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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 major databases for searching articles within the field of Biology are Web of Science (general), PubMed (medical), and Google Scholar.

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:

  • NIBI Dutch Institute for Biology, publishes BioNieuws and In levende lijve
  • NBV Dutch Biotechnology Association, publishes C2W Life Sciences 
  • NVBMB Netherlands Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology