Database List

The following 17 databases are best for: Biology

See our Biology Research Guide for more information on researching this subject.

Core Biology Databases

Biological Abstracts

Biological & Agricultural Index

Web of Knowledge


All Biology Databases

AGRICOLA    
Covers the worldwide literature of agriculture, including journal articles, monographs, government documents, technical reports and proceedings. Important for life-sciences and research related to plants and animals of economic importance.
  • Coverage Range: 1970 to present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Applied Science & Technology Source    
Applied Science & Technology Source offers extensive coverage of research and development within the applied sciences and computing disciplines by combining high-quality databases from both EBSCO Publishing and H.W. Wilson. This premier resource offers full text for almost 1,200 journals, citations to millions of articles. The content within Applied Science & Technology Source derives from numerous sources, including leading trade journals, professional and technical society journals, and conference proceedings.
  • Coverage Range: 1913 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Ebsco
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Biological & Agricultural Index    
Articles and other scholarly material published in agriculture, biology, forestry, and ecology. Includes a wide range of popular and professional articles.
  • Coverage Range: 1983-present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
BioOne    
Focus on biological, ecological and environmental sciences. Primarily consists of journals published by small societies and non-commercial publishers. Includes access to additional BioOne.2 titles.
  • Coverage Range: 1999 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: BioOne
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
BioOne (ProQuest)    
Focus on biological, ecological and environmental sciences. Primarily consists of journals published by small societies and non-commercial publishers.
  • Coverage Range: 1998 – present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Proquest
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
BIOSIS Citation Index    
Covers life sciences journal literature. The drop down menus provide some unusual options for limiting a search, including limiting by taxonomic classification and by concept codes. Includes Biological Abstracts and BIOSIS Previews. Funded in part by the Mary Moser Memorial Library Fund.
  • Coverage Range: 1926-present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: THOMSON REUTERS

 
Data Citation Index    
Database of research data from repositories around the world, with links to works that cite the data. Data is mostly from the life sciences, but includes a significant number of social science and physical science data sets, and a smaller number of sets from the humanities.
  • Coverage Range: 1900 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: ThOMSON REUTERS

 
General Science Full Text    
Covers everything from supernovas to marine pollution. A good starting point for researchers seeking information on a variety of scientific topics.
  • Coverage Range: 1984-present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
GenETHX (Genetics Ethics)    
Citations, some with abstracts or tables of contents, to ethics and literature on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic and genomic research and its applications from many disciplines and publication types including journals, newspapers, books, bills, laws, court decisions, reports, and audiovisuals. To obtain full-text, search the Library catalog or Journal locator once you have identified a specific citation; ask a librarian for help if you have difficulty.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Georgetown University

 
Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)    
Peer reviewed journal that publishes biological, medical, chemical and physical research in video format.
  • Coverage Range: 2006 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: JoVE

 
PubMed (with Dickinson links)    
PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 15 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. This special version includes Dickinson library's "Get It" links to additional full-text.
  • Coverage Range: 1950's to present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: U.S. National Library of Medicine
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
ScienceDirect    
A collection of articles focusing on science, technology and medicine.
  • Coverage Range: Varied some 1850 to present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: Elsevier
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO)    
SciELO provides cooperative electronic publishing of science, social sciences, and arts & humanities journals to meet the scholarly communication needs of developing countries, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean countries. It provides an efficient way to assure universal visibility and accessibility to their scholarly literature. English, Spanish, and Portuguese search interfaces are available. Full-text will be in the language of the original publication.
  • Coverage Range: current and back issues of journals
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: Scielo (Open access)

 
Web of Knowledge    
Simultaneously search Web of Science (Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Book Citation Index, Current Chemical Reactions and Index Chemicus), BIOSIS Citation Index, Current Contents Connect, Data Citation Index, Derwent Patents Index, Zoological Record, and MEDLINE.
  • Coverage Range: varies; mostly 1965 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: THOMSON REUTERS

 
Web of Science    
Searches both social science and science materials, and allows the user to see what other articles have cited a chosen paper. Provides access to Science and Social Sciences Citation Indexes (1900-present), Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1990-present) Book Citation Index (2005-present), Current Chemical Reactions (1985-present), and Index Chemicus (1993-present).
  • Coverage Range: 1900-present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: THOMSON REUTERS
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide    
Literature on wild mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Offers a global perspective and is the most comprehensive resource on wildlife information. Major topic areas include studies of individual species, habitat types, hunting, economics, wildlife behavior, management techniques, diseases, ecotourism, zoology, taxonomy and much more.
  • Coverage Range: 1935-present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Zoological Record    
The world’s leading taxonomic reference and oldest continuing database of animal biology.
  • Coverage Range: 1864-present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: THOMSON REUTERS