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Department of Biology
Departmental Research Guide

This research guide relays some basic information on library and information resources pertaining to the concerns of this department, as provided by University Libraries and/or sites on the World Wide Web.

1. LC Call Nos.     2. Find Articles     3. Ref Collection     4. Bio Faculty     5. Prof. Societies     6. Websites

1. To Shelf-Browse for Books (using main Library of Congress Subject Divisions)

Books on subjects associated with this field are shelved under the call number ranges listed below. Use TOPCAT to search for specific items in the collection, or more narrowly-defined subjects.

Environmental Sciences: GE ------- Biochemistry: QD415-QD436 ------- Paleobiology: QE760.8-QE996.5 ------- Natural History: QH1-QH278.5 ------- Biology Miscellaneous (Evolution, Genetics, Reproduction, Ecology, Cytology, etc.): QH301-QH705.5 ------- Botany: QK ------- Zoology: QL ------- Human Anatomy: QM ------- Physiology: QP ------- Microbiology: QR ------- Natural Resources Conservation: S900-S954 ------- Environmental Technology: TD ------- Biotechnology: TP248.13-TP248.65 ------- various bibliographic subjects (Z)

2a. To Find Journal and Magazine Articles (using indexing/abstracting/full-text services)

The following services are recommended for courses for first-year students and nonmajors:

2b. To Find Journal and Magazine Articles (using indexing/abstracting/full-text services)

The following services are recommended for use by advanced students and researchers:

  • HighWire  
    Contains free full text for 362 journals in the life sciences, along with indexing and abstracting for all journals in MEDLINE. Articles that are not free are available for purchase with a credit card. The database contains cited references (with free links to the full text of many of the articles), along with citation analysis of journals on HighWire.
  • BioOne  
    A collection of over 150 bioscience journals containing a "moving wall" of the most recent five years of articles in full text.
  • SpringerLink journals
    Access to about 1000 Springer journals with full content back to about 1997.
  • Web of Science  
    A state of the art abstracting tool covering more than 11,000 scholarly journals in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, with links to full text as available.
  • Science (Magazine) Online (AAAS)  
  • Nature Online (Nature Publishing)  
  • JSTOR  
    Provides the full text/full image web access of the complete archival collections of over 150 scholarly journals in ecology and botany, up to the most recent three to five years.
  • MEDLINE / PubMed
    This database provides abstracting of the primary research literature in medicine.
  • ASABE Online Technical Library  
    ASABE Technical Library contains the full text of conference proceedings, meeting papers, journals, standards, and technical papers of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (PDF and HTML). Some books and textbooks are also available (each chapter is a separate PDF).
  • GreenFile (EBSCOhost)  
    This EBSCOhost-based database covers literature on man's impact on the environment.
  • Annual Reviews Online
    series: Full-text of state-of-the-art essay reviews for major subjects within the biological sciences.
  • ACS Web  
    The American Chemical Society "is the leading publisher of peer-reviewed research journals in the chemical and related sciences, serving scientific communities worldwide through an unparalleled commitment to quality, reliability, and innovation."
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)  
    "This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals" (across all subject areas, and in multiple languages).
  • Index to American Botanical Literature
    (N.Y. Botanical Garden).
  • Google Scholar  
    As described above.
  • IngentaConnect  
    A free online database indexing some 28000 journals and magazines from the 1980s onward. Offers for-pay text deliveries.
  • Biological Abstracts
    A state-of-the-art paper abstracting service (we own the 1926-1994 volumes only). Located on the ninth floor of Cravens, QH301 .B37.
  • Taxonomic Literature
    Provides bibliographic treatment of the historical literature of and on botany. Located in Reference, QK96 .R42x (ref.per.ind.).

Special Resources


3. Monographic and Other Reference Materials in the Helm Library and Kentucky Building

The following are recommended for use:

  • handbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, etc.: available in Helm Reference, mainly in the GFQHQKQL, QMQP, and QR parts of the collection. 
  • 18-20th century printed works in the Kentucky Building relating to botany (including original works by Linnaeus and John James Audubon), biology and medicine.

4. Department of Biology Faculty


5. Related Professional Societies (for professional news, careers/jobs, memberships, etc.)


6. Web Sites Recommended by Department of Biology Faculty

General       Natural History       Botany       Zoology
Suborganismal Biology       Genetics       Biotechnology

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