Marine Biology

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    ASFA is a premier reference for aquatic resources, covering over 5,000 serial publications, books, reports, conference proceedings, etc. Coverage is from the early 1900s to present, mainly in the areas of aquaculture, aquatic organisms, aquatic pollution, conservation, fisheries, freshwater environments, marine biotechnology, policy and legislation, and wildlife management.
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    The Arctic & Antarctic Regions (AAR) database is the world's largest collection of international polar databases. It is over 1.3 million records, most of them with abstracts or annotations, covering a wide range of cold region research topics. Coverage is from 1800 to present.
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    The BIOSIS Citation Index database is an excellent database for biology topics. BIOSIS coverage is from 1926 to present and it includes around 6000 journals, conference proceedings, books, & technical reports in all aspects of biological sciences including biological oceanography, developmental biology, ecology, marine biology, molecular biology, and psychology. Use the "Cited Reference Search" tab on top of screen to search for lists of articles citing your reference.
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    1926-present. BIOSIS Previews is the largest database covering the literature of the biological sciences. Covers journals as well as (selectively) books, conferences and patents.
  • The Catalog of Fishes is an authoritative reference for taxonomic fish names. It is created and managed by the Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability of the California Academy of Sciences. You can search the catalog or browse by Family and Subfamily names.
  • CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. CITES was drafted as a result of a resolution adopted in 1963 at a meeting of members of IUCN (The World Conservation Union). CITES is an international agreement to which States (countries) adhere voluntarily. This website includes a Checklist of CITES Species that allows the exploration of more than 35,000 species of animals and plants and their degree of protection.
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    1861-present. Database of citations to doctoral dissertations & master's theses from 1,000+ universities. Abstracts for dissertations 1980-present; master's theses 1988-present. Full-text of most UC dissertations published 1996 and later.
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    The Encyclopedia of Biodiversity is a scholarly resource containing over 300 articles by leading international authors. It is a comprehensive survey of biodiversity, across taxonomic groups and ecological regions. Topics covered include agriculture, conservation and restoration, economics, environmental conditions and effects, evolution, extinctions, genetics, geographic and global issues, habitats and ecosystems, human effects and interventions, and population issues.
  • The Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE) is an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The EoE is a free, expert-reviewed collection of content contributed by scholars, professionals, educators, practitioners and other experts. EOE content is mainly articles on topics, places, and biographies, plus international reports, brief definitions, and some eBooks, videos, and sound files. Topics covered range from biological diversity of living organisms, atmospheric sciences, biogeochemistry, oceanography, ecology, forestry, fisheries, marine biology, agriculture, aquaculture, to environmental engineering, environmental economics, and environmental sociology.
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    Fully searchable, up-to-date collection of articles by scientists and scientific historians in the fields of biochemistry and physiology, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, and neuroscience.
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    This comprehensive resource is a good place to start your research on all aspects of oceanography or marine sciences. It includes authoritative information on marine biology, ecology, ecosystems, fisheries, marine policy, the impact of pollution and climate change, and the use of the oceans for food and energy.
  • This is the US Fish & Wildlife Service's (USF&WS) official website for endangered species information. Website includes lists of US and foreign species, many factsheets for downloading, detailed listings of their services, grants, permits, laws, and news; with a search box for fast access to species information.
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    A searchable dictionary of marine science topics. Access is via the EbscoHost platform, with navigation tools on the right side, and easy paging and browsing. Extensive short entries in oceanography, mainly marine biology, ecology, marine habitats and systems. Helpful appendices on topics such as taxonomic classifications, geologic timescales, and marine history.
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nation is responsible for FishFinder. Formerly known as SIDP (Species Identification and Data Programme), FishFinder was created to provide and disseminate tools to facilitate species identification in fisheries, with the goal of improving fisheries data quality. FishFinder also aims to provide a global and coherent system of scientific and common nomenclature. Includes listings of publications, fact sheets, and distribution maps.
  • FishBase is a relational database with fish species information for research scientists, fisheries managers, zoologists, etc. FishBase on the web contains practically all fish species known to science. FishBase was developed at the WorldFish Center in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO) and many other partners, and with support from the European Commission ( EC). Since 2001 FishBase is supported by a consortium of nine research institutions.
  • The Freshwater and Marine Image Bank is a digital collection of images related to freshwater and marine topics, in all their diversity. It includes images of fish, shellfish, and marine mammals, pictures of fish hatcheries and dams and vessels, materials related to polar exploration, regional and traditional fisheries, and limnological (freshwater) subjects. Its scope is global. This Image Bank was created by the University of Washington Libraries, and the more than 21,000 images were taken from a variety of publications issued between 1735 and 1924.
  • UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) promotes international cooperation and coordinates programmes in marine research, services, observation systems, hazard mitigation and capacity development in order to better manage the nature and resources of the oceans and coastal areas. Their website provides their statements on many areas such as climate change, marine hazards, and environment management, and sections on ocean observations and ocean sciences.
  • The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on plants, fungi and animals that have been globally evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. This system is designed to determine the relative risk of extinction, and the main purpose of the IUCN Red List is to catalogue and highlight those plants and animals that are facing a higher risk of global extinction. This website has good search features, large photo gallery, listings of initiatives, news, and links to related resources.
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    Database for searching the marine natural product literature. Search by bibliographic information, taxonomy, location, chemical structure and physical property data. Includes dereplication tools not available in other databases.
  • The National Sea Grant Library (NSGL) provides digital documents on coastal and marine topics. This website provides access to over 20,000 electronic Sea Grant documents via the publications catalog. From the search results page you may link directly to these digital documents, which are mostly in pdf and html formats.
  • The Office of Protected Resources (OPR) is a headquarters program office of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries Service, or NMFS), under the U.S. Department of Commerce, with responsibility for protecting marine mammals and endangered/threatened marine life. This website lists the marine endangered species, and has sections on species health, strandings, conservation & recovery, laws, and publications.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Photo Library includes thousands of weather and space images, hundreds of images of shores and coastal seas, and thousands of marine species images ranging from the great whales to the most minute plankton. Most NOAA photos and slides are in the public domain and CANNOT be copyrighted. There is no fee for downloading any images on the NOAA Photo Library. Educational use is encouraged as the primary goal of the NOAA Photo Library is to help all understand our oceans and atmosphere so as to be better stewards of our environment for future generations. Credit MUST be given to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce.
  • TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, is the leading non-governmental organization working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. TRAFFIC was established in 1976 and its mission is to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. Their website contains information on wildlife trade, enforcement networks, publications, media reports, and a news archive.
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    The Zoological Record database provides references and abstracts for over 6,500 zoological journals, books, newsletters, selected dissertations, review annuals, & conference proceedings back to 1864. It covers the traditional areas of zoology more comprehensively than BIOSIS Previews (such as ecology, physiology, systematics & taxonomy, evolution, life history, behavior, conservation, nutrition, reproduction, morphology & zoogeography), but it excludes or covers selectively the more experimental & applied topics (such as biochemistry, economic biology, laboratory animal research, & immunology).
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