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Biological Sciences

Use these databases to find articles in the field of Biological Sciences. For more information or assistance, please contact Hazel Plante, Liaison Librarian for Biological Sciences ( / 778.782.4173)

Top Resources

  1. Search citations and abstracts for journal articles, conference proceedings, and other resources in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Can also used for cited reference searches, and citation analysis of research.
  2. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine, provides access to abstracts and articles on biomedical research. Use this version if you are an SFU student, faculty or staff to see "Get@SFU" links to full text on the PubMed interface.
  3. Articles, magazines, books, and dissertations covering a wide range of subjects including biodiversity, conservation, environmental science, marine and freshwater biology, parasitology, and new laboratory and field techniques.
  4. Abstracts from articles, books, reports, conference proceedings, patents, and maps for aquatic sciences and fisheries from around the world.
  5. Contains bibliographic information about the published and unpublished literature relating to fisheries, aquatic sciences and nautical sciences.

Other Resources

  1. Citations from books, articles and reports on agriculture and allied disciplines including, plant and animal science, environmental management, and food and nutrition.
  2. AGRIS (Agricultural sciences and technology) identifies worldwide references to journals, books, and non-conventional materials (sometimes called "grey literature" e.g. theses, reports, etc.) covering all aspects of agriculture, forestry, plant and animal production, and food and nutrition.CARIS (Current Agricultural Research Information System) identifies detailed information about current agricultural research projects being carried out in - or on behalf of - developing countries.
  3. Citations with abstracts to the worldwide literature (grey literature and published research from 1978) on the Arctic and other cold regions. Produced by the Arctic Institute of North America. Covers a wide range of topics ranging from science to social science and history.
  4. Core articles and conference proceedings in biology and agriculture.
  5. Articles covering all areas of biology and medicine. Subscription does not include access to Current Reports.
  6. Articles on clinical medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and the pre-clinical sciences.
  7. Articles and e-books focused in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences.
  8. E-books, handbooks, reviews, and research volumes in biology, bioinformatics, and biotechnology.
  9. Continually updated text, photographs, and videos for life history information on over 700 different bird species.
  10. Material safety databases maintained by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. The Library only provides access to those databases found under WEB COLLECTIONS and the Western Legislation under "Canadian enviroOSH Legislation plus Standards". The Library does not provide access to the Supplementary information found in the Canadian ILO Encyclopedia, or CHEMpendium.
  11. Provides abstracts of definitive controlled trials that have been identified by contributors to the Cochrane Collaboration.
  12. Articles on cell and molecular biology protocols including, genetics, bioinformatics, protein science, basic microscopy, and electrophoresis and imaging.
  13. E-books cover topics related to biomedical and life sciences.
  14. Reports of various ecological projects within British Columbia. Associated data and map files are included whenever possible. Covers diverse subjects such as water quality and water quantity, reservoirs, floodplain mapping, groundwater, fish and fish habitat, wildlife and wildlife habitat, terrestrial information, soils, and vegetation.
  15. E-books, reviews, and research volumes in the Environmental Sciences from CRC Press. Subjects include environmental protection, remediation, green and sustainable practices, biofuels, and renewable energy.
  16. Comprehensive coverage (over 1,900 journals) in environmental and many related disciplines. Also available is fulltext access to over 200 monographs.
  17. Articles in biology and medicine by the worlds largest group of leading scientists and clinicians.
    Sign in for a personalized homepage, or click 'Article Recommendations' to bypass the sign in.
  18. Video collection that demonstrates general laboratory techniques.
  19. An index to general science journals, magazines, and some trade publications with coverage back to 1984. Subject coverage includes astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, conservation, health & medicine, oceanography, physics, zoology and more.
  20. An extensive collection of bibliographies of books, articles, monographs, reports and theses in physical and human geography, geology, mineralogy, ecology and development studies. The scope is international, dating back to 1980. The interdisciplinary coverage makes it suitable for researching environmental issues.
  21. Scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.
    SFU Authorized users can obtain full text links to SFU Library resources, by going to Google Scholar Settings and clicking on Library links. Then type and select Simon Fraser University - Get@SFU and Save.
    OR use the Off Campus and Wireless Access Bookmarklet to gain access to the full text licensed by SFU Library.
  22. Biomedical and life sciences video lectures.
  23. Impact factor and other ranking information about scholarly journals. Presents quantifiable statistical data that provides a systematic evaluation of leading journals and their impact and influence in the research community.
  24. Provides articles from worldwide biomedical and health literature, covering research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues, and health care services.
  25. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine, provides access to abstracts and articles on biomedical research. Use this version if you are an alumni or extramural borrower or external user accessing this database from home. No login required.
  26. Provides articles from worldwide biomedical and health literature, covering research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues, and health care services. Available to current students, faculty and staff members (and alumni and external SFU cardholders from within the library).
  27. Literature on the marine and brackish-water environment. Covers marine biology and physical oceanography, fisheries, aquaculture, non-living resources, meteorology and geology, plus environmental, technological, and legislative topics.
  28. Provides articles covering topics related to science, technology and medicine.
  29. Interactive 3D animated human anatomy and physiology models, narrated animations and illustrations, dissection slides, clinical case studies, pronunciation guide, quizzes and much more.
  30. Worlds most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world. Historic and ongoing coverage.
  31. Articles on the core topics of the agricultural sciences including nutrition, food safety, food quality, animal and crop production and protection, natural resources, sustainable agricultural systems, rural development, agricultural economic and policy issues, agricultural imports and exports, agricultural statistics, extramural research, and extension education.
  32. Physics preprints on quantitative biology.
  33. Search for Canadian theses (Masters and PhD) since 1965; includes some full-text access.
  34. A cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas.
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