Biology Research Guide



ScienceDirect College Edition
Full text access to Elsevier publications in the Sciences back to 1996. George Fox subscribes to the Life Sciences, Health Sciences, and Physical Sciences and Engineering journal packages.

Academic Search Premier
An interdisciplinary database that provides full text articles. This is the only database at George Fox that includes full text access to the Journal of Chemical Physics (1 year embargo).

Web of Science
The Web of Science includes the Science Citation Index from 1979 to the present, the Social Sciences Citation Index from 1994 to present, Index Chemicus and Current Chemical Reactions. 

A research discovery tool providing access to diverse research from many scientific disciplines, including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science, and more.  Search for substances, reactions, and patent and journal references.  Create a SciFinder account

Environmental Resources

This database contains bibliographic records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library. Coverage for AGRICOLA dates back to 1970 and includes more than 4.1 million citations. The citations are comprised of journal articles, monographs, theses, patents, software, audiovisual materials, and technical reports related to agriculture.

BioOne provides integrated access to interrelated journals focused on the biological, ecological and environmental sciences. Coverage begins in 2000.

Birds of North America Online
A comprehensive reference covering the life histories of North American birds. BNA Online contains image and video galleries showing behaviors, habitat, nests, eggs and nestlings, and more. Each online species account contains recordings of that bird's songs and calls, selected from the extensive collection in Cornell's Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds. 

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection
A collection of over 700 journals and 6 subject specific reference titles provide robust coverage of environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

A multidisciplinary database that draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for approximately 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

JSTOR Plant Science
JSTOR Plant Science is an online environment that provides access to foundational content vital to plant science – plant type specimens, taxonomic structures, scientific literature, and related materials. It also provides an easy to use interface with powerful functionality that supports research and teaching, including the ability to measure and record plant specimens, share observations and objects with colleagues and classmates, and investigate global plant biodiversity. It is useful for those researching, teaching or studying botany, biology, ecology, environmental and conservation studies.

Medical/cell biology/genetics

Academic Search Premier
The world's largest scholarly, multidiscipline, full-text database designed specifically for academic institutions. Contains full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed publications, in nearly all academic areas of study.

Coverage from 1991 to 2004. Provides worldwide coverage of research in the biological and biomedical sciences.

Medline via Ebsco
Covers the literature of biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences. 1965 to the present.

Oxford Journals

Over 200 academic and research journals covering a broad range of subject areas, two-thirds of which are published in collaboration with learned societies and other international organizations.

From the National Library of Medicine, PubMed includes MEDLINE and related databases. Over 18 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's.

ScienceDirect College Edition
Full-text access to most Elsevier journals in the physical sciences and life sciences, from 2002 to the present. To see only full-text content, click on their green search button and then change the "source" to "Subscribed Journals."

Thousands of biologyy-specific full text journals and e-books in a user-friendly interface.

Web of Science
The Web of Science includes the Science Citation Index from 1987 to the present, Index Chemicus and Current Chemical Reactions. The Science Citation Index Expanded provides access to bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references from over 6,650 of the world’s leading scholarly science and technology journals covering more than 150 disciplines.

Wiley Interscience
Full text for most of Wiley's several hundred journals.

Web resources



National Center for Biotechnology Information

National Library of Medicine 

NOAA/ESRL Global Monitoring Division

Open Culture
Edited by the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program, it includes a large collection of videos for teaching and sharing of science and technology. The site reviews and explains the content of each video. It also compiles podcasts and audio files.

Open-i: Open Access Biomedical Image Search Engine 
A search engine for locating freely available biomedical images and selected text from medical-related literature.

PLos Biology
Peer-reviewed open-source journal.
Search dozens of databases and hundreds of websites from 15 federal agencies.

Finding books

By subject search

Below are some links to various subject searches in the catalog. The subject search is a specific and helpful way to find materials about your area of interest. Explore these or try some of your own subject searches using the "Subject" tab in Primo. For more information on "power searching" by subject, ask your reference librarian.

By call number

If you want to browse for books in the library, use the call numbers below to find the subject areas that are of interest to you. You can use them to browse the reference section or the main stacks. The Library of Congress website may have a more detailed outline of call numbers for your subject area.

Subclass QH  
QH1-278.5 Natural history (General)
QH1-(199.5) General - Including nature conservation, geographical distribution
QH201-278.5 Microscopy
QH301-705.5 Biology (General)
QH359-425 Evolution
QH426-470 Genetics
QH471-489 Reproduction
QH501-531 Life
QH540-549.5 Ecology
QH573-671 Cytology
QH705-705.5 Economic biology
Subclass QK  
QK1-989 Botany
QK1-474.5 General - Including geographical distribution
QK474.8-495 Spermatophyta. Phanerogams
QK494-494.5 Gymnosperms
QK495 Angiosperms
QK504-(638) Cryptogams
QK640-(707) Plant anatomy
QK710-899 Plant physiology
QK900-989 Plant ecology
Subclass QL  
QL1-991 Zoology
QL1-355 General - Including geographical distribution
QL360-599.82 Invertebrates
QL461-599.82 Insects
QL605-739.8 Chordates. Vertebrates
QL614-639.8 Fishes
QL640-669.3 Reptiles and amphibians
QL671-699 Birds
QL700-739.8 Mammals
QL750-795 Animal behavior
QL791-795 Stories and anecdotes
QL799-799.5 Morphology
QL801-950.9 Anatomy
QL951-991 Embryology
Subclass QM  
QM1-695 Human anatomy
QM1-511 General
QM531-549 Regional anatomy
QM550-577.8 Human and comparative histology
QM601-695 Human embryology
Subclass QP  
QP1-(981) Physiology
QP1-345 General - Including influence of the environment
QP351-495 Neurophysiology and neuropsychology
QP501-801 Animal biochemistry
QP(901)-(981) Experimental pharmacology
Subclass QR  
QR1-502 Microbiology
QR1-74.5 General
QR75-99.5 Bacteria
QR99.6-99.8 Cyanobacteria
QR100-130 Microbial ecology
QR171 Microorganisms in the animal body
QR180-189.5 Immunology
QR355-502 Virology