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Background & Context Sources

BrainWeb & Brain Information
Gateway to carefully researched information about the brain, produced by the Dana Foundation. 
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.

Continuing Education & Careers
Search for graduate programs by subject, program type, or location. Includes information about applying for graduate school and financial aid.
Neuroscience Education
Information, courses, and other resources for neuroscience education.
Includes graduate school rankings and search. 
U.S. News Grad School Rankings
Search yearly graduate school rankings by discipline.


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.
BIOSIS Previews (via Web of Science) Restricted Resource
Indexes worldwide biological and medical literature.  Includes Biological Abstracts.  Dates of coverage: 1969 to present.
Entrez, The Life Sciences Search Engine Some full text available
A cross-database search engine from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). 
MEDLINE (EBSCO version) Restricted Resource Some full text available
Most comprehensive source of full text for medical journals.  Includes full text of nearly 1500 titles.
MEDLINE (PubMed version)
Free access to MEDLINE: indexing and abstracts in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, and preclinical sciences.  Links to other resources of the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Dates of Coverage: 1950-present
MITCogNet Library
A searchable collection of books, journals, reference works, and conference materials.
PsycINFO Restricted Resource
Indexes scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences; covers journals, books, reviews, and dissertations.

Dates of Coverage: 1880s–present

PubMed Central Some full text available
Archive of open access biomedical and life sciences journals. 
Web of Science Restricted Resource
Scholarly literature in the sciences, 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 Reference: Science and Technology Restricted Resource Some full text available
Dictionaries and Encylopedias on Science and Technology from Oxford University Press

Directories Best Bets
List of the best neuroscience resources available on the Web.
Neuroscience Information Framework
NIF is a searchable inventory of Web-based neuroscience resources.


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 Neuroscience Some full text available Resource contains images
Including in-depth essays and short keynotes explaining essential terms and phrases.
note: Oberlin College affiliated users only

Handbooks & Guides

Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks, 2nd ed. Some full text available
Covers the immense progress made in recent years in areas related to great questions: How does the brain work? How can we build intelligent machines?
note: electronic book
Handbook of Neurotoxicology Some full text available
note: electronic book, volume one only

Images Resource contains images
An interactive atlas of scanned images of serial sections of both primate and non-primate brains. 
Visible Human Project Resource contains images
From the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Whole Brain Atlas Resource contains images
 A collection of MR images of the brain, presenting a range of brain abnormalities. 


Journal of Neuroscience Some full text available
 The official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, based in Washington, D.C.
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. 

Organizations & Associations

Society for Behaviorial Neuroendocrinology (SBN) Some full text available Resource contains images
 The society's official journal, Hormones and Behavior, is published by Elsevier.

Web Sites

Allen Brain Atlas
An online public collection of resources integrating extensive gene expression and neuroanatomical data.
 A public repository of peer-reviewed fMRI studies and their underlying data. (Functional magnetic resonance imaging)
Purves Lab
Research and news about visual perceptions. Includes demonstrations of visual perceptions experiments. 
Find Journal Articles
Medline, BIOSIS and Science Citation Index can be searched simultaneously in Web of Science, making this the single best source.  Other Medline options:  EbscoHostPubMedSciFinder.

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