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Gail Morton is the Biology Subject Librarian; she will be glad to answer your questions about research, instruction or the library's collections. You can contact Gail by phone or e-mail, or visit her in person at the Tarver Library.

Need help citing sources? If you use APA style, check out the guide from OWL at Purdue for help formatting your citations. You can also bring your reference list to the Ask Jack desk, and a librarian will check your citations.

College of Liberal Arts, Department of Biology home page

Biology Databases

GALILEO Discovery is an “online library portal to authoritative, subscription-only information that isn’t available through free search engines or Web directories.” Discovery also provides an advanced search option so that the user is able to access multiple databases with a variety of disciplines in one place.

Research Library (ProQuest)
Provides abstracts and indexing for over 2,600, as well as full text for over 1,700 scholarly journals and general magazines. Research Library is an expansion of, and replacement for, the database titled Periodical Abstracts Research II.

Web of Science (Web of Knowledge/Thomson Reuters)
Web of Science is probably the best place for you to start your research, because it will help you discover articles in the most prestigious scientific journals. While there's no full text directly available here, there are links to help you find full text and/or request articles through Interlibrary Loan. Note that you can limit your search to specific article types (including review articles), date ranges, languages, etc. using the menu on the left once you have submitted your initial search.

Environment Complete (EBSCO)
Offers deep coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.

JSTOR is a digital archive of core journals in various fields, including several ecology titles. Unlike many electronic journal services containing only the most recent years of a publication, JSTOR contains the entire back file. Tarver librarians created this guide to help students using this database.

ScienceDirect (Elsevier)
Citations and some full text to high quality science journals published by Elsevier.
Access Alert! The key to knowing if you have access to a particular article is to note the small 'piece of paper' indicator next to each citation. If it's green, you're in business; if it's white you'll need to request it by Interlibrary Loan.

SpringerLink e-Journals
SpringerLink is the platform for accessing online journals and books published by Springer.
Access Alert! The absence of a padlock symbol means that full text is available.

Wiley Online Library
Wiley Online Library is a multi-disciplinary database that includes full-text journal articles and some full-text reference sources published by Wiley.
Access Alert! An open padlock symbol by an article title means that full text is available.

Dissertations and Theses Full Text (ProQuest)
Dissertations and Theses Full Text is a multidisciplinary database which includes 2.4 million searchable citations to dissertations and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with 1.2 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.

Now provided in the familiar EBSCO interface, this database covers every major agricultural subject including agricultural engineering and marketing, animal breeding, entomology, environmental pollution, farm management, foods and feeds, pesticides, rural sociology, social sciences, veterinary medicine, and water resources. The citations consist of journal articles, book chapters, monographs, conference proceedings, serials, technical reports, and other materials on a broad range of agricultural topics.

Science & Technology Collection (EBSCO)
Contains over 800 full-text journals covering relevant aspects of the scientific and technical community. Topics include aeronautics, astrophysics, biology, chemistry, computer technology, geology, aviation, physics, archaeology, marine sciences, and materials science. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 1,700 publications. This collection contains many scholarly journals.

Provides access to National Library of Medicine's database, as well as links to some full-text articles.

ARTstor Digital Library
This resource provides over 1.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Please reference the Terms and Conditions for information on how to responsibly use the images in this collection.

Biology Journals

Biology journals in the Mercer University Libraries Catalog

Online journals in the biological disciplines:

Biology Books

Search the library catalog to find books available in the Tarver (Macon), Swilley (Atlanta), and Regional Academic Center Libraries as well as electronic books. Items not available in the Tarver Library can be requested from another library.

Biology books available in the Tarver Library on the 1st floor include these Library of Congress classification numbers:

  • QH  Natural History - Biology
  • QK  Botany
  • QL  Zoology
  • QM  Human Anatomy
  • QP  Physiology
  • QR  Microbiology

See what new books have been added to Tarver Library's Biology collection by viewing New Acquisitions. If you don't see a title in the list or in the online catalog, suggest new or additional titles that the library should purchase.

Biology Reference Sources in the Tarver Library

Dictionary of zoology Reference, QL9 .C66 2014

Encyclopedia of bioethics Reference, QH332 .E52 2004 (5 vols.)

Grzimek's animal life encyclopedia Reference, QL7.G79 2004 (10 vols.)

Gray's anatomy Reference, QM23.2 .G73 1989

Handbook of the birds of the world Reference, QL673 .H265 (8 vols.)

Writing papers in the biological sciences QH304 .M36 2012

Web Sites
Provides information on Quantitative Biology through open access journals and research.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Glossary
Glick's glossary of over 3000 common and obscure terms is searchable by keyword.

Produced by Thomson Reuters, this free website offers access to resources for the life sciences information community. Note that many of these links will take you outside of the BiologyBrowser site, so please be sure to look closely at content and assess its accuracy.

Carnivorous Plant Database
The title says it all.

Entrez, the life sciences search engine
Search numerous databases managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Includes some full text resources.

Fishbase is a site listing over 29,500 Species and 222,400 Common names. Search the site by common name, scientific name (genus and species), by country/island and more. Each fish is then classified with a picture, information on class, size, environment, resilience, morphology, and other pertinent information.

Flora of North America
FNA presents information on the names, taxonomic relationships, continent-wide distributions, and morphological characteristics of all plants, native and naturalized, found in North America north of Mexico.

International Plant Names Index
The International Plant Names Index (IPNI) is a database of the names and associated details of seed plants, ferns and fern allies.

Online Book Library
Not all books, but a number of journals as well. Note these links will take you away from the main page and may require a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat.

Plant Facts
This site is designed to serve as a knowledge bank and interactive learning center on the care, cultivation, and utilization of plants from a commercial, consumer, and academic perspective.

This site, managed by the USDA, provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

Tree of Life Project
The Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) is a collaborative effort of biologists from around the world. On more than 4000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about the diversity of organisms on Earth, their evolutionary history, and characteristics.

Course-Specific Guides

BIO300 Invertebrate Zoology (fall 2013, Smith)

BIO301 Vertebrate Zoology
BIO302 Plant Biology (spring 2015, Huber)

BIO310 Genetics - Ethical Issues Presentation (fall 2014, Wiles)

BIO315 Field Studies in Biology: Coral Reef Ecology (spring 2015, Smith)

BIO361 The Biology of Sex and Gender (spring 2014, Hensel)

Gail Morton

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Gail Morton
Assistant Professor
Research Services Librarian

B.S., University of Central Florida, 1995; M.L.I.S., University of South Carolina, 2002

Phone: 478-301-2251

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