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Purpose of this LibGuide
This Library Research Guide will provide information about and access to some of the most significant research materials available from McFarlin Library related to the Biological Sciences.
If you're just beginning your research or you want to develop a basic understanding of Biology and related disciplines, check out the Books & E-Books tab. Books often synthesize the available scholarship on a topic. This makes them an excellent resource when you need a lot of information quickly (including historical information), you want to put a topic in context with other issues, or you need a good summary of research. McFarlin Library provides books in both print and electronic formats.
If you're doing more in-depth research, such as for an upper division or graduate class or a senior project, you'll probably want to track down some journal articles on your topic. Check out what's in the Journal Articles tab. You'll learn about the major resources McFarlin has that will help you identify and retrieve professional and scholarly articles on Biology-related topics.
Best Bets for Research
BioOne is a collection of the full texts of various research journals focused on the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. It "is the product of innovative collaboration between scientific societies, libraries, academe and the private sector. BioOne brings to the Web a uniquely valuable aggregation of the full-texts of high-impact bioscience research journals. Most of BioOne’s titles are published by small societies and non-commercial publishers, and, until now, have been available only in printed form. BioOne provides integrated, cost-effective access to a thoroughly linked information resource of interrelated journals focused on the biological, ecological and environmental sciences."
"BIOSIS Previews serves your every need for finding life sciences references. It consists of 1.8 million records relevant to working biologists, from journals, patents, conference reports and books, and in fully indexed and searchable form." -- website
American Institute of Biological Sciences
"The American Institute of Biological Sciences is the national scientific organization that promotes the use of science to inform decision-making that advances biology for the benefit of science and society." -- website
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
"The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization with over 12,000 members. . . . The Society's mission is to advance the science of biochemistry and molecular biology through publication of scientific and educational journals: the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, and the Journal of Lipid Research, organization of scientific meetings, advocacy for funding of basic research and education, support of science education at all levels, and promoting the diversity of individuals entering the scientific workforce." -- website
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
"Founded in 1912, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) . . . has grown to be the nation’s largest coalition of biomedical researchers, representing 30 scientific societies and over 125,000 researchers from around the world. FASEB is now recognized as the policy voice of biological and biomedical researchers." -- website
Linnean Society of London
"The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society. . . . It promotes the study of all aspects of the biological sciences, with particular emphasis on evolution, taxonomy, biodiversity and sustainability." -- website
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)
"The mission of SICB is to further research, education and public awareness in the areas of organismal, functional and evolutionary biology." -- website
Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Systematic downloading of the licensed and copyrighted content of McFarlin Library's electronic resources, such as the use of scripted searches, download accelerators or web robots (i.e., "bots") of any kind, is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. You should download only the content you require for your immediate research needs or course assignment. For more information, please see McFarlin Library's Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources.