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.
  • 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.
Find streaming audio and video in these collections.
  • Journal of Visualized Experiments: Biology Collection (JOVE) (2006 to present)
    JoVE Biology presents videos demonstrating laboratory methods in the fields of cellular biology, developmental biology, microbiology, immunology, plant biology, medicine, and neuroscience.
  • Journal of Visualized Experiments: Neuroscience Collection (JOVE) (2006 to present)
    JoVE Neuroscience presents videos demonstrating techniques from a wide variety of fields, focusing on those intended to lend insight into the structure, function, physiology and pathophysiology of the central and peripheral nervous systems.
  • 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

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    Taking chances : the coast after Hurricane Sandy Frost Library; QH104.5.A84 T35 2016

    Catalogue of works on natural history (Bernard Quaritch (Firm).) Archives and Special Collections; QH15 .Q37 1902

    21st century genetics : genes at work (Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Quantitative Biology (80th : 2015 : Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.)) Frost Library; QH301 .C6 v.80

    Hidden nature : the startling insights of Viktor Schauberger (Bartholomew, Alick.) Frost Library; QH31.S35 B27 2003

    Cosmosapiens : human evolution from the origin of the universe (Hands, John, 1945-) Frost Library; QH325 .H347 2016

    Natural histories Frost Library; QH45 .N38 2012 x

    Complexity : the evolution of Earth's biodiversity and the future of humanity (Burger, William C.) Science Library; QH541.15.B56 B88 2016

    Difficulties overcome : scenes in the life of Alexander Wilson, the ornithologist (Brightwell, C. L. (Cecilia Lucy), 1811-1875.) Archives and Special Collections; QL31.W7 B75 1861

    Zoology of New Holland (Shaw, George, 1751-1813.) Archives and Special Collections; QL338 .S43 1998 x

    Animal kingdom : stereoscopic images of natural history (Naughten, Jim, 1969-, photographer.) Frost Library; QL46 .N38 2016 x

    Animals in black and white (Daglish, Eric Fitch, 1892-1966.) Archives and Special Collections; QL49 .D3 1928

    Schmetterlinge : ein Portrait (Grill, Andrea, 1975- author.) Frost Library; QL544 .G75 2016

    Ornithologia americana, a fine collection of books relating to the birds of America formed by Dr. Wi (Anderson Galleries, Inc.) Archives and Special Collections; QL673 .B73 1923

    The Frederic Gallatin, Jr., collection of books on ornithology (Anderson Galleries, Inc.) Archives and Special Collections; QL673 .G34 1921

    L'histoire naturelle, éclaircie dans une de ses parties principales, l'ornithologie, qui traite des (Ray, John, 1627-1705.) Archives and Special Collections; QL673 .R2814 1767 x

    Familiar wild birds (Swaysland, W. (Walter), author.) Archives and Special Collections; QL673 .S93 1883

    Birds, men and books : a literary history of ornithology (Tate, Peter, 1926-) Archives and Special Collections; QL673 .T37 1986

    A century of bird books (Tate, Peter, 1926-) Archives and Special Collections; QL673 .T38 1979

    A year with the birds (Ball, Alice Eliza, 1867-1948.) Archives and Special Collections; QL674 .B3 1916

    Charles Harper's Birds & words. (Harper, Charley, 1922-2007.) Archives and Special Collections; QL674 .H28 1974

    Histoire naturelle des oiseaux exotiques (Lemaire, C. L.) Archives and Special Collections; QL674 .L45 1836

    Traité d'ornithologie, ou, Tableau méthodique des ordres, sous-ordres, familles, tribus, genres, s (Lesson, R. P. (René Primevère), 1794-1849.) Archives and Special Collections; QL674 .L47 1831

    Cayley & son : the life and art of Neville Henry Cayley and Neville William Cayley (Olsen, Penny.) Archives and Special Collections; QL674.4 .O47 2013 x

    The most perfect thing : inside (and outside) a bird's egg (Birkhead, Tim, author.) Science Library; QL675 .B57 2016

    Camera studies of wild birds in their homes (Reed, Chester A. (Chester Albert), 1876-1912.) Archives and Special Collections; QL676 .R24 1911

    A world of watchers (Kastner, Joseph.) Archives and Special Collections; QL677.5 .K37 1986

    Bird-life : a guide to the study of our common birds (Chapman, Frank M. (Frank Michler), 1864-1945.) Archives and Special Collections; QL681 .C44 1897

    Western birds (Myers, Harriet Williams.) Archives and Special Collections; QL683 .M9 1922

    A guide to the birds of New England and eastern New York (Hoffmann, Ralph, 1870-1932.) Archives and Special Collections; QL683.N67 H64 1904

    Connecticut birds (Zeranski, Joseph.) Archives and Special Collections; QL684.C8 Z47 1990

    The birds of the West Indies (Cory, Charles B. (Charles Barney), 1857-1921, author.) Archives and Special Collections; QL688.A1 C7 1889

    Birds in Brazil : a natural history (Sick, Helmut, 1910-1991.) Archives and Special Collections; QL689.B8 S5313 1993 x

    A guide to the birds of Venezuela (Meyer de Schauensee, Rodolphe, 1901-1984.) Archives and Special Collections; QL689.V4 D47 1978

    Die Raubvögel Mitteleuropas. (Hennicke, Carl R. (Carl Richard), 1865-) Archives and Special Collections; QL690.A1 H46 1904

    The birds of northern Melanesia : speciation, ecology & biogeography (Mayr, Ernst, 1904-2005.) Archives and Special Collections; QL691.B52 M38 2001

    Systematische uebersicht der vögel Nord-Ost-Afrika's (Rüppell, Eduard, 1794-1884.) Archives and Special Collections; QL692.A424 R86 1845

    The birds of East Africa (Van Someren, Victor Gurner Logan.) Archives and Special Collections; QL692.E27 V27 1973 x

    A handbook to the birds of Egypt (Shelley, G. E. (George Ernest), 1840-1910.) Archives and Special Collections; QL692.E3 S44 1872

    The search for the rarest bird in the world (Head, Vernon R. L., 1967-, author.) Frost Library; QL692.E8 H43 2015

    The literature of Australian birds : a history and a bibliography of Australian ornithology (Whittell, H. M. (Hubert Massey), 1883-1954.) Archives and Special Collections; QL693 .W44 1954

    The avifauna of Laysan and the neighbouring islands (Rothschild, Lionel Walter Rothschild, Baron, 1868-1937.) Archives and Special Collections; QL694.H3 R6 1893 xx

    A monograph of the Turdidæ, or, Family of thrushes (Seebohm, Henry, 1832-1895.) Archives and Special Collections; QL696.P288 S42 1902 xx

    In the company of animals Archives and Special Collections; QL85 .I53 1995

    Biological psychology : an introduction to behavioral, cognitive, and clinical neuroscience (Breedlove, S. Marc.) Science Library; QP360 .B727 2013 x

    Being a beast : adventures across the species divide (Foster, Charles, 1962-, author.) Frost Library; QP431 .F67 2016

    Sex science self : a social history of estrogen, testosterone, and identity (Ostertag, Bob, 1957-, author.) Frost Library; QP572.S4 O82 2016

    Tempests, poxes, predators, and people : stress in wild animals and how they cope (Romero, L. Michael.) Science Library; QP82.2.S8 R66 2016

    Wombs with a view (Longo, Lawrence D., author.) Frost Library; R836 .L66 2016

    A history of midwifery in the United States : the midwife said fear not (Varney, Helen, author.) Frost Library; RG950 .V369 2016

    Back to the breast : natural motherhood and breastfeeding in America (Martucci, Jessica L., author.) Frost Library; RJ216 .M36 2015

    Ordinarily well : the case for antidepressants (Kramer, Peter D., author.) Frost Library; RM332 .K73 2016