Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Search here to find citations and abstracts for articles from over 600 periodicals, as well as USDA and state experiment station and extension publications, and selected books on agriculture, animal husbandry, animal and human nutrition, forestry, plant pathology, plant science, human ecology, agricultural economics, rural sociology. The basic truncation symbol is the asterisk: *.

Available through Web of Science platform, BIOSIS Citation Index covers life sciences and biomedical research covering pre-clinical and experimental research, methods and instrumentation, animal studies, and more. Access content from journals, meetings, patents, and book and search precisely with BCI indexing and enhanced MeSH terms.

CAB Abstracts covers agriculture in its broadest sense, including crop production, forestry, environment, animal health and nutrition, veterinary science, agricultural engineering, biotechnology, soil and water, agricultural economics, recreation and tourism, rural sociology, and human nutrition and health. Indexes journal articles, monographs, conferences, and other primary literature.

JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a date defined, on a publisher by publisher basis, by a "moving wall". Subjects covered include Zoology, Biological Sciences and Evolutionary Biology. JSTOR is an excellent source for older journal articles in electronic format.

Search within a comprehensive interdisciplinary collection of journal article citations. Subjects generally covered are within Science and technology, arts and humanities, and social sciences . Use the citation web to find articles and journals with the most impact. Coverage runs from 1975 to the present. Find help on their website.

The premiere index for the zoological sciences, this is a comprehensive index to the world's zoological literature from approximately 6000 journals. It covers all animal taxa from protozoa to the primates, and all aspects of their life cycles, behaviors, taxonomy, ecology and evolution.

The online version includes information not available in the printed index, such as taxonomic summaries of each animal discussed in an article, geographical headings and additional subject approaches. Basic truncation symbol is the asterisk: *.

Printed index, 1864 - 2009 available at UMN Libraries, not updated

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Search for books, conference proceedings, journals, maps, videos, and other items in our collection.

Find books, journals, articles, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, machine-readable data files, and any other materials available in libraries worldwide. This covers all subject areas. Request items through Interlibrary Loan using the ILLiad link on each item's record. WorldCat is produced by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

American Men and Women of Science is a biographical dictionary of the significant players in the physical, biological, and related sciences. Each edition includes biographical entries on approximately 120,000 living scientists, providing birthdate; birthplace; field of specialty; education; honorary degrees; current position; professional and career information; awards; memberships; research information; and addresses for each entrant where available. This resource is part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

A searchable biographical dictionary of scientists, covering all areas of science: physics and astronomy to medicine and ecology, including key figures in the fields of mathematics and technology.

Information on individuals at the University of Minnesota Department of Entomology.


An attempt has been made to present the terminology in entomology and pest management in the most authentic and comprehensive way keeping the requirements of teachers and researchers in mind.

Most of the terms have been given in encyclopedic form. Terms relating to the close relatives of insects such as mites and ticks and some other organisms which are pests of crops have also been included.

Appendices give useful information regarding various prefixes and suffixes used in formation of terms; and terms based on color and shapes, etc. have been included at the end for better understanding of the subject.

An invaluable reference source, the dictionary is the result of more than 25 years work and includes new defnitions of all the major subdisciplines of entomology and arachnology. The origins of the terms are given, including etymology, and cross-references are provided to related topics. There are entries for the names of prominent North American entomologists and of many deceased entomologists from other countries with their dates of birth and death and, if found, a reference to an obituary.


Provides a detailed, global overview of insects and their close relatives, including taxonomy, behavior, ecology, physiology, history, and management with all the major groups of arthropods treated.

Comprehensive work covering all aspects of insect anatomy, physiology, evolution, behavior, reproduction, ecology, and disease as well as issues of exploitation, conservation, and management.

"Ultimately, the Encyclopedia of Life will provide an online database for all 1.8 million species now known to live on Earth. When completed, it will serve as a global biodiversity tool, providing scientists, policymakers, students, and citizens information they need to discover and protect the planet and encourage learning and conservation."--FAQ.

An authoritative overview of all the world's terrestrial arthropods - Written by the world's leading experts in entomology, the accounts are accessible to both scientific and general readers.

Handbooks and Manuals

Covering all the major groups of insects and other arthropods considered urban pests, this reference provides the reader with an up-to-date and comprehensive review of basic biology, behavior, distribution and, most importantly, control methodology.

Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

This digital edition of the important and out of print Biologia Centrali Americana makes all 58 biological volumes available - Descriptions of over 50,000 and images of over 18,000 species of animals and plants are now accessible as never before.

University of Minnesota's electronic textbook of Integrated Pest Management, featuring contributed chapters by internationally recognized experts.

Species 2000 has the objective of enumerating all known species of organisms on Earth (animals, plants, fungi and microbes) as the baseline dataset for studies of global biodiversity Includes: Catalogue of life (a searchable database updated in real-time and also archived in annual editions), name service for checking species names, and reports of meetings of Species 2000.

Web Sites

The purpose of the lab (and the website) is to promote the health of bee pollinators.

An online community of naturalists who enjoy learning about and sharing our observations of insects, spiders, and other related creatures.

This resource is an essential reference for anyone who works with insects - It includes more than 2,000 common names and is searchable by common name, scientific name, author, order, family, genus, and species.

Special Collection Slide Databases:
*Oskar Johannsen Diptera Slide Collection
*James G. Needham Ephemeroptera Slide Collection
*Blephariceridae, Ceratopogonidae, Chironomidae, Culicidae, Psychodidae, Scatopsidae, Simuliidae Slide Collections
*James G. Needham Odonata Slide Collection
*Peter W. Claassen and James G. Needham Plecoptera Slide Collection
*The Pyraloid Slide Collection

Consists of information on the known distribution of Dragonflies and Damselflies in the U.S.

News page for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) on Colony Collapse Disorder with frequent updates and links to other resources.

HOSTS brings together an enormous body of information on what the world's butterfly and moth (Lepidoptera) caterpillars eat. The web-based version presented here offers a synoptic data set drawn from about 180,000 records comprising taxonomically 'cleaned' hostplant data for about 22,000 Lepidoptera species drawn from about 1600 published and manuscript sources.

Consists of information on the known distribution of Mayflies in the U.S.

This online database provides access to over 1,680,000 records from the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University. The database covers entomology, herpetology, ichthyology, invertebrate paleontology, invertebrate zoology, malacology, mammalogy, ornithology, and vertebrate paleontology.

This website publishes survey maps for pests of agricultural and forest commodities and provides links to pest news and information.

The National Agricultural Pest Information System (NAPIS) stores and manages pest survey data that is collected by CAPS and other PPQ survey programs. Detection surveys are one tool used to manage the introduction of exotic pests.

Consists of information on the known distribution of Stoneflies in the U.S.

Multimedia Materials

Image Resources

Directory and search engine of insect-related resources. Compiled by the Iowa State University Department of Entomology.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Style Manuals

Library Information

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