Popular Searches

Getting Started

The following resources can be helpful places to start at the beginning of the research process.

Biology reference books

Online resources

  • Credo Reference: A great starting point for research projects. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.
  • Discovery Search: Search books, e-books, and articles in one place.


The following databases and journals are useful places to search for biology-related articles. Contact a librarian if you would like more information on how to search for articles on your specific topic.


  • Academic Search Complete (EBSCO): Covers a wide range of academic disciplines, with more than 8600 periodicals available in full text.
  • ASM Journals: Full-text access to American Society for Microbiology journals and archives.
  • BioMed Central: Peer-reviewed open access journals in the health sciences.
  • BioOne: Full-text journals in biology, ecology, and environmental science.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals: An interdisciplinary database of free, full-text, scholarly journals.
  • HighWire Press: Open access scholarly journals in the sciences.
  • ProQuest Research Library: Includes both popular and scholarly periodicals covering a variety of subjects, with over 3300 titles available in full text.
  • PubMed: Citations for biomedical literature, with links to full-text content when available.


Search for journals that cover biology-related topics by using our Publication Finder tool. You can search for specific journals by title, subject, and more.

Get articles from other libraries

If you cannot find a full-text version of the article you need, request it through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan is a free service that allows you to borrow books and articles from other libraries.


Books from Lane Library

Search for books in our collection through Lane Library’s catalog. You can find books with biology-specific subject headings below:

Discovery Search: search books, e-books, and articles in one place.

Books from other libraries

WorldCat: Search for books not available at Lane Library and borrow from other libraries for free through interlibrary loan.

Writing Guides and Citations

Council of Science Editors Documentation Style: A quick overview of components of the Council of Science Editors citation from the Writing Center at UW-Madison. Find more information on writing and citing on the Writing Center’s website.

Sciences Writing Guide: tips and tools from the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on writing in the sciences.

Schumacher, Karlyn

Access Services Librarian Lane Library Departments: Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Course, Reserves

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