images.-


General Biology Sites:

WWW Virtual Library Biosciences (WWW Virtual Library)

BiologyBrowser (BIOSIS)

BioNetbook (Institut Pasteur)

Biodiversity Heritage Library
Full text of nearly 40,000 historic and classic books and journals by a consortium of 12 major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions. 

Botany (plants) :

Botanicus Digital Library
A digital archive of historic botanical literature, created by the Missouri Botanical Garden Library.

Internet Directory for Botany (Anthony Brach, et al.)

TreeBASE (University at Buffalo) (Mallorn Computing)

Zoology (animals):

Animal Diversity Web (University of Michigan Museum of Zoology)

Ornithology (birds):

Avibase (Bird Studies Canada / Bird Life International)

Onithological Literature Worldwide (OWL) (American Ornithologists' Union, British Ornithologists' Union, and Birds Australia)

SORA: Searchable Ornithological Research Archive (American Ornithologists Union, Cooper Ornithological Society, Association of Field Ornithologists, Wilson Ornithological Society and the University of New Mexico)

Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Cornell University)
Includes "All About Birds"

BirdNet (National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution)

Entomology (insects):

Iowa State Entomology Index of Internet Resources (Iowa State University)

NC STATE AgNIC Systematic Entomology (North Carolina State University)

Herpetology (reptiles):

CNAH: The Academic Portal to North American Herpetology (Center for North American Herpetology)
Includes HerpLit database, which contains over 50,000 citations dated from 1586 to the present

Ichthyology (fishes):

FishBase (Worldfish Center)

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

Scientific Style and Format
Ref T11 .S386 2006
By the Council of Science Editors (CSE). For additional information on citing online sources, see Citing the Internet: Formats for Bibliographic Citation (CSE)

Guides to the major citation styles are available at the Reference Desk.

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

Citing in MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles (R-MC)

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles. Be sure to double-check the result for accuracy!


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