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Sciences: Overview

Internet Resources
BiochemNet: A Guide to the Best Biology and Chemistry Educational Resources on the Web.
A site featuring well-organized links to biochemistry information, including organic chemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, and biotechnology. The site also includes a weekly-updated set of links to current biochemistry news stories from both popular and scholarly publications.

A search engine for a select database of Web sites in biology that avoids irrelevant or non-scientific search results. Results are listed in specific categories, such as databases, journals, and companies. Most, but not all search results are annotated. This site has links to related areas and is updated on a regular basis.

Biological Web Sites.
An index of Web sites in biology, arranged alphabetically. The sites in the list are thoroughly annotated; rated on a scale of 1 to 5 for ease of use, learning potential, and interactive value, and described in terms of a text-to-image ratio.

National Center for Biotechnology Information.
A federal government site that focuses on biological and medical research. The site provides free access to PubMed, an easy-to-navigate Web version of Medline, the most complete database available of medical research worldwide, with over nine million references, many of them annotated. The site also provides access to genetic and protein sequence databases and data from other cutting-edge research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

The National Human Genome Research Institute.
A good place to start when researching the human genome. The site contains detailed information about an international project that researches the human genome, as well as that of several other organisms used in research.

Society for Developmental Biology.
Contains an education section, a lab and research section, and a virtual library for developmental biology. The design is clean and the site is sophisticated, including movies that users can download and watch, such as a film on fly embryogenesis. Users can post questions and receive answers via e-mail. Some researchers have posted information on their own research.

The Tree of Life.
An enormous and expanding Web site of more than 1,300 schematic "trees" that map out biological relationships and provide information about organisms as well as detailed bibliographies. The site contains an internal search function to help users find information, as well as a glossary of terms, and an introduction to phylogenetic biology.

The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology's Animal Diversity Web.
Provides detailed information on animals: mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, sharks, bony fishes, mollusks, arthropods, and echinoderms. A sophisticated search mechanism allows users to search the site by keyword and within search fields, including conservation status, reproductive habits, physical description, and geographic range. Each animal is classified by phylum, order, class, and family, and detailed descriptions are provided on everything from physical characteristics, behavior, and habitat to "economic benefits for humans." Includes bibliographies as well.

WWW Virtual Library: Biosciences.
A massive series of links to all branches of the biosciences. The site's divisions run from "Agriculture," to "Whale Watching," and the site is indexed by subjects, organisms, journals and publishers, education resources, and research.


Library Resources
Biological Abstracts. Philadelphia: Biosis, 1926-.
The most complete index to biological literature, published semimonthly. Citations are organized in broad subject categories, and there are indexes by author, keyword, genus and species, biosystem, and concept. Cumulative indexes are published twice a year. Available in electronic format as BIOSIS.

Biological and Agricultural Index. New York: Wilson, 1964-.
Indexes more than 250 journals in biology and agriculture, covering topics in botany, zoology, microbiology, genetics, and biochemistry. Available in electronic format.

Encyclopedia of Human Biology. 2nd ed.
9 vols. San Diego: Academic, 1997.

Offers substantial articles on topics in human biology, ranging from behavior, biochemistry, genetics, and psychology to medical research. The final volume includes an index to the set.

Encyclopedia of Microbiology. 4 vols.
San Diego: Academic, 1992.

Covers topics in microbiology, reviewing research in such areas as bacteriophages, anaerobic respiration, and AIDS. The articles, written for the informed nonspecialist, are substantial and have bibliographies.

Fieldbook of Natural History. By E. Laurence Palmer. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1975.
A handy compilation of information on the natural world, devoted chiefly to the description of plants and animals with some information on their environment and behavior; arranged by topic with an alphabetical index.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. 13 vols. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1977.
A survey of animals, organized by taxonomic class, in several volumes; discusses species' distribution, behavior, and appearance, and includes numerous color plates.

Oxford Companion to Animal Behaviour. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.
Offers short articles, arranged alphabetically, covering topics in ethology, defining terms and discussing theories and discoveries in the field.

Walker's Mammals of the World. By Ronald M. Nowak. 5th ed. 2 vols. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991.
Describes the appearance, habitat, behavior, and biology of every genus of living mammal; arranged taxonomically.

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