Biology Resources

Starting Points: Comprehensive Guides, Gateways and Portals


Biology Issues and News


Guides to finding articles and more… [Some links are for MSU patrons only]

  • Agricola: (index to books and articles on all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines)
  • Annual Reviews: (index to review articles in a number of areas of science and some social sciences. Full text available from some Annual Review titles) [MSU Only]
  • BioMed Central ("an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research")
  • BioOne: (full text database of articles from a variety of journals in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences) [MSU Only]
  • EBSCO Academic: (index to articles of general academic interest. Full text of many articles available) [MSU Only]
  • Highwire Press: (index to journals in the sciences and other fields published by Stanford University Press. Many articles are available for free)
  • Ingenta: (formerly Uncover; index and table-of-contents of over 20,000 journals on a wide variety of subjects. Full text of some articles available. Other articles are available in full-text for a fee)
  • JSTOR: (archive of full-text journal articles. Contains core journals in ecology, from the first issue of the first volume to a three to five year moving wall to the last published issue)
  • Ornithological Worldwide Literature (OWL) ("citations and abstracts from the worldwide scientific literature that pertain to the science of ornithology. A major attraction is its coverage of the 'grey' literature, which are not abstracted by commercial databases such as Zoological Record or the Science Citation Index.")
  • Proquest Biology (database of full-text journals in the life sciences from 1998 to the present) [MSU Only]
  • PubMed (MedLine): (comprehensive index to biomedical journals)
  • The Quantitative Biology Archives: (preprints in biological physics, computational biology, neural science, systems biology, bioinformatics, mathematical biology, and theoretical biology)
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (citation index which provides access to current and retrospective information from over 6,650 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals across 150 disciplines) [MSU Only]
  • Science Direct: (database of more than 1,200 scientific journals published by Elsevier. Recent years of about half of the journals are available in full text) [MSU Only]
  • SpringerLink (strong journal coverage in the biomedical and life sciences, business and economics, chemistry and materials science, computer science, earth and environmental studies, law, mathematics, medicine, and physics and astronomy)


Reference Tools: Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, etc.


Biological Databases


Atlases and Images


Teaching and Learning Resources


Information Literacy in Biology


Biology Faculty Recommended Sites


Last Updated: Jan. 26, 2010

Contact Steven Shapiro for suggestions, corrections, etc.