Zoology is the scientific study of animals.

This guide is designed to be a finding aid for information related to Zoology targeted toward Boston University faculty, staff, and students. It includes both print and online materials. Annotation is provided in instances where the resource title is ambiguous. The guide is not comprehensive. If you need assistance locating these or any other sources, please contact the Science and Engineering Library reference department.

Electronic Databases

Citations with abstracts to journal articles, books, reports, conference proceedings, and translations dealing with the aquatic sciences. Input to ASFA is provided by a growing international network of information centers monitoring over 5,000 serial publications, books, reports, conference proceedings, translations and limited distribution literature.


This database consists of citations with abstracts to articles in over 7,000 life science journals worldwide and is very comprehensive across all of the life sciences.

This database includes the core literature of biology and agriculture.

Citations, with abstracts, to journal articles selected from close to 200 English-language core and popular journals covering all science disciplines. Includes access to the full text of articles for 25% of the journals.

Offering an electronic version of Science Citation Index, this database covers articles in all areas of the sciences and enables users to search current and retrospective multidisciplinary information from approximately 8,500 of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world. Its most unique feature is the ability to search for cited references in journal articles.

This database offers a large index to literature on wild mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Topics covered include behavior, endangered/threatened species, habitat, disturbances, genetics, life history, physiology, morphology, pollution, and management.

Field Guides, Taxonomies, and Checklists



Fishes, Aquatic Invertebrates, and Marine Mammals

Insects and Terrestrial Invertebrates


Reptiles and Amphibians

Handbooks and Instruction Guides

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias



Some top journals in zoology, ecology, and systematics.

All eJournals at BU

Web Resources

Amphibia Web

This web site aims to become a clearinghouse of data concerning amphibians (frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders) and their population deteriorations worldwide by collecting pertinent information about them.

Animal Diversity Web

This web site is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology.

Biodiversity (Australian Department of the Environment and Heritage)

This web site provides very extensive coverage of broad topics related to biodiversity including biodiversity hotspots, international issues, invasive species, migratory species, ecological communities, and wildlife trade.

Biodiversity Hotspots

This web site focuses on 25 critically threatened ecosystems, or hotspots. The intention is to categorize and prioritize areas on all continents where biodiversity is at greatest risk and provide information about them for the purposes of planning and decision-making. For each of the hotspots, there is information about threatened and endangered plant and vertebrate species from the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List, along with an ecosystem description, commentary about unique biodiversity and human impacts, details about conservation action, related links, a bibliography for further reading, and an outline map.


BiologyBrowser offers access to evaluated and curated digital resources of interest to the scientific researcher.

Entomology Database Library (National Museum of Natural History (NMNH))

This web site contains a wealth of information about entomology at NMNH: curated specimens, staff, history, organization, literature, etc., in searchable categories. It provides digitized access to NMNH entomology work, products, and personnel.


This is an information system with key data on the biology of all fishes including population dynamics, taxonomy, conservation, physiology, ecology, and genetics.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System

Web site for authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, and microbes of the world.

Intute: Biological Sciences

Intute: Biological sciences provides free access to high quality resources on the Internet. Each resource has been evaluated and categorised by subject specialists based at UK universities.

Invertebrates Collection Database: Mollusks

This extremely specialized Web site is based on a database containing the mollusk collection at the Field Museum of Chicago.

PrimateLit 1940+

This database provides bibliographic access to the scientific literature on nonhuman primates for the research and educational communities. Coverage of the database includes all publication categories (articles, books, abstracts, technical reports, dissertations, book chapters, etc.) and many subject areas (behavior, colony management, ecology, reproduction, field studies, disease models, veterinary science, psychology, physiology, pharmacology, evolution, taxonomy, developmental and molecular biology, genetics and zoogeography).


Species 2000

This site contains a series of databases providing a uniform and validated quality index of names of all known species.


American Association for Zoological Nomenclature

Organization for those interested in the systematics of both living and extinct animals.

American Cetacean Society

This organization is the oldest whale conservation group in the world.

American Fisheries Society

The mission of the American Fisheries Society is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.

American Malacological Society

Organization for professionals and hobbyists interested in mollusks.

American Ornithologists’ Union

Large organization devoted to the scientific study of birds.

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

Organization for scientists and students interested in fish, amphibians, and reptiles.

American Society of Mammalogists

Organization with the purpose of promoting interest in the study of mammals. Most members are professional scientists.

Association of Field Ornithologists

This society of professional and amateur ornithologists is dedicated to the scientific study and dissemination of information about birds in their natural habitats.

Center for Biological Diversity

This center is an endangered species advocate who provides an excellent web site for information about endangered animal species.

Cooper Ornithological Society

Organization that works to advance knowledge of birds and their habitat.

The Crustacean Society

Society working to advance the study of all aspects of the biology of the Crustacea by promoting the exchange and dissemination of information throughout the world.

Herpetologists’ League

International organization devoted to studying the biology of amphibians and reptiles.

International Fund for Animal Welfare

This organization works to prevent cruelty to animals and protect wild animals and their habitats.

Jane Goodall Institute

This non-profit organization works to advance the power of individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment for all living things.

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

Society dedicated to promoting the pursuit and public dissemination of important information relating to biology.

Society of Nematologists

International organization formed to advance the science of nematology in both its fundamental and economic aspects.

Society of Protozoologists

Group of researchers from all over the world who study protists as their research organisms.

Wilson Ornithological Society

International organization interested in the study of birds.

World Wildlife Fund

WWF’s mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.