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Ecology and Wildlife Biology Research Guide: Home

Information resources for ecology or wildlife biology research and study.

Start Here / Best Databases

  • Web of Science - Indexes the world’s leading peer reviewed, journal literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities and provides searching of cited references from 1900 to the present.
  • Google Scholar - Scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources.

Other Relevant Databases

For an overview of the Cycle of Scientific Communication click here: Scientific Communication.

For an outline of a Comprehensive Science Literature Review click here: Science Literature Review.

For tips on improving database search results click here: Improving Database Search Results.


Suggested databases:

  • Academic Search Complete - Multidisciplinary, full-text database.
  • Agricola - Agriculture, botany, forestry, grazing, range management, and Forest Service reports.
  • CAB Abstracts - Agriculture, forestry, animal health, nutrition, recreation and tourism, rural sociology, soils, and veterinary science. Access limited to 4 concurrent users.
  • Fish, Fisheries & Aquatic Biodiversity Worldwide - Index to the fish and fish culture literature.
  • PubMed - Health and medical literature, plus dentistry, molecular biology, nursing, parasitology, and veterinary medicine.
  • - Gateway to U.S. government science information.
  • SORA - Searchable Ornithological Research Archive.
  • Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide - Wildlife literature and Fish & Wildlife Service research reports.


Search specialized journals when looking for articles on your research topic. Some suggested browsing examples to look at are: American Naturalist; Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics; Auk; Canadian Journal of Zoology; Condor; Conservation Biology; Ecological Applications; Ecological Monographs; Ecology; Evolution; Journal of Animal Ecology; Journal of Evolutionary Biology; Journal of Mammalogy; Journal of Wildlife Management; Oikos; Trends in Ecology & Evolution; Wildlife Society Bulletin; Wildlife Monographs


To Browse Journal Titles click here: Mansfield Library Journals or here Citation Linker.

Browse or Search Ejournal Packages (NOTE: Some allow keyword searching of article fulltext):

For an explanation of Popular vs. Scholarly (magazines versus research journals) click here: Popular vs. Scholarly.

For an explanation of Peer Review click here: Peer Review in 5 Minutes.

For an overview of placing article alerts click here: Article Alerts.

To evaluate, compare, and rank journals using citation data click on: Journal Citation Reports or on Scimago.

Book Catalogs

Book catalog resources:

  • Biodiversity Heritage Library - Digitized, historic, natural history literature.
  • WorldCat - All time periods; Library Union Catalog; Books, Media, Government Documents, etc.
  • Google Book Search - Snippet and full-text views of books as they are scanned by the Google Book Project.
  • OneSearch - Mansfield Library collections

For a detailed view of Dewey Decimal call numbers click on: Dewey Decimal Classification Summaries.

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Legal, Legislative and News Information Sources

  • Access World News - Research current and archived news content for information on topics, events, issues, people, businesses, and more.
  • Environment & Energy Publishing - Tracks environmental and energy action in Congress.
  • HeinOnline - Law Journals and full text access to full runs of the Federal Register, Statutes at Large, presidential documents, Congressional Record, Supreme Court opinions.
  • LexisNexis Academic - News sources on all topics, business information, legal journals, medical topics.
  • LexisNexis Congressional - Indexes Congressional publications 1789-present.

Web Sites - Search Engines

For hints on how to use search engines effectively, take a look at the following: Finding and Evaluating Web Sites.


Some suggested search engines are:

Citation Guides

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Barry Brown
Barry Brown

Science Librarian

Head, Access & Collection Services

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