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Citations to biomedical articles from MEDLINE and additional life science journals back to the 1950s; incl. links to sites with full-text articles and other related resources. Help with searching PubMed is available here.

Biological Abstracts
Provides abstracts and bibliographic references to journal items focusing on vital biological and medical research findings, pharmacological studies, and discoveries of new organisms. Includes some linked full text.

Agricola is the catalog for the National Agricultural Library.  The article search can be used to find citations for resources in agricultural literature and allied disciplines, 1970- present.  Includes material relevant to landscape architecture, agricultural economics, animal science, food science, forestry, horticulture, natural resources, plant ecology, and plant pathology.

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Reference Works

Dictionary of Biology
"This dictionary provides comprehensive coverage of biology, biophysics, and biochemistry, as well as key terms from medicine and palaeontology. It includes biographies of key scientists, and feature articles on important topics, such as bioinformatics, genetically modified organisms, microarray technology, and RNA interference. The dictionary’s chronologies chart developments in major fields including cell biology, genetics, microscopy, and vitamins."

Encyclopedia of Evolution
Ref QH360.2 .R53 2007
Signed articles by leading researchers on all things related to evolution. Also includes a number of introductory essays on special topics.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
Searchable nomenclatural database for North American organisms of all kingdoms.

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
Ref Q121 .M3 2012
Illustrated encyclopedia of all the sciences.

Tree of Life
Browsable taxonomy of life on earth.

Search Engines
Research portal that allows searching across 38 scientific databases from the US government.
An online global gateway to science information from 28 national databases.

Scientific Biography

Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science
Ref Q141 .B5285 2000

Dictionary of Scientific Biography
Ref Q141 .D5

National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoirs

Notable Twentieth-Century Scientists
Ref Q141 .N73 1995

Scientific Writing

Writing Science: How to Write Papers that Get Cited and Proposals that Get Funded

Art of Scientific Writing (2nd ed.) by H.F. Ebel, C. Bliefert, & W.E. Russey
QD9.15 .E23 2004
Covers reports, dissertations, journal articles, and books.  Aimed specifically at chemists, but applicable to any scientific writing.

A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology (3rd. ed)
QH304 .K59 2009
Provides practical advice to students who are learning to write according to the conventions in biology, including numerous examples of faulty writing (along with revisions) to alert students to pitfalls when writing sections of a scientific paper. Most of the sections are designed to stand alone so that readers can look up a topic in the index and find the answer to their question.

Scientists Must Write by Robert Barrass
T11 .B37 2002
"a guide to better writing for scientists, engineers and students"

Writing for Science by Robert Goldbort (e-book)
Includes a chapter on "undergraduate reports in the sciences."


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