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Biology Internet Resources

Melissa Cookson

This page contains links to web sites outside of Tarleton.

The links are provided as a convenience for research.

Tarleton has no control over, and is not responsible for the content found on external sites.

Please contact the subject-specialist librarian if you have research questions, would like library instruction, or have material purchase requests.

Melissa Cookson
Cataloging Department - Office 109J
phone: 254-968-9339

Help is also available by using the Ask a Librarian page, emailing, calling (254) 968-9249, or coming into the library.

Biology Subcategories:


Index to Organism Names - Will ultimately contain all the organism names related data found within the Thomson Reuters life science literature databases. Currently animal names are included from Zoological Record. Viruses, bacteria and plant names will be added soon from BIOSIS Previews and Biological Abstracts.

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) – NCBI’s mission is to “develop new information technologies to aid in the understanding of fundamental molecular and genetic processes that control health and disease.” Hot Spots offers users several resources about studying and mapping genes and About NCBI includes a primer covering bioinformatics, molecular modeling, phylogenetics, and other fields. There are also lists of tutorials and courses, glossaries, tools for data mining, and links to Web sites and databases with relevant materials.


Forestry Images - Provides an archive of high quality images related to forest health and silviculture. Image categories include: forest pests (insects, diseases, other damage agents); trees, plants, and stand types (trees, understory and rangeland plants); silviculture practices (fire, harvest operations, natural regeneration); urban forestry (general, tree defects, urban tree care); wildlife (mammals, birds, reptiles & amphibians); and people, places, and scenes (North America, Africa, miscellaneous). The collection may be both searched and browsed.

Noble Foundation Plant Image Gallery - A searchable collection of images, which currently includes over 600 species of vascular plants, focusing on those found near Ardmore, Oklahoma (halfway between Dallas, Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma). Browse by common, family, and scientific names. Information may include species and family names, longevity, season, origin, height, the flowering period, and a brief description.

Plants National Database - From USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, this site provides standardized plant names, symbols and other information. Search the database, or access the photo gallery, sample plant guides, and more.

Smithsonian - Department of Botany - From the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, access botany images, publications and research. Of special interest is the Photographs and Botanical Illustrations section, which includes over 15,000 images of plant species and plant habitats. This catalog is intended for public as well as professional use. 


biological chemistry

UCMP Glossary of Natural History Terms: Biochemical Terms - This brief glossary from the University of California Museum of Paleontology covers alginate to sugar.


Glossary of Marine Biology - Adapted from Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology by Jeffrey Levinton. Click on letters a-z to get definitions from Abyssal plain to Zooxanthellae.

National Center for Environmental Assessment - From the EPA, this site provides guidance and risk assessments aimed at protecting human health and the environment.

UCMP Glossary of Natural History Terms: Ecology - Basic ecology terms from the University of California Museum of Paleontology.

evolution and heredity

Human Genome Project Information - Information about the Human Genome Project as well as the current and future benefits of the project.

Primer on Molecular Genetics - From the Human Genome Management Information System at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, this primer covers basic genomics, the Human Genome Project, ELSI (ethical, legal, and social issues), the application of genetic research in medicine, the anticipated benefits of genetic research, future scientific challenges, and more.

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms – Developed by the National Human Genome Research Institute, this site defines genetic terms, from Adenine to Yeast artificial chromosome.


The JayDoc HistoWeb - From the University of Kansas Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, see slides of Cell Structure, Respiratory, Histopathology, Blood and much more.

Pathmax - Has thousands of links across all surgical and clinical pathology areas in a well-organized frames-version site.

human anatomy and physiology

Get Body Smart - Uses interactive Flash animations to teach users about the human body.  Includes visual quizzes, tutorials, reviews, and the ability, in many cases, to print the illustrations with or without labels (a great way to create study materials).

A Guided Tour of the Visible Human - The Visible Human Project has generated over 18000 digitized sections of the human body. This introduction and tour uses images and animals from the project to teach key concepts in human anatomy.

The Visible Human Project - From the United States National Library of Medicine, this site provides information about the Visible Human Project, as well as links to applications for viewing images resulting from the project


Bad Bug Book - This handbook brings together, in one place, information from the Food & Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service, and the National Institutes of Health.  It provides basic facts about foodborne pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins. It's divided up according to pathogenic bacteria, enterovirulent Escherichia coli group (EEC Group), parasitic protozoa and worms, viruses, other pathogenic agents, natural toxins, and toxin structure pages.

The Digital Learning Center for Microbial Ecology (DLC-ME) - A science education project under development at Michigan State University, this site emphasizes communities of microorganisms responsible for processes that are helpful to or sometimes essential for the health and survival of humans on Earth. Check out microbial specimens in the Microbe Zoo, get current news in Microbes in the News, or access other microbiology resources in Microbial Ecology Resources.


DPDx - From the Division of Parasitic Diseases at the National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. This excellent resource gives concise reviews of parasites and parasitic diseases, and includes an image library, and a review of recommended diagnostic procedures. 


Digital Dragonflies - This site, a project of the entomology program based at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station in Stephenville, has excellent images of dragonflies. Currently most specimens are from Erath county, but will expand slowly to include species from most of north-central Texas.

The Electronic Zoo - This award winning site has links to numerous animal related resources. Get links by type of animal, or look through electronic publications, mailing lists, newsgroups, telnet sites, and more.

Introduction to the Vertebrates - This site, based at UC Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley, gives excellent summary information to vertebrates. It includes a general introduction, fossil records, life history & ecology, systematics, more on morphology, and link to the UC Museum of Paleontology Vertebrate Flight Exhibit.

Macaulay Library Cornell Lab of Ornithology Online Archive of Animal Sounds and Video - An archive of bird, amphibian, arthropod, fish mammal, and reptile sounds and videos.  The archive can be searched by common name, scientific name, or catalog number, or it can be browsed by animal group, scientific name, common name, location, and behavior.  There is also an advanced search available.

Tree of Life Web Project - Each page contains information about a particular group of organisms.  The structure of the Tree of Life Project illustrates the genetic connections between all living things.

Wilson & Reeder's Mammal Species of the World - From the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, search this database by scientific name, common name, and more.