Magnifying glass  Databases for Biology

Essential Research Tools

Good Places to Start:
Science Direct | Academic 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

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.

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General Science Collection

Access to some 400 general science titles. (from Gale Cengage)

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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. (from EBSCO)

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HighWire Press

From Stanford University Libraries, a large collection of scholarly publications focusing on the biological and medical sciences with some coverage of the physical and social sciences as well. 

Full text/Some pay for view | More info


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

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

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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


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. 

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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.

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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.

Expanded Academic ASAP

Gale®’s premier database for research in all the academic disciplines. Provides over 5,300 journal titles many of which are in full text. Some 3,800 journals are peer-reviewed. 

1980-current | Some full text 


 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. (From OCLC FirstSearch)

Catalog records



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