Resources at the Biology Virtual Library
- Biology Virtual Library Subject Guides
Provide bibliographies, indexes/abstracts/article databases, encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, handbooks, guides, and selected journals for major biological subject areas.
A news repository for the Biology Virtual Library. Messages that are sent to the SOLS (Schools of Life Sciences) mailing list from the Biology Virtual Library will be available through this blog. You may subscribe via an RSS feed. For information about RSS feeds, see the University's Scholarly Commons page What is RSS?
- Biology Virtual Library Instructional Services
Do you know where your students are getting their information? According to a report by the OCLC Online Computer Library Center, a cooperative of more than 54,000 libraries, browser search engines were the first choice for information by 72% of college students in the study (Part 1-26). Are you certain that your students are using the best sources of information for their course work and research? Are you confident that they know how to use information resources effectively? We can help make sure that your students are using the best resources for their course and research information.
We can also help keep you up-to-date with new resources and new features of established resources. We can provide 1:1 consultations and office calls for faculty, and class sessions as well as 1:1 consultations for your students.
- Journal Resources
Find here information about available journals, and resources used in relation to journals, such as:
- Journal abbreviations tools
- Serials lists
- Citation format resources
- Citation management resources
- Email alerts
- Librarian "Office Calls" for Faculty
Are there occasions when you would like to learn more about your favorite database, but just haven’t had the time to grapple with all the new nuances? Or maybe you would like to get out of your comfort zone and get acquainted with a bibliographic database that you are not familiar with? Or perhaps you want to begin to use a research tool, like RefWorks, that is new to you?
Biology Virtual Library's “Librarian Office Calls” service to the rescue! You can schedule a Biology Virtual Library librarian to come and provide personalized instruction about library resources to enhance your course and research activities in the convenience of your own campus office (Burrill Hall or Chemical & Life Sciences Laboratory). Schedule a “Librarian Office Call” today by contacting Diane Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Research Resources
Find here information about resources used for research as well as research responsibilities, such as research process, copyright, ethics, and plagiarism. Includes links to University of Illinois policies.
- Requesting Reserves
Selected Course Reserves print materials for the Schools of Integrative Biology (SIB) and Molecular & Cellular Biology (SMCB) and occasionally other courses are held at the Funk ACES Library, Chemistry Library, or Undergraduate Library. E-reserves for the Biology Virtual Library are handled through Information Processing & Management (IPM), a unit of the University Library's Technical Services Division. For details for print or electronic materials reservation, see Placing Course Materials on Reserve. To find reserve items, see Finding Course Materials on Reserve. For additional information, see Biology Virtual Library Course Reserves FAQs for information how to locate Biology Virtual Library Reserves materials. Note: Professors, please share this information with your TA’s.
For more Library resources and services for faculty
Contact the Biosciences Librarian: