Major Research Tools


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.

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

Full-Text, Reference

Authoritative encyclopedia articles by scientists covering the biological sciences. Note that content published after 2008 is not available.

Google Scholar


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

MEDLINE via Web of Science


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. Complete


Full text access to most of Nature publishing group's journals, including current and archival access to Nature and Scientific American.

Web of Science: Science Citation 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


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

All About Birds


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.

Annual Reviews

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.

Birds of the World

Data, Reference

Provides detailed scientific information for over 10,700 birds across the globe. Each online species entry contains recordings of that bird's songs and calls, images, videos, migration patterns, and maps of distribution.

Darwin Correspondence Project


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.

Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Full-Text, Reference

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

Encyclopedia of Life

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.

Environment Complete

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.



Information on all known species of fish, including taxonomy, biology, trophic ecology, life history, uses, historical data, and references to published literature.



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.

Foodborne Pathogenic Microorganisms and Natural Toxins Handbook


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

Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

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.

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species


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

National Center for Biotechnology Information


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

Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of American Science, Medicine, and Technology

Full-Text, Reference

Articles covering key individuals, institutions, and organizations responsible for major developments in science, medicine and technology in the U.S. as well as the concepts, practices, and processes underlying these developments.

Photobiological Sciences Online


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

PLANTS Database


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, 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.

PubMed Central


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

Tree of Life


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.