Biological Sciences information resources: Background information

Dictionaries & terminology

  • Animal behavior desk reference [online or print]
  • Dictionary of biology (Oxford) [online or print]
  • A dictionary of animal behaviour (Oxford) [online or print]
  • Dictionary of ecology (Oxford) [online or print]
  • Dictionary of plant sciences (Oxford) [online or print]
  • Dictionary of science [print]
  • Dictionary of zoology (Oxford) [online or print]
  • Elsevier's dictionary of biology [print]
  • Elsevier's dictionary of medicine and biology: in English, Greek, German, Italian and Latin [online or print]
  • Henderson's dictionary of biological terms [print]
  • Henderson's dictionary of biology [online or print]
  • McGraw-Hill dictionary of scientific and technical terms [print]
  • Oxford reference online
    Database of online versions of 200+ general reference works

Encyclopedias & handbooks


  • Concise encyclopedia biology [print]
  • Encyclopedia of biodiversity [online or print]
  • Encyclopedia of bioethics [print]
  • Encyclopedia of biology [print]
  • Encyclopedia of hormones [print]
  • Encyclopedia of Life 
  • Encyclopedia of life sciences [print] + the Supplementary 6 volume set [print]
  • Encyclopedia of reproduction [print]
  • McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of science and technology [print]
  • Nature encyclopedia: an A-Z guide to life on earth [print]
  • Van Nostrand's scientific encyclopedia [print]

Cellular, developmental and molecular biology

  • Concise encyclopedia biochemistry and molecular biology [print]
  • Desk encyclopedia of general virology (Oxford) [print]
  • Encyclopedia of biological chemistry [online or print]
  • Encyclopedia of genetics [online or print]
  • Encyclopedia of microbiology [print]
  • Encyclopedia of molecular biology [print]
  • Encyclopedia of virology [online or print]
  • Wiley encyclopedia of chemical biology [online]

Ecology and evolutionary biology

  • Blackwell's concise encyclopedia of ecology [print]
  • Cambridge encyclopedia of Darwin and evolutionary thought [print]
  • Darwin's fishes: an encyclopedia of ichthyology, ecology, and evolution [online or print]
  • Encyclopedia of evolution (Oxford) [print]
  • Life on earth: an encyclopedia of biodiversity, ecology, and evolution [print]

Animal biology

Marine biology

  • Encyclopedia of Canadian fishes [print]
  • Encyclopedia of fish physiology [online]
  • Encyclopedia of marine mammals [online or print]
  • Encyclopedia of ocean sciences: elements of physical oceanography [online]
  • Handbook of Marine Microalgae [online]
  • Freshwater fishes of Canada [print]
  • New encyclopedia of aquatic life [print]

Plant biology

Environment, toxicology and pest management

  • Blackwell's concise encyclopedia of environmental management [online or print]
  • Comprehensive toxicology [print]
  • CRC handbook of pest management in agriculture [print]
  • Encyclopedia of ecology and environmental management [print]
  • Encyclopedia of environmental biology [print]
  • Encyclopedia of environmental analysis and remediation [print]
  • Encyclopedia of pest management [online or print]
  • Encyclopedia of the environment [print]

Biographical information

Guides to biological information sources

  • Guide to reference and information sources in plant biology [print]
  • Guide to reference and information sources in the zoological sciences [print]
  • Information sources in the life sciences [print]
  • Information resources in toxicology [print]
  • Research methods for the biosciences [print]
  • Using the biological literature, a practical guide [online or print]