MTSC 231 Contemporary Science: Biology, RIT Kosovo: Home
Last Updated: Jan 4, 2022 10:05 AM


Hello! My name is Ryan Tolnay and I am the Global, University Studies, and School of Individualized Study Liaison Librarian. Although I am located here in Rochester, I am here to support RIT students all over the world at our global campuses!

We have so many resources available here at the library: physical and electronic books, journals, academic articles, videos, images, and much more. I can assist you with accessing these library resources, finding books and articles on a research topic, or anything else related to academic research. RIT Libraries remains committed to our students, no matter where they are in the world!

If you have any questions about this guide or accessing library resources while studying abroad, please feel free to contact me by clicking on the green button that says Chat/Email/Appointments at the top of this guide.


Ryan Tolnay (he/him/his)

Global, University Studies, and SOIS Liaison Librarian


Biology Article Databases and Journals

Below are recommended databases in the subject area of biology.

  • BioMed Central
    Free access to peer-reviewed biological/medical research articles
  • BioOne
    Articles in the biological, ecological and environmental sciences.
  • BioOne Abstracts & Indexes (ProQuest)
    Articles in the biological, ecological and environmental sciences.
  • Birds of the World
    Birds of the World (from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology) provides comprehensive information about over 10,000 species of birds.
  • CQ Researcher Online
    Reporting & analysis of political & social issues, with topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology & the U.S. economy.
  • Elsevier Science Direct
    ScienceDirect contains over 25% of the world's science, technology and medicine full text and bibliographic information.
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management Abstracts
    Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Abstracts topics include air, land, water and noise pollution, bacteriology, ecology, toxicology, risk assessment, environmental, biotechnology and engineering, waste management, water resources, policies and regulations, and U.S. federal environmental impact statements.
  • Health Reference Center
    This multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources in InfoTrac's award-winning Health Reference Center plus 40 full-text nursing and allied health journals.
  • JSTOR Plant Science
    Access to foundational content vital to plant science, plant type specimens, taxonomic structures, scientific literature, and related materials about plants.
  • National Academies Press
    Website of books in science, engineering, and health topics, many available freely online as whole books or chapters in pdf format.
  • Nature Journals Online
    Full-text of several Nature research and review journals
  • Scientific American
    Contains the full text and graphics of every Scientific American issue
  • Toxnet
    A collection of databases from the National Library of Medicine on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and related areas.

Locating E-Books in Summon

The RIT Library has a continually growing collection of e-books in a diverse range of subject areas. You can easily locate e-books using the refinement filters within Summon. Conduct your Summon search, refine your search to "items with full text online" and limit the content type to "Books/ebook". Your list of results will now be only e-books. 

What to Do When the Full Text is Not Available

If the complete text of an article is not available from the database, you can request that the Library get it for you. Clicking the "Request" button will either link you to the full text of the article in another database or lead you to the "submit" button where you can request the article. The direct link for requesting materials from the Library's Information Delivery Service (IDS) is: The service is free and typically takes 3-5 business days. Requested documents will be delivered electronically to your account.

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