Overview of databases, reference works and websites for research in Biology
The library for biology is located on the first floor of the Gorlaeus building. The physical collection is divided into three subjects, each with its own placement: botany (about 1,250 titles), theoretical biology (approximately 4,650 titles) and zoology (about 9,900 titles). A selection of field guides and reference books is available for (preparing for) excursions.
Scientific discoveries in biology move fast and therefore journal articles and databases are the main source in both research and teaching. Recent books are generally digital, except text books and purchases on request.
The publication of data as part of an article or as a standalone publication is becoming increasingly common in biology. The following sites are some of the most important places for data publications:
- Search for specific data in re3data.org
- Use Elsevier's Datasearch when searching for datasets within Figshare and Dryad
- The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR): genetic and molecular biology data for the higher plant Arabidopsis thaliana
- Dryad: one of the biggest data archives
- GBIF: data on bio-diversity