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Research guide linking to subscription and open-access journals and databases, by type and content.
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Encyclopedias (Subscription)

Databases (Subscription)

  • Academic Search Complete (ASC)
    Search a large multidisciplinary database of scholarly articles, reports, proceedings; download full-text; available on SDZG networked computers
  • BioOne
    Search a database of scholarly articles in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences; download full-text; available on SDZG networked computers
  • JSTOR Biological Sciences Archival Collection
    Search a database of scholarly articles in the biological sciences; strong in ecology, evolutionary biology, plant and animals sciences, paleontology, and conservation; download full-text for all but recent years; available on SDZG networked computers
  • U.C. Davis biological & agricultural databases
    Portal to U.C. Davis subscription databases of scholarly articles in the life sciences, health sciences, and agriculture; download full-text; restricted to SDZG veterinary staff (login required)

Databases (Open Access) — Animals by Taxonomic Group

  • Bats — Research Library
    Bibliographic database of bat scientific literature; no full-text; use search box to view bibliographic entries; Bat Conservation International
  • Birds — Ornithological Worldwide Literature (OWL)
    Bibliographic database of ornithological literature (excluding domestic/pet birds); includes "gray literature" not indexed by commercial databases; bibliographic entries include abstracts; no full-text; American Ornithologists' Union, British Ornithologists' Union, and Birds Australia
  • Birds — Searchable Ornithological Research Archive (SORA)
    Free full-text articles from 15 major ornithology journals; joint effort of the American Ornithologists' Union, the Cooper Ornithological Society, the Association of Field Ornithologists, the Wilson Ornithological Society, and the University of New Mexico Libraries
  • Carnivores — Carnivore Ecology & Conservation
    Carnivore information resources include news, extensive bibliographic database (20,000+ entries, no full-text), and 500+ dissertations (free full-text); maintained by researcher Guillaume Chapron
  • Elephants — Elephant Bibliographic Database
    Bibliographic database of elephant literature, with a focus on healthcare, science, and husbandry; no full-text; browse or search by category; Elephant Care International
  • Elephants — African Elephant Library
    Bibliographic database for articles on the biology, ecology, and management of the African elephant; search/browse entries; IUCN/SSC African Elephant Specialist Group and Save the Elephants (full-text restricted to AfESG members and STE staff)
  • Elephants — Elephant Database
    Population and range data for elephants worldwide; joint project of the IUCN African Elephant Specialist Group and Asian Elephant Specialist Group
  • Primates — PrimateLit
    Bibliographic database of primate scientific literature (1940-2010); no full-text; last update November 2010; Wisconsin and Washington Primate Research Centers
  • Reptiles & Amphibians — CNAH Herpetology Literature Database
    Extensive bibliographic database of articles on reptiles and amphibians (primarily North American); maintained by the Center for North American Herpetology; many free full-text
  • Rhinos — Literature & Articles
    Extensive database of literature covering every aspect of rhinoceros knowledge; bibliographic references, abstracts, some full- text; Rhino Resource Center

Databases (Open Access) — Biology, Conservation, Environment

  • Agricola (NAL Catalog)
    Bibliographic database of agricultural publications; no full-text (see PubAg for free articles); for Advanced Search, select "Article Citation Database"
  • American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Research Library
    Collection of AMNH scientific publications (American Museum Journal, Natural History Magazine, annual reports, lectures, manuscripts, museum publications); free full-text
  • AnAge: The Animal Ageing and Longevity Database
    Fact sheets and bibliographic database of ageing and life history in animals; extensive longevity records, life history events, metabolism; article citations, no full-text; compiled by the Integrative Genomics of Ageing Group, University of Liverpool
  • Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)
    Biodiversity legacy literature from a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries; 150,000+ book and journal volumes digitized and made public; free full-text
  • Botany, Plant Biology and Plant Science Journals
    Directory of journals that publish articles on plant biology; follow links to view Tables of Contents; access to free full-text varies according to journal
  • GreenFILE
    Collection of scholarly, government, and general-interest titles about effects of individuals, corporations, and local/national governments on the environment and ways to minimize these effects; 780,000+ records indexed and abstracted, with free full-text for 11,000+ records.
  • IUCN Publications Catalog
    Portal to IUCN publications: SSC Action Plans, regional biodiversity assessments, Species Magazine, Species e-bulletin, other; topics covered include endangered species, biodiversity, and conservation; free full-text
  • NCBI (Entrez) biomedical databases
    Databases maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information: literature (some free full-text), health, genome, gene, protein, chemical
  • PubAg
    Portal to USDA-authored and other highly relevant agricultural research; 40,000+ free full-text articles, bibliographic entries for 340,000+ articles; no subscription required
    Database of U.S. government scientific publications; free full-text
  • Wildpro Electronic Library
    Collection of books, articles, and documents relevant to wildlife (ethics, disease, species information, management guidelines); free full-text

Databases (Open Access) — Biomedical, Animal Health & Welfare

  • BioMed Central (BMC)
    Directory of open access journals and selected free full-text articles published by BMC in the fields of biomedical research, medicine, and veterinary medicine; for articles not in collection, use search box or subject tabs and follow links to journal websites
  • Center for Zoo Animal Welfare Bibliography database
    The Center is compiling a bibliographic database (citations and abstracts) of all known published works related to captive animal welfare
  • Databases on Medicine and Molecular Biology
    Portal to a large collection of medical and molecular biology databases: genomics, healthcare, images, laboratory, lipidomics, medicine, microbiology, oncology, patents, pharmacology, physics/chemistry, proteomics, toxicology, veterinary medicine; compiled by Josef Koenig, M.D.
  • NCBI (Entrez) biomedical databases
    Databases maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information: literature (some free full-text), health, genome, gene, protein, chemical
  • NLM Digital Collection
    The U.S. National Library of Medicine's online resource of biomedical books and videos; includes veterinary medicine; free full-text
  • PubMed
    Bibliographic database of biomedical and veterinary literature; 24+ million citations, some free full-text
  • PubMed Central (PMC)
    Collection of free full-text scholarly articles in the biomedical, health, veterinary, and life sciences; maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM); note: some journals have an embargo period before they release articles
    Database of U.S. government scientific publications; free full-text

Databases (Open Access) — Government, Regulations

  • Federal Register
    U.S. Government publications — free full-text; select "Federal Register" from Collections list, click "Add," enter search term below, click "Search"
    San Diego Association of Governments web portal with links to a variety of local information resources: programs, data, maps, publications, services, meetings, news
    Database of U.S. government scientific publications; free full-text
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's web portal to information on endangered species, conservation, and climate change; categories include programs, grants, importing/exporting, international activities, law enforcement, news, offices, permits, policies, and training

Databases (Open Access) — Multidisciplinary

  • Google Scholar
    Search a comprehensive, up-to-date bibliographic database of scholarly articles; multidisciplinary; view citations; some free full-text
  • HathiTrust Digital Library
    Book and journal content from the collections of a partnership of major research institutions and libraries, digitized and made public; free full-text
  • Paperity
    Collection of articles from 2450+ peer-reviewed open access journals; multidisciplinary; free full-text
  • Q-Sensei Scholar
    Bibliographic database of scholarly books and articles in the Library of Congress, National Library of Medicine, arXiv, IngentaConnect, and Research Papers in Economics (RePEC); multidisciplinary; 40+ million citations; alerts and other tools

Databases (Open Access) - Specialty

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