Library

Biology Resources

The purpose of this guide is to lead the beginning researcher to the most important and useful sources in the Reference Collection and online for the study of biology.  The list of sources is not exhaustive; please consult with a Reference Librarian for additional suggestions. 

General Sources              Cellular & Molecular Biology            Environmental Biology           Human Biology

Organismal Biology          Biography   

 General Sources

BOOKS

The New York Public Library Science Desk Reference
(1995) by Patricia Barnes-Svarney, ed.  Call no. REF 500 Barnes-Svarney.

Scientific American Science Desk Reference (1999) by John Rennie, ed.  Call no.  REF 500 Scientific.

Scientific Words:  Their Structure and Meaning 1960) by W.E. Flood.  Call no. REF 501.4 FL.

Cellular & Molecular Biology

Dictionaries

Dictionary of Microscopy by Julian P. Heath (2005) Call no.  REF 502.8203.

Longman Dictionary of Scientific Usage (1979) Call no. R 503 Longman.

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms (1994) Sybil P. Parker, ed.  Call no. REF 503 McGraw-Hill.

Oxford Dictionary of Biology (2008) REF 270.3 Dictionary.

Ultimate Visual Dictionary of Science (1998) by Lara Maiklem, ed.  Call no. REF 503 Ultimate.

Encyclopedias

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Life Sciences by Adrian Friday and David S. Ingram (1970) Call no. R 574 CAM.

Concise Encyclopedia Biology by Peter M.B. Walker, ed.  (1990) REF 574.03 CHA.

Encyclopedia of Science Technology and Ethics by Carl Mitcham, ed. (2005)  Call no. REF 503 Encyclopedia.

Facts on File Encyclopedia of Science by Sharon Brimblecombe et al, eds.  (1999) Call no. REF 503 Facts.

Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia by Glenn D. Considine, ed. (2002)  Call no. REF 503 Van Nostrand's.

Handbooks

Science Handbook for Students, Writers and Science Buffs by Gordon J. Coleman and David DeWar (1997).  Call no. R 500 Coleman.

Websites

BioChemWeb.org:  Virtual Library of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology
http://www.biochemweb.org/general.shtml
This gateway site provides resources in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology and related fields.  It is indexed by subject with annotated links.  While many of the resources listed on these pages are for scientists or advanced students, there are also resources labeled as "Beginner's Level", which require little or no background.  This site is maintained b y Gabriel Fenteany, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, University of Illnois at Chicago.  You can search using keywords, or browse by subject or type of resource.

Biology Project   http://www.biology.arizona.edu/default.html
This interactive online resource for learning biology was developed at the University of Arizona.  It has been designed for biology students at the college level, but it is useful for high school students, medical students, physicians, science writers and others.  The subjects covered include biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, Mendelian genetics, human biology, molecular biology and vocabulary.  Each subject has problem sets based on multiple-choice questions. 

CELLS alive!   http://www.cellsalive.com/
CELLS alive provides a visual, interactive tour of cells, bacteria, viruses and their interaction.  It includes movies of living cells, cell models, mitosis, cell cycle, movement of substances across cell membranes, etc.  To search for a specific topic, just click on the first letter of the alphabetized index, or scroll through it.

Environmental Biology

Books

An Annotated Bibliography of Geothermal Information Published or Authored by Staff of the California Division of Mines and Geology 1960-1984 by Leslie G. Youngs (1985) Call no.  REF 551.23 YOU.

A Glossary of Ocean Science and Undersea Technology Terms by Lee M. Hunt and Donald G. Groves (1965) Call no. REF 551.46 HU.

Glossary of Weather and Climate by Ira W. Geer, ed.  (1996) Call no. R551.6 Glossary.

Oceans:  An Illustrated Reference by Dorrik Stow (2005)  Call no.  REF 551.46 STOW.

Oxford Companion to the Earth by Paul L. Hancock and Brian J. Skinner, eds. (2000) Call no. REF 550.3 Oxford.

Smithsonian Meteorological Tables by Robert J. List (1966) Call no. REF 551.5083 SM.

Volcanoes of North America United States and Canada by Charles Arthur Wood (1990) Call no.  REF 551.2 Volcanoes.

World Climatic Data by Frederick L. Wernstedt (1972) Call no. REF 551.5 WE.

Atlases

The Oceans Atlas by Anita Ganeri (1994) Call no.  R551.46 Ganeri.

Dictionaries

Challinor's Dictionary of Geology by Antony Wyatt, ed. (1986). Call no. REF 550.321 CHA.

Dictionary of Geological Terms by Robert L. Bates and Julia A. Jackson, eds. (1984)Call no. REF 550.321 DIC.

Ocean and Marine Dictionary by David F. Tver (1979) Call no.  REF 551.46 TVER.

Oxford Dictionary of Earth Sciences by Michael Allaby (2008)  Call no. REF 550.3 Dictionary.

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Climatology by John E. Oliver and Rhodes W. Fairbridge (1987) Call no. REF 551.503 ENC.

Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes by David Ritchie and Alexander E. Gates PhD., eds. (2001) Call no. REF 551.203 Ritchie.

Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change by S. George Philander, ed. v 1-3 (2008) Call no.  REF 363.7387.

Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate by Michael Allaby (2002)  Call no. REF 551.603 Allaby.

MacMillan Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences by E. Julius Dasch, ed. (1996) Call no. REF 550.3 Macmillan.

Pollution A-Z  by Richard M. Stapleton, ed. (2004) Call no. REF 363.7303 Pollution.

The Water Encyclopedia
by Frits van der Leeden et al (1990) Call no. REF 553.7 VAN.

Handbooks

The Weather Handbook by McKinley Conway and Linda L. Liston, ed. (1990) Call no. REF 551.6 Weather.

NVC Online Databases

GreenFILE  This database focuses on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond.

Research Journals on the Internet

Agricola 
http://agricola.nal.usda.gov/
"The National Agricultural Library is one of four national libraries of the United States. It houses one of the world's largest and most accessible agricultural information collections and serves as the nexus for a national network of state land-grant and U.S. Department of Agriculture Field Libraries." 

BioOne  http://www.bioone.org/
BioOne is a collection of the full texts of various research journals focused on the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences.

Electronic Ecology Journals  http://www2.lib.udel.edu/subj/agr/ejrnls/ecology.htm
The University of Delaware has created a marvelous subject guide for Electronic Journals for Ecology.

Google Scholar  http://scholar.google.com/
Provides a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts and articles.  Check out the "Advanced Search Option" and select the "Biology, Life Sciences and Environmental Science" option.
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     What is Impact Factor?

  "The impact factor, often abbreviated IF, is a measure reflecting the average number of citations to articles published in science and social science journals.  It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field, with journals with higher impact factors deemed to be more important than those with lower ones.  The impact factor was devised by Eugene Garfield, the founder of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), now part of Thomson Reuters.  Impact factors are calculated yearly for those journals that are indexed in Thomson Reuter's Journal Citation Reports" (Wikipedia, 2009).
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High Impact Environmental Science Journals
The following is a list of a few high impact environmental science journals:

Conservation Biology  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1523-1739
"Conservation Biology is the most influential and frequently cited journal in its field. The journal publishes groundbreaking papers and is instrumental in defining the key issues contributing to the science and practice of conserving Earth's biological diversity.  It is published by the Society of Conservation Biology."

Environmental Health Perspectives  http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/docs/suparch.html
Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) is a monthly journal of peer-reviewed research and news on the impact of the environment on human health. EHP is published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and its content is free online. Print issues are available by paid subscription."

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment    http://www.frontiersinecology.org/issues.php
This journal consists of peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of ecology, the environment, and related disciplines.

Global Change Biology http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.2011.17.issue-3/issuetoc
GCB exists to promote understanding of the interface between all aspects of current environmental change and biological systems.

Global Environmental Change   http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/30425/description#description
This is an international, interdisciplinary journal spanning the social and natural sciences.

Websites

EarthTrends   http://earthtrends.wri.org/
A portal for environmental information worldwide.

Ecology WWW Page    http://pbil.univ-lyon1.fr/Ecology/Ecology-WWW.html
The Ecology WWW Page is an extensive database of ecology sites on the Internet.  It is an excellent resource for teachers, students, and researchers.

Science.gov   http://www.science.gov/
Science.gov is a gateway to government science information and research results.  Search over 40 scientific databases and 200 million pages of science information with just one query.

Organizations and Associations

California Department of Fish and Game  http://www.dfg.ca.gov/

Environmental Protection Agency  http://www.epa.gov/

International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources   http://www.iucn.org/

State of California Department of Conservation  http://www.conservation.ca.gov/Index/Pages/Index.aspx

United States Geological Survey   http://www.usgs.gov/


 

Human Biology

See Anatomy and Physiology

 

 

Organismal Biology

Almanacs

Raptors:  The Birds of Prey:  An Almanac of Hawks, Eagles and Falcons of the World.  Scott Weidensaul (1996)  Call no. R598.91 Weidensaul.

The Shark Almanac:  A Fully Illustrated Natural History of Sharks, Skates and Rays.  Thomas B. Allen.  Call no.  REF 597.3 Allen.

Atlases

World Atlas of Great Apes and their Conservation.  Julian Caldecott and Lera Miles, eds.  (2005)  Call no. REF 599.88 World.

Books

Bird's Eggs:  A Visual Guide to the Eggs of over 500 Brid Species from Around the World.  Michael Walters (1994).
Call no.  R 598.233 Walters.

Butterfly Book.  W. J. Holland.  (1944).  Call no:  REF 595.789 HO.

Butterfies and Moths.  Norman Riley, editor (1970).  Call no. R595.78 Warner.

Butterfies of the World.  Valerio Sbordoni and Saverio Forestiero (1984).  Call no. R595.789 SBO.

Lives of North American Birds.  Kenn Kaufman (1996).  Call no.  REF 598.097 Kaufman.

Living Snakes of the World in Color.  John M. Mehrtens (1987).  Call no.  REF 597.96 Meh.

North American Mammals:  A Photographic Album for Artists and Designers.  James Spero (1978).  Call no.  R 599.0022 NORTH.

The Shell:  Five Hundred Million Years of Inspired Design.  Hugh and Marguerite Stix and R. Tucker Abbott (1968)
Call no.  REF 594 St. 

The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals.  Don E. Wilson and Sue Ruff, eds.  (1999)  Call no. REF 599.097 Smithsonian.

World List of Mammalian Species.  Gorden B. Corbet and J.E. Hill (1980).  Call no. R599.0012 Corbet. 

Dictionaries

A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics.  Roger Lincoln et. al (1998)  Call no. REF 570.3 Lincoln.

Dictionary of Birds in Color by Bruce Campbell (1974).  Call no.  REF 598.2 Campbell.

Fishes of the World:  An Illustrated Dictionary.  Alwayne Wheeler (1975).  Call no.  REF 597 Wheeler.

Encyclopedias

Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds.  Jon K. Terres  (1980)  Call no. 598.297 TERRES.

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Ornithology.  Michael Brooke and Tim Birkhead, eds.  (1991)  Call no.  REF 598 Cambridge.

Encyclopedia of Aquatic Life.  Dr. Keith Banister and Dr. Andrew Campbell, eds.  (1986)  Call no.  REF 591.92 ENC.

Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior.  Marc Bekoff, ed. (2004) Call no.  REF 591.503 Encyclopedia v1-3.

Encyclopedia of Birds.  Dr. Christopher M. Perrins and Dr. Alex L.A. Middleton (1985).  Call no.  REF 598 Encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of Butterflies.  John Feltwell (1993).  Call no. REF 595.789 Feltwell.

Encyclopedia of Endangered Species.  Mary Emanoil, editor (1994)  Call no.  REF 574.529 Encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of Evolution.  Mark Pagel, editor (2003) v1-2.  Call no.  REF 576.803 Encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of Evolution:  Humanity's Search for Its Origins.  Richard Milner (1990)  Call no.  R573.203 MIL.

Encyclopedia of Human Evolution and Prehistory.  Eric Delson, Ian Tattersall, John A. Couvering and Alison S. Brooks, eds.  (2000)  Call no. REF 599.938 Encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of Mammals.  Professor David MacDonald, ed.  (2000) Call no. REF 599.03 Encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians.  Dr. Tim Halliday and Dr. Kraig Adler  (1986)  Call no.  R 597.6 HAL.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia.  Dr. Bernhard Grzimek, ed. (1974) v1-9.  Call no.  REF 591 Grzimek.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, Second Edition.  Michael Hutchins, series editor (2004) v1-17.  Call no.: REF 598 Grzimek.

Grzimerk's Encyclopedia Mammals v1-5.  (1990)  Call no.  REF 599 GRZ.

Intertidal Invertebrates of California.  Robert H. Morris et al. (1981) Call no.  REF 592 Morris.

New Encyclopedia of Snakes.  Chris Mattison  (2007)  Call no.  REF 597.96 Mattison.

Poisonous and Venmous Marine Animals of the World.  Bruce W. Halstead, M.D. (1965) v1-3.  Call no.  REF 591.6 Ha.

Field Guides

A Field Guide to the Birds East of the Rockies.  Roger Torry Peterson (1980)  Call no.  R598.297 Peterson.

The Birder's Handbook:  A Field Guide to the Natural History of North American Birds.  Paul R. Ehrlich, Davis S. Dobkin and Darryl Wheye (1988)  Call no. REF 598.297 EHR.

The Butterfies of North America:  A Natural History and Field Guide.  James A. Scott (1986)  Call no.  REF 595.78 SCO.

Where the Birds Are:  A Guide to All 50 States and Canada.  John Oliver Jones (1990)  Call no. 598.0723473 Jon.

Seabirds:  An Identification Guide.  Peter Harrison (1983)  Call no. REF 598.2924 HAR.

Stokes Field Guide to Birds, Western Region (1996) Call no.  REF 598.2978 Stokes.

Handbooks and Manuals

American Insects:  A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico.  Ross H. Arnett, Ph.D.  (1985) Call no. R595.7097 ARN.

Bugs of the World.  George C. McGavin (1993)  Call no.: R595.754 McGavin.

Handbook of Snakes.  Albert Hazen Wright and Anna Allen Wright (1957) Call no.  REF 598.12 WR.

The Light and Smith Manual Intertidal Invertebrates from Central California to Oregon.  James T. Carlton, ed. (2008)  Call no.:  REF 592.177 Light.

The Sierra Club Handbook of Seals and Sirenians.  Randall R. Reeves, Brent S. Steward and Stephen Leatherwood (1992)  Call no. REF 599.745 Reeves.

Websites

Animal Diversity Web:  Class Aves
 
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Aves.html
This site, by the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, functions like a natural history encyclopedia by offering information about the structure and classification of birds, basic concepts of ecology and evolutionary biology.  Brief reports are provided on dozens of birds.  The information provided includes:  diversity, habitat, systematic and taxonomic history, physical description, development, reproduction, behavior, etc. 

AmphibiaWeb
http://amphibiaweb.org/index.html
This online database provides conservation, and taxonomy information for every recognized species of amphibian in the world. 

Animal Info:  Information on Endangered Mammels
http://www.animalinfo.org/
This site offers a searchable listing of endangered mammals worldwide.  Species are also indexed by common and scientific name, group and country.  Each entry includes a species profile, status and trends, biological and ecological data, and references.  The site also includes links to related organizations, web sites and publications.

BirdNet 
http://www.nmnh.si.edu/BIRDNET/index.html
BirdNet is a gateway of ornithological information provided by the Ornithological Council, which is comprised of ten North American professional ornithological societies.

Encyclopedia of Life   http://www.eol.org
"Encyclopedia of Life is a global partnership between the scientific community and the general public.  The goal is to make freely available to anyone knowledge about all the world's organisms.  Expert curators ensure the quality of the core collection by authenticating materials submitted by diverse projects and individual contributors."

FishBase  http://www.fishbase.org/search.php
This database covers nearly all fish species known (over 31,000). The search form offers multiple search and browse options including searching by scientific or common name; by country or by author's name (for reference). 

NetVet
http://netvet.wustl.edu/fish.htm
NetVet: Fish provides an extensive collection of  resources of scientific and educational value.  

Biography

Books 

Dictionaries

Dictionary of Scientific Biography by Charles Coulston Gillispie, ed.  REF 509.2 Dictionary.

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