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Biology Article Databases

For Starters

  • e-Nature Online Field Guides
    "Search the National Audubon nature guides online, find detailed species descriptions then save your own notes in the eNature Life Lists."
  • Kimball's Biology Pages
    Kimball's Biology Pages consist of a list of topics, arranged alphabetically, of biological terms. The terms are mostly from the areas of molecular and cellular biology. Each item may include: a definition;underlined links to other definitions; links to 'mini' essays on the topic.
  • SciVee.TV
    SciVee.TV broadcasts science videos and pubcasts for free. It was created for scientists, by scientists, and has partnerships with the Public Library of Science and the NSF .
  • World of Cells
    Illustrations and definitions of plant and animal cells.
  • Global Invasive Species Database
    This site emphasizes "invasive alien species that threaten native biodiversity and covers all taxonomic groups from micro-organisms to animals and plants in all ecosystems." The database covers 800-plus species in over 250 countries.

Sub-topics

Botany and Mycology | Developmental Biology | Ecology and Environmental Sciences | Genetics, Molecular Biology and Evolution | Human Anatomy and Physiology | Microbiology and Bacteriology | Zoology

  • Botany and Mycology
    • Virtual Library of Botany/Plant Biology
      A broad directory of botany resources, this site offers links to plant taxonomy, genetics, natural history, and related sites.
    • Plant Pathology Internet Guide Book
      The Plant Pathology Internet Guide Book is a subject oriented internet resource guide for plant pathology, applied entomology, and all related fields. On these pages you will find plant pathology related internet sites and more useful resources.
    • Plants Database
      This web site is a center for National Plant information. The PLANTS database "focuses on the vascular and nonvascular plants of the United States."
    • Prairie Source.com
      Prairiesource.com is subtitled "Your Total Prairie Resource. It is an informational resource for all things regarding prairie, native grasses, wildflowers, and related topics."
    • Ultimate Tree-Ring Web Pages
      Welcome and thank you for visiting the ultimate tree-ring web pages, designed to be the ULTIMATE source for information on tree-ring research (dendrochronology).
    • Biodiversity Heritage Library
      BHL is a consortium of 12 major US and UK botanical and natural history libraries with a collection of over 46K titles ranging in date from 1450-present. Patrons may request items to be scanned into the digital library.
  • Developmental Biology
    • Basic Embryology Review Program
      This website follows the development of a human fetus from fertilization to birth. Currently, the Overview is the only chapter that is available, but links to various systems illustrate where the program plans to go.
  • Genetics, Molecular Biology and Evolution
    • Cell and Molecular Biology Online
      The goal of Cell and Molecular Biology Online is to serve as a general resource for the biology community with an emphasis on information for cell and molecular biologists.
    • DNA from the Beginning
      Divided into three main sections - Classical Genetics, Molecules of Genetics and Genetic Organization and Control - this site explains the science behind each concept through animation, video interviews, images and much more.
    • Glossary of Genetics Terms
    • New Gene Map of the Human Genome
      Diagrams of the human genome system. Charts of each separate gene highlight important genes and their known functions.
    • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man
      OMIM is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders authored and edited by Dr. Victor A. McKusick and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere, and developed for the World Wide Web by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The database contains textual information, pictures, and reference information.
    • Students Guide to the Human Genome Project
    • The Tree of Life
      This huge and ambitious project organizes, surveys, and displays the diversity, evolutionary history, and characteristics of all groups of living organisms. This attractive and expertly managed site has over 1300 pages housed on 20 computers in four countries, and is authored by biologists from around the world.
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • Anatomy of the Human Body (Gray's Anatomy)
      Anatomy of the Human Body features 1,247 vibrant engravings (many in color) from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries ranging from the Antrum of Highmore to the Zonule of Zinn.
    • Columbia/HCA Virtual Body
      This website has "a series of elaborate presentations of the various parts and functions of the human body" ADAM Software provides the anatomical images for Columbia/HCA's Virtual Body Project. (requires Shockwave plug-in)
    • Digital Anatomist Project
      The Digital Anatomist Project is motivated by the belief that anatomy is the basis of all the biomedical sciences. Anatomical information is represented through the generation of graphical models derived from cadaver and clinical imaging data and, by symbolic modeling of the structures and relationships that constitute the human body.
    • The eSkeletons Project
      The e-Skeletons Project website enables you to view the bones of a human, gorilla, and baboon and gather information about them from an osteology database.
    • The Heart: An Online Exploration
      Listen to healthy and diseased hearts, view Quicktimes of open-heart surgery and echocardiograms, review x-rays, learn how the heart works, even take an animated trip down a coronary artery. You can learn how to correctly take your own pulse (five different ways) and how to keep your heart healthy.
    • Retina Reference
      Scientific and mathematical discussion of the retina. Information about molecular and cellular structure. Includes a bibliography of vision-related articles, diagrams, mathematical equations, and sections on the retinal neuron and the anatomy of eye.
    • Screenwriter's Guide to the Autopsy
      The purpose of this paper is to make available to screenwriters, novelists, and other interested individuals an authentic detailed narrative account of a routine postmortem examination (autopsy) as performed by a pathologist on a patient who has died in hospital.
  • Microbiology and Bacteriology
    • All the Virology on the WWW
      All the Virology on the WWW seeks to be the best single site for Virology information on the Internet. We have collected all the virology related Web sites that might be of interest to our fellow virologists, and others interested in learning more about viruses.
    • Antibody Resource Page
      Features an extensive compilation of antibody information and advice for locating specific antibodies.
    • Bugs in the News
      Leads to the collection of articles, in layman terms, covering science in the news, especially molecular biology-"Bugs in the News." Includes images of biological molecules from national laboratories.
    • E. Coli Index
      These pages contain a comprehensive guide to information relating to the model organism Escherichia coli.
    • Museum of Bacteria
      "The Foundation for Bacteria was founded in March 1999. The corporation's purpose is to promote, advance and advocate the common interest of the scientific community and the general public in scientific research and education related to bacteria, diseases caused by bacteria, and the utilization of bacteria to solve specific problems of humankind."
    • NCBI Taxonomy Browser
      National Center for Biotechnology Information provides this quick and easy tool for finding the complete lineage for any species. The database allows searches by common name as well as scientific name.
  • Zoology -- Sub-topics in Zoology
    • Birds
      • Cornell Lab of Ornithology
        An extensive site for everyone who is interested in birds (ornithology). There is information about the Lab's research, publications, happenings and much more. Interested citizens can take part in the annual Christmas bird count, can get tips on birdhouses, and listen to the extensive library of bird calls. An excellent site!
      • Duckdata
        A comprehensive, searchable, bibliography of published writings on the ecology, conservation, and management of North American waterfowl (Anatidae) and their wetland habitats.
      • Hummingbird Web Site
        Filled with beautiful pictures and lots of information, this site is a pleasure for any bird enthusiast to browse.
      • Owl Pages
        A site devoted to owls from Australia, North America, and other parts of the world. Each breed has information about its appearance, size, hunting, breeding, mortality, and habitat.
      • Raptor Center
        The Raptor Center is an international medical facility for birds of prey.
    • Fish and Marine Life
      • American Zoo and Aquarium Association
        They represent "virtually every professionally operated zoological park, aquarium, oceanarium, and wildlife park in North America...."
      • Fishing World
        This searchable site has an enormous amount of material for the fisher.
      • Shark Research Program
        This searchable site presents information, with many drawings and photographs, about sharks and rays.
      • Whale Watching Web
        A directory of links to other whale watching Web sites worldwide, including commercial and nonprofit ones.
    • Invertebrates
      • So You Want to Identify a Spider?
        Directory of links, with descriptions, to good Web resources for the study of arachnids (spiders and relatives.)
      • Bumblebee Pages
        Information about bumblebees including their lifecycle and anatomy along with photos and diagrams.
      • Butterflies and Moths of North America
        Distribution in all the states and northern Mexico, with pages, most with photos, of thousands of butterflies and moths, listed by families within each state.
      • Firefly Files
        Everything you ever wanted to know about fireflies.
      • Myrmecology Portal
        This searchable site includes information about ant colonies, larvae, nests, feeding habits, and related aspects of their biology.
      • Xerces Society
        A nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving invertebrates and their habitat. In the education section, 180 endangered or at-risk species are profiled.
    • Mammals
      • American Kennel Club
        This comprehensive site has the AKC's Directory of Breeds - with photos and complete descriptions of the 148 recognized dog breeds, current registration statistics, as well as upcoming events and its official publication - The AKC Gazette.
      • Animal Info: Information on Rare, Threatened and Endangered Mammals
        This site is concerned solely with rare, threatened and endangered mammals throughout the world. Info on each animal includes a basic profile, status, degree of endangeredness, current distribution, reasons for decline, data on biology and ecology and references. Can search by individual species, species group or by country.
      • Bear Den
        Comprehensive information on all eight bear species including grizzlies, pandas, polar bears, black bears, asiatic black bears, sun bears, spectacled bears, and sloth bears.
      • Wolf Studies Project
        A focal point for worldwide environmental education about wolves, their interrelationships with other species, and their role within human cultures.
      • Primate Info Net
        This site links to information on primate physiology, anatomy, ecology, conservation, and more.
    • Reptiles and Amphibians
      • The Reptile Database
        The Reptile Database serves as a taxonomic reference with some supplementary information, currently listing about 9,500 species and nearly 3,000 subspecies.
      • Crocodilian Biology Database
        Sections on this site include: evolution and taxonomy, morphology, general biology, conservation and crocodile lore. A section on behaviour is coming soon.
      • AmphibiaWeb
        AmphibiaWeb is an online system that provides access to information on amphibian declines, conservation, natural history, and taxonomy.
      • Interactive Frog Dissection: An Online Tutorial
        An interactive site designed to teach students the anatomy of a frog as well as how to dissect it. The instructions and photographs are clear.
      • Sea Turtle Migration
        Although the primary purpose here is to provide satellite tracking maps for tagged Caribbean sea turtles, the site also provides good background information on species, behavior, and conservation activities.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

  • AgriPedia
    Agripedia has been created to allow students to use resources across the country in an integrated, interactive learning resource on the Internet. As an "encyclopedia of agriculture", Agripedia presents facts, figures, demonstrations, examples, graphics, and more regarding the concepts, practices, and vocabulary of agriculture in a multimedia format using audio clips, graphics, text and animation.
  • BioTech's Life Science Dictionary
    Currently, most of our 8300+ terms deal with biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, cell biology and genetics. We also have some terms relating to ecology, limnology, pharmacology, toxicology and medicine.
  • Garden Dictionary
    National Gardening Association, 15,000 main entries.
  • Glossary of Genetic Terms
    National Human Genone Research Institute glossary, including audio glossary.
  • On-line Biology Glossary

Associations and Organizations


Other Internet Guides

  • BiologyBrowser
    An interactive portal designed "to connect life sciences researchers with free, useful resources and other like-minded scientists from all around the world." Includes annotated links to news and life science Web sites, a nomenclatural glossary for zoology, a zoological thesaurus, a forum for biologists and scientists to discuss findings, and more. Searchable.
  • Earthwatch Institute
    The mission of the Earthwatch Institute is to promote sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships between scientists, educators and the general public.
  • Human Genome: A Guide to Online Information Sources
    Web site serves an an integrated, one-stop,genomic information infrastructure for biomedical researchers from around the world so that they may use this data in their research efforts.
  • Molecular Biology Databases
    Accesses searchable DNA and protein sequence databases available on the Internet.
  • National Center for Biotechnology Information
    Established in 1988 as a national resource for molecular biology information, NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information.
  • Scott's Botanical Links
    Annotated searchable collection of botany-related Internet sites, selected with the advanced high school or college student in mind. A new site is added each day.
  • WWW Virtual Library: Sustainable Development
    A comprehensive list of internet sites dealing with sustainable development, including organisations, projects and activities, electronic journals, libraries, references and documents, databases, directories or metadatabases.