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Recommended Databases for Biology, not health-related

EBSCO Databases for Biology, not health-related

This link will take you to a short list of EBSCO databases appropriate for research in Biology. Resources include Academic Search Complete, Agricola, General Science Abstracts and OmniFile Full Text. You will see a short description of each database, and you may choose to search only the database(s) that are most suitable to your research.

BioOne

BioOne provides a unique collection of high-impact bioscience research journals, featuring timely content on a wide-array of today’s most pressing topics. This is a full text, pdf database of 86 scientific society journals from 1999 to the present.

Birds of North America (BNA)

BNA provides comprehensive life histories for over 716 species of birds breeding in the USA including Hawaii and Canada. This resource includes audio, video, scholarly material and up-to-date bird counts.

JSTOR Journal Archive

JSTOR acts as a full text archive covering all aspects of the sciences from the first volume through to two to five years before today's date. Check Journals & Magazines to see if more recent issues of these journals are available in other databases.

Plant Science

Plant Science provides access to plant type specimens, taxonomic structures, scientific literature, and related materials. It is useful for those studying botany, biology, ecology, environmental and conservation studies.

ScienceDirect COLLEGE EDITION -- new link

The Science Direct journal sets are comprised of 1800 journals with full text access beginning in 1995 through the current edition.The databases are searched simultaneously. To focus only on journals we can access, choose the top tab titled Journals and also change All Journals to Subscribed Journals in the Source search box.

ScienceDirect Secrets Series

To access this collection of scientific handbooks, limit your results to Source, Subscribed books. The 32 Secrets titles are designed for health and veterinary students and residents use as a study aid for exams and preparation for rotations. All topics are approached as questions and the answers are succinct, but also provide links to the sources for the information. Click here for a list of the titles included in this series.

Social Explorer

Social Explorer provides quick and easy access to current and historical census data from 1790 to 2010 and a wide variety of demographic information. The easy-to-use web interface lets users create maps and reports to illustrate, analyze, and understand demography and social change.

VetMed Resource

VetMed Resource contains over 1.4 million records in animal and veterinary science going back to 1973, full text of journal articles, bulletins and conference papers, the Animal Health and Production Compendium (an encyclopedic resource on food animals) and a new section on Animal Welfare and Behavior.

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Recommended Websites for Biology, not health-related

BePress

Founded by university professors in 1999, bepress exists to serve academia. It provides open access to scholarly communications for academic institutions, empowering their communities to showcase and share their works for maximum impact.

Darwin Digital Library of Evolution

Sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History Library, its goal is "to make the full literature of evolution available online from the 17th century to the present."

Directory of Open Access Journals

This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals in all subjects. Over 1000 journals are searchable at article level.

HighWire Press

Stanford University maintains web versions of hundreds of peer reviewed journals. Almost 2 million free full text articles are accessible through this site. Some publishers limit free access in the most recent issues.

NECI Research Index

This is a scientific literature digital library that aims to improve the dissemination and feedback of scientific literature, and to provide improvements in functionality, usability, availability, cost, comprehensiveness, efficiency, and timeliness.

The Tree of Life

One of the early Web projects on biodiversity and phylogeny, the Tree of Life project's goal is to provide "information about the evolutionary history and characteristics of all organisms."

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Recommended Databases and Websites for Chemistry

ACS Journals

American Chemical Society journals and journal archives provide immediate access to all titles published by ACS from 1879 to the current issues. Use this database to find the highest quality articles in chemistry and related fields.

General Science Abstracts

Designed for students and non-specialists, GenSciAbs offers indexing and extensive abstracts for 265 of the leading science journals and magazines from 1984 to the present.

JSTOR Journal Archive

JSTOR acts as a full text archive covering all aspects of the sciences from the first volume through to two to five years before today's date. Check Journals & Magazines to see if more recent issues of these journals are available in other databases.

ScienceDirect COLLEGE EDITION -- new link

The Science Direct journal sets are comprised of 1800 journals with full text access beginning in 1995 through the current edition.The databases are searched simultaneously. To focus only on journals we can access, choose the top tab titled Journals and also change All Journals to Subscribed Journals in the Source search box.

ScienceDirect Secrets Series

To access this collection of scientific handbooks, limit your results to Source, Subscribed books. The 32 Secrets titles are designed for health and veterinary students and residents use as a study aid for exams and preparation for rotations. All topics are approached as questions and the answers are succinct, but also provide links to the sources for the information. Click here for a list of the titles included in this series.

SciFinder Scholar

SciFinder provides researchers unlimited access to the world’s largest and most reliable collection of chemistry and related science information. If you are a first time user, use the link above to register and set up an account.

If you already have a SciFinder username and password, go directly to the Scifinder site at https://scifinder.cas.org. It will ask for your username and password. If you run into trouble with a Scifinder account set up with a different institution's email account, it may be necessary to create a new account with your Augustana email so this IP address is recognized. Contact Connie Ghinazzi if you are having problems.

BePress

Founded by university professors in 1999, bepress exists to serve academia. It provides open access to scholarly communications for academic institutions, empowering their communities to showcase and share their works for maximum impact.

Directory of Open Access Journals

This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals in all subjects. Over 1000 journals are searchable at article level.

SciTech Connect

SciTech Connect is your portal to science, technology, and engineering research information from the U.S. Department of Energy.

HighWire Press

Stanford University maintains web versions of hundreds of peer reviewed journals. Almost 2 million free full text articles are accessible through this site. Some publishers limit free access in the most recent issues.

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Recommended Databases and Websites for Health-Related Topics

Electronic Reference Sources

NCBI Bookshelf

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Bookshelf provides free access to books and reports in life science and healthcare. A vital node in the data-rich resource network at NCBI, Bookshelf enables users to easily browse, retrieve, and read content, and spurs discovery of related information.

ScienceDirect Secrets Series

To access this collection of scientific handbooks, limit your results to Source, Subscribed books. The 32 Secrets titles are designed for health and veterinary students and residents use as a study aid for exams and preparation for rotations. All topics are approached as questions and the answers are succinct, but also provide links to the sources for the information. Click here for a list of the titles included in this series.

Springer Medicine eBook Collection

Access to e-book chapters on numerous medical topics published since 2005. To see ONLY free full text results, do not have the Preview Only box checked. You may have to unclick it if you begin a new search.

Databases and Websites

EBSCO Databases for Health topics

This link will take you to a short list of EBSCO databases appropriate for research in Biology. Resources include CINAHL Complete, Consumer Health Complete, Health Source: Consumer Edition, and Health Source: Nursing Edition. You will see a short description of each database, and you may choose to search only the database(s) that are most suitable to your research.

MEDLINE

Medline indexes over 19,000 journals published internationally and includes over 15 million records covering all aspects of medicine, dentistry and nursing. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, Medline includes citations from 1950 to the present and is narrower in scope than PubMed.

ScienceDirect COLLEGE EDITION -- new link

The Science Direct journal sets are comprised of 1800 journals with full text access beginning in 1995 through the current edition.The databases are searched simultaneously. To focus only on journals we can access, choose the top tab titled Journals and also change All Journals to Subscribed Journals in the Source search box.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC is the place to find current, reliable information on diseases. It provides full text of the MMWR and searchable access to other CDC publications. The CDC Wonder site at http://wonder.cdc.gov provides a single point of access to a wide variety of reports and numeric public health data. Also consult the National Center for Health Statistics for statistical reports on health related issues at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs.

Directory of Open Access Journals

This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals in all subjects. Over 1000 journals are searchable at article level.

EMedicine

Provides the largest and most current free clinical information for physicians and health care providers. Its evidence based content makes it an excellent resource to use in conjunction with research articles in PubMed and subscription databases.

Filmakers Library Online

Filmakers Library Online provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum, including human rights, the environment, bioethics, health, and current events. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide.

HighWire Press

Stanford University maintains web versions of hundreds of peer reviewed journals. Almost 2 million free full text articles are accessible through this site. Some publishers limit free access in the most recent issues. If a message box appears denying access to full text, see if we own it at Augustana's Periodicals. If we don't have access to it, request the article through ILL.

Medline Plus

MedLine Plus provides consumer health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine, written in layperson's language. This is a terrific starting point for your research and it provides links to in-depth articles and clinical trials.

PandemicFlu.gov

One stop access point for avian and pandemic flu information with links off their research activities page to very current research articles.

PubMed

Managed by the National Library of Medicine(NLM), PubMed web page provides MedLine database information, plus out-of-scope citations on general science and chemistry topics. PubMedCentral, or PMC, is the fulltext subset to the PubMed site.

Search Medica

You can find the latest, most authoritative medical information by using SearchMedica, the search engine created for doctors by doctors. It's organized by specialty or can be searched by topic to cross all disciplines.

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Career Exploration

What Can I Do With This Major?

This resource outlines 80 majors and includes typical employers that hire students in each field and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities. Note the links to four categories: Professional Associations, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Miscellaneous Career Sites and Job Postings.

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