If you are not sure what your topic is about, try one or more of the following:
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) began in 2007 with the bold idea to provide "a webpage for every species." EOL brings together trusted information from resources across the world such as museums, learned societies, expert scientists, and others into one massive database and a single, easy-to-use online portal.
For recent information, journal articles are often the best sources. Looking through individual journals in the hope of finding relevant material is time-consuming. It is better to use the databases to find articles on your topic.
The APPF is a national facility, available to all Australian plant scientists, offering access to infrastructure that is not available at this scale or breadth in the public sectors anywhere else in the world. The APPF is based around automated image analysis of the phenotypic characteristics of extensive germplasm collections and large breeding, mapping and mutant populations.
The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) collects information and maintains a database of genetic and molecular biology data for Arabidopsis thaliana, a widely used model plant.
The National Dynamic Land Cover Dataset of Australia is the first nationally consistent and thematically comprehensive land cover reference for Australia.
International Soil Reference and Information Centre provides soil datasets and maps on the local, national and global scale. A wider range of datasets can be queried using ISRIC's metadata service. In 2013 ISRIC opens a crowd souring framework for soil data storage. ISRIC invites individuals and organizations collecting soil data to contribute their data to this world soil database.
The Biota of North America Program (BONAP) maintains relatively complete phytogeographic and related botanical databases for all free-living vascular plants in North America (north of Mexico)
Provides linkages between all forms of information about Australian plants, animals and microorganisms. Biodiversity information includes reference lists of species in different groups; databases of information on specimens held in natural history collections; databases of field observations from ecologists, naturalists and others; images and other multimedia; published literature (including digital versions); molecular data sets; identification keys; and a wide range of other databases and web sites.
The Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life is planned to become a comprehensive catalogue of all known species of organisms on Earth. The eleventh edition of the Annual Checklist, contains 1,370,276 species, slightly over 2/3 of the world's known species.
Includes "Botanical resources" - tools providing information on Australia's flora for the general public and scientists.
The Tree of Life Web Project is a collection of information about biodiversity compiled by expert and amateur contributors. Its goal is to contain a page with pictures, text, and other information for every species and for each group of organisms, living or extinct. Connections between Tree of Life web pages follow phylogenetic branching patterns between groups of organisms, so visitors can browse the hierarchy of life and learn about phylogeny and evolution as well as the characteristics of individual groups.