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Resources for research in Biology at The Catholic University of America
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Introducing SearchBox

What is SearchBox?

SearchBox is a search engine that provides a single starting point to find and access the University Libraries' resources — including books, scholarly journals and journal articles, ebooks, and more.  From a single box, SearchBox searches full-text content, article citations, and library catalog records and returns a list of results ranked by relevance.  SearchBox is a quick and easy way to start your research. [Please note: SearchBox has its own database called "Knowledge base". It doesn't search our other subscription databases, but it can access the full-text articles from other subscription databases.]

What can I find with SearchBox?

Use SearchBox to find books in WRLC catalog and journal articles.  SearchBox's index represents over 6,800 publishers, over half a billion articles from nearly 100,000 journals, newspapers, and magazines.  For a complete list of publishers and titles, please see

How do I use SearchBox?

To search in SearchBox, use the box above or go to and enter your search terms in the box under the SearchBox logo, and click "Search".  Use the options on the left sidebar to narrow your search.  For more specific information, see the Navigating SearchBox and the How do I...? tab.

When should I use SearchBox?

Use SearchBox as a starting point for your research or if you already have a citation for an item and only want to find the full-text of that article quickly if the library subscribes it.  For more information, see the When to Use SearchBox tab.

Selected Biology Resources

  • PubMed
    PubMed is a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health. It has been developed by the National Center for Biotechnolgy Information at the NLM, and is available free online. PubMed has approximately 19 million citations.
  • Web of Science
    Web of Science includes Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Web of Science provides "Cited Reference Search" and subject searching through both "quick" and "advanced" searches. Our Web of Science subscription includes citations and references for articles in almost 9000 high quality, peer-reviewed journals published from 2002 to the present. Web of Science provides complete bibliographic data, searchable author abstracts, and cited references. Coverage is in the sciences (more than 6000 journals), followed by social sciences (approximately 1800 journals), and arts and humanities (approximately 1100 journals). For impact factor information about specific journals, users are directed to the index "Journal Citation Reports."
  • NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities
    "The NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA) promotes science, safety, and ethics in biotechnology through advancement of knowledge, enhancement of public understanding, and development of sound public policies. OBA accomplishes its mission through analysis, deliberation, and communication of scientific, medical, ethical, legal, and social issues." From
  • NCBI Bookshelf
    Free access to 700+ texts in life science and healthcare. Users can browse, retrieve, and read content. Provided by
    the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.
  • National Academy of Sciences
    In addition to the National Academy of Sciences, this site includes information about the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. Overall, the site has scientific information on topics including the physical sciences, life and earth sciences, medicine and health, education and science and technology policy.
  • Protein Databank
    The Protein Databank (PDB) is an archive of experimentally determined 3-dimensional structures of biological macromolecules, serving a global community of researchers, educators, and students.

Life Sciences Librarian

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