Electronic Databases

Many of the databases listed below are for use by UW-Platteville students, faculty and staff only. For information on using databases from off campus, please see the Guide for Off-campus users or Service to Distance Education Students.

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  • Academic Search Complete
    A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.
  • Applied Science and Technology Full Text 
    "Contains indexing and abstracts for nearly 800 core English-language, scientific and technical publications back to 1983. Full text of articles is available from more than 220 periodicals dating back to 1997. Content includes coverage of a wide variety of applied science specialties—acoustics to aeronautics, neural networks to nuclear and civil engineering, computers and informatics and much more."
  • Biological and Agricultural Index Plus
    "Provides full text of articles from over 100 journals dating back to 1997, as well as indexing and abstracts of more than 380 publications. Subject coverage includes agriculture and agricultural research, atmospheric science, biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, botany, chemistry, environmental science, geology, marine biology microbiology, physics and much more."
  • Biological Abstracts (BIOSIS)
    Indexes and abstracts international journals in the life sciences. Topics include agriculture, biochemistry, ecology, microbiology, neurology, pharmacology, toxicology and much more.
  • BioOne
    The BioOne.1 collection provides access to the full-text of 60+ peer reviewed, high-impact bioscience research journals. You may search the other collections but you will only have access to the abstracts.
  • General Science Full Text "Provides full text from more than 100 periodicals dating as far back as 1995, in addition to indexing and abstracts for nearly 300 periodicals back to 1984. Subject coverage includes astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, conservation, health and medicine, oceanography, physics, zoology and much more."
    Provides complete coverage to the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
  • Nature
    Online version of the International Weekly Journal of science. Contains full text of archived content as well. Also provides access to Nature's other journal titles.
  • New England Journal of Medicine
    "A weekly general medical journal that publishes new medical research findings, review articles, and editorial opinion on a wide variety of topics of importance to biomedical science and clinical practice. Material is published with an emphasis on internal medicine and specialty areas including allergy/immunology, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology, kidney disease, oncology, pulmonary disease, rheumatology, HIV, and infectious diseases."
  • OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man)
    OMIM is an online catalog of human genes and genetic disorders, containing textual information, pictures, and reference information. Also includes links to the National center for Biotechnology Information's Entrez database of MEDLINE articles and sequence information.
  • Readers' Guide Full Text Mega 
    "Includes indexing of over 450 periodicals as far back as 1983 and searchable full text of articles from over 250 journals as far back as 1994. PDF page images of full-text articles provide access to illustrations, photographs and other graphical content from the original article. Subject coverage includes antiques, arts, business, computers, education, entertainment, film & television, gardening, health & medicine, history, home improvement, literature, news and current events, photography, popular and classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, science, sports and fitness, transportation, travel and much more. "
  • SAGE Journals Online - Full text 2008-2011 only
    SAGE publishes over 470 journals in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Technology and Medicine.
  • Science Online Magazine
    The world's leading journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary.
  • Web of Science Citation Databases
    Provides access to Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Together they index over 8,000 scholarly journals and can be searched by author, topic or citation.
  • General Electronic Databases

Comprehensive Sites on Biology

  • About Bioscience
    This easy-to-use site includes information on bioscience with sections devoted to topics including Animal Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Biodiversity, Bioethics, Cell biology and more.  It also contains information about Bioscience careers and a bioscience glossary.
  • ArXiv
    ArXiv is an e-print database from the Cornell University Library that includes papers on topics in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, and statistics.
  • Audubon Guide to North American Birds
    The Audubon site provides three methods of searching for information about birds:  keyword, taxonomic family, and region. The entries for each species include information on conservation status, scientific classification, habitat, additional photos, detailed range maps, migration information and a natural history.  Audio of bird calls is often included.
  • BEN Portal This portal provides seamless access to e-resources that have been reviewed and found to be scientifically accurate and educationally sound.
  • Encyclopedia of Life The encyclopedia is a free online resource bringing together information about all life on Earth in text, images, video, sounds, maps, classifications and more. The site also includes links to a wide variety of scholarly references.
  • Public Library of Science (PLoS)
    The Public Library of Science is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource. PLoS publications are peer-reviewed and freely available online, without restrictions on use or further distribution, free from private or government control.
  • Includes more than 55 databases and over 2,100 selected websites from 13 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.
  • Searchable Online Research Archive (SORA)
    Hosted by the University of New Mexico Libraries, SORA is an open access publications database of top ornithology journals.  Users can browse by publication or search for specific articles or topics.  Articles may be freely downloaded.
  • Skeptical Science
    Skeptical Science’s mission is to explain climate change science and rebut global warming misinformation.  The site relies heavily on peer-reviewed literature.

Miscellaneous Links

  • American Museum of Natural History Digital Special Collections This site includes images of the museum’s archival photographs, art, ephemera, and rare book illustrations.  There tabs for browsing the collections and online exhibits, as well as a search box for use in locating specific images.
  • The Cell: An Image Library The interactive site features still images, videos and animations derived from the recent cell biology literature, along with information about the methodology used to capture the images.
  • Center for Biological Diversity The Center for Biological Diversity site includes news stories and other types of extensive information about endangered species, climate change, and international conservation issues.
  • Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
    Includes information about health issues, traveler's health, publications, software and products, and data and statistics.
  • Department of the Interior This web site includes a wealth of data from the nine agencies comprising the Department of the Interior. Data includes full text of various reports along with many multimedia files such as videos, newsfeeds and podcasts.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    Contains information about patient laws, regulations, publications, databases, projects, and programs.
  • iBioSeminars Notable faculty lectures, averaging 30 minutes in length, about biological and chemical principles and new developments in these fields.
    A comprehensive collection of links to highly respected medical information resources. The National Library of Medicine produced and maintains this collection.
  • Mosaic: The Science of Life Mosaic is an online magazine that includes features on biology and medicine.  The articles can be searched by topics including Environment, Genetics, Infection, The Body, and The Brain.  The site actively promotes free reproduction and distribution of its articles.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook Published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this handbook is an important source of career information. The handbook covers hundreds of occupations and includes information about job duties, work environment, educational requirements, pay, and more. Each profile also includes employment projections for the 2010-20 decade.
  • The Tree of Life Web Project
    The Tree of Life is a "collaborative internet project containing information about phylogeny and biodiversity". The site provides quality information selected through a peer-review process.

Related Sites at UW-Platteville Karrmann Library

Biology at UW-Platteville

  • The Biology Office is located in 249 Gardner. For a listing of courses or for more information on this program, call 608.342.1793.
  • Judith Wurtzler is the Karrmann Library's liaison to the Biology program. Contact Judy at 608.342.1077 for individualized consultations and/or library instruction sessions in biology. Her E-mail address is

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