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Electronic Reference for the Life Sciences

This site is no longer being maintained! 
Please access it's successor at:

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Katie Newman  3-1-2010


 

Note: a Important resource next to a title indicates this is a particularly significant, comprehensive, or authoritative work.


Individual Works

Biographies

American Men & Women of Science. U of I subscription Katherine H. Nemeh, Pamela M. Kalte, and Noah Schusterbauer, eds. 22nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2005.  8351 pp.  8 vols.
This respected resource is a biographical dictionary of the significant players in the physical, biological and related sciences. Each edition includes biographical entries on approximately 120,000 living scientists, providing birthdate; birthplace; field of specialty; education; honorary degrees; current position; professional and career information; awards; memberships; research information; and addresses for each entrant where available. 

Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography. U of I subscription Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2008.  26 vols
Provides information on the history of science through articles on the professional lives of scientists. All periods of science from classical antiquity to modern times are represented.

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Citation Guides

American Psychological Association Format (Purdue)

Brief Guide to Citing Government Publications (U.Memphis)

Chicago Manual of Style Important resource U of I subscription

Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Pubishers

Citation Style Manuals - A list of online style manuals, maintained by the  U of Illinois Central Reference Library

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Dictionaries -- General / Life Sciences / Health Sciences / Food Sciences

GENERAL DICTIONARIES

Oxford Reference Online U of I subscription Important resource
A collection of over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary and Thesaurus Important resource
While not as comprehensive as other sources, this is a good quick reference site from an authority in dictionary publishing.

Oxford English Dictionary ("The OED") U of I subscription Important resource
The definitive record of the English language. Chronological examples of usage make it especially good for researching the historical development of words.

Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations Dictionary. U of I subscription Bohdan Romaniuk and Michael Reade, eds. 35th ed. Detroit: Gale, 2005.  5121 pp.  4 vols.

LIFE SCIENCES DICTIONARIES

CHEMnetBASE U of I subscription
This database provides online access to the following major chemical reference works from Chapman & Hall/CRC:

Oxford Dictionaries for Biological Sciences, Important resource U of I subscription
Searches together the following:

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Genetics, Genomics, and Proteomics (2004) U of I subscription Wiley. 
Nearly 25,000 terms.

Dictionary of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (2004) U of I subscription
2230 authored entries

-Omes and -omics Glossary (free registration required)

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology

HEALTH SCIENCES DICTIONARIES

Oxford Dictionaries for Medicine, Important resource U of I subscription
Searches together the following:

Glossary for Chemists of Terms Used in Toxicology (From the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry's Clinical Chemistry Division Commission on Toxicology)

Stedman's Medical Dictionary [Available as part of the Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR Electronic Library)] U of I subscription

FOOD SCIENCES DICTIONARIES

Epicurious eating dictionary

Epicurious wine dictionary

Oxford Dictionaries for Food and Drink U of I subscription
Includes:

Nutrition and Well-Being A to ZU of I subscription Delores C.S. James, ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004.  652 pp.  2 vols.
Examines the relationship between food and health on a historical, national and personal level. Analyzes how nutrition has affected quality of life, health and fitness in various countries at different times in history.

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Directories

Biodiversity Collections Index
Comprehensive world-wide resource listing virtually all macro biological collections -- Plants, insects, fish, mammals, etc. Search, for example, Illinois; or Insect; or Moss.

Bioinformatics Links Directory Important resourcefrom Nucleic Acids Research
Lists over 1200 curated links to molecular resources, tools and databases in the realms of: DNA, RNA, protein, expression prediction, microarrays, human genome, model organisms, sequence comparison, literature, and more.

Linscott's Directory of Immunological & Biological Reagents

International Directory of Company HistoriesU of I subscription Tina Grant, ed. Vol. 86. Detroit: St. James Press, 2007.  710 pp
Updated annually.  Brings together the histories of companies that are a leading influence in a particular industry or geographic location. For students, job candidates, business executives, historians and investors.

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Glossaries and Thesauri

FAO Glossary of Biotechnology for Food and Agriculture
Contains 3,196 terms and related definitions in the field of agricultural biotechnology and genetic engineering.

Glossarist: Life Sciences Dictionaries and Glossaries

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus

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Encyclopedias

General / Life Sciences / Health Sciences / Food Sciences

GENERAL SCIENCE ENCYCLOPEDIA

The McGraw-Hill Online Encyclopedia of Science & Technology.  Also known as "AccessScience."  Important resource

The Gale Encyclopedia of Science. U of I subscription K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, eds. 4th ed. Detroit: Gale, 2008.  4992 pp.  6 vols.
Covers all major areas of science, engineering, technology, as well as mathematics and the medical and health sciences, while providing a comprehensive overview of current scientific knowledge and technology. Entries typically describe scientific concepts, provide overviews of scientific areas and, in some cases, define terms

LIFE SCIENCES ENCYCLOPEDIAS

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences Important resource U of I subscription

THE first place to go for information on topics in the life sciences.  It includes 4,200 peer-reviewed articles written by leaders in the field to provide comprehensive and authoritative coverage, aimed at researchers, students and teachers alike.  All articles are accompanied by color illustrations and tables. Appendix and glossary material provide essential information for the non-specialist, including biochemical and taxonomic information, acronyms, synonyms, units and other technical data. Importantly, since all articles have been peer-reviewed a balanced representation of the literature is ensured. Articles are divided into three different categories, which indicate their level of complexity: Introductory, Advanced and Keynote. Introductory articles have been written primarily for undergraduate and non-specialists requiring the basic concepts of a particular subject. Advanced articles provide a more detailed discussion of specialist subjects, equivalent to that found in graduate level texts. Keynote articles provide a platform for debate where controversial issues and 'hot topics' can be discussed.

Encyclopedia of Animals (EBSCO Animals) U of I subscription
Provides in-depth information on a variety of topics relating to animals. The database consists of indexing, abstracts, and full text records describing the nature and habitat of familiar animals. To use: Click on the link above, then click on "General Full-Text Journals and Newspapers" and then select "EBSCO Animals"

Encyclopedia of Life 
The goal is "to serve as an online reference source and database for every one of the 1.8 million species that are named and known on this planet, present and future."  At this point (2008) there's not yet a lot of content.

Climate Change: In ContextU of I subscription Brenda Wilmoth Lerner and K. Lee Lerner, eds. Detroit: Gale, 2008.  1006 pp.  2 vols.
Offers coverage of the history, politics, and ethical debates related to climate change, including the impact of climate change on daily life, trade and commerce, travel, and the future of both industrialized and impoverished nations. Provides insights on leading social issues and spurs critical thinking about the impact of environmental issues on daily life and globalization.

Environmental EncyclopediaU of I subscription Marci Bortman, Peter Brimblecombe, and Mary Ann Cunningham, eds. 3rd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2003.  1641 pp
Provides in-depth, worldwide coverage of environmental issues. Each article is written in a nontechnical style and provides current status, analysis, and suggested solutions whenever possible.

Oxford Reference Online Important resource U of I subscription

Includes hundreds of titles, including:

Grzimek's Animal Life EncyclopediaU of I subscription Michael Hutchins, Arthur V. Evans, Jerome A. Jackson, Devra G. Kleiman, James B. Murphy, Dennis A. Thoney, et al, eds. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2003.  9609 pp.  17 vols.
Organized by animal class, provides summary information about physical characteristics,  distribution, ecology, habitat, behavior, evolution & systematics, reproduction, significance to human, and conservation status.  Representative species are also detailed.

Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Informatics Important resource U of I subscription George P. Rédei.  3rd edition.  Springer, 2008.  Has more than 18,000 entries, arranged alphabetically, and over 2,100 pages.

Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics Important resource U of I subscription Wiley, 2005-2006.  Print version (2005) has 4096 pp.
It brings together the latest concepts in the four areas of genetics, genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics using a multidisciplinary approach. Topics include genetic variation and evolution, epigenetics, the human genome, expression profiling, proteome families, structural proteomics, gene finding/gene structure, protein function and annotation, and more. The work incorporates a vast amount of topical information, profiles cutting-edge techniques, and presents the latest findings from an international team of over five hundred contributors. Hasarticles for both students and more experienced scientists.Contains more than 450 articles covering all aspects of genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and related technologies.  Includes a glossary containing over 550 definitions.

Encyclopedic Reference of Genomics and Proteomics in Molecular Medicine  Important resource U of I subscription Springer, 2006.  2112 pp. 2 vols. 
Contains over 2000 entries written by leading experts in genomics and proteomics. Entries comprise in-depth essays, illustrated with full-color figures, and short entry keywords, which provide an opportunity for non-specialists to gain a more complete understanding of each topic through the explanation of specialist terminology.

Water: Science and IssuesU of I subscription E. Julius Dasch, ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003.  1474 pp.  4 vols.
Covers all important water science concepts and current issues and highlights major historical developments and key figures.  Subjects include environmental pollution, water resources, and earth sciences..

Encyclopedia of BioethicsU of I subscription Stephen G. Post, ed. 3 rd ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004.  3062 pp.  5 vols.
Covering topics on the ethics of health professions, animal research, population control and the environment, the set helps researchers to consider the impact of new scientific knowledge and its potential to harm or benefit present and future generations.

Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. U of I subscription Fedwa Malti-Douglas, ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007.  1682 pp.  4 vols.
Addresses issues of sex and gender at the personal and the social level; examines issues of identity, status, class, ethnicity, race, and nation; of sexuality and the body; of social institutions and the structures of representation. Topics include changing conceptions of "the feminine," the family and masculinity, religion, morality, cultural images, medical practice, public health, economy and society and many more.

Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries. U of I subscription 5th ed. Detroit: Gale, 2007.  1200 pp
Provides information about the inception, emergence and current status of new and established industries and business segments that are pioneering new technologies, introducing break-through marketing strategies or implementing innovative means of serving new markets. Consists of detailed profiles newer industries, such as biometrics, risk management services, satellites, specialty tourism, and others.

HEALTH SCIENCES ENCYCLOPEDIAS

Encyclopedia of Public Health. U of I subscription Lester Breslow, ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2002.  1480 pp.  4 vols.
Aimed at the nonspecialist reader interested in health and medicinal issues. Examines a broad range of topics such as environmental health, drug abuse, epidemiology, nutrition, demographics and diseases. Includes overviews, definitions and biographical entries. appropriate for upper class high school and university students, professionals and the general public. 

Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. U of I subscription Jacqueline L. Longe, ed. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2005.  2411 pp.  4 vols.
Identifies 150 types of alternative medicine being practiced today, including reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, chelation therapy, kinesiology, yoga, chiropractic, Feldenkrais, polarity therapy, detoxification, naturopathy, Chinese medicine, biofeedback, Ayurveda and osteopathy. For the practitioner or interested patient, there are current training requirements, listings of organizations, as well as descriptions of treatments.

Gale Encyclopedia of CancerU of I subscriptionJacqueline L. Longe, ed. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2006.  1419 pp.  2 vols.
Comprehensive survey of 120 cancers, cancer drugs, traditional and alternative treatments, side effects and diagnostic procedures.

Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health: Infancy through Adolescence. U of I subscription Kristine Krapp and Jeffrey Wilson, eds. Detroit: Gale, 2006.  2178 pp.  4 vols.
Provides in-depth coverage of pediatric diseases and disorders, with issues related to physical and cognitive and behavioral development. Covers every major body system, arranged into five main entry types: Diseases & Disorders; Development; Immunizations; Drugs; Procedures. There is a distinct emphasis on health issues affecting children under the age of four. Written in nontechnical language for parents and allied health students.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets: A Guide to Health and Nutrition. U of I subscription Jacqueline L. Longe, ed. Detroit: Gale, 2008.  1101 pp.  2 vols
Covers topics such as dieting and popular diets, dietary concerns, nutritional basics, and the effects of a person's dietary choices on one's health. Topics are organized around the development and history of a diet, its basic principles, any key figures that influence the trend, and any public or regulatory concerns associated with the practice. Provides information across all age groups from infants to the elderly.

Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders. U of I subscription Brigham Narins, ed. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2006.  1563 pp.  2 vols.
Provides information on genetic disorders, including conditions, tests, procedures, treatments and therapies, in articles that are both comprehensive and easy to understand in language accessible to laypersons.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health. U of I subscription Laurie J. Fundukian and Jeffrey Wilson, eds. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2008.  1361 pp.  2 vols.
Provides detailed information on mental disorders and conditions. Also features entries for prescription, alternative and over-the-counter drugs, as well as the various therapies used to treat mental disorders.

Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology. U of I subscription Bonnie Strickland, ed. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2001.  701 pp.
Covers the entire spectrum of psychology, including: notable people, theories and terms; landmark case studies and experiments; applications of psychology in advertising, medicine and sports; and career information. More than 650 articles.

Learning and Memory. U of I subscription John H. Byrne, ed. 2nd ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003.  716 pp.
Provides an overview of the full range of current knowledge about learning and memory.  Features new articles and article updates that capture advances in the changing fields of memory, neuroscience, and cognition. New entries include autobiographical memory, collective memory, schizophrenia and memory, and other topics.

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying. U of I subscription Robert Kastenbaum, ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2002.  1071 pp.  2 vols.
Covering all aspects of death and dying -- biological, medical, social, sociological, psychological, religious, and philosophical. Also provides a deep historical and cross-cultural perspective through the ages.

FOOD SCIENCES ENCYCLOPEDIAS

Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. U of I subscription Solomon H. Katz, ed. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003.  2004 pp.  3 vols.
A survey of food and its place in human culture and society, presented through 600 alphabetically sorted entries. Features multidisciplinary coverage of such topics as comfort food, ethnicity and food, medieval banquets, and nutrient composition, among many others. Includes photographs, illustrations, sidebars, recipes, menus, and timelines. For students and general readers.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets: A Guide to Health and Nutrition. U of I subscription Jacqueline L. Longe, ed. Detroit: Gale, 2008.  1101 pp.  2 vols
Covers topics such as dieting and popular diets, dietary concerns, nutritional basics, and the effects of a person's dietary choices on one's health. Topics are organized around the development and history of a diet, its basic principles, any key figures that influence the trend, and any public or regulatory concerns associated with the practice. Provides information across all age groups from infants to the elderly.

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Handbooks and Manuals

Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Manual (American Microbiological Society)
Developed to help those who work in clinical and public health laboratories understand the principles and practices of antibiotic susceptibility testing. In this 241-page manual the major mechanisms of antibiotic resistance are explained. The background information in each chapter is designed to help the reader understand the principles and pitfalls of susceptibility testing methods.

Arabidopsis Book 
Made available via BioOne to the world, from the American Society of Plant Biologists

The Birds of North America Important resource U of I subscription
The online version of the massive, multi-volume "Birds of North America", produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  Besides gorgeous photographs, the following information is detailed for each bird: distinguishing characteristics, distribution, systematics, migration, habitat, food habits, sounds, behavior, breeding, demography and populations, conservation and management, appearance, and measurements.  The print version, available in the Biology Library, has about 18,000 pages!

BrainMaps.org 
An interactive zoomable high-resolution digital brain atlas and virtual microscope that is based on over 15 million megapixels of scanned images of serial sections. Currently featured are complete brain atlas datasets for various species, including Macaca mulatta [chinch monkey], Chlorocebusaethiops [vervet monkeys] , Felis catus [domestic cat] , Mus musculus [house mouse], Rattus norvegicus [Norway rat], and Tyto alba [barn owl].

CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics U of I subscription

Cytokine Reference (last updated, 2003)  U of I subscription Academic Press

Danforth's Obstetrics and Gynecology (Online) U of I subscription

Descriptions of Plant Viruses
Over 390 individual descriptions of plant viruses or virus groups are provided.

EcoSal U of I subscription
Web resource based on the classic American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Press publication Escherichia coli and Salmonella: Cellular and Molecular Biology.

Field Manual of Wildlife Diseases: general field procedures and diseases of birds

Flora and Fauna of the Great Lakes Region: University of Michigan Herbarium Fungus Monographs

Genetics Home Reference
Your guide to understanding genetic conditions, from the National Library of Medicine.

Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body (1918)
The Bartleby.com edition of Gray’s 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.

Handbook of Chemistry & Physics  U of I subscription

Handbook of Environmental Chemistry  U of I subscription
Springer online book series , 2000-the present. Recent volumes have focused on organic pollutants in the Great Lakes, air & water pollution, organic pollutants, and more.

Handbook of Soil Analysis : Mineralogical, Organic and Inorganic Methods 2006. U of I subscription  
Available as part of the Springer online book series , 2000-the present. Click here for direct on-campus access.

Laboratory Manual of Biosafety  World Health Organization, Geneva, 2004.

Linscott's Directory of Immunological & Biological Reagents
Find sources for antibodies, cytokines, enzymes, recombinant proteins, lectins, neuropeptides and immunoassays.

Merck medical manuals Includes:

OMIM - Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man
A Catalog of human genes and genetic disorders authored and edited sby Dr. Victor A. McKusick and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere, and developed for the World Wide Web by NCBI, the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The database contains textual information and references. It also contains copious links to MEDLINE and sequence records in the Entrez system, and links to additional related resources at NCBI and elsewhere.

Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) Electronic Library U of I subscription Contains:

Safari Tech Books Online U of I subscription
This collection of online over 500 computer manuals has several titles of interest to biologists, including:

Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America
North of Mexico, with Comments Regarding Confidence in Our Understanding

Scientific and Technical Acronyms, Symbols and Abbreviations
Provides searchable and browsable database of acronym, symbols and abbreviations. The site also provides a number of reference tables, including the Greek alphabet, Roman numerals, mathematical symbols and signs,etc.

Taubman Medical Library Homeopathy Collection

The Trichomycetes: Fungal Associates of Arthropods
Revised Edition, 2001 by Robert W. Lichtwardt, Matías J. Cafaro, Merlin M. White

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Indexes

Index Animalium 1758-1850.
An electronic version by Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Index Kewensis (see International Plant Names Index on the Web)

IndexCat  -- Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon General's Offic)
The National Library of Medicine's digital version of the five series of the printed Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon General's Office.  Of historical interest.

International Plant Names Index on the Web (IPNI)
The data in the IPNI comes from three sources: the Index Kewensis (IK), the Gray Card Index (GCI) and the Australian Plant Names Index (APNI).

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Methods and Protocols

Biological Procedures Online or, via PubMed Central

Current Protocols Important resource(UIUC has all of them!)

Methods in Enzymology U of I subscription Vol. 1 (1955) – present

Nature Protocols  Important resource U of I subscription

Cold Spring Harbor Protocols  Important resource U of I subscription

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Textbooks

Online Biology Book

PubMed Bookshelf (Note: There may be newer print versions available in the Library.)
Includes such texts as:

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Other

Histology DVDs
Twenty-three one hour histology DVDs are freely available to view online in streaming video, or for download to be viewed on Google viewer or a video ipod courtesy of William J. Krause, PhD, Professor of Anatomy , Department of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences, School of Medicine , University of Missouri.

National Technical Information Service (NTIS) U of I subscription 1964-present
"The largest central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today." More about NTIS.


Science and Its Times. U of I subscription Neil Schlager and Josh Lauer, eds. Detroit: Gale, 2001.  3846 pp.  8 vols.
The histories of science, technology, and mathematics merge with the study of humanities and social science in this interdisciplinary reference work. Essays on people, theories, discoveries, and concepts are combined with overviews, bibliographies of primary documents, and chronological elements to offer students a fascinating way to understand the impact of science on the course of human history and how science affects everyday life. Approximately 2,000 entries.

Science of Everyday Things. U of I subscription Neil Schlager, ed. Detroit: Gale, 2002.  1724 pp.  4 vols.
Illustrates the importance of scientific and mathematical principles through their use in everyday life. Each volume focuses on a specific scientific discipline -- biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics -- offering students an in-depth understanding of each discipline and its theories.

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Collections of Works

Biodiversity Heritage Library
Biodiversity Heritage Library Project is a cooperative endeavor by ten major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions to digitize over two million volumes of biodiversity literature collected in their institutions over 200 years. The University Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a contributing member, digitizing important biodiversity journals originating in the state of Illinois.

Botanicus Digital Library
Over 160 rare books digitized from the Missouri Botanical Garden Library. Described as a "Web-based encyclopedia of historic botanical literature."

Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online

Darwin Correspondence Project (Courtesy of the University of Cambridge)
This website contains details of around 14,500 letters exchanged by Darwin and nearly 2000 correspondents around the world between 1821 and his death in 1882.

eBooks Pages
This Penn State page has links to over 200 online biological science books.

Google Books Important resource
Search books from Google Books Library Project and Google Books Partner Program (online book marketing program). Clicking on a book result, you will see basic bibliographic data like title, author, publication date, length and subject. You may also see short excerpts to the entire book, depending on copyright or publisher agreements.

Historic Floras and Faunas Online
Electronic versions of these works, featuring beautiful illustrations. An illustrated book systematically describing the flora and fauna of the southern colonies by Mark Catesby published in 1754.

Internet Archive Books Important resource
Hundreds of books that have been digitized and made available to the public.  Includes books digitized under Microsoft's former Live Books project, as well from the Biodiversity Heritage Library and much more. 

MD Consult Important resource U of I subscription
MD Consult includes over 50 renowned medical texts, articles from more than 70 clinical journals, practice guidelines, drug information, 5,000 patient education handouts, CME, and daily medical updates customized to your specialty. Click here for a list of many of the specific journals/texts available.

The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands

National Academy Press
The National Academy Press (NAP) was created by the National Academies to publish the reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States.

netLibrary U of I subscription
Use netLibrary's interface to search UIUC's collection of e-books.

Royal Society of Chemistry e-Books U of I subscription New!
This package gives us e-book access to 777 RSC books (as of 1-2009) from approximately 1969 to the present.  These are searchable via the Library Online Catalog and SciFinder Scholar.  We expect to continue this program, purchasing RSC books as electronic books rather than as printed books.

The easiest way to locate a RSC e-book is to search the Library Online Catalog.  Using the Quick Search in the Anyword Anywhere mode, search for:

+"RSC eBook" +xxxx

where xxxx is some topic of interest.  E.g.,:

+"RSC eBook" +food [53 titles]
+"RSC eBook" +genom? [8 titles]
+"RSC eBook" +biol? [171 titles]

Note: be sure to put a plus (+)  right in front of all words.  And use the question mark (?) to search for word variations.  For example, "genom?" finds genome, genomes, genomic, etc.

Online Reference Collection for the University of Illinois Important resource U of I subscription
Links to electronic dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, and many other useful resources -- many are "free" resources available to all on the Web.  Must see!!

Oxford Reference Online Important resource U of I subscription
Contains over a 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. It is fully-indexed and cross-searchable.
Includes such titles as:

Project Gutenberg
Includes many works by Charles Darwin.

PubMed Bookshelf
Contains a growing collection of biomedical books such as Lodish's Molecular Biology of the Cell (3rd ed) and Riddle's C. elegans II. Many textbooks are also available. NOTE: Some titles have newer print editions available than what is provided here.

Springer E-books Important resource U of I subscription New!
Recently (2008) the U of Illinois Library purchased electronic access to over 10,000 (as of 1/2009) published by Springer-Verlag during 2005-present.  We expect to continue this program, purchasing Springer books as electronic books rather than as printed books. The subjects in which we are purchasing Springer e-books include:

The easiest way to locate a Springer e-book is to search the Library Online Catalog.  Using the Quick Search in the Anyword Anywhere mode, search for:

+springerlink +xxxx

where xxxx is some topic of interest.  E.g.,:

+springerlink +bioinform? [187 titles]
+springerlink +genom? [114 titles]
+springerlink +biol? [700 titles]

Note: be sure to put a plus (+)  right in front of all words.  And use the question mark (?) to search for word variations.  For example, "genom?" finds genome, genomes, genomic; "biol?" finds biology, biological, etc.

Bonus:  Springer MyCopy
Would you like to have a PRINT version of the Springer e-book? You can, for just $24.95! Yes, because the Univ of Illinois Library provides access to several Springer eBook packages, SpringerLink exclusively offers you MyCopy books:
* You can order a printed copy of the book in a black-and-white softcover (cover is colored) version. It will be shipped conveniently to your home or work address.
* The price is just $24.95 per book and includes shipping and handling. The delivery time is approximately 8-11 business days.

xipolis.net - German Reference Database U of I subscription
This site contains a number of German dictionaries and encyclopedias, many of which relate to the life sciences. Among them are Das Lexikon der Arzneipflanzen und Drogen (medicinal plants), Das Lexikon der Biochemie, Das Lexicon der Biologie, and Das Lexikon der Neurowissenschaft.

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Guides to Works

Using the Biological Literature Web Resources
Web sites from Using the Biological Literature, 3rd ed.(2005)

Guide to Reference and Information Sources in Plant Biology Web Resources
Web sites from Guide to Reference and Information Sources in Plant Biology, 3rd ed. (2002)

Guide to Reference and Information Sources in the Zoological Sciences Web Resources
Web sited from Guide to Reference and Information Sources in the Zoological Sciences (2003)

International Field Guides
Field guides from around the world.

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