Databases by subject: Biology

Major Indexes


Find citations and abstracts for articles on all aspects of agriculture from 15th century to the present.

Agricultural & Environmental Science Database

Find content from AGRICOLA, TOXLINE, ESPM (Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), including articles, reports, proceedings and government publications.

BioMed Central

Find BMC articles in medicine, genetics, genomics, oncology, biotechnology and health care.


Find articles in bioscience research, including global warming, stem cell research, ecological and biodiversity conservation.

BIOSIS Previews (1969-2013)

Find research in the life sciences, including agriculture, biotechnology, botany, molecular biology, and pharmacology.

BIOSIS Previews Archive (1926-1968)

Biological and biomedical literature from journal articles, technical notes and letters from 1926 to 1968.


Use BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool) to find regions of similarity between biological sequences. BLAST compares nucleotide or protein sequences to sequence databases and calculates the statistical significance.

BRENDA : The Comprehensive Enzyme Information System

Find molecular and biochemical information on enzymes, including reaction and specificity, kinetic data, structure, and isolation and preparation.

CAB Abstracts

Find citations and abstracts for journal articles, conference proceedings and books in the fields of agriculture, forestry, human health and nutrition, animal health, and natural resources; from 1910 - present.

Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science

Find scientific literature from significant conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions worldwide.

Data Citation Index (1900-present)

Find datasets using the Web of Science platform.


Find articles in the biomedical literature from 1947 to present, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices and clinical medicine. Includes over 2,700 journals not indexed in MEDLINE/Pubmed.

Entrez (NCBI cross-database search)

Use this NCBI search interface that integrates the PubMed database with dozens of other literature and molecular databases including DNA and protein sequence, structure, gene, genome, genetic variation and gene expression to construct precise searches and manage results.

MEDLINE (via Ovid)

Search the U.S. National Library of Medicine's premier database for bibliographic citations with abstracts to journal articles in the life sciences with a focus on biomedicine. MEDLINE is the primary component of PubMed.

MMDB – Molecular Modeling Database

Use this database of experimentally determined three-dimensional biomolecular structures to facilitate computation on 3D structure data, to analyze individual structures and relationships among them, to create interactive views of sequence-structure relationships and to find other associated information throughout the Entrez system.

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Database Browser

Search this open National Cancer Institute compound database of over 250,000 structures with its different kinds of output features and links to other services for continued processing.

NCBI Resources List (A-Z)

Explore the plethora of National Center for Biotechnology Information molecular biology databases and other resources.

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)

Search this comprehensive catalog of human genes and genetic conditions to find information about human Mendelian disorders.

PapersFirst (index of papers presented at conferences worldwide)

Find papers presented at conferences worldwide via OCLC's FirstSearch interface.

Proceedings (index of worldwide conference proceedings)

Find worldwide conference proceedings via OCLC's FirstSearch interface.

PubMed (HSL)

Search the U.S. National Library of Medicine's premier database for bibliographic citations with abstracts to journal articles in the life sciences with a focus on biomedicine. In addition to MEDLINE, PubMed also includes citations and links to full-text articles in PubMed Central and citations to NCBI Bookshelf items.

PubMed Central

Find free full-text articles from the biomedical and life sciences journal literature from this U.S. National Library of Medicine permanent archive. Links to PubMed Central' full-text content appear in PubMed search results.

Science Citation Index (included in Web of Science)

Find articles and citations across all science disciplines.


Find articles and book chapters from physical sciences, engineering, life sciences, health sciences, social sciences and humanities.


Search the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature from scientific journals, books and conference proceedings, covering the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

Tree of Life Web Project

Discover the phylogenetic connections between groups of organisms including media featuring images, movies, and sounds of organisms.

USDA Plants database

Search this U.S. Department of Agriculture database to find standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

Web of Science (All Databases)

Find articles and citations in the sciences, social sciences and humanities from all available databases on the Web of Science platform.

Web of Science (Core collection only)

Find articles, citations, and conference proceedings in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Zoological Record (1864-present)

Find articles on animal biology including biodiversity, environment, ecology, taxonomy, veterinary sciences and wildlife management.