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The University of Massachusetts Amherst


A guide to resources in Biology at UMass and beyond.

About This Guide

This guide is meant as a trailhead for the library resources we have, as well as quality open, government, and freely available outside resources for research in biology.  This guide does not include every single resources of importance, nor everything we subscribe to through the UMass Amherst Libraries.  I highlight the most widely-used, well-known, and relevant resources I can, to get you to useful sources and advice for various aspects of your classwork nd research needs.

If you have any questions, or suggestions for this guide, please don't hesitate to reach out to me through phone, email, or schedule a meeting using the contact info on the left.

Database Best Bets

Just want to know where to get started searching for articles about topics in Biology?  Try one of these databases:

Background Best Bets

If you picked a topic because you don't know much about it but are interested in learning more, you may want to start with some background info.  Checking for it in your textbook, reading an encyclopedia article, even an entry from a scientific dictionary can give you context, a greater understanding of your topics main concepts, and a few additional keywords to use in your search for articles.