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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)

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  1. Indexes core journal articles, conference proceedings, and other resources in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, can be used for citation analysis of research. A citation index contains the references cited by the authors of the publications covered by the index. You can use these references to do a cited reference search. This type of search enables you to find works that cite a previously published work.
  2. All aspects of animal research.
  3. Biology, technology, policy and pollution information on all aquatic environments.
  4. Catalogue of the Libraries of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
  5. Access to MEDLINE using Ovid. More advanced searching options than EBSCO Medline.

Other Resources

  1. Covers agriculture and allied disciplines.
  2. AGRIS:Agricultural sciences and technology
    CARIS: Current Agricultural Research Information System
  3. Grey literature (i.e. government reports, industry, First Nations & university publications) and published research from 1978. Covers all aspects of northern Canada, e.g. earth sciences, life sciences, sociocultural studies. Contains: 1) descriptions of research projects; and 2) citation information, publication abstracts, and links to full text online/physical library resources where available.
  4. Covers core literature in biology and agriculture.
  5. Full text, peer reviewed research articles covering all areas of biology and medicine.
  6. Access to nearly 900 full text biomedical journals.
  7. Access to journal articles and e-books from BioOne.
  8. A collection of e-books from the CRC press covering the biological sciences.
  9. Birds of North America Online is a continually updated, comprehensive reference for life history information on over 700 different bird species
  10. Material safety databases maintained by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
  11. The Cochrane Collaboration's register of controlled trials.
  12. Interactive online methods database of cell and molecular biology protocols.
  13. Biomedical and Life Sciences full-text e-books from Morgan & Claypool.
  14. 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.
  15. Comprehensive coverage (over 1,900 journals) in environmental and related disciplines. Also available is fulltext access to over 200 monographs.
  16. Personalized recommendations of the best research articles in biology and medicine by the worlds largest group of leading scientists and clinicians. Fast and comprehensive identification and assessment of the best research articles in biology and medicine by the world’s largest group of leading scientists and clinicians. F1000Prime provides researchers with a personalized literature service using a collection of innovative tools and resources.
    Sign in for a personalized homepage, or click 'Article Recommendations' to bypass the sign in.
  17. Video collection that demonstrates general laboratory techniques.
  18. Covers a range of general science journals, magazines, and some newspapers.
  19. Abstracts 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.
  20. Scholarly literature from across many disciplines. Includes articles, theses and dissertations, books and reports, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories and universities.
    Should you encounter an error message, you can also obtain full text links to SFU Library resources, by going to Google Scholar and clicking on More - Settings - Library links. Then type and select Simon Fraser University - Where can I Get This? and Save.
    OR use the Off Campus and Wireless Access Bookmarklet to gain access to the full text on publisher sites.
  21. Animated audio visual presentations by world leading experts in Biomedical Sciences.
  22. 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.
  23. A video journal for biological research.

    All journal sections of JoVE are available via PubMed Central after 24 months.

  24. Use this version if you are an alumni or extramural borrower or external user accessing this database from home. No login required.
  25. Use this version if you are an SFU student, faculty or staff to see "Get@SFU" links to full text on the PubMed interface.
  26. 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.
  27. PLOS (Public Library of Science) is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.
  28. Interactive 3D Animated Human Anatomy Modules for Clinical Practice, Research, and Teaching. 75 simulataneous users shared with eHLbc participating libraries.
  29. This database is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day.
  30. PubAg is a portal to USDA-authored and other highly relevant agricultural research.
  31. A section of the physics preprint ArXiv devoted to quantitative biology.
  32. Central access point for Canadian theses (Masters and PhD), including free full text of theses since 1998.
  33. A cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas
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