When doing research in biological sciences there are a variety of sources available to you. The first step is selecting a topic and figuring out what types of sources of information you will need to use for your research.
If you need scholarly and/or peer reviewed articles, you will want to start with a database. If you need background information, a good starting point would be a subject encyclopedia.
If you need help figuring out where to begin you may always contact me.
For many of these journals, the last six months to a year may not be immediately available online. PDFs of individual articles, from these journals, can be requested for free by using ILL.
A big thank you to Teresa Omidsalar for graciously giving me permission to use her Child and Family Studies Research Guide as a template for this guide.
Online encyclopedias are a good starting point for research.
There are many print reference sources that are also good starting points for research. The following are shelved in the reference collection on the 3rd floor of Library South (Palmer Wing).
A color atlas of plant structure: QK642 .B68 2000
A dictionary of biology: QH302.5 .D43 2000
American Horticultural Society encyclopedia of plants and flowers: SB403.2 .A438 2002
Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior: (Volumes 1-3) QL750.3 .E53 2004
Grzimek's animal life encyclopedia: (Volumes 1-17) QL7 .G7813 2004
Science in the early twentieth century: an encyclopedia: Q125 .H345 2005
The Audubon Society encyclopedia of North American birds: QL681 .T43 1980
The Sibley guide to birds: QL681 .S497 2000
The Sibley guide to bird life & behavior: QL681 .S495 2001
Even though you can find journal articles in the Library's databases, below are some important journals for this area that are available electronically.