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Here are a selection of online encyclopedias, style manuals, dictionaries and directories important to the life sciences.

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AMA Manual of Style   (American Medical Association) 

American Men and Women of Science is available from the Gale Virtual Reference Library

Animal Health & Production Compendium an encyclopedic, mixed-media, one-stop shop for information on animal diseases, their pathogens and vectors, as well as animal husbandry, genetics and nutrition of livestock and poultry species and breeds

Birds of North America detailed scientific information for each of the 716 species of birds nesting in the USA and Canada.

Campus Trees and Shrubs  1946 or  1980

Crop Protection Compendium contains over 3400 detailed datasheets on pests, diseases, natural enemies and crops, and basic information on a further 20,000 species.

DSM-5 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Forestry Compendium comprehensive, worldwide coverage of tropical, subtropical, temperate and boreal tree species of major economic importance. It contains detailed, illustrated datasheets on over 1300 forest trees, 800 forest pests, diseases and weeds, and basic information on a further 19,000 species.

Invasive Species Compendium encyclopedic resource containing information on over 1500 invasive species and animal diseases.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

Knovel (engineering and science handbooks)

Mammalian Species

MedlinePlus Trusted Health Information for You credible, easy to read, current information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

The Prokaryotes (the biology of bacteria)

STAT!Ref (core full-text biomedical and nursing books including DSM-IV)

Trees of Penn State  a searchable inventory all of the trees on the University Park campus

Other Online Reference Tools:

Associations Unlimited Directory of associations in all subjects

Biography and Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) Index to biographical information in all subjects

Community of Science Includes:

  • Federally Funded Research in the U.S. (the full grants database of the NIH, NSF, USDA, SBIR, and Advanced Technology Program)
  • COS Expertise (63,000 profiles of researchers and scholars)
  • COS Funding Opportunities (identify funding opportunities).

Gale Virtual Reference Library for a wide range of encyclopedias in many subjects.

Oxford Reference Online for a wide range of dictionaries in many subjects.

Merriam-Webster OnLine Dictionary and Thesaurus

Roget's Thesaurus

USPTO Patent Databases