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Subject Guides - Biology

Online Encyclopedias

  • Science Online (Facts on File)
    Presents a broad range of science topics (biology, chemistry, earth sciences, environment, forensics, marine science) through definitions, diagrams, essays, biographies, experiments and videos.
  • Biology (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
    Explains biological concepts and explores related fields as well as the history of biological science with illustrations, sidebars, bibliographies, timelines, charts, and a glossary.

Key Databases

  • OmniFile Full Text Mega
    (Includes Biological & Agricultural Index Plus and General Science Full Text)
    Biological & Agricultural Index Plus provides access to core literature in biology and agriculture, including 90 full-text journals from 1997 to present. General Science Full Text provides full-text to articles back to 1994 and indexing to articles back to 1984. Subjects include biology, chemistry, genetics, microbiology, etc.
  • Science Direct
    "World's leading full-text scientific database." Includes articles/chapters from 2,500+ peer-reviewed journals and 10,000+ books. Coverage from 19th century to present.

Streaming Video

Other Resources

  • PNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
    Highly-regarded, peer-reviewed weekly journal covering all scientific disciplines. Full text access is available online from 1915-Present.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Multidisciplinary database with nearly 700 biology-related periodicals, most peer-reviewed, some full text.
  • Clase and Periodica
    Periodica indexes journals published in Latin America that specialize in science and technology, including biology, exact sciences, geosciences and physics. Citations are from documents published in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English. Full text not included, but may be available through other sources.
  • MEDLINE (PubMed)
    Search nearly 17 million records covering medical literature from 1948-Present. Limited full text. Also available from Ebsco.
  • BioMed Central
    Open access collection of 200 full-text, peer-reviewed journals with coverage of the biological and medical sciences. Free registration required.
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global: Science & Technology
    Over 750,000 downloadable full text dissertations and theses, covering a wide range of graduate research topics, including biology.

Citing Sources

  • Council of Science Editors
    Scientific Style and Format: the CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (REF 808.066 C855)
  • Zotero
    A citation generator and management tool, Zotero can help you keep all of your citation information together and generate a bibliography for you.
  • APA Style Guide


Books related to biology have call numbers in the 570's. Reference books are on the main floor in the Reference Room. All other biology books are located on the upper level, left side.


General Information

Biology Online
Provides tutorials, articles, essay, reports, and an online forum on biology topics. Includes dictionary of biology terms.

Biology Project
An interactive online resource that provides problem sets and tutorials in biochemistry, cell biology, chemicals and human health, developmental biology, human biology, immunology, Mendelian genetics, molecular biology.

Bio Links (Biozone)
Over 500 links on biology, biotechnology, diseases, evolution, microbiology, plant biology, earth sciences, etc. Lists podcast, rss newsfeeds.


The following do not need subscriptions and can be watched from your own computer.

Nature Podcasts
Highlights of contents from the peer-reviewed journal, Nature. Interviews with scientists explaining their work, etc.

Science Podcasts
Weekly podcast of stories of interest in the journal Science Magazine.

Scientific American Podcasts
Science and technology topics covered through interviews with scientists and journalists.

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