Biology Research Guide

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Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • 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.
  • BioOne
    Collection of full text research journals focused on the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences.
  • AGRICOLA (1970 to present)
    Index of journal articles and reports from the National Agriculture Library.


Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
  • Reference Universe
    Searchable index of the library's entire reference collection, both print and electronic.


Find streaming audio and video in these collections.
  • Kanopy Streaming Video
    Kanopy offers a broad selection of thousands of streaming films, documentaries, and theatrical releases covering a wide variety of subject areas, with additional new releases launched monthly. If close-captioning is not included, it can be requested. Interactive transcripts are included. Note that US feature films are not typically part of the Kanopy offerings.


Start with these recommended freely available resources in this discipline.

Indexing and organizing biological names

Encyclopedia of Life
Project to organize information on nearly 1.8 million known species of plants and animals

Translate journal abbreviation using JAbbr or All that JAS

    Research Support

    Research Help

    Need help with any part of the research process?  Please feel free to make an appointment with a Research & Instruction Librarian!

    Citing Sources

    Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that collects, manages, and formats citations and bibliographies. Zotero also helps organize your research by allowing you to attach PDFs, notes, and images to your references. You can arrange your sources into collections for different projects and tag them for easy searching.  You can get information about installing and using Zotero on the Library's guide on to How to Cite Sources

    For more information about how to appropriately use sources in your work, visit these guides:

    The Writing Center's Using Sources Guide

    Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison Writer's Handbook on Avoiding Plagiarism

      New Titles

      Fire in California's ecosystems Frost Library; QH105.C2 F57 2018

      The language of nature in Buffon's Histoire naturelle (Roman, Hanna, author.) Frost Library; QH13.2 .R66 2018

      Dreamers, visionaries, and revolutionaries in the life sciences Frost Library; QH26 .D74 2018

      The correspondence of Charles Darwin (Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.) Frost Library; QH31.D2 A33 1985

      Darwin's evolving identity : adventure, ambition, and the sin of speculation (Sponsel, Alistair William, 1978- author.) Frost Library; QH31.D2 S66 2018

      Universe in creation : a new understanding of the big bang and the emergence of life (Gould, Roy, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; QH325 .G68 2018

      Genome editing and engineering : from TALENs, ZFNs and CRISPRs to molecular surgery Frost Library; QH440 .G46 2018

      Gene machine : the race to decipher the secrets of the ribosome (Ramakrishnan, Venki, 1952- author.) Frost Library; QH442 .R26 2018

      Troublesome science : the misuse of genetics and genomics in understanding race (DeSalle, Rob, author.) Frost Library; QH455 .D47 2018

      The biology of urban environments (James, Philip (Professor of ecology), author.) Frost Library; QH541.5.C6 J364 2018

      The marsh builders : the fight for clean water, wetlands, and wildlife (Levy, Sharon, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; QH541.5.M3 L44 2018

      The telomere effect : a revolutionary approach to living younger, healthier, longer (Blackburn, Elizabeth H. (Elizabeth Helen), 1948-, author.) Frost Library; QH600.3 .B53 2018

      Luminous creatures : the history and science of light production in living organisms (Anctil, Michel, 1945-, author.) Frost Library; QH641 .A53 2018

      Líquenes de Costa Rica = Costa Rica lichens (Umaña, Loengrin.) Frost Library; QK588.C8 U46 2002

      Blossoms and the genes that make them (Singer, Maxine, author.) Frost Library; QK653 .S565 2018

      Photosynthesis : solar energy for life (Shevela, Dmitry, 1979- author.) Frost Library; QK882 .S49488 2018

      Animal ethos : the morality of human-animal encounters in experimental lab science (Sharp, Lesley Alexandra, author.) Frost Library; QL55 .S532 2019

      Pasta for nightingales : a 17th-century handbook of bird-care and folklore (Olina, Giovanni Pietro, active 1622, author.) Frost Library; QL673 .O4313 2018

      A Field guide to the birds of Japan Archives and Special Collections; QL691.J4 F54 1985

      The secret life of the owl (Lewis-Stempel, John, author.) Frost Library; QL696.S8 L49 2017

      Panda nation : the construction and conservation of China's modern icon (Songster, E. Elena, author.) Frost Library; QL737.C27 S6394 2018

      Orca : how we came to know and love the ocean's greatest predator (Colby, Jason M. (Jason Michael), 1974-, author.) Frost Library; QL737.C432 C558 2018

      Decolonizing extinction : the work of care in orangutan rehabilitation (Parreñas, Juno Salazar, 1979- author.) Frost Library; QL737.P94 P37 2018

      Forms, souls, and embryos : Neoplatonists on human reproduction (Wilberding, James, author.) Frost Library; QL953 .W55 2017

      Atlas of human anatomy (Netter, Frank H. (Frank Henry), 1906-1991, author.) Frost Library; QM25 .N46 2018

      Heart : a history (Jauhar, Sandeep, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; QP111.4 .J38 2018

      Inventing ourselves : the secret life of the teenage brain (Blakemore, Sarah-Jayne, author.) Frost Library; QP363.5 .B57 2018

      The neuroscience of emotion : a new synthesis (Adolphs, Ralph, author.) Frost Library; QP401 .A36 2018

      I contain multitudes : the microbes within us and a grander view of life (Yong, Ed, author.) Frost Library; QR171.A1 Y66 2016

      Discovering retroviruses : beacons in the biosphere (Skalka, Anna M., author.) Frost Library; QR414.5 .S53 2018

      Coping with illness digitally (Rains, Stephen A., author.) Frost Library; R118 .R24 2018

      Hippocrates (Hippocrates.) Frost Library; R126 .H54 1923

      Mountains beyond mountains (Kidder, Tracy, author.) Frost Library; R154.F36 K53 2009

      Doctors and healers (Nathan, Tobie, author.) Frost Library; R723 .N33713 2018

      Sickness work : personal reflections of a sociologist (Nijhof, Gerhard, author.) Frost Library; R726.5 .N55 2018

      To raise up the man farthest down : Tuskegee University's advancements in human health, 1881-1987 (Chandler, Dana R. (Dana Ray), 1958- author.) Frost Library; R746.A2 C43 2018

      Dignity, justice, and the Nazi data debate : on violating the violated anew (Quinn, Carol Viola Anne, author.) Frost Library; R853.H8 Q56 2018

      The use of eyeglasses (Daza de Valdés, Benito.) Frost Library; RE951 .D393 2004 x

      Delivered by midwives : African American midwifery in the twentieth-century South (Luke, Jenny M., 1965- author.) Frost Library; RG950 .L85 2018

      Others' milk : the potential of exceptional breastfeeding (Wilson, Kristin J., 1972-, author.) Frost Library; RJ216 .W683 2018

      Cannabis in the Ancient Greek and Roman world (Sumler, Alan, author.) Frost Library; RS165.C2 S86 2018