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Also known as "Scholarly Articles," "Peer-Reviewed Articles," or "Academic Articles," these are:
  • Written and reviewed by scholars and provide new research, analysis, or information about a specific topic.
  • Usually focused on a narrow subject or a single case study
  • Intended for an academic audience


The following databases are a good place to find information on the field of biology



 Unlike journal articles, scholarly books:
  •  Are written on a broader, general subject
  •   May contain a collection of related chapters by different authors
  •   Contain less recent information
Remember: you may only need to read one chapter of a scholarly book!



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Select Biology Websites

Animal Diversity Web – An online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification and conservation biology from the University of Michigan.

ASM (American Society for Microbiology) Science Visual Library – A peer reviewed, digital media center for undergraduate microbiology sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology.

BioInteractive – HHMI’s interactive, free resources for biology instructors and students.

Cells Alive! – The result of 30 years of capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research. Includes stock video and still images available for education-related, licensed use. Includes games to assist in understanding cellular biology.

Learn.Genetics – Educational materials from the University of Utah on genetics, bioscience and health topics, designed to be used by students, teachers and members of the public. The materials meet selected US education standards for science and health.

MarineBio – The non-profit organization’s online educational site containing information about ocean life, marine biology, and marine conservation. Current information regarding ocean ecology with video content is included.

NatureServe Explorer – Online encyclopedia with more than than 70,000 plants, animals, and ecosystems of the United States and Canada, including particularly in-depth coverage for rare and endangered species.

PLANTS Database – Standardized information from the USDA about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. “PLANTS” database.

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – Very good section for regions throughout the planet to illustrate conservation and bio-diversity.

Nature – This is the public access version of Nature that is good for current trending articles and news stories.