Biology

Major Research Tools

Full-text

Database of peer-reviewed research articles in biology and medicine.

Full-text, Index

Coverage: 2000-present

Access to collection 1 with over 70 peer-reviewed journals in the life sciences. Coverage for most journals begins in 2000.

Full-text, Reference

Reference database with peer-reviewed articles covering all basic and many applied aspects of the life sciences, with an emphasis on cell and molecular biology.

Gateway

Search engine for scholarly materials including journal articles. Be sure to use WebBridge to link to Lafayette's resources. Note: if accessing from off-campus, go to "Settings" and search "Library Links" for "Lafayette." Check "Lafayette College - Lafayette WebBridge" to make WebBridge appear in search results.

Index

Coverage: 1950-present.

The premier index to medical literature for health researchers and professionals. Subject searchers may wish to consult the directory of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), available at the National Library of Medicine's website. A free search interface for MEDLINE, PubMed, with links to select full-text articles is also available.

Full-text

Collection of dictionaries and other reference works on life sciences from Oxford University Press. Includes Dictionary of Biology, Dictionary of Ecology, Dictionary of Genetics, and Dicitionary of Plant Sciences.

Index

Coverage: 1955-present

Index covering the journal literature of science and technology. Allows you to search for a topic, an author, or for articles that cite a known author or work.

Other Suggested Research Tool

Index

Coverage: 1970-present

The premier index for agricultural literature. Produced by the National Agricultural Library.

Reference

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this site allows users to browse or search the Bird Guide by name and shape or taxonomy. There are also Bird Cams and and birding basics.

Full-text, Index

Index coverage: vol. 1 - present; Full-text coverage: 1996-present

Full text of articles reviewing the scholarly literature for a variety of topics in the physical, biomedical, and social sciences.

Full-text, Reference

Encyclopedia covering topics related to bioethics, including genetically modified foods, social justice, sustainability, and chemical warfare.

Data, Reference

Provides detailed scientific information for each of the 716 species of birds nesting in the USA and Canada. Each online species entry contains recordings of that bird's songs and calls, images, videos, migration patterns, and maps of distribution.

Index, Reference

Includes Index Fungorum, a database of fungal names; portions of the Bibliography of Systematic Mycology, which surveys the literature on fungi; and some information from the Dictionary of the Fungi. (A complete copy of the Dictionary of the Fungi is available in the Skillman reference collection.)

Full-text

Archive of more than 2,000 with whom Darwin corresponded, ranging from well known naturalists and public figures to the obscure. Includes an image of the original letter, transcription, footnotes and annotations.

Full-text, Reference

Articles on issues pertaining to the full range of topics in the area of food and agricultural ethics.

Full-text, Reference

Database of information on each of the named species on Earth. Includes information on ecology and evolution of the species as well as descriptive information. From a consortium of leading natural history museums and research institutions.

Full-text, Index

Database covering the journal literature of environmental sciences, including applicable areas of ecology, energy, geography, pollution & waste management, law, public policy, and urban planning.

Index

A database of information on the genetics and molecular biology of Drosophila. It includes genetic data and references to articles, books, and reports from the scientific literature.

Full-text

This FDA handbook, aka the Bad Bug Book, provides basic facts regarding the titular characters.

Data, Gateway

The Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas is a collection of published and open access freshwater biodiversity mapsĀ in addition to a gateway for geographical information and spatial data at different scales. Includes background information, links to publications and data sources.

Index

A monthly abstract journal, covering the literature on all parasitic helminths.

Reference

Information on plants and animals that are endangered or extinct. Includes taxonomy, conservation status, distribution, and bibliographies. From the World Conservation Union.

Data

Home of GenBank (the National Institutes of Health's genetic sequence database), the Molecular Modelling Database, and other biotechnology resources.

Reference

Short summaries and links to current literature from the American Society for Photobiology presenting the full spectrum of light's effects on living things.

Reference

From the U.S.D.A., this database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, Web links, and references.

Index

Coverage: 1940-present.

Indexes the scientific literature on nonhuman primates.

Index, Reference

Database of chemical structures of small organic molecules and information on their biological activities. Includes links to records in scientific literature databases. From the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Full-text

Database of biomedical and life sciences journal articles. From the National Institutes of Health.

Reference

Collection of Web pages with information on the characteristics and classification of organisms. Pages are written by biologists and linked one to another in the form of the evolutionary tree of organisms. Still a work-in-progress so information is far from complete.

Full-text, Reference

Authoritative encyclopedia covering biomedical engineering, biomechanics, and biomaterials.