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*Biology Resources: Finding Websites ...

Biology resources for research: books, ebooks, videos, databases, journals, and how to find them.

Some Good Websites

  • Biology Browser
    "BiologyBrowser, produced by BIOSIS, is a free web site offering resources for the life sciences information community." BiologyBrowser provides resources..."such as the Nomenclature Glossary for Zoology, the Zoological Record Thesaurus, and more... Find useful information collected from outside sources...and...links to current science news stories, relevant web sites, and more."

  • National Biological Information Infrastructure
    "...NBII is a broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources. The NBII links diverse, high-quality biological databases, information products, and analytical tools maintained by NBII partners and other contributors in government agencies, academic institutions, non-government organizations, and private industry."

  • National Science Foundation
    "NSF is the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences. We are tasked with keeping the United States at the leading edge of discovery in areas from astronomy to geology to zoology."

  • Internet Resources for Biology-University of Delaware
    An inclusive page of biology links put together by the librarians at the University of Delaware.

  • Photobiological Science Online
    Photobiology is broadly defined to include all biological phenomena involving non-ionizing radiation. It is recognized that photobiological responses are the result of chemical and/or physical changes induced in biological systems by non-ionizing radiation.
    The goals of photobiology are:
    (1) To understand the basic mechanisms of photobiology; this knowledge can then be used to:
    (2) Develop ways to control the beneficial effects of light upon our environment;
    (3) Promote ways to protect against the detrimental effects of light on biological organisms, including humans; and
    (4) Develop photochemical tools and techniques for use in research, medicine, and industry.

Use Google Advanced Search

For more precise web searching, try Google Advanced Search, which allows you to search within a site or domain.

.edu will limit your search to accredited educational institution websites only.

.org will limit your search to non-profit organizations.

.gov will limit your search to government websites. For instance, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website is

To search only a specific website, enter the url for that website in the "Search within a site or domain" box. For example, putting into that box and then typing in your keywords will search only the World Health Organization's website for those words.

Other options in Google Advanced Search include phrase searching as well as searching for certain file types such as pdf or Powerpoint.

google advanced

For more help:
INFOMINE: Scholarly internet resource collections
What is Google Scholar?

Evaluate the Website

It is important to carefully evaluate information taken from websites to determine its validity, authority, currency, and potential bias. For help with evaluating webpages, see:

Berkeley's Evaluating web pages

You can also print out a website evaluation handout (PDF).