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Biology: Online Encyclopedias

Last Updated: May 5, 2020 3:49 PM

Cautionary Note

The biological, life, and medical sciences are rapidly advancing the scope of knowledge in every aspect of their research and study. The information base in these disciplines is evolving rapidly as new discoveries, techniques, protocols, and laboratory practices change. Users of older reference work, such as encyclopedia and handbooks may contain information and data that have changed. Users are cautioned that such publications may contain outdated entries, and the older the resource, the more likely this will occur. We retain older resources for providing historical and background information. Be very careful, when using older reference resources and be sure that you document their citations carefully, should you need to verify or revise information discovered.


  • ELS: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (Wiley, 2016)
    A fully searchable, working editorial site of articles by scientists and scientific historians in the fields of biochemistry and physiology, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, neuroscience, microbiology and virology, plant science, structural biology, and science and society. Originally printed in 2001 the online version is now current to 2016.
  • Comprehensive Biophysics (Elsevier, 2011)
    Covers biophysical techniques for structural characterization of macromolecules and cells, folding of proteins and nucleic acids, molecular motors and motility, membranes, channels, cell biophysics, bioenergetics, and simulation and modelling.
  • Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology (Academic Press/Elsevier, 2016)
    Authoritative overview of the current state of evolutionary biology. Provides overviews of the history of the field, the origin of life, the history of life (including the phylogenetic methods used to reconstruct life’s history), the myriad ways and means (including mechanisms other than natural selection) that evolution is affected, and the important roles that conflict versus cooperation, and mergers and acquisitions, occurring within across varying levels of biological organization, play in the narrative of life.
  • Encyclopedia of Signaling Molecules (Springer, 2012)
    This book represents biologically important signaling components from the level of a single gene, to that of gene families. The contents of this encyclopedia are built on the core concepts of the function of signaling components along with the early historical findings to show readers the progress the field has achieved.
  • Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology (Univ. of Calif. Press, 2012)
    This major reference work provides an overview of the current state of theoretical ecology through a series of topical entries centered on both ecological and statistical themes. Coverage ranges across scales, from the physiological, to populations, landscapes, and ecosystems.
  • Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia (Gale, 2nd edition, 2004)
    One of the best known and widely used reference works on the animal world.
  • Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Extinction (Gale, 2013)
    This supplement explores all aspects of extinctions and extinct life, featuring approximately 80 articles outlining major extinctions and related scientific areas.
  • Reviews in Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine (Wiley-Interscience, 2015)
    Formerly titled the Encyclopedia of Molecular Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, this reference work covers both the molecular and cellular basis of life and medicine.
    [Once connected, from the left-hand side menu under FIND ARTICLES, select either "Articles by Title" or "Table of Contents." Or over on the right-hand side of the page, click on where it says "Search in this Book" to get to a new page with a search box for searching the encyclopedia by keywords.]


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