Biology Databases

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Database Database Description
Agricultural & Environmental Science Database

Index of environmental sciences and agricultural literature, including content from AGRICOLA, Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management, and EIS. This index covers research material from numerous sources including scholarly journals, reports, proceedings, government publications and trade and industry journals.

Dates of coverage: 1960 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
BioOne

A collection of over 70 full-text bioscience research journals including scholarly journals and bulletins of the American Institute of Biological Sciences and similar organizations.

Dates of coverage: 1998 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
BIOSIS

Index to articles from biological and biomedical journals.

Dates of coverage: 1969 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Blackwell Science Journals/Synergy

Access to the full text of over 700 Blackwell Science journals

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: scholarly articles
Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management

Note: this database is now included in the Agricultural & Environmental Science Database. Index of environmental sciences literature, including over 6000 scientific journals and thousands of other sources such as conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications.

Dates of coverage: 1967 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Fish, Fisheries & Aquatic Biodiversity Worldwide

Index to the world literature dealing with fish and fish culture and all aspects of ichtyology and fisheries.

Dates of coverage: 1971 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Science Citation Index (Web of Science)

Multidisciplinary database that covers over 5700 significant scientific and technical journals.

Dates of coverage: 1980 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Science Direct

Index to hundreds of journals from a wide range of subject areas, including science, computer science, medicine, education, business and social science.

Dates of coverage: 1993 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Wiley Interscience Journals

Access to over 500 scientific, technical, medical, and professional journals.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: scholarly articles

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Database Database Description
Academic Search Complete

Multidisciplinary database that indexes journals from a wide range of subject areas, including literature, history, ethnic studies, computer science, engineering, physics, chemistry, and medical sciences. Includes many fulltext articles.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: scholarly articles
Agricola (Ebsco)

Index of over 3.5 million items covering all aspects of agriculture, forestry, and animal science. Includes records of books, serials, audiovisual, and other materials. 

Dates of coverage: 1970 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
American Society for Microbiology

Index of 11 journals from the American Society of Microbiology. Covers topics from molecular and cellular biology to biomedical research and technology. Full text available from 1995 to the present. 

Dates of coverage: 1992 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Annual Reviews

Fulltext access to 29 Annual Reviews journals. Topics include biomedical, physical and social sciences, such as genetics, sociology, biochemistry and computer science. 

Dates of coverage: 1984 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
ASTIS Bibliography

Index of research and publications related to Northern Canada, including geology, biology, engineering and technology, natural resources, politics, economic and social conditions, archaeology, history, art and literature.

Dates of coverage: 1978 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Birds of North America

Fulltext reference work providing scientific information about birds nesting in the United States and Canada.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: encyclopedia
GeoRef

Index to nearly 2 million articles, books and government documents about geology and earth sciences.

Dates of coverage: 1933 - present (1785 - present for North American Geology)
Content Type: scholarly articles
Pubmed (Medline)

Indexes the international biomedical literature, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities and information science as they relate to medicine and health care.

Dates of coverage: 1951 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles