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Biology: Online Resources

Biology: Online Resources


Agriculture Collection - Includes broad coverage of agriculture and its related fields. Comprised of nearly 200 titles, this resource provides access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture. Offered through Gale.

Bergey's Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria - Authoritative microbiology resource for descriptive articles on bacteria and archaea. Includes taxonomy, systematics, ecology, physiology, and other biological properties of all described prokaryotic taxa.

BioMedCentral - Citations and limited full text access to publications by BioMed Central. Includes journal articles, book reviews, blogs, and more. Targeted to biomedical research.

BioOne.1 - BioOne provides integrated access to the full-text of recent years of interrelated journals focused on the biological, ecological and environmental sciences.

Birds of North America - The Birds of North America is an online resource of detailed biosystematic, ecological, population, and distribution information on all 716 species of birds that nest in the United States and Canada. The online version includes photo galleries and sound recordings of most species. The species accounts are updated periodically.

Encyclopedia of Life Science (eLS) - Contains brief articles on subjects in the life sciences, intended to provide overviews on a broad range of topics in biology.

Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection - provides access to academic journals and magazines about horticulture studies both from practical and scientific points of view. Content is relevant to biotechnologists, farmers, hobbyists, and landscape architects.

National Agricultural Statistics Service - The National Agricultural Statistics Service provides timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.

NCBI Bookshelf (National Center for Biotechnology Information) - The NCBI Bookshelf is a collection of over 80 freely available, on-line versions of selected biomedical books covering aspects of molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, research methods, and virology.

Public Library of Science (PLoS) - Scientific and medical open access journals including PLoS Biology, PLoS Medicine, PLoS Genetics, PLoS Pathogens, and PLoS Computational Biology.

Science Direct - Elsevier's journal portal provides full-text access to select (only titles with "Full-text available" icon are subscribed to) scientific, technical, and medical journals. Provides access to over 3,800 periodical titles and over 37,000 books. Some articles may be downloaded free of charge; others must be purchased.

PubMed Central - PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

See also Science (General) Online Resources links

SORA (Searchable Ornithological Research Archive) - is a freely-accessible full-text on-line archive of ornithological literature. The archive includes several of the most important journals (Auk, Condor, Journal of Field Ornithology, Wilson Bulletin) and monographic series (Pacific Coast Avifauna and Studies In Avian Biology) in the field. The material in this open-access archive was provided by the publishers of the journals, and is hosted by The University of New Mexico Libraries.

Wildlife and Ecology Studies Worldwide - Produced by NISC, is the world's largest index to literature on wild mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Coverage includes more than 670,388 bibliographic records many of which include abstracts. Major topic areas include studies of individual species, habitat types, hunting, economics, wildlife behavior, management techniques, diseases, ecotourism, zoology, taxonomy and much more. Approximately 18,000 records are added per year. (1935 & earlier to present) Offered through Ebscohost.

Online Magazines/Journals

Popular Science - Full-text access from November 1, 2002 to present. Select Popular Science from the resulting list. Offered through NewsBank's America's News Magazines.

Science Online - provides full-text access to Science issues from 1997 to the present.

Science Illustrated - Full-text access from February 1, 2009 to present. Select Science Illustrated from the resulting list. Offered through NewsBank's America's News Magazines.

Open Access Sources and Web Sites

AGRICOLA - Open access catalog from US National Agricultural Library (NAL), which searches all content in the NAL library: peer-reviewed journals, books, theses, technical reports, patents, software, and audiovisual materials. Subject coverage includes all core topics of the agricultural sciences: plant sciences, animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, forestry, aquaculture, environmental sciences, natural resources, sustainable agriculture, agricultural economics and policy, nutrition, and related research.

arXiv.org - open access to e-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics.

The Cell: An Image Library -  a freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms, showcasing cell architecture, intracellular
functionalities, and both normal and abnormal processes. The purpose of this database is to advance research, education, and training, with the ultimate goal of improving human health.

Census of Marine Life - the result of a $650 million project involving 2,700 from over 80 nations, this website is a compilation of diversity, geographic distribution and abundance of marine life.

Ecological Internet - the mission of this site is to "empower the global movement for environmental sustainability by providing retrieval tools, portal services, expert analysis, and opportunities for eco-action."

NatureServ - focus on distribution and conservation status of plants and animals in the US and Canada.

PeerJ - PeerJ is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal. It considers articles in the Biological Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Health Sciences. 

physiologyINFO.org - produced by the American Physiology Society, this web site defines the science of physiology and its relationship to other branches of science such as chemistry and anatomy, and what is going on in current physiology research.

Plant Image Gallery (Noble Foundation) - images for more than 600 species of native grasses, forbs and woody plants.

The Reptile Database - serves as a taxonomic reference to over 9,500 reptile species and 3,000 subspecies, which includes scientific and common names, synonyms, geographic distributions, type specimen data, bibliographical references, and color photographs.  The database was curated by Peter Uetz, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Scitable - a comprehensive resource offering students a wealth of information, learning tools, and interactive activities on genetics, cell biology, and ecology. Includes blogs, discussion groups, and career resources. This is an excellent supplement to any college-level course in the biological sciences.

See also Science (General) Online Resources links

General Online Databases - Use the links below to find more information in this subject area

Online Books and Catalogs
Online Video Resources
Journal / Magazine Article Databases
Newspaper Article Databases
Reference Databases