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* Biology Research: Writing Science Papers & Posters

This guide is a starting point for research in the field of Biology. Resources include database recommendations, reference selections, catalog search tips, and internet resources.

F1000 Posters--Open Access

F1000 Posters, an open access poster repository, provides a permanent, structured environment for the deposition of posters as well as a trustworthy venue for ongoing discussion and development of the information being presented.

F1000 Posters enables researchers to maximize the value of their poster by dramatically increasing access and by helping to prevent lengthy delays before others can benefit from new research. The feedback gained by scientists from such early dissemination may help direct future work and also may reduce the duplication of effort between labs and departments, whether by speeding progress towards a similar goal or by preventing the replication of work that has previously failed.

In several surveys of researchers from across life science and medicine, over 85% of the several thousand respondents told us that they would submit their posters to such an open access repository and 95% thought a repository would be useful to them as users. Initial responses from some of the leading publishers and journal editors has also been supportive and many have confirmed that they would not regard deposition of a poster in the repository as prior publication

Book Resources

Check out these resources for tips on writing science papers and citations.

Free Image Sources

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Image Gallery

High-resolution digital photos of animals, crops, insects, plants, fruits and vegetables, and illustrations from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service staff. All images are in the public domain and may be used for any purpose.

Antarctic Photo Library

Wildlife and scenery, from the US Antarctic Program (a program of the National Science Foundation). All the photos are free to the public and reproduction and distribution are encouraged, but you must credit the photographer and the National Science Foundation. 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Photo Library

More than 20,000 photos, including weather and space images, images of US shores and coastal seas, and images of marine life. The collection is divided into 20 albums with links to other NOAA photo sites. Most of the photos are in the public domain. Credit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce unless otherwise instructed to give credit to the photographer or other source. 

US Fish and Wildlife Service Digital Media Library

Hundreds of images related to fish and wildlife. In addition to photos there are also sketches (black-and-white line art). You may browse the entire image library, or search all images by keyword, through the National Image Library link, or search by keyword in individual (regional) collections. Most of the images are in the public domain. Just check that the image is not copyrighted. USFWS requests that you include a credit citation such as "Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service" ... and include the artist’s name if it’s known.