A picture of the Biology Library lion from Georges Cuvier's "The Animal Kingdom" (Le Règne Animal)

Information

Services

 


NIH Public Access Policy. Did you know that most publications resulting from NIH funded research must be deposited in PubMed Central? The Library can help! Learn More

Contact the
Biosciences Librarian:

Kelli Trei
(217) 244-2503
ktrei2@illinois.edu

QRCode

Office Hours:

Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Please feel free to contact the librarian at any other time by phone or email.

Life Sciences Libraries

 

Biology Library FAQs

Finding Journals

What  journals cover Biology topics?

The Biology Library Print Journal List is a complete list of print journal subscriptions, and is available online.  Note: This list does not indicate which volumes of a journal we have - for information on specific journal volumes, use the Online Library Catalog to do a title search.  Periodical records indicate what volumes, issues, and location (departmental library or electronic) that is available.

The University Library subscribes to electronic journals, many of which have records in the Online Library Catalog that will link you to the electronic journal.  These titles and others may also be accessed through the library Online Journals and Databases tool. This search function allows access to most electronic library resources, including electronic journals. Enter title words, and click Search.  When available, information about the journal title will include what vendor the subscription comes through, what volumes and issues are available, a link to more title details (publisher, coverage areas, and such), and a link to the corresponding Online Library Catalog record when available with information about print volumes and issues we subscribe to.

 

How do I find a journal?

Electronic Journals:

The Online Journals and Databases tool allows access to most electronic library resources, including electronic journals. Enter title words, and click Search.  When available, information about the journal title will include what vendor the subscription comes through, what volumes and issues are available, a link to more title details (publisher, coverage areas, and such), and a link to the corresponding Online Library Catalog record when available with information about print volumes and issues we subscribe to.

Print Journals:

To find out which library has the print copies of a journal, use the Online Library Catalog. Enter the journal title, and Find. (Omit beginning articles: A, An, The, Der, El, L', La, etc.).  For tips on finding full journal titles from abbreviated titles, click here.  If you need help with the Online Library Catalog, click on the Help button at the top right of the page, see the LEARN to Use the Library entry, or contact a librarian.

If you are looking for a medical journal, also check the Library of the Health Sciences-Urbana (LHS-U) Journal List (the LHS-U is located right next door to Burrill Hall, in the Medical Sciences Building).  See also their Electronic journal list.  The LHS-U is a satellite of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and as such their library resources are use a separate UIC online catalog called UICCAT.  For any items you identify from their online library catalog or journal lists, you will need to access from the LHS-U.  See Finding Medical Books and Journals at UIUC.

If the journal you are looking for isn't on campus, see information about requesting journal articles through interlibrary loan.

 

Can I get the tables of contents of my favorite journals sent to me automatically?   (Is there a current awareness service?)

See Table of Contents (TOC) Alerts Guide for instructions on getting email delivery of tables of contents from various publishers.  Publishers of interest to life sciences researchers include Annual Reviews, BioOne, Blackwell / Synergy, Cambridge Journals, Elsevier / Academic Press / ScienceDirect, Highwire, Kluwer, NPG Nature Publishing Group,  Project Muse, Springer, Web of Science, and Wiley    

Major article databases such as Biological Abstracts, Current Contents, PubMed, and Science Citation Index provide current email alerts.  Free registration for UIUC affiliates establishes an account to save search queries and create email alerts.  See database Help for details.

 

Where can I find Biology journals?

Most of the Biology Library's journals can be found either in the Funk ACES Library or in the Oak Street Remote Storage Facility.  Most of our journals are available electronically so you can access them anywhere.

 

Can I check out print journals?

Print journals in the Funk ACES library collection do no circulate--they must be browsed in the library. Please see the ACES circulation policy for more information.