Biological Sciences

Invasive Species Resources

Reference Sources

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences - Online resource

Access Science - McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology - Online resource

Encyclopedia of global warming and climate change
Green Library Information Center - QC981.8 .G56 E47 2008

Encyclopedia of environmental ethics and philosophy
Green Library Information Center - GE42 .E533 2009

Encyclopedia of Ecology
Biology Reference--QH540.4.E515 2008

Environmental Encyclopedia - Online resource

Catalog Subjects

Other key terms - try using these in some of the article databases

  • Biofouling
  • Alien species
  • Invasion biology
  • Invasive species
  • Introduced species


General databases
Start here as you're narrowing your topic or looking for background information

Biology specific databases
Best to use these once you’ve narrowed your topic, they can be very technical

The database covers the entire field of life sciences including original research reports and reviews in field, laboratory, clinical, experimental, and theoretical work.

CAB Abstracts
CAB Abstracts indexes a lot of literature on invasive species, particularly the agricultural and forestry aspects.

Ecology Abstracts
Ecology Abstracts indexes journal articles in ecology and environmental science. Coverage includes habitats, food chains, erosion, land reclamation, resource and ecosystems management, modeling, climate, water resources, soil, and pollution.

Environment Index
Environment Index offers deep coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.

Zoological Record
Zoological Record indexes the world's zoological and animal science literature, covering all research from biochemistry to veterinary medicine.


Find Local Information

Access World News

Find local organizations or government entities working on your topic.
Look at the information on the US National Agriculture Library Invasive Species site (you can narrow by state or species type)

Try searching on invasive species and your locality or the species you are researching and the area where it’s often found. Try to look for sites that are .org or .gov to ensure you are finding reputable organizations.

Citation management - RefWorks
Information on how to create an account and access tutorials, etc.

Happy Birthday, Charles!

Today is Charles Darwin's 200th birthday. Olivia Judson and the New York Times have put together a graceful and detailed salute to the founder of modern biology.

Naturally, there has been an explosion of books about Darwin in 2008 and 2009, which is reflected in the holdings of Stanford Libraries. 2009 is also the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.

Not surprisingly, as all the first editions of Darwin's works are in the public domain, he is very well represented in digital format online.

Q&A: Autism and ADHD


I am writing a paper about neurological differences between autism and ADHD--specifically, about how the behavioral symptoms may look the same, but the underlying mechanisms are different. Do you have any suggestions for journals or articles to look at?


One good starting point is Academic Search Premier, which indexes many medical and psychology journals. Other databases include Psycinfo and Medline. You might also browse some of the Psychology Handbooks in the Social Science Resource Center, such as Handbook of Developmental Psychology (SSRC: BF713 .H3635 2003) and Handbook of Psychology (SSRC: BF121 .H1955 2003).

Also, the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences may be useful. A search using the keyword "autism" yields several detailed sections on the neural basis and psychological aspects of autism. You will find similar descriptive articles for ADHD.

Q&A: Athletics and Human Performance Research at Stanford


I would like to look into the history of Stanford's involvement in human performance or athletics. Do you have any suggestions?


On the general topic of the history of Stanford athletics, a Searchworks search for "Stanford University Athletics" returns over 100 items in your results, including Champions: a century of Stanford sports : videorecording, 1991.

Another good source is the Human Performance Lab at the Stanford School of Medicine. You might even want to contact the lab to talk to someone about their history.

Finally, you can visit the University Archivist in Special Collections to discuss options for searching university archives and newspapers.

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