Encyclopedias: Biology/Botany/Zoology

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See also: Biography and Dictionaries

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Beacham's Guide to the Endangered Species of North America [Rutgers Restricted]
"Presents extensive data on the habitats and ecosystems of more than 1,200 species identified as endangered or threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service. Arranged taxonomically, entries include introductory information with an image of the species; a summary section detailing information on each species; a concluding summary of recovery efforts; and a bibliography of contacts for further information. Electronic version of the 6 volume print resource."

Biology Reference
Covers biological concepts, history of science, related fields, ethical issues, and other topics. Based on the Thomson Gale print publication Biology: Macmillan Science Library.

Encyclopedia of Bioethics [Rutgers Restricted]
Electronic version of the 5 volume 3rd edition "covering a wealth of topics on the ethics of health professions, animal research, population control and the environment, the set helps researchers to consider the impact of new scientific knowledge and its potential to harm or benefit present and future generations."

Encyclopedia of Life
Intended as a portal to provide information on every species of life on Earth.

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides access to more than 3000 articles and 6000 illustrations related to the life sciences, with hyperlinks to full-text articles and related sites.

Encyclopedia of Parasitology [Rutgers Restricted]
"Presents all important parasites of humans and animals in detail and the less important ones in short. Each parasite has its own large “chapter” with all subheadings (life cycle, morphology, treatment etc.). Topics common for other parasites and/or transmitted agents of diseases are presented in separate topics."

Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides a clear understanding of the basic concepts in stem cell biology and addresses the politics, ethics, and challenges currently facing the field.

Genetics [Rutgers Restricted]
A comprehensive collection of articles on all aspects of genetics, from Mendel to the decoding of the human genome. Explains the workings of genes and chromosomes, genetic diseases, and biotechnology. Also covers the ethical, legal, and social issues connected to genetic science. Includes full-color photos and line drawings, a glossary of scientific terms, and coverage of careers in the field. Electronic version of the 4 volume print resource.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
One of the best known and widely used reference works on the animal world.

Historical Encyclopedia of Natural and Mathematical Sciences [Rutgers Restricted]
"Blends the essential historical data (chronology, biographies, major background political and economical events, etc.) together with science proper (principles, laws, experiments, observations, theories, equations, etc.)."

Hormones, Brain, and Behavior [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers "a broad range of topics with an extensive discussion of the effects of hormones on insects, fish, amphibians, birds, rodents, and humans." Electronic version of the 2nd edition of the print resource.

Innerbody: Your Guide to Human Anatomy Online
Detailed clickable graphics of the various systems of the human body with descriptive information.

NatureServe Explorer: An Online Encyclopedia of Life
Information on more than 65,000 plants, animals, and ecosystems of the United States and Canada.

Neuroptera (Including Megaloptera) [Rutgers Restricted]
Part of the Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic Insects, Illustrated Keys to Known Families, Genera, and Species in South America.

World of Microbiology and Immunology [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers the concepts, theories, discoveries, and pioneers in microbiology and immunology for students, researchers, teachers, and librarians. Using a mix of traditional academic and topical articles, this title addresses current ethical, legal, and social issues with special emphasis given to biological warfare and terrorism. Electronic version of the 2 volume print resource.