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Primary subject databases
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BIOSIS Citation Index Life science database with citation information. View Full Description

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Secondary subject databases
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Biological Science Collection Citations and abstracts to research in biomedicine, biotechnology, zoology and ecology. View Full Description
EBSCOhost databases (all) Search all EBSCOhost databases at once. View Full Description
ProQuest databases (all) Search all ProQuest databases at once. View Full Description
Web of Science Core Collection Citation indexes for the arts & humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. View Full Description

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Tertiary subject databases
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BioOne Complete Books and journals in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. View Full Description
CAS Source Index (CASSI) Search Tool Search tool for publications indexed by CAS since 1907. View Full Description
Cochrane Library Collection of seven databases with information on the effects of intervention and prevention in health care. View Full Description
DART Citations for journal articles and conference proceedings on teratology and other aspects of developmental toxicology. View Full Description
Encyclopedia of Bioprocess Technology Up-to-date, comprehensive, searchable theories and applications ofthe biotechnology industry. View Full Description
Encyclopedia of Evolution Full-text articles on concepts and people related to evolutionary biology. View Full Description
Google Scholar Searches for articles and web resources from academic publishers and universities. View Full Description
Inspec Comprehensive access to the literature in physics, computing, engineering, and information technology. View Full Description
MEDLINE (via ProQuest) Key index for biomedical and related literature. View Full Description
NAL Catalog The National Agricultural Library (NAL) Catalog (Agricola) provides citations to agricultural literature. View Full Description
Oxford Reference: Life Sciences View Full Description
Plant Science (via ProQuest) Citations and abstracts of scientific literature on plant science. View Full Description
PubMed Free biomedical literature search tool, composed primarily of Medline but including additional information. View Full Description
Scholars Portal Books Electronic books from various publishers and coverage various subjects. View Full Description
ScienceDirect Journals and books published by Elsevier, primarily in the sciences. View Full Description
TOXNET Multidatabase search tool for information on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. View Full Description


The Encyclopedia of Life

A free web site offering resources designed for the life sciences community as well as links to current news stories, and relevant web sites
Now known as LifeSciencesWorld provides a keyword-based search engine and international links in the fields of Life Sciences and biotechnology
Kimball's Biology Pages
Maintained by a retired biology professor, designed for undergraduate biology students and upper-division students in cell and molecular biology.
A searchable site leading to information about rare and endangered species, and threatened ecosystems throughout the United States and Canada.
Science's Next Wave
A weekly online not-for-profit publication that covers scientific training, career development, the science job market, and current news items and scientific debates. Next Wave is a joint publication of Science Magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Scirus: For Scientific Information Only
Scirus is a science-specific search engine which examines over 167 million science related Web pages.


Established by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2008 to develop cyberinfrastructure for life sciences research and democratize access to U.S. supercomputing capabilities.

Botany.Com, the Encyclopedia of Plants
is intended as a site for gardeners and contains lists of common and botanical names with complete descriptions of each plant.
iPlant Collaborative
The International Plant Names Index (IPNI)
is a free "database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of all seed plants."
Internet Directory for Botany
provides an index to botanical information through direct links.
WWW Virtual Library: Plant Biology (Biosciences)
This site provides an extensive list of links to plant biology resources throughout the web.

Cell & Molecular Biology

National Library of Medicine Subject Guide on Genetics and Genomics

A directory of biology-related Web resources, with particular emphasis on DNA and protein-sequence analysis, and other molecular and cell biology tools.
Cell & Molecular Biology Online
serves as a general resource for the biological community by providing links to some of the best sites dealing with cell & molecular biology.
The Human Genome Program
The program has now been completed and this site provides links to the results.


Earth Island Institute
founded in 1982 to support individuals conducting projects designed to conserve, preserve, and restore the global environment.
National Wetlands Research Center
- this site disseminates scientific information needed for understanding the ecology and values of wetlands throughout the USA and the world. Links are provided to sites dealing with the restoration of wetland habitats, associated plants and animals.
National Wildlife Federation
"is the USA's largest member-supported conservation group, uniting individuals, organizations, businesses and government to conserve and protect wildlife, natural resources, and the Earth's environment upon which we all depend, in order to achieve a peaceful, equitable and sustainable future."


The Radar Entomology

This site deals with the use of radar to study insect movement, such as migrations and foraging patterns.


Darwin Manuscripts

Natural History

National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institute
This site contains a wealth of information about anthropology, botany, entomology, invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, mineral science and paleobiology. There is an extensive network of links to other related sites.


Bird On! Bird Dictionary
Complete text of Birdwatcher's Dictionary by Peter Weaver. Search the Dictionary.
Bird Monitoring in North America
[Patuxent -Bird Population Studies]. Detailed data and information about bird population studies from the United States and Canada.
Bird Names: A Translation Index
Search for names in nine languages including English, Latin, French, and German.
BirdSource: Birding With a Purpose
"Designed and managed by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, BirdSource is an interactive website where the enthusiasm of birders is combined with state-of-the-art technology to promote conservation and environmental learning."
Cornell University Ornithology Collection
Links to collections of ornithology resources.

A Bibliographic Data Base for North American Waterfowl and Their Wetland Habitats. Includes over 150 periodical sources.

The Fat Birder
is designed to provide links for birding enthusiasts world wide.
Hinterland Who's Who - Bird Fact Sheets
The Canadian Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Federation provide detailed information about some of the 462 species of birds found in Canada.
National Audubon Society
Includes national campaigns, bird conservation initiatives, news releases.
Ontario Field Ornithologists
Peterson online
provides useful information and illustrations for many birds as well as links to recommended web resources.
Raptor Center
Their mission is to preserve biological diversity among raptors and other avian species through medical treatment, scientific investigation, education and management of wild populations.
Shorebird Watcher
This site is useful in tracking elusive, long-distance migrants such as shorebirds which move through our area at any given time.


Animal Diversity Web

Produced by the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, provides detailed descriptions of virtually all animal species.
The Expert Center for Taxonomic Identification (ETI)

Provides access to worldwide taxonomic information.

Index to Organism Names
Maintained by the staff ot the Zoological Record - includes Taxonomy & Nomenclature Resources.
The Tree of Life
project is designed to illustrate the diversity and unity of living organisms and to link this biological information on the Internet.
Wonderful World of Insects
Has a section on insect taxonomy listed under Classification. This section includes many useful links.
World Biodiversity Database
Provides biological documentation on over 1.7 million species on an easy to navigate site.


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Bioethics Information Resources


EPA Water Resources

USDA Water Quality Information Center

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Implicit AND

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32-Word Limit

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Not case sensitive

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