Biology

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Use one interface to search for your topic in multiple research databases and eBook collections.

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Bioline International is a pioneer in the provision of open access to peer-reviewed bioscience journals published in developing countries. These journals contain timely research on public health, international development, tropical medicine, food and nutritional security, and biodiversity.

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This interdisciplinary database offers abstracts and citations to research in biomedicine, biotechnology, zoology and ecology, and aspects of agriculture and veterinary science. Biological Sciences is a collection of over 25 databases including Ecology Abstracts, Neurosciences Abstracts, Plant Science, and TOXLINE.

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MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database of citations and abstracts for the disciplines of biomedicine and health, encompassing the areas of life, behavioral, and chemical sciences, and bioengineering needed by health professionals engaged in basic research and clinical care, public health, or health policy development.

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ScienceDirect is a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books. Coverage goes as far back as 1823. Content areas include Physical Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

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A comprehensive database covering articles from over 19,000 peer-reviewed titles from more than 5,000 international publishers (including over 1800 open access journals). Records cover 1966 to the present from all scientific, technical, medical, and social science fields (and some arts and humanities). Scopus has an excellent, intuitive interface that allows users to fine-tune their searches; features include author searches, cited reference searches, and alert tools.

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Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,600 full-text periodicals, including nearly 7,500 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full-text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals.

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The premier full-text resource for coverage of the research and development spectrum of the applied sciences and computing disciplines, containing full-text for more than 1,400 journals with coverage dating back to 1913.

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General Science Full Text provides indexing of nearly 300 journals, many of them peer-reviewed. Full-text access is available for nearly 100 periodicals as far back as 1995. Periodical coverage includes popular science magazines as well as professional journals. General Science Full Text also covers The New York Times Science Section and a full range of topics, including astronomy, atmospheric science, biology, botany, chemistry, conservation, earth science, environment, food & nutrition, genetics, health & medicine, mathematics, microbiology, oceanography, physics, physiology and zoology.

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JSTOR offers full-text access to archival scholarly journals. It offers both multidisciplinary and discipline-specific collections, covering such topics as Art, Business, Language & Literature, Mathematics, Music, Ecology, & Botany. JSTOR includes journal content, primary sources, images, and more across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is approximately a 1-5 year gap between the most recently published journal issue and the content available in the database.

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The NAL (National Agricultural Library) Catalog, AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) provides citations to agricultural literature. Coverage includes agriculture and allied fields, including, animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences.

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Around 60,000 historical scientific papers are accessible via a fully searchable online archive, with papers published more than 70 years ago now becoming freely available. 

The Royal Society is the world’s oldest scientific publisher, with the first edition of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society appearing in 1665. Treasures in the archive include Isaac Newton’s first published scientific paper, geological work by a young Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Franklin’s celebrated account of his electrical kite experiment.

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SpringerLink is Springer's online full-text archive for journals and books. SpringerLink currently offers over 1,250 fully peer-reviewed journals and a growing roster of book series, comprising more than 3,000 books online.

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Wiley Online Library hosts a collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It delivers access to over 4 million articles from 1500 journals, as well as over 9000 books, and hundreds of reference works, laboratory protocols and databases. Users can search, and can also browse by publication title and subject heading.

Journals

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A tool for identifying which Brooklyn College-owned journals are available in electronic format.

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The American Physiological Society (APS) publishes 13 scholarly journals covering the entire spectrum of physiology as well as the Society's newsletter. The APS Journal Legacy Content is an online package of over 100 years of historical scientific research from 13 APS journals, including the first American Journal of Physiology, published in 1898. Legacy content is available for a fee or for free to APS members.

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ASM publishes primary research titles: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, Eukaryotic Cell, Infection and Immunity, Journal of Bacteriology, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Journal of Virology, Molecular and Cellular Biology. ASM also produces two review journals—Clinical Microbiology Reviews and Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews. ASM also recently launched mBio, an open-access online journal.

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BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher of 256 peer-reviewed open access journals. The portfolio of journals spans all areas of biology, biomedicine and medicine and includes broad interest titles, such as BMC Biology and BMC Medicine alongside specialist journals, such as Retrovirology and Molecular Autism.

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Open Science Directory is a tool for finding open access journals in science, medicine, and agriculture (among other fields). There are over 13,000 scientific journals on the OSD, the most important collections being Directory of Open Access Journals, BioMed Central, HighWire Press, and PubMed Central. Users can browse/search by journal title, subject, and keyword. Access to each journal's website is provided through the Open Science Directory.

Encyclopedias

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This work includes 250 entries that examine biotechnology and related subjects in the context of science, government, politics, culture and society, the environment and more; it also covers historical, political and ethical debates and issues. Cross-curricular in nature, it can be used by researchers and students in classes in science, environmental science, history, government and the social sciences.

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The science of biodiversity is an interdisciplinary field spanning areas of both physical and life sciences. Major themes of the work include the evolution of biodiversity, systems for classifying and defining biodiversity, ecological patterns and theories of biodiversity, and an assessment of contemporary patterns and trends in biodiversity. This 7-volume set is available in the Reference Stacks on the first floor of the library, call number QH541.15 .B56 E53 2013.

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The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a free, online collaborative encyclopedia intended to document all of the living species known to science.  It aims to build one infinitely-expandable page for each species, including video, sound, images, graphics, plus text.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library delivers a wealth of eBook reference content in a database format, including multi-volume encyclopedias, biographical collections, business plan handbooks, company history compilations, consumer health references, and specialized reference sources on a variety of subjects.
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For decades researchers have turned to Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia for concise accounts of thousands of species, including information on evolution and systematics, physical characteristics, distribution, habitat, behavior, feeding ecology and diet, reproductive biology, conservation status and significance to humans.

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This Salem Press encyclopedic guide provides general readers with an authoritative reference source that helps bridge the gap between medical encyclopedias for professionals and popular self-help guides. This resource covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy and biology. Available as an online electronic resource (eBook) or in print in the reference stacks on the 1st floor of the library under call number RC41 .M34 2011.

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The Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online database and encyclopedia of animal natural history, built through contributions from students, photographers, and many others. It is a rich and flexible resource designed both as an encyclopedia for exploring biodiversity and for use in formal, inquiry-based education.

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The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global biodiversity commons. The BHL has digitized millions of pages of taxonomic literature, representing tens of thousands of titles and over 100,000 volumes.

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Darwin's complete publications, many handwritten manuscripts and the largest Darwin bibliography and manuscript catalogue ever published. There are also over 200 ancillary texts, from reference works, reviews, obituaries, biographies and more. Darwin Online is the most widely consulted edition of the writings of Darwin ever published.

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Contains authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world. It is an easily accessible database with reliable information on species names and their hierarchical classification.
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Salem Health is the online component to the Magill's Medical Guide eBook and print encyclopedia. This resource covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy and biology. Salem Health offers libraries a user-friendly interface that provides all the content of the printed resource. Along with the complete 1,178 articles, 700+ sidebars, hundreds of photographs, illustrations, indexes, appendixes, and directories, users get terrific online tools to enhance the value of Magill's Medical Guide.

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The eminent 19th century British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace now has his own Web site. Wallace Online provides free searchable access to all 28,000 pages of his writings and other historical documents and to 22,000 images. Wallace and Charles Darwin were contemporaries who independently formulated the theory of evolution by natural selection.

Government Resources

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The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) was originally established in 1989. Its mission is to head the Human Genome Project for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Covers research, social issues, new developments, glossary and other resources.

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense?" In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.
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Science.gov is a gateway to government science information and research results, providing access to over 60 scientific databases, and 2,200 scientific websites. The site includes technical reports, journal citations, databases, federal websites, fact sheets, and an image search. Users can access information on topics such as Agriculture & Food; Astronomy & Space; Earth & Ocean Sciences; Health & Medicine; Physics & Chemistry; and Science Education.

Image Resources

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The Botanical Society of America provides educational images for instructional use. Currently they offer 15 topics plus covers to the American Journal of Botany.
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An online medical image library that contains over 50,000 high-quality, presentation-ready medical images. Detailed references accompany each image. Search options include browsing by subject/specialty or source and limiting by image type (black & white, color, line art, video, table).

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Digital Library is a searchable collection of selected images, historical artifacts, audio clips, publications, and video, most of which are in the public domain. Those not in the public domain are intended for personal, private use.
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The Visible Human Project® is the creation of complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies.

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