Natural Enemies: The Rhetoric of Invasion Biology

Spg 2010


Sarah Lester
Engineering Library

Getting Started

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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.

Sci-Tech Resources

Science Databases:

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  • Access Science
    The online McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology includes encyclopedia articles, biographies, videos, and news covering over 7,000 scientific and technical topics.
  • Biosis
    Indexes life sciences and biomedical research from journals, meetings, patents, and books. Covers 5,000+ journals. Citations and abstracts only, with links to full-text at Stanford if available.
  • Engineering Village (also called Compendex or Engineering Index)
    References over 5,000 international engineering sources including journal, conference, and trade publications. Covers all areas of engineering including environmental, electrical, and industrial. Citations and abstracts only with links to full-text at Stanford if available.
    Indexes published literature in physics, electrical/electronics engineering, computing, control engineering, information technology, production, manufacturing and mechanical engineering as well as materials science, oceanography, nuclear engineering, geophysics, biomedical engineering and biophysics. Citations and abstracts only with links to full-text at Stanford if available.
  • Medline
    Indexes medical information and the database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). Contains over 16 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine, nursing, dentistry, human health. Some full-text, citations and abstracts with links to full-text at Stanford if available.
  • Web of Science
    Indexes authors who have been cited in current literature across 100 scientific disciplines. Key feature is the ability to search by who is citing various papers by other authors. Citations and abstracts with links to full-text at Stanford if available.
    Searches over 36 databases and 1,850 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information, including research and development results.
  • SciVerse
    A federated search portal which allows cross-searching Scopus Citations, Science Direct Ebooks and the scholarly internet. Links to full-text at Stanford if available.

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