Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Handbooks: Biology

When you are doing research on a topic, you will often require a quick definition of a term, a specific fact, or condensed, detailed information about particular topics. Examples of Dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks and manuals covering biology topics include:

Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology
A four volume set covering Gram-negative bacteria, Gram-positive bacteria, archaebacteria, cyanobacteria, and actinomycetes.
REF: QR81.B46

eLS: Citable Reviews in the Life Sciences (Online)
Formerly The Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, this resource "... offers comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the life sciences for students, lecturers and researchers alike."

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics (Online)
This revised edition includes coverage for bioinformatics, clinical trials, computation, genetics, Bayesian methods and applications, modeling the spread of diseases, and measurement of health care status.

Encyclopedia of Entomology (Online)
Topics include life histories of individual species, pest control, various orders of insects, insect classification, and morphology.

Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology: From Genome to Environment (Online)
This in-depth  resource is divided into three volumes: vol 1- Senses, Supporting Tissues, Reproduction, and Behavior; vol 2- Gas Exchange, Internal Homeostatis, and Food Uptake; vol 3- Energetics, Interactions and the Environment, Lifestyles, and Applications.

Encyclopedia of Life (Online)
The Encyclopedia of Life is a collaborative effort led by several leading scientific institutions to develop an online database of individual web pages for each of the 1.8 million known species on Earth.

Encyclopedia of Mammals (Online)
Entries for all known mammals cover behavior, diet, distribution, and evolution. Illustrations include photographs and original artwork.

Handbook of the Birds of the World
REF: QL78.H236
When the final volume of this 16 volume set is completed in 2011, this reference will be the  "... first work ever to illustrate and deal in detail with all the living species of birds."  There is also an associated website called the Internet Bird Collection which includes video and sounds.

Handbook of Plant Biotechnology (Online)
“ … provides extensive coverage of the field including articles on plant genetic modification; applications of plant biotechnology to crop improvement in agriculture, production systems for pharmaceutical proteins, ethics and safety issues, public perception and public relations; scale-up, and testing and legislation”.

International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (St. Louis Code)
"Adopted by the Sixteenth International Botanical Congress, St. Louis, Missouri, July-August 1999"

Life on Earth: An Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
Primarily for undergraduates, this resource begins with an in-depth description of biodiversity, its importance, and the threats to biodiversity. Articles address the relationship of biodiversity to ecology, habitat destruction, and the effect of human interaction on the environment.

Oxford Reference Online (Biological Sciences)
Titles include Dictionary of Biology, Dictionary of Animal Behaviour, Dictionary of Ecology, Dictionary of GeneticsDictionary of Plant Sciences and Dictionary of Zoology.

Using the Biological Literature: A Practical Guide 4th ed.
For undergraduate and graduate students, this guide contains a comprehensive list of sources for all the main fields of the biological sciences, arranged by subject area and subdivided by form of material.

Compiled by: Dawn Hooper, B.Sc., M.L.S.
Data & Research Services Librarian
Phone: (902) 566-0453
Date Revised: Fall 2015