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Selected resources for library research in Biology
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Finding Articles: Primary Databases

Primary article databases for Biology

  • Academic Search Complete from Ebsco is a general database covering all fields.  ASC is a good place to start for most projects and is especially good for interdisciplinary topics, like bioethics or genetically modified organisms.  
  • Web of Science covers more journals in the sciences, including biology, mostly in English, and is a good database for most biological research.
  • Biosis Previews is now Biosis Citation Index on the Web of Knowledge platform and is still the most comprehensive database covering all fields of biology in all languages.  Search all years at once, and cited reference searches now available back to 2006.

Specialized and related databases.


    bioRxiv: Biology Preprint Server Launched

    bioRxiv, a preprint server for the life sciences, was launched 11 November 2013, by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  A press release was published in Science magazine on 12 November.  From that press release:

    "It will be free to submit a paper or to read it in bioRxiv, Inglis says. CSHL is paying the costs of the service (he declines to specify them) but hopes that, like arXiv, it will ultimately attract contributions. Although anybody can submit a paper, not everything will be posted: A group of more than 40 'affiliate" scientists have agreed to screen submissions to "assure us that this is real science,' Inglis says. 'We certainly don't want the enterprise to be sunk by publishing a load of crap.'"

    Papers are already being posted on the server as of 14 November.


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