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Information Resources for Plant & Microbial Biology

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Finding Books

Resource Coverage Unique Features

OskiCat Quick Guide (PDF)
Most UCB libraries
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  • Renew your books online
  • Find course reserves
  • Request checked out or offsite items
  • Restrict your search to a specific library, online items, or available items only.

Melvyl Guide
Most UCB libraries and many libraries worldwide, plus citations to selected articles
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  • Search libraries worldwide
  • Request items UCB doesn't own
  • Create and save lists and add tags to items
  • Automatically format citations
Electronic Books Google Books, Open Library, and other electronic book resources categorized by subject or source.
  • Search the full text of relevant materials
  • Full text may be available online

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Finding Books Online

Numerous books are now available electronically, licensed for use at UCB. Some are included in publisher packages or as special subject collections. See the Bioscience Library's Electronic Books page for full-text collections such as CRCnetBASE, The Prokaryotes, Springer E-books, ebrary, and Knovel Library.

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Finding Articles

Links to the databases below can be found on the Bioscience Library Databases page. See Connecting from Off-Campus for information about connecting from off-campus locations. To access the full text of articles, use the UC-eLinks button.

Important Databases for Plant & Microbial Biology Years Covered

Subjects: Agriculture, biotechnology, economics, food and nutrition
Sources: Journal articles, USDA reports, and books, with many state agricultural and USDA publications from the early 1900s now being added. Focuses on U.S. publications.


Subjects: Comprehensive coverage of the biological sciences
Sources: Articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, technical reports, and other sources
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Subjects: Agriculture, biotechnology, economics, food and nutrition, and rural sociology
Sources: Books, journals and conference proceedings. Excellent coverage of international (non-U.S.) sources.


Subjects: Molecular and cell biology, microbiology and biomedicine
Sources: Life science journals, MEDLINE, and online books
Note: Use the link above to see a customized version of PubMed that includes links to UCB’s full text holdings.
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Subjects: Science, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities
Sources: Journals, conference proceedings and book chapters
Note: Features cited reference searching for articles that cite a given author or article


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Finding Dissertations

DISSERTATIONS & THESES  1861-present; 1997-present for some full text
Provides access to the full text of all dissertations from UC since 1997. The first twenty-four pages from all other dissertations for which images exist online are also available. Also included are more than 1.5 million citations and abstracts to doctoral dissertations dating back to 1861. Searchable by thesis advisor.

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Finding Plant & Microbial Biology Information on the Web

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Managing Your References and Websites

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