Library databases for Biological Sciences:
Animal behaviour and welfare
Bioengineering and biostatistics
Environmental, horticultural and dairy science
Life and medical sciences
Marine and freshwater
The Joint Graduate School in Plant and Food Science was established between the University and Plant and Food Research (Crown Research Institute) in 2010, being the first such collaboration of its type in New Zealand.
The Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity was established between the University and Landcare Research in 2011.
New Zealand biologists publish in high profile international journals and in lesser-known local titles, some of which are published by the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ) and the Crown Research Institutes or CRIs (known as Department of Scientific and Industrial Research [DSIR] before 1992). Such titles may contain items on regional conservation and ecological issues, and applied sciences in fields such as aquaculture, agriculture, fisheries, forestry and horticulture. The RSNZ has publications from 1869 and promotes scientific research via the Marsden Fund (est. 1994) and the Rutherford Foundation (est. 2008).
New Zealand journals with biological content are listed below. Note that all titles are indexed by the Scopus database except for New Zealand science review.
RSNZ journals are indexed in New Zealand Science, as is scientific material from Crown Research Institutes, which include the following:
New Zealand Science
Includes some New Zealand science journals not indexed by international databases. Some of these have low journal impact factors, a feature of many specialist titles. The New Zealand Science interface enables you to simultaneously search (or exclude) other databases covering more popular New Zealand literature (such as Newzindex, the Newspaper Index and Index New Zealand), as well as the Forest Bibliography.
Index New Zealand
Indexes newspapers, magazines and journals including popular science titles relating to science topics and also contains New Zealand Science as well as non-science New Zealand datasets.
Current awareness alert services are offered by most large science databases. Alerts enable you to:
Unlike general searching, you need to be logged into a database to save alerts, or access previously-saved alerts.
Biological Sciences print collections are housed in the General Library and are catalogued in Dewey Decimal sequence. Most material is on Level M (Dewey 500-600s), but there is also material (primarily related to conservation and national parks, or the history of biology) on Level 1 (Dewey 300s).
Dewey categories for Life Sciences are:
Other biological-related titles can be found in the Engineering Library collections (primarily topics on biotechnology, engineering science, and bioengineering and biomedical engineering). These are catalogued under the Library of Congress system.
APA is the preferred referencing style for the School of Biological Sciences.