Databases for Biology

Good Places to start: ScienceDirect | 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 | More info


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

Includes articles 1997-2011| 2012-abstract only

Annual Review of Entomology

Includes articles 1997-2011| 2012-abstract only

Annual Review of Genetics

Includes articles 1997-2011| 2012-abstract only

Annual Review of Microbiology

Includes articles 1997-2011| 2012-abstract only

Annual Review of Neuroscience

Includes articles 1997-2011| 2012-abstract only

Annual Review of Physiology

Includes articles 1997-2011| 2012-abstract only

Annual Review of Plant Biology

Includes articles 1997-2011| 2012-abstract only


DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals

This service covers full text, quality-controlled, scholarly journals. It strives to cover all subjects with an emphasis on science.

Full text | More info


General Science Collection

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

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Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

This resource provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. (from EBSCO)

Some full text | More info


HighWire Press

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

Some full text | More info



PubMed comprises more than 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Search MedLine in OCLC's First Search.

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



Full text access to high-quality, scholarly journals in life and bio-medical sciences.

1999--current | Some full text



One of the world's largest providers of scholarly, peer-reviewed scientific, technical, and medical literature.

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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."

Some full text, some pay for view


Encyclopedia of Life

Provides "global access to knowledge about life on earth." EOL is a Wickipedia for the life sciences sponsored by respected universities, libraries, and institutions across the globe. More info on EOL.


Expanded Academic ASAP

Gale®’s premier database for research in all the academic disciplines. Provides over 4,000 journal titles many of which are in full text. (from Gale's InfoTrac )

1980--current | Some full text | More info



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. Click on "full text button Find it at SMU" to order.

Bibliographic records

All science databases | All SMU databases

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