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Title: Living with Darwin
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Reference materials: almanacs, encyclopedias, and other informational guides relevant to research in Biology. Please note that this is just a sampling - there are many others located in the same sections as the ones listed below.

Research Sources

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Database of EBook reference titles

EBSCO eBook Collection

Search and browse reference resources including encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, handbooks, thesauri and more.

Interdisplinary Encyclopedia of Marine Biology (3 vols.)

ref  GC  9  .I58  2003

History of Science and Technology

ref Q 125 .B945 2004 

Encyclopedia of Evolution (2 vols.)

ref  QH  360.2  .E54  2002

Encyclopedia of Biodiversity (5 vols.)

ref  QH  541.15  .B56  E53  2001

Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity

ref  QL  473  .M34  2006

Encyclopedia of Microbiology (4 vols.)

ref  QR  9  .E53  2000

The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders (2 vols.)

ref  RB  155.5  .G35  2002


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Academic Search Complete

Magazines and journals on many subjects, includes peer-reviewed and scholarly works.


A collection of biological journals. Broad topics covered are biology, ecology, and environment with more specific emphasis on systematics, botany, mammalogy, plant science, conservation biology, toxicology, agronomy, ornithology, limnology and taxonomy.

Directory of Open Access Journals
"Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals" - SEE: BIOLOGY AND LIFE SCIENCES

Environment Complete
Journals on topics including agriculture, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, urban planning, and more.

A free database that focuses on the relationship between human beings and the environment - limited full text.

Provides access to articles in the natural sciences - some free.


Index to articles published in over 5,400 journals in various disciplines.

*ISI Web of Science: Science Citation Index Expanded

This database indexes over 5,900 math and science journals, with citation cross-referencing.


Full-text articles in over 375 core academic journals with backfiles lacking only the most recent 3-5 years.

ProQuest Research Library

Information from over 1,800 newspapers and periodicals on a wide range of topics, including health, and both social and natural sciences.


A database (U.S. National Library of Medicine) that covers the biomedical literature and serves as a portal to related resources.

ScienceDirect Elsevier's scholarly journal collections w/limited full text.  Please use Interlibrary Loan services to request full-text articles.  
Scientific American Archive

This database has full-text articles, with color charts and picture, dating from 1993 to the present.


Searches for science articles, reprints, reports, etc. -- many in full text!!

SportDiscus with Full Text          
Covers the areas of: sports, physical fitness, sport science and recreation. Resources include periodicals, books, conference proceedings, dissertations and theses, research papers, etc.
FirstSearch databases include:
      BasicBIOSIS Basic information about biology and other life sciences.
Leading publications in agriculture, biology, forestry, and ecology.
Life-science information written in a non-technical style.
      EvenLine Scheduled events in medicine, biotechnology and science worldwide, current and future.
     GenSciIndex Indexes general science literature from the U.S. and Europe.

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This database covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, consumer health, health disciplines, and publications dating to 1982.

Health Source:
Nursing/Academic Edition

Provides scholarly full text journals focusing on medical disciplines.  This product offering also includes results from Stedman's Medical Dictionary.

HIV InSite 

Designed by the U of California San Francisco AIDS Research Institute as a gateway to in-depth information about particular aspects of HIV/AIDS.  

Mayo Clinic Health Oasis

An excellent consumer source of medical and health information.  Editors include physicians, scientists, writers, and educators at the Mayo Clinic.

MEDLINEplus (see also: PubMed)

Extensive information for health professionals and consumers from NIH and sources on hundreds of diseases and conditions.

NC Health Info

 Online guide to web sites of quality health and medical information and local health services throughout North Carolina.

Oncolink: U of Pennsylvania Cancer Center Resource

Provides information on the various cancers. Includes, causes, screening and prevention, clinical trials, and global resources. 

SportDiscus with Full Text
Covers the areas of: sports, physical fitness, sport science and recreation. Resources include periodicals, books, conference proceedings, dissertations and theses, research papers, etc.

Additional Web Sites


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ACToR: Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource

Free database from the EPA that compiles quantitative and qualitative information on pesticides, industrial chemicals, water contaminants, and other potentially toxic compounds.

Biomedical Information Resources

Links for molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, anatomy, and more.

Bioscience Jump Sites

Comprehensive collection of useful links for molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology, microbiology, and biochemistry.

Darwin Online

Complete collection of Darwin's works and related materials

Environmental News Network

Provides current information throughout multiple news channels such as  Health and Life Style, and Animals and Ecosystem.

Environmental Protection Agency

EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts.

Human Genome Project

A directory of human genome resources from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

Index to Organism Names

This database contains all the animal, plant, and virus names data found within the Thomson BIOSIS literature databases.

International Plant Science Center

World wide resources, collections, and expertise to develop the information needed to understand and manage plant diversity.

Internet Directory for Botany

An excellent index for finding botanical information; alphabetic and subject searching.

Internet Resource Guide for Zoology

Attractive and well-organized site, arranged by both subject and animal groups.

Nature Serve

Association of Biodiversity Information; focus on the distribution and conservation of plants and animals in North America.

Plant Pathology

Subject oriented internet resource guide for plant pathology, applied entomology, and related fields.

Virtual Library: Biosciences

Links selected by experts, organized by subject including biotechnology, botany, medicine, cell biology, and genetics.