All Items by Source Type

Atlases & Maps

A to Z Maps Restricted Resource Resource contains images
High quality, printable maps of all types including topographical, climate, historical, political, and thematic.

Background & Context Sources

Animal Diversity Web Resource contains images Resource contains audio
Animal natural history, distribution, classification and conservation biology database, from Univ Michigan Museum of Zoology.
Biodiversity Heritage Library Some full text available Resource contains images
Consortium of natural history and botanical libraries offering open access to biodiversity literature. 
Birds of North America Online Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains audio
Provides detailed scientific information for the 716 species of birds nesting in the USA and Canada.
BrainWeb & Brain Information
Gateway to carefully researched information about the brain, produced by the Dana Foundation. 
Darwin Correspondence Project Some full text available
Read and search more than 7,000 of Charles Darwin's letters. 
Darwin Online Some full text available Resource contains images
Charles Darwin's complete publications, private papers, manuscripts and more.
Encyclopedia of Life Some full text available Resource contains images
 Scientifically accurate information on living organisms, drawing on multiple sources for taxonomic and systematic data.
Great Lakes Information Network Some full text available
A multimedia digital collection with information about the Great Lakes through St. Lawrence region of North America. 
Mammal Species of the World Some full text available Resource contains images
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History hosts this database of mammalian taxonomy. Verify recognized scientific names and conduct taxonomic research.
NCBI Taxonomy Browser
A curated classification and nomenclature for all of the organisms in the public sequence databases. 
Science Online (via Facts on File) Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
Indepth introductory articles in all scientific disciplines. Includes definitions, biographies, news articles, timelines, and experiments & activities.  Articles are selected from a diverse collection of Facts on File encyclopedias and other reference sources.

Tree of Life Resource contains images
A collaborative web project that provides information about biodiversity as well as the characteristics and evolutionary history of different groups of organisms. 
USGS Ecosystems Resource contains images
Environmental information about the U.S.
World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)
Provides an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including taxa.

Chemical & Physical Properties Data

BRENDA Resource contains images
The Comprehensive Enzyme Information System.
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics Restricted Resource Some full text available
CRCnetBase; online version of the 2011-12 edition of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.  Includes structure and properties search. 
Nucleic Acid Database
Three-dimensional structural information about nucleic acids.  Rutgers Univ.
Protein DataBank Some full text available Resource contains images
Information about structures of proteins, nucleic acids, and complex assemblies.

Continuing Education & Careers

GradSchools.com
Search for graduate programs by subject, program type, or location. Includes information about applying for graduate school and financial aid.
iBioSeminars Resource contains video
Free online biology lectures and seminars.
NSF-REU
Research opportunities for undergraduates in the sciences, funded by the National Science Foundation.
PhDs.org
Includes graduate school rankings and search. 
U.S. News Grad School Rankings
Search yearly graduate school rankings by discipline.

Data

Index to Organism Names Some full text available
Scientific names of plants, animals, bacteria, viruses, and protozoa, as found in Zoological Record and BIOSIS Previews.

Databases

AgEcon Some full text available
Research in agricultural and applied econonomics.
 
AgNIC : Agriculture Network Information Center Some full text available
AgNIC is a partnership of institutions and organizations and offers access to agricultural infomation and sources.
Agricola Restricted Resource
Journals, monographs, theses, patents, software, audio-visual materials, and technical reports; all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, from National Agricultural Library.

Dates of Coverage: 1970 - Present

Annual Reviews Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Non-profit publisher of syntheses of the latest developments in 39 fields of science and social sciences. Excellent database of in-depth, secondary sources.
Avibase - The World Bird Database
Includes distribution information, taxonomy, and maps.
 
BIOSIS Previews (via Web of Science) Restricted Resource
Indexes worldwide biological and medical literature.  Includes Biological Abstracts.  Dates of coverage: 1969 to present.
Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics, Digital Animal Sounds Resource contains audio
More than 30,000 digitized recordings of over 1000 species of animals from the Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics at The Ohio State University.

Ensembl Some full text available
Genome databases for vertebrates and other eukaryotic species. 
Entrez, The Life Sciences Search Engine Some full text available
A cross-database search engine from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). 
GenBank Some full text available
The NIH genetic sequence database. 
Index to American Botanical Literature
Includes botanical literature appearing since late 1995.
Invertebrates Collection Database Some full text available
The online database of The Field Museum's collection of mollusks.
note: Requires free registration
Jena Library of Biological Macromolecules Resource contains images
JenaLib provides information on three-dimensional biopolymer structures.
MEDLINE (PubMed version)
The most comprehensive journal article index for medicine and health. Search it plus dozens of specialized databases for genomics, proteins, neucleotides, etc., plus National Library of Medicine catalog.

Dates of Coverage: 1950-present
National Agricultural Library Digital Collections Some full text available Resource contains images
Historical publications, news, USDA research, scholarly journal articles.
Plant Facts Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
Includes agricultural extension fact sheets, research and teaching information, a database of plant images, and gardening videos.
PLANTS Database Resource contains images
Standardized information about vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S., from the US Dept of Agriculture.
PubMed
MEDLINE (24 million citations in biomedical literature) plus 40+ specialized databases for biochemistry, proteins, genomics, neucleotides, the National Library of Medicine catalog, and more.
PubMed Central Some full text available
Archive of open access biomedical and life sciences journals. 
Reproductive Physiology Animations Resource contains video Resource contains audio
A collection of learning modules on human reproduction from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The modules have animation, and some have sound.
Searchable Ornithological Research Archive (SORA) Some full text available
SORA is an open access archive of electronic journals about birds.
Tropicos Some full text available Resource contains images
Contains searchable records of over 1.2 million plant names, over 4 million specimens and over 50,000 plant images. 
Web of Science Restricted Resource
Scholarly literature in the sciences, health and medince, social sciences, arts, and humanities and proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions.  Includes cited reference searching.

Dates of coverage: 1965 to present.
 

Dictionaries & Thesauri

Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Some full text available Resource contains images
Very brief definitions.  2nd edition, 2006.  Oxford University Press.
Oxford Reference: Biological Sciences Restricted Resource Some full text available
Includes ten dictionaries, one encyclopedia, and two Oxford Companions in the areas of biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, ecology, psychology, zoology, etc.
Oxford Reference: Science and Technology Restricted Resource Some full text available
Dictionaries and Encylopedias on Science and Technology from Oxford University Press

Directories

ExPASy
Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) Resource Portal. Databases and software tools for proteomics, genomics, phylogeny, population genetics, transcriptomics, etc.

Encyclopedias

Access Science Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Online version of McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 10th ed.  2007 plus updates.

OBIS record for print edition.  Sci Reference Q121 .M3 2007  vols.1-20
Encyclopedia of Aquatic Ecotoxicology Some full text available Resource contains images
Ecological and toxicological effects of chemical pollutants on populations and ecosystems, and the fate of pollutants in the environment.
note: Oberlin College users only.
Encyclopedia of Earth Some full text available Resource contains images
The EoE is a free, expert-reviewed, electronic encyclopedia about the Earth, its environments, and their interaction with society.
Forest Encyclopedia Network Some full text available
  Provides encyclopedias covering different fields of forest science.
Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia Restricted Resource Some full text available
Information on 4,000+ species; includes Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Insects, Invertebrates, Mammals and Reptiles; covers evolution, habitat, behavior, and range.
Oxford Reference: Biological Sciences Restricted Resource Some full text available
Includes ten dictionaries, one encyclopedia, and two Oxford Companions in the areas of biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, ecology, psychology, zoology, etc.

Handbooks & Guides

Council of Science Editors Citation Style Guide
Washington State University Libraries' CSE style guide.
FishWatch: U.S. Seafood Facts Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
Easy-to-understand science-based facts to help consumers make smart sustainable seafood choice, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife Some full text available Resource contains images
Guides for Ohio wildlife: mammals, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, stream fishes, amphibians, reptiles, owls, raptors, spiders, waterbirds, warblers and more.

Images

ARKive Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Digital library of films, photographs, and audio recordings of the world's species.
Bioimages Resource contains images
Plants and animals, many images may be shared under Creative Commons license for non-commercial use, with attribution.
Dolphin Embryo Microscopic Slides Resource contains images
Scanned images of histological sections, with many sections per single embryo.
Global Plants Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Community-contributed database in JSTOR of more than two million high resolution plant type specimen images and other foundational materials from the collections of hundreds of herbaria around the world.
Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station Forestry Image Collection Resource contains images
5,000+ photos dating back to the early 20th century. Images portray trees, cultivation, care, and the effects of human activity on forest ecosystems. 

Visible Human Project Resource contains images
From the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Journals

BioMed Central Some full text available
Publisher of more than 250 peer-reviewed open access journals.
Biomedical Beat Some full text available
A monthly digest of research news from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. 
BioOne Restricted Resource Some full text available
Scholarly journals from scientific societies, publishers and libraries in the biological, ecological and environmental sciences. 
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Publications Some full text available
The  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) NMFS publications include Fishery Bulletin, Marine Fisheries Review, and the NOAA Professional Paper.
Nature Restricted Resource Some full text available
Peer-reviewed research articles of highest quality; scientific news, commentary, letters, reviews. Multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary scientific journal. Weekly. Current print issues in science library.
note: No access to pre-1987 articles online.  Print archive kept on campus.  See holdings in OBIS.
PLoS Biology Some full text available
A peer-reviewed open-access journal published by the Public Library of Science. 
PLoS Medicine Some full text available
A peer-reviewed open-access journal published by the Public Library of Science. 
Science Restricted Resource Some full text available
Peer-reviewed research articles of highest quality; cutting edge research, scientific news, commentary, letters, reviews. Multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary scientific journal. Weekly. Current print issues in science library. Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
note: JSTOR Archive: 1880 to five years before current year.  Full archive + current issues at sciencemag.org
Science
Print Location: Sci Periodicals
note: Current Issues

Organizations & Associations

ActionBioscience Some full text available Resource contains images
Provides access to peer reviewed articles in the areas of biodiversity, genomics, biotechnology, evolution, the environment, and science policy. 
Missouri Botanical Gardens Some full text available Resource contains images
Includes a list of botanical databases and additional plant science and conservation resources. 

Video Files

JoVE Basic Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Journal of Visualized Experiments: this video collection demonstrates how to execute basic techniques commonly used in cellular and molecular biology. 
note: Oberlin users can access only the Science Education section of JoVE.
Find Journal Articles
MEDLINE, BIOSIS and Science Citation Index can be searched simultaneously in Web of Science (below).  Other MEDLINE options:  EbscoHostPubMedSciFinder.
 

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