Biology & Environmental Science

Pinus Halepensis by Sternenlaus, Wikimedia Commons

Guide to Finding
the Best Resources

Welcome! This page highlights key resources for conducting effective information research in biology and environmental science.

If you need assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, please schedule a research consultation.

Personal Librarian:
Lois Coleman
104 LeFrak Center

See also: Columbia Libraries Earth & Environmental Engineering Research Guide

Reference Sources

Finding Scientific Literature, including Scholarly Articles, Conference Papers, and Preprints

  • Animal Behavior Abstracts
    Provides access to the literature on animal behavior, with subjects ranging from neurophysiology to behavioral ecology, from genetics to applied ethology.  
  • Biological Abstracts
    Provides access to the literature in biology and the life sciences.
  • Biological and Agricultural Index
    Index for articles from periodicals in the life sciences and agriculture, including topics such as animal husbandry, botany, cytology, ecology, entomology, environmental science, fishery sciences, food science, forestry, genetics, horticulture, microbiology, plant pathology, soil science, veterinary medicine, and zoology.
  • BioOne
    Full text articles from research journals focused on the biological, biomedical, ecological, and environmental sciences.
  • Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
    A compilation of protocols for molecular biology experimental procedures.
  • Environment Abstracts
    Full-text news, journals, and reference materials, as well as federal and state codes and federal agency regulations.
  • Environment Complete
    Includes journals, conference papers and special reports from international agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, associations and private corporations.
  • Google Scholar
    Only finds scholarly materials - articles, books and citations - but searches full text, and will often find too many irrelevant articles.  Go to Settings and enable "Library Links" for Columbia University - this will make the Columbia e-Link show up in the results list so that you can easily go to the full text.
  • GreenFILE
    Covers all aspects of human impact on the envirnment.
  • JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments
    The world's first peer reviewed scientific video journal.
  • PubMed
    Database from the National Library of Medicine containing citations to articles in Medline (see What's the Difference Between Medline and PubMed?), additional life science journals, and the integrated molecular biology databases included in the National Center for Biotechnology Information retrieval system (including DNA and protein sequences, 3-D protein structure data, and assemblies of complete genomes)
  • ScienceDirect
    Abstracts and full text of articles in the sciences, technology, medicine and social sciences.
  • SciFinder (to register, use this link:
    Provides access to the Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) databases of chemical literature and U.S. and foreign chemical-related patents, to CASREACT, to the Registry database from CAS, and to Medline.
  • Scopus
    Indexing, abstracting and citation linking for journals in biology, physics, chemistry, geosciences, agriculture, medicine, business, social work, and the social sciences
  • SpringerLink
    Full-text access to journals and books published by Springer. Subjects include life sciences, chemical sciences, environmental sciences, geosciences, computer science, mathematics, medicine, physics and astronomy, engineering and economics.
  • Water Resources Abstracts
    Abstracts from journals, conference proceedings and technical reports on water-related topics covering the characteristics, conservation, control, pollution, treatment, use and management of water resources.
  • Web of Science
    Scholarly articles in all disciplines, useful for finding the most highly-cited articles, for examining the references in an article, or for determining if any articles have cited a specific article or book.
  • Zoological Record
    Index to articles in international journals, review annuals, monographs, meeting proceedings, books and reports, representing research in all major areas of zoology, including: behavior, ecology, evolution, genetics, habitat, nutrition, parasitology, reproduction, taxonomy and zoogeography.

Finding Books

  • CLIO: Online catalog of the Columbia University Libraries, including Barnard Library, but excluding Teachers College and the Law Library.
  • WorldCat: Searches libraries worldwide.

Citing Your Sources