Resources for Biological Sciences

Electronic books

NCBI Bookshelf

A collection of books on a broad range of topics central to molecular and cell biology. Made available by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

Electronic journals

The Albert Sloman Library subscribes to Nature and Science as well as many other titles.


Nature is an interdisciplinary journal publishing peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology

BioMed Central

BioMed Central is an independent publishing house, which provides open access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. BioMed Central’s portfolio includes many journals covering biological science subjects, such as biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biotechnology, cell biology, and chemical biology, among others. A number of journals require an institutional or a personal subscription to view additional content, such as reviews or paper reports. Free trial subscriptions to these journals are available

Highwire Press Free Journals

The journals that HighWire supports focus on science, technology, and medicine (STM). Much content is available without subscription, although as a general rule current content is not available. Free Website.

Databases and datasets


A free extensive bibliographic database on agriculture and allied disciplines including animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences. Made available by the National Agricultural Library (NAL).

EurOcean - European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology

EurOcean is a gateway which provides access to hierarchically organised groups of information related to marine science and technology in Europe. It also provides tools for interactivity with the end-users of the portal. The databases are grouped under European research vessels, European underwater vehicles, Eurocean, and European marine research funded projects.

The Information Bridge: DOE Scientific and Technical Reports Online

Provides free access to over 208,000 full-text documents and bibliographic citations of Department of Energy (DOE) research report literature. Documents are primarily from 1991 onwards and cover biology, environmental sciences and renewable energy.

NCBI Entrez Genome Project Database

A searchable collection of complete and incomplete (in-progress) large-scale sequencing, assembly, annotation, and mapping projects for cellular organisms. Made available by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).


The PrimateLit database provides bibliographic access to the scientific literature on nonhuman primates for the research and educational communities. Coverage of the database is 1940 to present and includes all publication categories (articles, books, abstracts, technical reports, dissertations, book chapters, etc.) and many subject areas (behaviour, colony management, ecology, reproduction, field studies, disease models, veterinary science, psychology, physiology, pharmacology, evolution, taxonomy, developmental and molecular biology, genetics and zoogeography). From the Washington National Primate Research Center, University of Washington. Free website.

Sea-Search - oceanographic and marine data and information in Europe

Sea-Search is a gateway to European oceanographic, marine data and information, which has been developed by a partnership of 33 institutes/centres and provides support for researchers in managing data. European and international marine data and information centres, and marine data networks are listed with their URLs and contact details. New sections include marine organisations in Europe and a common data index. Links are provided to selected research projects and data products and examples of online data access in Europe are included.

Directories of biology resources

Fishing for information

A guide to internet resources in aquatic science compiled by Stirling Aquaculture at the University of Stirling


Biological sciences gateway to the internet

Sci Central

Gateway to science news

Teaching and learning

The Biology project

The Biology project is an interactive online resource for learning biology, developed at the University of Arizona

Engage in research - the interactive resource for bioscience students

Includes sections on literature searching, scientific writing and planning your research

On-line biology book

"The Online Biology Book was created by Dr. Michael J. Farabee of Estrella Mountain Community College in Arizona. The textbook represents Farabee's many years of teaching freshman biology and offers "introductory hypertext learning modules for a wide variety of biological topics." It is organised into 41 chapters (and a glossary), all of which are revised and updated frequently. Topics include chemistry, cellular biology, genetics, thermodynamics, protein synthesis, plants and structure, animal organ systems (integumentary, respiratory, etc.), evolutionary theory, and biological diversity, among others, etc.

Encyclopedia of marine life in Britain and Ireland

This is a colourful introduction to marine life inhabiting the waters off the coast of Britain and Ireland. You can browse photos of organisms via species lists for different groups of animals or by clicking on the images on the front page. Photos are accompanied by a link to a distribution map, plus there is general info on the species if available. This resource is part of Habitas, the website of the Sciences Division of the Ulster Museum.

Marine biology web

Marine Biology Web is an educational resource for marine biology students. MBREF provides references chosen by experts arranged in lists organised by subjects. The site also includes a glossary of marine biology, and information on becoming a marine biologist, marine labs, institutes, graduate and college programmes in marine biology, internships and courses and U.S. tidal predictions. A demo of the section on 'Rocky Shores' from the 'Explorations in marine biology CD' published by Oxford University Press is available to view. The Webmaster has provided a short bibliography of books on marine biology.

Biodiversity and conservation

Essex Biodiversity Project

The Essex Biodiversity Project is an informal partnership of over 40 organisations and individuals committed to protect, conserve and enhance the variety of wildlife species and habitats in Essex through the successful implementation of the Essex Biodiversity Action Plan.

Focus on biodiversity and conservation

A resource guide from Intute providing high quality sources of information on biodiversity and conservation for students in Higher and Further education. It is not a definitive list of web resources but an interesting collection of examples of what is available.


The Aerosol Society

American Chemical Society

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

Biotechnology Industry Organization

Biophysical Society

British Biophysical Society

British Microbial Biodiversity Association [BMBA]

British Society for Cell Biology

The BSCB aims to promote and advance research in all branches of cell biology and encourages the interchange of information.

European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)

A membership organisation of leading researchers in Europe representing a cross-section of the life sciences community.

American Society for Microbiology

The ASM is the world’s largest scientific society of individuals interested in the microbiological sciences.

Society of Biology (formerly the Institute of Biology)

The professional body representing UK biologists

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH Wallingford)

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH Oxford)

Centre for Population Biology

Environment Agency


Institute of Biomedical Science

Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

Marine Biological Association (MBA)

Natural Environment Research Council

Royal Society of Chemistry

The James Hutton Institute


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