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Biology - Article Databases

EagleSearch - An EBSCO discovery tool that searches multiple databases across formats and media. Use the advance search to mark selected disciplines. See EBSCO's Tutorial flash.
Search examples:
See: ScienceDirect Journals Search Features PDF
See: ScienceDirect Advanced Keyword and Author Search PDF

Academic Search Complete

Includes: Full Text for Journals Indexed within Leading Science Databases 2012
Google Scholar Open Access
GreenFILE Open Access
HighWire: Browse by Topic Open Access
Nature (Half of 2011 papers are now Open Access)
View Subject Category
PLoS Biology
PLOS ONE Open Access
"...features reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine." More... (Indexed in Academic Search Complete, PubMed Central and several other databases, so it can be searched in a database or independently.)
Scientific Research Publishing Open Access
Medical & Health Databases
BioMed Central Open Access
CINAHL Plus with Full Text
Health Sciences
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
MEDLINE with Full Text
OVID: Journals@OVID
PLoS ONE Open Access
Features primary research reports from scientific disciplines; indexed in Academic Search Complete, MEDLINE, PubMed Central and other databases, so it can be searched in a database or independently. More...
Use the Subject Areas link (shown below) to drill down through the subjects.
PLoS Medicine
PubMed Central Free on the Web
SPORTDiscus with Full Text
Thesis & Dissertations
Proquest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT)
~68,320 titles for the subject "molecular biology"
~36,633 titles for the subject "cellular biology"
~30,776 titles for the subject "biology"
~19,110 titles for the subject "genetics"
~8,766 titles for the subject "ecology"
Note: After you select a dissertation/thesis, use the Cite feature to get a citation in APA, CBE 6th, CSE or other selected style.

Biology - Reference Materials

Credo Reference Center
Concept Map Examples:  wildlife conservation | genome
Gale Virtual Reference Library

Encyclopedia of science, technology and ethics The Gale Encyelopedia of Science

Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 2004

Grizmek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics The Gale Encyclopedia of Science Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 2004 Grizmek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
Points of View Reference Center
Example:  wildlife conservation

In the Library
To find reference materials, use the Library catalog and limit to Reference Collection.

Biographical Directories

  • American Men and Women of Science Q141.A47 LRC-R
  • The Biographical Dictionary of ScientistsQ141.B528 LRC-R
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index ORU
  • Dictionary of Scientific BiographyQ141.D5 LRC-R
  • Notable Twentieth-Century ScientistsQ141.N73 LRC-R


  • Concise Dictionary of Biomedicine and Molecular Biology — W13 J95C LRC-R
  • Dictionary of Bioinformatics & Computational BiologyQH324.2.D53
  • Dictionary of Cell and Molecular BiologyQH575.L24 LRC-R
  • Dictionary of Developmental Biology and EmbryologyQH491.D94 LRC-R
  • Dictionary of Environmental Genetics, Genomics, and ProteomicsQH427.R437
  • Dictionary of Theoretical Concepts in BiologyQH302.5.R63 LRC-R
  • Encyclopedia of the Biological SciencesQH13.G7 LRC-R
  • Henderson's Dictionary of Biological TermsQH302.5.H65 LRC-R
  • Larousse Dictionary of Science and TechnologyQ123.C482 LRC-R
  • McGraw-Hill Dictionary of BioscienceQH302.5.M382 LRC-R
  • McGraw-Hill Dictionary of the Life SciencesQH302.5.M3 LRC-R


  • Encyclopedia of Bioethics star(5 vols.)QH332.552 LRC-R
  • Encyclopedia of the Biological SciencesQH13.G7 LRC-R
  • Encyclopedia of Ecology & Environmental Management — GE300.E53 LRC-R
  • Encyclopedia of Microscopy and MicrotechniqueQH203.G8 LRC-R
  • Encyclopedia of FishesQL614.7.E535 LRC-R
  • Encyclopedia of the SeaGC9.E38 LRC-R
  • Encyclopedia of World ScientistsQ141.O25 LRC-R
  • The Facts on File Dictionary of BiologyGH302.5.F38 LRC-R
  • Grizmek's Encyclopedia of EcologyQL3.G7813 Supp. LRC-R
  • Henderson's Dictionary of Biological TermsQH302.5.H65 LRC-R
  • Larousse Dictionary of Science and Technology — Q123.C482 LRC-R
  • McGraw-Hill Dictionary of BioscienceQH302.5.M382 LRC-R
  • McGraw-Hill Dictionary of the Life SciencesQH302.5.M3 LRC-R
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and TechnologyQ121.M3 LRC-R
  • Plant Identification TerminologyQK9.H37 LRC-R
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific EncyclopediaQ121.V3 LRC-R


  • Environmental BiologyQH310.A395 LRC-R
  • (CRC) Handbook of Microbiology — QW4 C111 (5th floor)
  • The Human BodyQT104 H918 LRC-R
  • Magill's Survey of Science — QE28.M33 V.1-6 LRC-R
  • Reagents for Organic SynthesisQD262.F5 LRC-R
  • Synopsis and Classification of Living OrganismsQH83.S89 LRC-R


Biology - Books

Try a keyword or subject search. Once you find a book of interest, click the title to access the detailed record and note the table of contents and/or subject headings for additional terms to search.


eBook titles are included in the library catalog with links to the ebook, but you may prefer to search an ebook database instead of using the library catalog.
ebrary Nature Journal (ebrary) -- See: Sample "Full Text" and "Subject" searches PDF
For the most recently published ebooks to appear at the top of the list change "Sort results by" from Relevance to Date.
Use the All Subject link and drill down through the subjects for a list of ebooks on your desired subject.
ebrary: Biology ~437 ebooks
ebrary: Life Sciences ~3,698 ebooks
eBook Collection 
Reading full text of an ebook in is limited to 1-5 simultaneous users.
Search: Use advanced search, type a subject such as biology or chemistry, and then change Select a Field (optional) to Subject.
eBook Collection: Biology ~64 ebooks (Includes evolution)
eBook Collection: Life Sciences ~157 ebooks
Search and refine your results with the subjects listed in the left sidebar.
eBook Collections
Click the show more link (shown circled above) to view all the subjects. At the top of the subject list page (shown below), options are available to arrange the list by name or hit count.
eBook Collections

Biology - Periodicals

Publication Finder
Search library publications. Includes all ORU periodical records; includes all formats -- print, microform, CD-ROM, and electronic with links to online full text.

TIP: Browse journal titles appropriate for your topic and note the database(s) where full text is available. Then search those databases for your research topic.

In ORU Databases
EBSCO PublicationsUse the Publications link, or similar, to browse or search journal titles within a database. (ScienceDirect Publications page is shown right.)
ScienceDirect Title List - Alphabetically
To view free full text titles mark "Full-text available" then click Apply.
See: ScienceDirect Journals Search Features PDF
Open Access
BioOne - Titles  Free on the Web
Indexing and abstracts available. No full text. More...
Nature has open access to more than half the 2011 papers.
PLOS One Open Access
Features primary research reports from scientific disciplines; indexed in Academic Search Complete and PubMed Central, so it can be searched in a database or independently. More...
Use the Subject Areas link (shown below) to drill down through the subjects.
PLOS Biology
Scientific Research Publishing
"an academic publisher of more than 200 open access science, technology and medicine journals."
--Biomedical & Life Sciences journals
--Earth & Environmental Sciences journals
--Medicine & Healthcare journals
Biology - Selected Websites
American Association of Bioanalysis
Cornell University Library. Open access to ~692,000 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology and Statistics.
Biology fundamentals. Try a quiz!
BiologyBrowser (Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University) Directory. Covers journals, conferences books, review articles and links to current science news stories and relevant web sites.
Biology Links - Selected list of biology sites.
Butterflies and Moths of North America
Cells alive!
EcoEarth.Info: Environmental Portal & Search Engine
Ecosystem Valuation
EPA: A—Z Index Topic List
(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
HighWire: Browse by Topic
Online full text back issues of scientific journals. Browse by topic (for example, Biological Sciences), publication or title. See free issues title list.
Information Systems for Biotechnology
"...provides information resources to support the environmentally responsible use of agricultural biotechnology products."
Intute: Biological sciences
A browsable and searchable collection of biological and biomedical Internet resources provided by the University of Nottingham Greenfield Medical Library's.
ipl2: Life Sciences
Web directory of sites evaluated by librarians and categorized by subjects.
Contains common name, scientific name, taxonomic hierarchy, life history, habitat, distribution maps and more on 50,000 plants and animal species mostly in the U.S. and Canada.
Photosynth (Microsoft)
Includes 3D (and zoom!) views of insects, parks, forests and more.
Planet Ark
"aims to work with people and business to teach them the simple ways in which they can reduce their impact on the planet, at home, at work and in the community."
PLANTS Database
(U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, National Resources Conservation Service)
Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
(U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services)
National Museum of Natural History: Research & Collections
SciTech Connect
Science, technology and engineering research information from the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Biology and Nature
Includes authoritative science Web sites and databases of technical reports, journal articles, and more.
"Highlights scientific videos featuring leading-edge research from the U.S. Dept. of Energy."
USGS: Ecosystems
WorldWide Science Alliance
"a global science gateway—accelerating scientific discovery and progress through a multilateral partnership to enable federated searching of national and international scientific databases and portals."
The WWW Virtual Library: Biosciences

Biology - Sr. Paper Students

LIBBI Session: Database Examples & Sample Searches (PDF)

When ORU does not have the article, book, or other items that you need, you may request it through the Interlibrary Loan department.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Contact ILL at 918-495-7377 or
Interlibrary Loan Request Form

  • Determine that the ORU Library does not own the item you need BEFORE requesting it through interlibrary loan.
  • Some items are available nearby; others may take a week or more to obtain from out-of-state.
  • The $2.00 per item ILL request fee for students is waived after you attend the sr. paper LIBBI.
  • You will receive an email when your item(s) is ready to pick up. (Some journal articles are available from lending libraries in PDF format and can be emailed directly to you.)
  • Pick up your items at the circulation desk.
  • Submit only one request form for each article. (Note: The form is submitted each time the submit button is used, regardless of whether the "required fields" have been completed.
  • After submitting a request, check your ORU email for the confirmation, which includes the citation information.

After attending the LIBBI session your name is sent to ILL and added to the interlibrary loan $2.00/item fee waiver list for sr. paper students. When you make an interlibrary loan request the librarian will check the ILL fee waiver list for your name. If your name is on the list the ILL $2.00 per item fee is waived. In addition to the citation information, remember to include the following three items in your ILL request:

  1. attended LIBBI, attended library session, or similar
  2. sr. paper
  3. no charge

If you are not using a database form but emailing a citation to the ILL department, remember that you need to identify yourself and include your name and contact information, such as a phone number so that they know who is making the request and where to contact you.

If you have questions regarding ILL services or your ILL request please contact Interlibrary Loan or Ask-A-Librarian.

If you have questions about attending a LIBBI session or your name being added to the ILL sr. paper fee waiver list, contact Library Instruction or Myra Bloom


RefWorks is a personal online bibliographic management tool, available through ORU, that allows you to create your own database to manage and store your information. Easily export citations, or records, from a variety of database formats and resources into your RefWorks account to store and manage the information. Learn more

In your RefWorks account, select entries for citations and bibliographies, search the content, use folders to organize your content, and more.

See: RefWorks Information Management Software PDF (shows how to select a citation style) Includes Council of Science Editors (CSE) bibliographic style.


Tutorials and Helps

Database QuickLinks

Click the More Information to link to the vendor's database descriptions.