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Library Resource Guide
for Biology


For help with any of these resources, contact Kevin McDonough, liaison to the Biology Department, through IM, email, or phone (906-227-2118).

Books and E-references

Library Catalog
Contains the books, government documents, and audio-visual materials in Olson Library and three other libraries in the U.P. Books are a great place to get an overview on a subject and help narrow your topic to an answerable question. Also, many books provide links into the journal literature through the inclusion of one or more reference lists.

Birds of North America Online
Provides detailed scientific information for each of the 716 species of birds nesting in the USA and Canada. Account contents are updated frequently, with online-coordinated contributions from researchers, citizen scientists, and designated reviewers and editors.

Mammalian Species (accounts 1-787) ; (accounts 632-current)
Mammalian Species is published by the American Society of Mammalogists with 25-35 individual species accounts issued each year. Each uniform account summarizes the current understanding of the biology of an individual species including systematics, distribution, fossil history, genetics, anatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, and conservation. Virginia Hayssen has put out an index for species accounts 1-848 (as of 9/7/13 there are 900 accounts).

E-reference Shelf
This source includes electronic reference sources relevant to biology, including specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, and more.

Journal Articles

Core Databases

OneSearch *new 2011 *full text
Comprehensive search index. Searches numerous sources and databases, including the library catalog. All topics covered.

The premier database for biomedical research and the clinical sciences. Very good coverage of journal literature in cellular and molecular biology and biochemistry. Contains citations from more than 4,800 biomedical journals published, dating back to the mid-1960's.

Wildlife and Ecology Studies Worldwide
Covers all aspects of wildlife and wildlife management. Major topic areas include studies of individual species, habitat types, hunting, economics, wildlife behavior, management techniques, diseases, parasites, and more. Includes coverage from Central and South America. Includes references to journals; unpublished research reports, field studies, and surveys from U.S. state agencies; proceedings of conferences and symposia; websites; government reports; grey literature; books; theses and dissertations. Coverage from 1935 to present.

JSTOR *full text
The complete, searchable, full text articles from approximately 160 core scholarly journals (every issue up to the last 1-5 years). This is not a very large database and is meant to browse journals by name and date. However, you can search across particular subject areas, which contain several journals per area.

Google Scholar
Contains peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Provides unique features, such as relevance ranking of your results, the ability to find "Related Articles", and the opportunity to see other papers that have cited a specific paper. A couple of drawbacks include limited searching capabilities (full text or title), and no consistent links directly to the article.

Supporting Databases

Multidisciplinary index reflecting the contents of the National Agricultural Library and other agricultural and scientific institutions. Covers all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, agricultural economics, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences. References to articles in journals and magazines, books, book chapters, theses, patents, computer software, audiovisual materials, and technical reports. Dates of coverage from 1970 to present.

BioOne *full text
69+ full-text journals published by small societies and non-commercial publishers. Journals tend to emphasize plant, animal, and ecological research. For searching the full text of the articles use this link.

Journal Abbreviations

Journal Title Abbreviations
A service provided by the California Institute of Technology's Library System.

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