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Databases for General Biology



The following list of databases are great places to start your research but read the descriptions of each resource!  The right database depends on the topic you have chosen.  If you aren't sure which one is best, ask your instructor or email the science librarian, Gwen Cunningham.  

  1. General Science Abstracts - This is a multidisciplinary index that includes all science fields. It has full text of articles from nearly 100 periodicals, dating as far back as 1995, graphs, charts, diagrams, photos, and illustrations and abstracting and indexing as far back as 1984 for many peer-reviewed journals.  Coverage: 1984 - present
  2. Agricola - Covers the world's agricultural literature, including plant and animal sciences, forestry, soil and water resources, and earth and environmental sciences. Records describe journal articles, book chapters, books, series, microforms, audiovisuals, maps, and other types of material. Coverage: 1970 - present
  3. ScienceDirectJournal articles and book chapters published by Elsevier from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books.  Covers physical sciences, engineering, life sciences, health sciences, social sciences and humanities.  Coverage: 1995 - present
  4. Web of ScienceMultidisciplinary information from high impact journals and conference proceedings.  Includes the Web of Science Core Collection (Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index) and Zoological Record. Coverage: 1950 - present
  5. PubMed - PubMed comprises over 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of biomedicine and health, covering portions of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering.  Coverage: 1940 - present