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Articles, Books, the Web, and More

Library databases, including Biological Abstracts, Medline with Full Text, Academic Search Complete, and GreenFile are a major source of recent high quality information on biology and related topics. These include descriptions of of articles published in biology research journals, medical journals and magazines and journals in related fields that provide some of the most dependable and up-to-date information available. JSTOR is also a valuable resource for older articles.

The library's collection of books provides longer works on established practices in the field and on major issues such as science and religion.

The open web can also provide useful and high quality information, although each new website should be examined carefully to verify the authority of the author, the point of view or bias of the sponsor, and the quality of the information.

Reference books and bibliographies provide additional useful information. Check out the "More" tab for links to reliable academic reference resources in print and online. The bibliographies at the end of reference and journal articles are another good source of additional recommended resources on a topic.

Many of the sources linked in this guide are purchased by the library for your use. When you click on these links from a computer not connected through the campus network you will need to identify yourself by entering your campus network username and password. This is the same username and password as you use to access BlueLink and Desire2Learn.

Use the tabs above for more detailed instructions.

Questions? Ideas for additional resources?

Contact me:
vswinney@okcu.edu or 405-208-5072

General Search

The most current research reports in biology will be found in journal articles. EBSCOhost includes several databases useful for biology research. Type a search in the box or click on the links to search them individually and control your searches more.

Choose a Database (EBSCOhost)

Biological Abstracts is the premier database in biology.

Medline with Full Text is the most comprehensive database of articles on medicine available.

Academic Search Complete is a general database that includes many articles related to biology, science, and medicine.

GreenFile is a free database that includes articles on ecology, conservation, and the environment.

Older journal articles

JSTOR includes the Ecology and Botany collection of full text journals in the life sciences. All of these articles are full text, but no recent issues are included. (Most articles are not included until 3 to 5 years after publication.)

Open Access Databases

Open Access journals are published directly on the internet and are available for free. The movement is especially strong in the sciences, so several sources of these journal articles may be useful.

BioMed Central is an open access database in biology and medicine.

PubMed Central is a free version of Medline with links to the open access journals included in the database.

Public Library of Science publishes its own series of open access journals in the sciences.

Directory of Open Access Journals is a broad based directory of open access journals in all fields.

Get Complete Articles

Most of the library's collection of biology journals is online. You will be able to click on PDF (or sometimes HTML) links in the databases and read, save, email, or print complete articles.

However, a few journals that are not available online are available in the library's collection. Any time you find information about an article that doesn't include a link to the full text (even if you found the information somewhere other than a library database), you can use the library's journals list to find out if we have the journal for the date you need. You will need the title of the journal or magazine (often listed as "source" or italicized, or underlined) and the date and page numbers of the article you want.

A complete list of journals related to biology and life sciences can be found in the journals list.

We can request any of the articles we don't own through Interlibrary Loan. Most items arrive in 3 days to 3 weeks. If you can't wait, you may also have the option of purchasing full text access one article at a time directly from the publisher's web site.

Browse Current Titles

Current issues of magazines and journals are shelved alphabetically by title on the "periodical" shelves on the first floor of the library. These titles include:

Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science

Search for Print and Online Books

Search the Library Catalog using the search box above. The catalog includes all of the books and videos in the library's physical collection and over 1000 online biology titles through Ebrary.

Search Ebrary for online books the library owns.

Browse The National Academies Press for free online versions of reports from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. You can browse topics or use the search box to find books by key word.

Search WorldCat to find books in the collections of most of the world's libraries. Use the "borrow this time from another library" link to request a copy of anything you find. Most items arrive in 3 days to 3 weeks.

Browse the Shelves

Browsing the shelves is another good option. Books are arranged by Dewey Decimal numbers:

Dewey Decimal Numbers for Biology
500 Natural sciences & mathematics
508 Natural history
560-569 Paleontology; Paleozoology
570 Life sciences
571 Physiology & related subjects
572 Biochemistry
573 Specific physiological systems in animals
575 Specific parts of systems in plants
576 Genetics & evolution
577 Ecology
578 Natural history of organisms
579 Microorganisms, fungi & algae
580 Plants (Botany)
582 Plants noted for characteristics & flowers
583 Dicotyledons
584 Monocotyledons
587 Vascular seedless plants
590 Animals (Zoology)
592-594 Invertebrates
595 Athropods
596 Chordates
597 Cold-blooded vertebrates; fishes
598 Birds
599 Mammals

Locations for biology materials
1st floor Reference
3rd floor Circulating Collection
5th floor Oversize Collection (for items too tall for regular shelves)
basement storage Historic Circulating Materials

Species Reference


Conservation Tools

Internet Guides

Specific Subject Guides

Online Reference Books


Tubbs, James B. A handbook of bioethics terms. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2009.

Field Guides:

Allen, Sarah G. Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast Baja, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.

Henderson, Carrol L. Birds of Costa Rica a field guide. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2010.

Price, Andrew H. Venomous snakes of Texas: a field guide.

Allen, Thomas J. Caterpillars in the field and garden: a field guide to the butterfly caterpillars of North America.

Thomas, Chad. Freshwater fishes of Texas: a field guide.

Henderson, Carrol L. Butterflies, moths, and other invertebrates of Costa Rica a field guide. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2010.

Opler, Paul A. A Field Guide to Western Butterflies. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.

Stensaas, Mark. Canoe country wildlife: a field guide to the Boundary Waters and Quetico.

Black, Merel R. Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region: a comprehensive field guide.Gargiullo, Margaret B. A field guide to plants of Costa Rica. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Wrede, Jan. Trees, shrubs, and vines of the Texas Hill Country: a field guide.

Guides to Research and Writing:

Joseph E. Harmon & Alan G. Gross. The craft of scientific communication Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Russo, Jose. The tools of science the handbook for the apprentice of biomedical research. Hackensack, N.J.: World Scientific, 2011.

Mungall, Elizabeth Cary. Exotic animal field guide: nonnative hoofed mammals in the United States. College Station : Texas A&M University Press, 2007.

Print Reference Books

General Reference:

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia  (REFERENCE 590.3 G929tE) is a great source for an overview of knowledge on animals and includes photos and a bibliography for each animal.

Handbook of the Birds of the World (REFERENCE 598 H191) is the definitive source of information on birds.

Field Guides:


Burt, William Henry. A Field Guide to the Mammals: Field Marks of all North American Species Found North of Mexico (REFERENCE 599 B95f3)

Ransom, Jay Ellis. Harper & Row's Complete field guide to North American wildlife, Western edition. (REFERENCE 591.978 R174h 1981)

Allen, Thomas J. Caterpillars in the field and garden: a field guide to the butterfly caterpillars of North America. (3rd FLOOR 595.78 Al53c 2005)

Behler, John L. and F. Wayne King. The Audubon Society field guide to North American reptiles and amphibians. (3rd FLOOR 598.1 Au23f)

Meinkoth, Norman A. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Seashore Creatures. (REFERENCE 592.097 M477a)


Field guide to the birds of North America. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 1999. (3rd FLOOR 599.097 F453f3 1999)

Robbins, Chandler S. Birds of North America. (3rd FLOOR 598.297 R534b)

Sibley, David. Sibley field guide to birds of western North America. New York : Knopf, 2003. (3rd FLOOR 598.097 Si11s 2003)

Tekiela, Stan. Birds of Colorado : field guide. (3rd FLOOR 598.09788 T235b 2001)

Tekiela, Stan. Birds of Oklahoma: field guide. (REFERENCE 598.29766 T235b 2002)


Epple, Anne Orth. Field guide to the plants of Arizona. Mesa, Ariz.: LewAnn Pub. Co., 1995. (3rd FLOOR 581.9791 Ep74f 1997)

Fagan, Damian. Canyon country wildflowers: a field guide to common wildflowers, shrubs, and trees (3rd FLOOR 582.1309792 F131c 1998)

Gargiullo, Margaret B. A field guide to plants of Costa Rica. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. (3rd FLOOR 581.97286 G181f 2008)

Kirkpatrick, Zoe Merriman, Wildflowers of the western plains : a field guide. (3rd FLOOR 582.130978 K636w)

Mammoser, Don. Wildflowers of Colorado field guide. Cambridge, Minn.: Adventure Publications, Inc., 2007. (3rd FLOOR 582.1309788 M311w 2007)

Tekiela, Stan. Trees of Arizona field guide. Cambridge, Minn.: Adventure Publications, 2008. (3rd FLOOR 582.1609791 T235t 2008)

Tekiela, Stan. Trees of Colorado field guide. Cambridge, Minn.: Adventure Publications, 2007. (3rd FLOOR 582.16788 T235t 2007)

Phillips, Diana Charles. Wild flowers of Bahrain: a field guide to herbs, shrubs, and trees. (3rd FLOOR 582.13 P542w)

Weber, William A. Rocky Mountain flora: a field guide for the identification of the ferns, conifers, and flowering plants of the southern Rocky Mountains from Pikes Peak to Rocky Mountain National Park and from the plains to the Continental Divide. (3rd FLOOR 580.978 EL59r5 1976)

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