Life Sciences library subject guide , Aratohu kaupapa mō te pūtaiao ora

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

Article databases

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Searches selected article databases simultaneously. A good starting point for undergraduates.

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Extensive multidisciplinary access to life science journal articles and conference papers.

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Biological Abstracts

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CAB Abstracts

The premier database for agricultural, animal and veterinary sciences.

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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.

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Google Scholar

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.

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New Zealand Science

A comprehensive index of New Zealand science, provided by the Crown Research Institutes, Conservation Department and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Terms and conditions for library online resources

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

Books and ebooks

Find the book you need in a library, or access an online edition you can read on your computer.

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

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National Academies Press: Biology and Life Sciences Collection

Topics include biodiversity, biotechnology, genetics and also public policy relating to the life sciences.

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.

Find theses and research reports

Find Massey, New Zealand, and international theses.

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Background information

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

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

ScienceDirect Reference Works
Search across the Library's subscribed ScienceDirect reference titles, including:

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

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

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Concepts and definitions

Oxford Reference - Life Sciences includes:

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

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

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

Methods and protocols

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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