Indexes to Marine Biology Literature

BIOSIS Citation Index      Back to top

Search here first. This is the online equivalent to Biological Abstracts and Biological Abstracts/RRM. It is the most comprehensive index of the biological literature and hence does a great job covering marine biology. BIOSIS indexes over 5,000 journals, as well as non-journal literature, which provides you with access to up to 18 million records from 1926 to the present. A print version of the journals indexed, along with abbreviated titles, ISSN, publication frequency, publisher name and address etc., can be found in BIOSIS Serial Sources. BIOSIS has an "alert" feature that lets you set up a subject profile to have citations and abstracts automatically emailed to you as new records are added to the database.

ASFA (Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts)     Back to top

By searching here, you can pick up literature not indexed in BIOSIS. There are some very useful journals and series indexed here and not in BIOSIS. Two examples are "Journal of Cephalopod Biology" and the "California Island Symposia". Note, however, some of the more ephemeral literature is less likely to be found in Stanford's collections and may be difficult to obtain. Coverage in ASFA goes back to 1971, but there are also many records before 1971 for selected journal titles such as Limnology & Oceanography, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Deep-Sea Research, and Journal of Physical Oceanography.

Zoological Record      Back to top

Zoological Record provides extensive coverage of the world's zoological and animal science literature, covering all research from biochemistry to veterinary medicine. The database provides an easily searched collection of references from over 5,000 international serial publications, plus books, meetings, reviews and other non-serial literature from over 100 countries. Zoological Record has long been recognized as the "unofficial register" for taxonomy and systematics, but other topics are also given comprehensive treatment using indexing in both controlled-and natural-language format.

Web of Science      Back to top

Previously known as Science Citation Index. A citation index provides a unique approach to searching the literature. With a recent article, you use its bibliography to go back in time. In a way, the citation index lets you do the reverse. You can take an older article and see who has cited that article since it was published. Unlike other indexes, this one indexes editorial, letters to the editor, book reviews, etc. Also, since coverage in the citation section is limited only by what an author cites, it is one place you can sometimes verify citations to book chapters or articles from the 1800's. There are 6,650 journals indexed in the web version of Science Citation Index. It has an "alert" feature that lets you set up a subject or citation profile to have citations and abstracts automatically emailed to you as new records are added to the database. Also available is the Journal Citation Report which lets you look at the impact factor of science journals.

Medline      Back to top

While the name Medline implies medicine, the database actually covers basic biology very well. When marine organisms are used as model systems or as a source of new pharmaceuticals, they can show up here. Note that Medline only indexes refereed journal articles. It does not include proceedings, book chapters, etc.

xSearch - Biology      Back to top

Search across 10 biology databases including Annual Reviews, ASFA: Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Dissertations & Theses, Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management, GeoRef, PubMed, Web of Science, and Zoological Record. This is a biology oriented subset of xSearch databases. The full xSearch searches across 50 or more databases.

Scopus      Back to top

From the publisher Elsevier, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. It also includes web sources, patents, articles in-press, book series, conference proceedings, and trade publications. Scopus provides international coverage of literature in science, technology, and medicine, and social sciences plus related content in the arts & humanities. 1996-present plus selected coverage back to 1823.

Dissertation Abstracts      Back to top

Dissertations can be a great source of information, but are not usually covered by standard indexes. The above link is for US dissertations. For Canadian dissertations go to the Theses Canada Portal.

Hopkins Marine Station - Student Papers      Back to top

This is a searchable bibliographic file of undergraduate papers done at Hopkins Marine Station. Most of the papers are by Stanford students taking 175H and 176H Spring Class. These papers date back to 1963, and citations and abstracts for these continue to be added each year. There are also 39 papers done by Carleton College student who were at Hopkins in 1976 and 1983. UC Berkeley also taught classes here every summer from 1947 through 1952, and records for the 246 papers from those classes are included. ?Also there 24 honor theses done by UC Santa Cruz students between 1977 and 2000. All the papers in the database are archived in the Miller Library. They are shelved with the journals alphabetically under Stanford, Carleton, University of California Berkeley, and University of California Santa Cruz, respectively. Papers done for the Marine Botany class were written in HTML and are available full-text on the web. Papers done for Stanford@SEA are available as full-text PDFs on the web.

Aquatic Commons      Back to top

The Aquatic Commons is a thematic digital repository covering the natural marine, estuarine /brackish and fresh water environments. It includes all aspects of the science, technology, management and conservation of these environments, their organisms and resources, and the economic, sociological and legal aspects. The repository contains a growing collection of published and unpublished research, organizational publications, and other scholarly materials contributed by researchers, librarians and their institutions. It is directed by the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) to provide visibility, usage and impact through global access to digital publication from worldwide marine and freshwater organizations that do not have access to an institutional repository of their own.

Cumulative Bibliography on the History of Oceanography, 1987-2001 (This is a PDF)      Back to top

The Cumulative Bibliography on the History of Oceanography (CBHO) was published annually in the History of Oceanography Newsletter beginning in 1987 and through 1997, in order to gather in one place the scattered literature on the history of oceanography. CBHO strives to list all works on the history of oceanography. Biographical items like biographies and obituaries are compiled separately. CBHO was compiled from 1987 to 1997 by Jacqueline Carpine-Lancre, Librarian of the Musee Oceanographique in Monaco and Secretary of the Commission of Oceanography of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, Division of History of Science. Citations from 1987 t0 2001 were compiled by Deborah Day, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archivist, and are listed at the end of this bibliography (not interspersed throughout the initial alphabetical arrangement.) CBHO includes all works on the history of oceanography, except biographical items like biographies and obituaries. There is no comprehensive bibliography on the history of oceanography before 1987.

Bibliography of Genetic Variation in Natural Populations      Back to top

This bibliography of over 25,000 references has been accumulated over the last 25 years by Fred Allendorf of the University of Montana. The primary focus is the study of genetic variation in natural populations of animals, plants, and microbes. The secondary focus has been conservation, with an emphasis on the application of genetic principles to conservation. Nevertheless, it is a somewhat eclectic collection of titles that reflects his sometimes wandering interests and teaching responsibilities over the years (evolution, human genetics, etc.). There is a taxonomic bias in this bibliography towards fish, especially salmon, trout, and their kin. There has been no effort to exclude papers dealing with the genetics and conservation of other taxa, but there has been an effort to include more papers on the general biology and natural history of salmonid fishes.

Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management Abstracts     Back to top

Search, separately or combined, these 13 files offering abstracts for the worldwide literature covering the environmental sciences including air, land, water and noise pollution, bacteriology, ecology, toxicology, risk assessment, environmental biotechnology and engineering, waste management, water resources, policies and regulations, and U.S. federal environmental impact statements. Abstracts and citations are drawn from over 1500 scientific journals and thousands of other sources including conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications. (Updated monthly. Over 76,000 records/year.)

Biodiversity Heritage Library     Back to top

Ten major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions in the United States and the United Kingdom have joined to form the Biodiversity Heritage Library Project. The participating libraries own over two million volumes of biodiversity literature collected over 200 years to support the work of scientists, researchers, and students in their home institutions and throughout the world. The Biodiversity Heritage Library’s “biodiversity commons” website provides digitized access to a growing subset of this literature. It is especially useful for full-text of articles going back as far as 1480 that are out of copyright.

Arctic and Antarctic Regions      Back to top

Worldwide collection of cold regions research compiled by the Library of Congress, Science and Technology Division. This multidisciplinary database is a compilation of 10 specialized bibliographies. Records include 40 years of publications from Bibliography on cold regions science and technology, and 27 years of publications from Antarctic bibliography. Coverage goes back to 1800. (Updates semi-annually.)