Visit Saint Mary’s Libraries new website! Note: The Fitzgerald Library website will no longer be available after Dec. 20, 2021.

See Covid Services. Please remember wearing a mask everywhere in the library is required. As an added precaution no food or drink will be allowed in the library.

Magnifying glass  Databases for Biology

Essential Research Tools

Good Places to Start:

Science DirectAcademic Search Premier | PubMed

Academic Search Premier

Large, scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing access to over 700 journals in the biological sciences.

1975–current | Some full text

Annual Reviews

Provides comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists. Each year Annual Reviews reviews the most significant primary research literature to guide you to the principal contributions of the field and help you keep up to date in your area of research.

Annual Review of Biochemistry
Annual Review of Entomology
Annual Review of Genetics
Annual Review of Microbiology
Annual Review of Neuroscience
Annual Review of Physiology
Annual Review of Plant Biology
Annual Review of Psychology
1997-current | Some full text

From Cornell University, open access to 1,643,143 e-prints in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.

DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals

This service covers full text, quality-controlled, scholarly journals. It strives to cover all subjects and languages with an emphasis on science. Searches over 6000 journals in a directory arranged by subject.

Some full text | More info


Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

This resource provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong. Includes the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide.

Some full text


PubChem provides information on the biological activities of small molecules. It is a component of National Institute of Health’s Molecular Libraries Roadmap Initiative.

Some full text


Scholarly index produced by the National Library of Medicine with articles on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care, and more.

Some full text

Sage Journals

Access to high-quality, scholarly journals in the areas of Religious Studies, Communication Studies, Education, Management & Organization Studies, Physical & Life Sciences, Nursing & Health Sciences, Political Science, Criminology, Sociology, Urban Studies & Planning, and Psychology.

1847–current | Some full text

Science Direct

One of the world’s largest provider of scholarly, peer-reviewed scientific, technical, and medical literature. Access to journals in mathematics, social sciences, arts and humanities, and business as well.

Some full text


Provides researchers unlimited access to the world’s largest and most reliable collection of chemistry and related science information. You can search for substances, reactions, and patent and journal references. To use SciFinder you must first register to set up a login and password. This must be done on campus and with your e-mail address. SciFinder will issue you a login and password which will also work for off campus access. Here is the link for self registration.

Some full text

Also Useful

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search for scholarly literature. When accessing this database through the link provided here you will find free connections to the pay for view materials that are located in our subscription sources. Just click on “Find Full Text @SMU.” See also the Google Scholar Blog for citation metrics.

Some full text, some pay for view

Encyclopedia of Life

Provides “global access to knowledge about life on earth.” EOL is a Wikipedia for the life sciences sponsored by respected universities, libraries, and institutions across the globe.


From OCLC, the largest, most comprehensive catalog of books and other materials, with records from over 55,000 libraries worldwide. Materials found in WorldCat may be borrowed through our interlibrary loan program.

Catalog records



Contact your liaison librarian

Lori Pesik

Lori Pesik
(507) 457-6665

See Also:

Start your research with CREDO

An online reference source with links to databases and the catalog

Credo Logo