Primary Biological Databases
Other Useful Online Sources
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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 These resources are free to access and offer users worldwide unique access to rich, historical content.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.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com.
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.