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All That JAS—Journal Abbreviation Sources (  
A registry of Web resources that list or provide access to the full title of journal abbreviations.

Almanac: Information Please (  

American Medical Association (  

American Society for Cell Biology (  

American Society for Microbiology (  

American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) (  
ATCC catalogs, Workshop information and order forms can be found at this site.

Amino Acids  
Linear structure formulae and 3D molecular models.

APA Style Resources (  
Organized links to various “crib sheets” for using the APA style.

Atomic Weights of the Elements 2007 (  


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Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations (  

Beilstein Chemical Dictionary (  

Biomolecular Object Network Database (BOND) ( (  
Brief biographies of more than 25,000 notables.

BioSupplyNet (  
The online directory of biomedical research products and services; over 15,000 product categories.

BRENDA Comprehensive Enzyme System (  
Started in 1986, BRENDA contains functional data for over 3,500 different enzymes.


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Canary Database (  
A web-based collection of animal sentinel studies that have been collected and curated in terms of their relevance to human health.

Candidate Genes to Inherited Disease (G2D) (  
Presents precomputed candidate genes for more than 600 genetically inherited diseases that have been mapped onto chromosomal regions without assignment of a particular gene. Search by phenotype, known gene, or chromosome/locus

Cells Alive! (  
A collection of cells, bacteria, viruses, and antibiotic effects.

Chemical Sources:

  • Chemicals (  
    Search the product catalogs of all the chemical companies on the Web.
  • The Fisher Scientific On-line Catalog (  
    Listing of all chemicals from Fisher Scientific.
  • Rebase—The Restriction Enzyme Database (  
    Collection of published and unpublished information about restriction enzymes and related proteins, including references, recognition and cleavage sites, commercial availability, methylation sensitivity, and crystal and sequence data.
  • RSC Chemical Suppliers and Catalogues (  
    Listing of numerous online sources for chemical supplies
  • Sigma-Aldrich Chemical Company (  

Citation Guidelines:

Code of Federal Regulations (  
Hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration, the CFR is browsable and searchable. Note the special feature to retrieve specific citations.

Conversion of Units (  
Conversions between metric and English and vice versa. Includes conversions for volume, mass, weight, currencies, time, temperature, and force, as well as constants (such as mol, the speed of light, pi, and au) and other units specific to chemistry and physics. Over 1,200 measures are included.

Core List for an Environmental Reference Collection, (   US EPA, Office of Environmental Information (2843); (EPA 260-R-02-001, January 2002).
A listing of information resources in the areas of environmental protection, management and science as selected by librarians supporting the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Council on Foundations (  
Membership organization of more than 2,000 grant-making foundations and giving programs.


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Directory of Health Organizations Online (DIRLINE) (  
DIRLINE is the National Library of Medicine's online database containing location and description information on various organizations, research resources, projects, databases, and electronic bulletin boards concerned with health and biomedicine.

Directory of Published Proceedings (  
The Directory of Published Proceedings (DoPP) provides access to over 50,000 records of published proceedings from specialized symposia and conferences in the science, technology, and humanities disciplines.


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EcoCyc: Encyclopedia of E. coli Genes and Metabolism (  
A bioinformatics database that describes the genome and biochemical machinery of E. coli.

Encyclopedia of Life (  
The Encyclopedia of Life seeks to synthesize all information about life on earth. Each of the approximately 1.8 million species has its own series of webpages dedicated to compiling knowledge on the species' taxonomy, geographic distribution, collections, genetics, evolutionary history, morphology, behavior, ecological relationships, and importance for human well being.


ExPASy Molecular Biology Server (  
Includes access to numerous protein databases and Sequence Analysis Tools from ExPASy.


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Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Federal R&D Project Summaries (  
Search for information on awards and summaries of federally-funded research by the Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation.

Foundation Center (  
Use the Foundation Finder to search by name for basic information about foundations within the universe of more than 70,000 private and community foundations in the US. The Foundation Directory requires a fee-based membership. Informative page for individual grant seekers. (  


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  • Multilingual Glossary (  
    Technical and popular medical terms in nine European languages, commissioned by the European commission.

Google Book Search (  
Allows you to search full-text across a book. Results will provide you with a limited preview of the searched words in context as well as some additional pages in the book

Google Scholar (  
Google has targeted its search engine to retrieve scholarly works from peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations Use their advanced search tips (  

Grant Opportunity Notification (  
Subscribe to receive announcements of both new grants and modifications of existing grant announcements made to the Federal Grants Opportunities database. (  
Encompasses more than 900 grant programs offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies. Site allows you to not only locate, but also apply for and manage your government–awarded grants.

Grants and Funding (  
Links to grants and programs from the various Department of Health and Human Services agencies.

GrantsNet - Scientific Grants and Funding (  
An AAAS effort to provide a database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education. You need to register to use their services: funding news, discussion forums, resource links, etc.


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How Stuff Works (  

The Human Gene Map (  
The most current map resulting from the Human Genome Project.


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ICMJE Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (  
The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to journals.

Instructions to Authors in the Health Sciences (  
Links to the “Instructions for Authors” pages of more than 3,500 biomedical journals. You can either browse the alphabetical journal list or search the database.

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Journals Indexed in ISI’s Web of Science (  
Search by journal name or browse an alphabetical list.


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Lactmed (  
Lactmed, a recent addition to the Toxnet system, is a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.

Linscott’s Directory of Immunological and Biological Reagents (  
A thorough and up-to-date compilation of immunological and biological reagents and who sells them. Currently it lists more than 70,000 different reagents from more than 400 different commercial and governmental suppliers worldwide. Updated every 4 months.

List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus: (  
Lists the 3,923 journals indexed in Index Medicus (Medline) by title, abbreviated title, subject/discipline and country of publication. The document is available as a PDF.

List of Serials Indexed for Online Users (  
Contains 10,192 serial titles—including 4,579 titles currently indexed for MEDLINE—cited alphabetically by abbreviated title, followed by full title.


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Material Safety Data Sheets: Vermont SIRI MSDS Collection (  
Offers a searchable database of material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and a comprehensive list of other sources of MSDS information on the Web.

Molecular Biology Protocols (   on the World Wide Web.


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The National Academy of Sciences (  

National Institutes of Health (  
Receive weekly table of contents notifications for that week’s issue of the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.

NLM Style Guide (  
Citing Medicine aids authors in how to cite 26 types of publications, from articles and books to poster sessions and online reports. Numerous examples are provided that illustrate the citation guideline.

National Science Foundation (  
Find funding opportunities, deadline and target dates, guide to preparing proposals and program announcements. Search the Funding Database (   to identify NSF projects that are open for proposals, currently active, or completed.

NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts (  
Publishes the NIH program announcements, request for applications and requests for proposals.

NAT Tools for Good Health (  
Allows you to analyze the food you eat for various nutrients; includes calories, cholesterol, and fat content. Another searchable site is the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. (  


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Omics Gateway (  
Omics Gateway is a portal of publications and web-based projects on large-scale "omics" biology. Search by organism or key subject areas (e.g., cancer, epigenomics, systems biology, techniques and methods, etc.).

Oncomine Cancer Microarray Database (  
Bioinformatics tool to query and visualize cancer microarray data for a gene or cancer type. The database currently includes 90 studies encompassing 6,372 microarray data sets for 18 cancer types. Information includes normal tissue, clinical, pathological, and molecular subtype cancer analyses.

Other Reference Sources (Outside the Realm of Science)

  • Library Spot (  
    Contains a variety of general reference sources available online, including: dictionaries, encyclopedias, and almanacs.


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Periodic Tables

  • Chemicool Periodic Table (  
    Created by D. Hsu at MIT.
  • WebElements (  
    Includes extensive data on the elements’ chemical, physical, biological, geological, crystallographic, nuclear and electronic properties.

Peterson’s Higher Education Guide (  
A comprehensive online guide to colleges and universities including doctoral, master’s and professional degree programs and distance learning.

Pharma-Lexicon (  
Look up most pharmaceutical acronyms and find out what they stand for.

PharmGKB (  
This knowledge base is a central repository for genetic and clinical data to aid researchers in understanding how genetic variation among individuals contributes to differences in drug reactions. Information is arranged by gene, drug, clinical outcome, drug response, pharmacokinetics, and molecular and cellular functional assays. The data is derived from individuals participating in the Pharmacogenetics Research Network Studies.

PubChem (  
NIH's Small Molecule Repository. PubChem includes substance information, compound structures, and bioactivity data. The database may be searched on the basis of descriptive terms, chemical properties, and structural similarity.

PubMed Journals Database (  
Locate a complete journal title using the abbreviation or an abbreviation using the title.

PubMed’s Single Citation Matcher (  
Quickly verify an article’s reference using just a few pieces of information: journal title, author name, volume, page number or title keywords. (  
Is it fact, fiction, exaggeration? Purportal pages may tell you. Includes sections with tips on interpreting virus warnings.

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Registry of Tumors in Lower Animals (  
The Registry provides access to a dynamically updated archive of pathological specimens, historical data, and literature pertaining to cold-blooded vertebrates and invertebrates. Registration (free) is required to search the database.


Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) Expenditures and Results (RePORTER) ( 
Searchable database of federally-funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals and other research institutions. It is useful for searching scientific concepts, emerging trends and techniques, or identifying specific projects and/or investigators.


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Scirus (  
Elsevier has created a "science-only" search engine to filter out non-relevant content.

SciVee (  
SciVee, the scientist's version of YouTube, allows scientists to upload their technical papers as well as accompanying video presentations related to the paper. Their intent is to create a full multimedia environment for research.

Serum Metabolome (  
The Serum Metabolome Database provides free access to approximately 4200 detected metabolites in human serum. Information includes chemical data, clinical data, and molecular/biochemistry data. You can browse or search by specific metabolite or concenetration level. It indicates normal and abnormal concentration ranges and conditions associated with abnormal levels.

Statistical Abstract of the United States (  

STITCH: Chemical-Protein Interactions (  

Suggestions for authors’ keywords (  
The National Library of Medicine tips for using the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) browser (   to identify appropriate author-assigned keywords.


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Table of the Nuclides  
An isotopic table depicting elemental decay schemes and energy levels.

TEACH: ToolKit (  
NC State’s online tutorial for understanding the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act.

Telephone Number Directory (  

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers (  

Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) (  
Non-profit corporation dedicated to the best use of toxicity data for the development of risk values to protect human health; includes the ITER, International Toxicity Estimates for Risk, (   database of risk values for chemicals of environmental concern.

Toxicology Tutor (  
An Introduction to Toxicology, provided by the National Library of Medicine.

Toxmap uses interactive mapping software to help users explore the geographic distribution of TRI chemical releases, their amounts, and trends over time.

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United States Government Manual (  
As the official handbook of the Federal Government, the United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, and boards, commissions, and committees.

The Virtual Journal of Nanotechnology Environment, Health and Safety (  

World Factbook (CIA) (  

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