Food, Fiber, and Pharmaceuticals

Fall 2013

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-104; Rachel A. Levin (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Kristen B. Greenland.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Web Resources


This course guide lists resources that will be useful to you as you complete your research project for this class.  You can also access the library catalog, the Five Colleges library catalog, Discover, and other general searches by clicking on the "Library Quick Search" bar at the top of the course guide.

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Web of Science
Searches thousands of journals across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities and can also track cited references to locate more recent articles.

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.

AGRICOLA (1970 to present)
Index of journal articles and reports from the National Agriculture Library.

America: History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection (Gale)
Covers environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

Draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.

Historical Abstracts (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

PubMed (1966 to present)
Premiere biomedical index, includes MEDLINE and links to molecular biology databases.


Encyclopedia Britannica
Standard general encyclopedia.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.

Oxford Reference
Digitized entries from Oxford's Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias, spanning multiple subject areas.

Web Resources

Atlas of the Flora of New England Web version of a continuously updated print resource about plant taxa represented in the region.

PLANTS National Database Data on 45,000 vascular and non-vascular plants within the U.S. contributors include U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, National Wetland Inventory, and Smithsonian Institution.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Provides access to information on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues.

Drug Information Portal A gateway to selected drug information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and other key U.S. Government agencies.