This subject guide covers all aspects of the Life Sciences, such as: Biology, Botany, Ecology, Genetics, Microbiology, Zoology, etc.

Articles (journals, newspapers, magazines)

Key life sciences article databases:

Arrow Web of Science Click for more information View a demonstration.
Multidisciplinary access to scholarly articles and conference papers. Includes Web of Science Core Collection (including Science Citation Index), Biological AbstractsFood Science and Technology Abstracts (FSTA), CAB Abstracts (the premier database for agricultural, animal and veterinary sciences) and MEDLINE - Note: accessing PubMed directly provides faster coverage and good linking to fulltext content.

Arrow Discover Click for more information View a demonstration.
Searches selected article databases (including Web of Science) simultaneously. A good starting point for undergraduates.

Arrow Scopus Click for more information View a demonstration.
Extensive multidisciplinary access to life science journal articles and conference papers.

Arrow SciFinder Click for more information
Note: SciFinder requires mandatory registration before first login. Includes Chemical Abstracts and Medline. Excellent coverage of most aspects of the life sciences, especially biochemistry, biotechnology, environmental chemistry, genetics, molecular and cell biology, pharmaceuticals, plus much more. Allows searching by chemical structures.

Use our SciFinder Help Sheet (272 KB)

Arrow Google Scholar Click for more information View a demonstration.
The Google search engine that returns scholarly information.  Use in preference to Google web search and always access through the Library website to ensure full availability of Massey-subscribed information.

Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content New Zealand Science Click for more information
A comprehensive index of New Zealand science, provided by the Crown Research Institutes, Conservation Department and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Arrow Database Licence Information
Legal guidelines about how and by whom Library-subscribed article databases may be used.

Background Information

Arrow Encyclopedia of Life Sciences
Peer-reviewed articles across the life sciences. A particularly good source for information on basic concepts in biology.

Arrow The Encyclopedia of Life
Aims to create a universal catalogue all known species of life, with profiles of all taxa.

ArrowScienceDirect Reference WorksClick for more information
Select from Library's subscribed ScienceDirect reference titles, including:

Arrow Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Informatics
Emphasis is on recent theoretical advances, new concepts, terms and their applications.

Arrow The Encyclopedia Of Applied Animal Behaviour And Welfare
An introduction to behaviour and welfare in domestic, exotic, companion, and zoo animals.

Arrow Search the Library for other recent encyclopedias

Books & Ebooks

Arrow Search Discover
Search Discover to find books, journals, DVDs, & other material.

Arrow Postgraduate students and staff: Search Libraries Worldwide to find and request books that are not held by any Massey University Library.

Arrow Books and Ebooks at Massey Library

Arrow National Academies Press Biology and Life Sciences Collection
Topics include biodiversity, biotechnology, genetics and also public policy relating to the life sciences.

Arrow Google Books
Searches across the full-text content of a huge range of books. You can then check by searching Discover to see if the book is held by Massey University Library.

Arrow Finding Theses
Find Massey, New Zealand, and international theses.

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Concepts & Definitions

Arrow Oxford Reference - Life Sciences includes:

Arrow Animal Behavior Desk Reference: A Dictionary Of Animal Behavior, Ecology, And Evolution 2011
Also available in print.

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Arrow The Taxonomy Database (National Center for Biotechnology Information)
A curated classification and nomenclature for all of the organisms in the public sequence databases.

Arrow Index Nominum Genericorum
A compilation of generic names published for organisms covered by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.

Methods & Protocols

Arrow Springer Nature Experiments
Provides full text access to Nature Methods and Springer Protocols, connecting researchers with the most relevant and important protocols and methods to support their research projects.

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