Selected Resources for: Ornithology

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

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. Help can be found on their website.

A working biologists index to world literature on mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds; includes studies on all aspects of their life cycles and behaviors, including hunting and management research - Indexes about 1300 journals, plus books, government documents and "grey literature" - Basic truncation symbol is the asterisk: *.

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

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

ProQuest Newspapers provides indexing and full text access to 1,270 newspapers and wire feeds. Full-text titles include major U.S. daily newspapers such as the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

Indexes, Other

OWL is a compilation of citations and abstracts from the worldwide scientific literature that pertain to the science of ornithology. OWL covers much of the 'grey' literature not abstracted by commercial databases such as Zoological Record or the Science Citation Index. OWL is a joint effort between the American Ornithologists' Union and the British Ornithologists' Union and Birds Australia.

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.)
The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 65 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.

General Reference Sources


Provides detailed scientific information for each of the 716 species of birds nesting in the USA and Canada. A project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BNA is a living resource with account contents updated frequently. Includes image and video galleries showing behaviors, habitat, nests, eggs and nestlings, and recordings bird songs and calls.

Field Guides

Includes species list for the 242 regular bird species found in Ramsey County; also includes a list of other animals found in the county.

General Reference Works

Ornithology approaches its subject from a biological and evolutionary perspective - A comprehensive and balanced synthesis of the extensive research in the field, it provides the reader with thorough coverage of the form, function and behaviour of birds and an understanding of the field's broader implications.

Handbooks and Manuals

With more than 5,000 works cited, Handbook of Avian Hybrids of the World is the greatest compendium of information ever published on hybridization in birds - Worldwide in scope, it provides information on all reported avian crosses, not only those occurring in captivity, but also in a natural setting (approximately 4,000 crosses are covered) - This book is a basic reference, intended both for the serious birder and the professional biologist.

The Handbook of Bird Biology covers all major topics, from anatomy and physiology to ecology, behavior, and conservation biology - One full chapter addresses vocal communication and is accompanied by a CD of bird vocalizations - Produced by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's world-renowned Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds, the CD illustrates key elements of bioacoustics.

The Handbook of the Birds of the World is the first work ever to illustrate and deal in detail with all the living species of birds - Material in each volume is grouped by families, with an introductory text on general aspects of the group, generously illustrated with colour photographs, followed by individual species accounts and their accompanying colour plates illustrating all species, including all significant sexual and subspecific differences, of all of the families covered - All volumes also contain a foreword on a particular ornithological theme.

Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

This is a web-based resource from the Forensics Lab for the identification of wing and tail feathers. This website contains high-resolution scanned images of the flight feathers of 64 species, including all widespread North American hawks and eagles, falcons, vultures, owls, and doves, as well as roadrunner and other cuckoos and flickers and other woodpeckers. Includes an extensive series of scans illustrating the appearance of the wing and tail feathers at various ages in both Bald and Golden Eagles. Produced by the U.S. National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory

Web Sites

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Division of Bird Habitat Conservation. Provides links to joint ventures (collaborative partnership between government agencies, non-profits, corporations, and tribes), grant programs, and conservation plans.

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Collections

Remote access available for University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities students, staff and faculty

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

Style Manuals

Library Information

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