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 Help

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    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

      Chromosome segregation and structure (Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Quantitative Biology (81st : 2016 : Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) author) Frost Library; QH301 .C6 v.82

      William Stimpson and the golden age of American natural history (Vasile, Ronald S., author.) Frost Library; QH31.S659 V37 2018

      The equations of life : how physics shapes evolution (Cockell, Charles, author.) Frost Library; QH360.5 .C63 2018

      Darwin's fossils : the collection that shaped the theory of evolution (Lister, Adrian, author.) Frost Library; QH366.2 .L57 2018

      The tangled tree : a radical new history of life (Quammen, David, 1948-, author.) Frost Library; QH367.5 .Q36 2018

      DNA : the story of the genetic revolution (Watson, James D., 1928-, author.) Frost Library; QH437 .W387 2017

      Biophysics : tools and techniques (Leake, Mark C., author.) Frost Library; QH505 .L352 2016

      Introduction to experimental biophysics : biological methods for physical scientists (Nadeau, Jay L., author.) Frost Library; QH505 .N247 2018

      Biophysics for beginners : a journey through the cell nucleus (Schiessel, Helmut.) Frost Library; QH505 .S25 2014

      Biographies of members of the American Ornithologists' Union Archives and Special Collections; QL26 .A54 1998

      Buzz : the nature and necessity of bees (Hanson, Thor, author.) Frost Library; QL565 .H36 2018

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

      Dialogus de avibus, et earum nominibus Graecis, Latinis, & Germanicis (Longueil, Gilbert de, 1507-1543.) Archives and Special Collections; QL677 .L66 1544

      A manual of palæarctic birds (Dresser, H. E. (Henry Eeles), 1838-1915.) Archives and Special Collections; QL679 .D7 1902

      Ornithological bibliography (Coues, Elliott, 1842-1899.) Archives and Special Collections; QL681 .C858 1878

      Contributions to the ornithology of the Philippines (Tweeddale, Arthur Hay, Marquis of, 1824-1878.) Archives and Special Collections; QL694.P5 T94 1824

      Lundi (Van Coller, Ian, photographer, artist.) Archives and Special Collections; QL696.C42 V36 2016 x

      A monograph of the birds forming the tanagrine genus Calliste (Sclater, Philip Lutley, 1829-1913.) Archives and Special Collections; QL696.P282 S34 1857

      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

      Germline development. (Symposium on Germline Development (1993 : London, England)) Frost Library; QL964 .G45 1994

      It's only blood : shattering the taboo of menstruation (Dahlqvist, Anna, 1975- author.) Frost Library; QP263 .D335 2018

      Patients, power, and the poor in eighteenth-century Bristol (Fissell, Mary Elizabeth.) Frost Library; R488.B78 F57 2002

      Capturing quicksilver : the position, power, and plasticity of Chinese medicine in Singapore (Smith, Arielle A., author.) Frost Library; R611.S56 S65 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

      Cesarean section : an American history of risk, technology, and consequence (Wolf, Jacqueline H., author.) Frost Library; RG761 .W65 2018

      The everyday Ayurveda cookbook : a seasonal guide to eating and living well (O'Donnell, Kate (Ayurvedic practitioner) author.) Frost Library; RM236 .O34 2015

      Trip : psychedelics, alienation, and change (Lin, Tao, 1983-, author.) Frost Library; RM315 .L56 2018

      How to change your mind (Pollan, Michael, author.) Frost Library; RM324.8 .P65 2018