Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Last Updated: Dec 09, 2016     Views: 92



To improve your results in in HOLLIS+, Web of Science, and other multidisciplinary resources, try adding terms that describe sub-disciplines of biology:  

  • Microbiology
  • Zoology
  • Ecology




Dorothy Barr, library liaison to Molecular & Cellular Biology, is available to support researchers via email or in-person consultation.


The Biology Resources guide provides a helpful overview of biology resources.


You can find additional tips on the home pages of the Ernst Mayr Library – MCZ and Cabot Library.




Web of Science allows you to search across the top databases for scholarship in biology. To search within a specific subdiscipline, select the relevant database name from the drop-down list—for example, BIOSIS Previews, Zoological Record, or MEDLINE (the database behind PubMed). Searching within an individual database gives you more searching options. You can find more search tips in this guide.


PubMed is good if you need biomedical information. Anyone can search at; to access the full text of all articles, make sure you’re using the library-proxied link. Note that you can also search PubMed in Web of Science (see above).


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