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.
Biosis indexes the journal literature in experimental, pure and field life sciences and non-clinical literature in the biomedical sciences.
Bibliographic database covering international research and development literature in agriculture, animal health, forestry, human health and nutrition, and management and conservation of natural resources. As well as the journal literature, coverage includes selected conference proceedings, books and reports.
Covers all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences. Agricola is the US National Agricultural Library Catalog and Article Citation Database, indexing journal articles, book chapters, reports, audiovisual and other material. Since 2006 Agricola has reduced its journal coverage.
Multidisciplinary databases covering experimental and applied science, incorporating Science citation index and Social sciences citation index.
Multidisciplinary database covering experimental and applied science
An Australian natural resources database - it was continued by a web-based resource, AANRO, which was shut down in 2007.
1960-; updated biannually. ENDANGER indexes material on threatened Australian fauna and flora. Books, chapters in books, periodicals, newspapers, conference proceedings, theses, and some non-book material (videos, charts, posters etc), are included. The database is produced by the School of Aquatic Sciences & Natural Resources Management, Deakin University, Rusden Campus.
EVA (formerly EPIC), was produced by the EPA Victoria Library, was a bibliographic database on the environment and related fields. Source documents were selected journal articles from approximately 600 journals published in Australia and overseas.
Victorian Primary Industries and Environment (Library) Catalogue - covers agriculture, mineral resources, conservation, land management, and planning and is produced by the Knowledge and Information Branch of the Victorian DPI.
Addresses critical gaps in taxonomic knowledge of key Australian animal and plant groups.
Photographed plant type specimens from over 300 herbaria world-wide will be available for open access viewing.
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.
A comprehensive data system that provides information on the extent and distribution of vegetation types in Australian landscapes.
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.
Includes "Botanical resources" - tools providing information on Australia's flora for the general public and scientists.
The Australian Biological Resources Study provides online delivery of taxonomic and biological information on flora, lichens, algae, bryophytes, fungi and protists.
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
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.
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.