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These databases and web sites are great places to find articles. Check their bibliographies to find more!
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Library databases are the best place to find scientific journal articles, which are the primary kinds of sources you'll need for your rare species web page. A few that will be particularly helpful to you are listed below.
***In order to gain full access to articles, use the links on this course guide or log in through the AU Libraries website***
Zoological Record Equivalent of the printed Zoological record. Covers worldwide systematic zoological literature and other areas of zoology such as anatomy, morphology, physiology, reproduction, ecology, evolution, life history, and behavior. Coverage is from 1864 to the present.
Web of Science Web of Science is the online version of the print and CD-ROM versions of 3 separate ISI indexes: Arts & humanities citation index; Science citation index (called Science citation index expanded, in online version); and, Social sciences citation index. (5 simultaneous users)
Google Scholar Provides access to much of the world's scholarly literature from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities. Results include peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, pre-prints, abstracts, technical reports, and scholarly articles available on the Web.
ASFA: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts Covers worldwide literature on biology, ecology, and management of freshwater and marine environments. The complete database contains over 500,000 records to references from journals, conference proceedings, research reports, and selected books since 1978.
Biosis Citation Index An index with abstracts to periodicals in biology and the life sciences. Provides access to biological and medical research findings, clinical studies, and discoveries of new organisms. Coverage is international, and includes agriculture, biochemistry, biomedicine, biotechnology, genetics, botany, ecology, microbiology, pharmacology, and zoology. (10 simultaneous users)
Other Interesting Web Resources
Biodiversity Heritage Library
See info on Finding Original Species Description page.
Tree of Life Project (ToL)
ToL is an open access, database-driven project funded by NSF and the University of Arizona. One of their primary goals is to document and provide information about every species and for each group of organisms.
Map of Life
Integrates data from providers such as the IUCN, WWF, GBIF, and more to create describing species distributions worldwide (species range maps, species occurrence points, ecoregions, and protected areas).
Developed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as a means for ranking or categorizing the relative imperilment of species of plants, animals, or other organisms, as well as natural ecological communities, on the global, national and/or subnational levels.
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Annual list released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Includes information on species taxonomy, distribution, population size, and more.
Global database of fish species.
Global database of amphibian species.
The Reptile Database
Database of all living reptile species and their classification. Currently there are more than 10,000 species another 2,800 subspecies listed.
Native Plant Information Network
Database of more than 7,000 native plant species.
These sites have great summary information about basic life history, classification, etc . Most importantly, they include bibliographies where you can find tons more sources (which you can then find in the library catalog).
ECOS: Environmental Conservation Online System
Gateway web site that provides access to information in the USFWS and other government data sources. This central point of access providing public access to information from numerous Service databases.
Standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.
ITIS: Integrated Taxonomic Information System
Authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.