Senior Departmental Honors

Fall 2011

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-498;

Questions about research in this course? Contact Susan J. Kimball.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Web Resources
  • Citing Sources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

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

Web of Science (1984 to present)
Search thousands of journals across the sciences and social sciences and track cited references to locate more recent articles.

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

SciFinder Scholar (1907 to present)
Covers scholarly journals in all areas of chemistry.


Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
Articles on more the 4,000 species including evolution, habitat, behavior, and more.

Oxford Reference Online

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. London : Nature Pub. Group, 2002. 20 vols. (REF QH302.5 .E54 2002).

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. 10th ed. New York : McGraw-Hill, 2007. 20 vols. (REF Q121 M3 2007)

Encyclopedia of the Human Genome. London : Nature Publishing Group, 2003. 5 vols. (REF QH427 .N38 2003)

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. 2nd ed. Detroit : Gale, 2003. 17 vols. (REF QL7 .G7813 2003)

Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2004. 3 vols. (REF QL750.3 .E53 2004)

Web Resources

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)  Source for a variety of biotechnology tools and databases including GenBank, BLAST, and OMIM.

Protein Data Bank (PDB) Database of 3D macromolecular structures.

UniProt Protein sequence and function information (includes the SWISS-PROT and TrEMBL databases).

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. Gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies.

Citing Sources

Knowing when and how to cite sources in your paper can be tricky. The tools below can help you collect, manage, and properly reference the books, journal articles, etc. that you make use of.


Writer's Handbook from the University of Wisconsin/Madison: How to cite sources; sample documents and forms; advice on grammar, etc.
Avoiding Plagiarism from the Dean of Students Office provides strategies for ensuring proper attribution of sources.

Citing just got easier

Zotero is a free plug-in for Firefox that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. Tutorials and Documentation are also available.

Style Manuals

Council of Science Editors (CSE) Style online version from Ohio State University Libraries.

Scientific Style and Format : the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers. 7th ed. Reston, VA : Council of Science Editors, 2006. (REF T11 .S386 2006) Print version has complete guidelines for citing all formats.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (6th ed., 2010). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. (FROST/SCI REF BF76.7 P83 2010)