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Biology Databases

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Biological Databases
  • Academic Search Premier
    Broad database with both Academic and general periodicals articles. Many fulltext, though some citation only. Provided by Electronic Library for Minnesota.
  • Agricola
    Primarily Agricultural research. Citations only. A database provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. No Find it! at WSU service.
  • JSTOR
    This database has full-text access to back issues over one hundred core scholarly journals, including Botany and Ecology titles. Most JSTOR journals only contain the fulltext if the article is more than five years old, so there are few current articles.
  • ScienceDirect
    This database has all scholarly articles, mostly from sciences, though some social sciences. Citations from 1980 to present. Some full text starting in 1993, more full text from 1997 to the present.
  • WSU Annual Review Subscriptions
    Links to all of the titles in the "Annual Review of ..." series to which WSU subscribes, including Cell Biology, Ecology, Physiology and Plant Biology.
Medical and Nursing Databases
  • PubMed
    Comprehensive index to medical literature from the National Library of Medicine. Citations to articles as far back as the 1950s.
    • PubMed MeSH Tutorial
      An online tutorial to how to seach for Medical Subject Headings and combine them in the PubMed database.
    • PubMed Filter Instructions
      NOTE: PubMed eliminated its "Limits" page in the summer of 2012. It now uses what it calls "filters" to narrow results. This link goes to help pages regarding filters.
  • CINAHL
    The Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health (CINAHL) database provides authoritative coverage of the literature related to nursing and allied health. Provided by ELM: Electronic Library for Minnesota.
  • Nursing & Allied Health Sciences: SAGE
    This database includes the full text of 26 journals, some going back 23 years.
    [Resource no longer available]
Genetic and Genomic Databases
  • Online Mendelian Inheritance of Man (OMIM)
    OMIM is produced by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, which is within the NIH. It allows users to search a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders with links to PubMed and sequnce records. NOTE: This link provides access to OMIM through the WSU "MyNCBI" account, so that the citations are linked to the "Find It! at WSU" button.
  • ENCODE Project
    ENCODE Project at UCSC is a data portal to access genome information from the Encyclopedia Of DNA Elements, which was started by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) to identify all functional elements in the human genome sequence.
  • Model Genome ENCODE project
    The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) model organism ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements (modENCODE) Project will try to identify all of the sequence-based functional elements in the C. elegans and Drosophila melanogaster genomes.
  • Entrez Cross-Database Search
    This multi-database search engine from the National Center for Biotechnology Information allows the user to search in PubMed as well as OMIM and other genome and protein databases at the same time. NOTE: This link provides access to Entrez through the WSU "MyNCBI" account, which links your search to the "Find It! at WSU" button for ease in finding the article once you have found the citation.
  • Gene Expression Omnibus
    The GEO is a gene expression/molecular abundance repository supported by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (which also runs PubMed). GEO serves as a public repository for a wide range of high-throughput experimental data. These data include single and dual channel microarray-based experiments measuring mRNA, miRNA, genomic DNA (arrayCGH, ChIP-chip, and SNP), and protein abundance, as well as non-array techniques such as serial analysis of gene expression (SAGE), mass spectrometry peptide profiling, and various types of quantitative sequence data.
  • KEGG: Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes
    A "biological systems" database integrating both molecular building block information and higher-level systemic information. This site has data on many genomes that have been sequenced (from humans and chimps to Nanoarchaeota), as well as cellular protein data. One can easily jump between organisms in an exploration of a sequence.
  • HapMap: Human Genetic Haplotype Map
    The Project is a multi-country effort to identify and catalog genetic similarities and differences in human beings. Using the information in the HapMap, researchers will be able to find genes that affect health, disease, and individual responses to medications and environmental factors. Using the HapMap, one can find genetic differences between ethnic groups that may influence the likely effectiveness of medication within that group.
Other Databases that have some Biological Resources
  • Electronic Collections Online
    General subjects. Miscellaneous full-text journals available to the WSU community; includes Academic Press Journals.
  • FirstSearch Complete
    Over 60 different databases available covering all areas of study. Includes: Dissertation Abstracts International, and others.
  • Google Scholar
    The Google search engine focused on scholarly content. Powerful fulltext searching, but sometimes the results found are not full text unless a fee is paid. This link goes through the WSU Library Proxy server to give patrons the link to WSU's "Find it!" button.
  • PsycInfo
    PsycINFO provides access to international literature in psychology and related disciplines. Has articles on Neurology.
  • Science Online
    Primarily high school audience. Provided by Facts on File, supplies diagrams, biographies, definitions, timelines and essays on science topics for the classroom.
  • WorldCat
    The combined catalog from over 72,000 libraries, including the Library of Congress through FirstSearch.
  • WSU Genetics Databases
    Links to online genomic databases, such as the Online Mendelian Inheritance of Man, on the WSU Library web site.


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