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Resources available through the Earl K. Long Library for the study of Biology.
Last Updated: Jan 10, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Primary Biological Databases

  • Biological Abstracts 1969 -- present
    Search here for articles about almost any life sciences topic. New citations are added frequently, and you can search for articles in over 4,000 journals, and as far back as 1969. A good place to start your Biology research.
    Focuses on medical information, but is also a great source of citations to articles about cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, nursing & veterinary sciences, and public health. MEDLINE can also be searched via PubMed (a free service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health), but using the EBSCO interface available from this page will give you more links to full-text journals in your results.
  • Web of Science  
    Contains citations to articles from all scientific disciplines. You can search by topic, author, and title, and also by citation (i.e., look up which other articles and authors have cited an article you know about). Also called the "Science Citation Index".

Other Useful Online Sources

  • Academic Search Complete  
    A large general database containing citations to both popular and scholarly articles about an enormous range of topics (not just science!). Articles found from this database will likely be less specialized than those found in science-specific databases.
  • Agricola
    A database of citations to articles about agriculture and related topics, including animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, food and nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences.
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
    CINAHL provides citations to Nursing and Allied Health articles. Full text is available for over 750 journals and over 240 books and monographs. Can also be a good source of medical and public health information.
  • Google Scholar
    Google Scholar is a free resource that contains citations to journal articles mostly in science, technology and medicine. If you use this link to Google Scholar, or set your Google Scholar preferences to include UNO, it will provide links to full-text articles courtesy of the UNO Library.
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
    Provides ciations to Nursing, Allied Health and Medical articles.
  • MedlinePlus
    MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
  • NCBI (including PubMed)
    The National Center for Biotechnology Information provides dozens of databases, including GenBank, PubChem and PubMed. Search the databases all at once or individually to find gene and protein sequences, structures, taxonomies and more (note: searching PubMed for articles through the Library's MEDLINE database above may give you better results).
  • Oceanic Abstracts
    Citations to technical articles on marine biology and physical oceanography, fisheries, aquaculture, non-living resources, meteorology and geology, plus environmental, technological, and legislative topics.
  • Pillbox
    Pillbox was developed to aid in the identification of unknown solid dosage pharmaceuticals. The system combines high-resolution images of tablets and capsules with FDA-approved appearance information (imprint, shape, color, etc.) to enable users to visually search for and identify an unknown solid dosage pharmaceutical.
  • PubMed
    PubMed comprises more than 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
  • Scifinder Scholar
    Lets you find Chemistry articles and patents, including biochemistry and organic chemistry. You must first register on campus before using SciFinder Scholar.
  • Scitable
    A free science library and personal learning tool brought to you by Nature Publishing Group. Scitable currently concentrates on genetics, the study of evolution, variation, and the rich complexity of living organisms.
  • Scirus
    Scirus is the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. With over 350 million scientific items indexed at last count, it allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists' homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information.
  • ToxLearn
    ToxLearn is a joint project of the U.S. National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) and the U.S. Society of Toxicology (SOT). ToxLearn is a multi-module online learning tool providing an introduction to fundamental toxicological principles and concepts. It does not require any prerequisite knowledge beyond a basic understanding of biology and chemistry.
    Toxicology and environmental information from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. Includes TOXLINE (Toxicology Literature Online), HSDB (Hazardous Substance Data Bank), CCRIS (Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System), GENE-TOX (Genetic Toxicology), DART (Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology), TRI (Toxic Release Inventory), and ChemIDplus, a free database of over 370,000 chemical compounds.

Expand Your Search


The National Library of Medicine (NLM) now offers Digital Collections, an online archive of biomedical books and videos.  These resources are free to access and offer users worldwide unique access to rich, historical content.  Click HERE to visit the NLM's Digital Collections.



For some research, books are still the way to go; for example, encyclopedias and handbooks for reliable information about different species (especially obscure ones) and physical data. A few books from the Reference section are listed below; contact a librarian, check iLink, the UNO Library's online catalog, or browse the Reference section (try call numbers starting with Q or R) for more.

Title Call Number  
Biological Data Book QH 310 .A392 A huge variety of useful facts and figures. Looking for the solubility of Vitamin A? The heat tolerance of tomato plants? The average body weight of baby hamsters? Try this book.
Flora of North America QK110 .F55 1993 Descriptions of the morphology, distributions, names and taxonomic relationships of native and natural plants of North America. Also available online.
Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia Online Information about habitat, distribution, morphology, ecology and more for species from around the world
Handbook of Birds of the World QL 673 .H25 1992 Photographs of and information about a huge number of bird species, arranged by family.
Walker's Mammals of the World QL 703 .W222 1999 Descriptions of mammals, taxonomy, common and scientific names, habitat and other information about mammals by genus, from Abditomys to Zyzomys.
Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology QR 81 .B46 2001 The authoritative work on bacterial species. Contains detailed information about the characteristics and taxonomy of prokaryotes.
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy RC55 .M4 Clinical information on the diagnosis and treatment of hundreds of diseases and medical conditions. Also available online.




How can I get help with my research?

Contact the Biology subject specialist, Janet Crane, for help with your Biology information needs. She can be reached at 504-280-6548 or (on email and AIM).

You can also find a variety of links and resources on intredpidlibrarian's Biology bundle on Delicious.

Or, stop by the Information Desk on the first floor of the Library, call 504-280-6549, or email

How do I get access to these resources from off campus?

When you click on the link to an electronic resource, you will be asked to log in. Use your UNO ID number (with two zeroes added to the end) as your User ID number. Your pin is changed automatically each semester unless you have created your own unique PIN. If you don't know your PIN click on the link "Email My PIN" to have it emailed to your UNO email account. If you encouter problems or need assistance logging in, contact the Circulation Desk at 504-280-6355.

When I find a citation or abstract, how do I get to the full article?

You can always look it up in the online catalog. Search for the journal title (make sure to use the journal title, not the article title!) to see if UNO has an online or print subscription. If we have a subscription, your search results will give you a link to the ejournal, a list of print issues on the shelf, or both.
As a shortcut, if the database record you are looking at has a link that says "Check LinkSource for more information", follow that link to have the above steps done for you. You will be taken to the e-journal, the list of print copies, or other options.

What if the UNO Library does not have the article or book I need?

There are still ways to get what you need! You can search the database WorldCat to find other nearby libraries that have the book or article (see the LALINC information page for information about using other local libraries), or request that the book or article be sent here through InterLibrary Loan.

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