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The Arabidopsis Book
Free from the American Society of Plant Biologists.  Over 100 invited chapters, each reviewing in detail an important and interesting aspect of the plant Arabidopsis thaliana, with reference to what is known in other plants and in other kingdoms.
Beyond Bio 101: The Transformation of Undergraduate Biology Education
ed. by David Jarmul for HHMI
C. elegans II (CSHL Press)
ed. by Donald Riddle, Thomas Blumenthal, Barbara Meyer, James Priess.
The Common Thread: A Story of Science, Politics, Ethics, and the Human Genome
by John Sulston and Georgina Ferry , from the National Academy Press.
Charles Darwin
Full-text copies of: The Descent Of Man (1871), On the Origin of Species (1859),and The Voyage Of The Beagle (1909)
Cold Spring Harbor Protocols Online
From Cold Spring Harbor Press
Current Protocols Online Library subscription.   From Wiley Interscience.  Search one or all of the volumes for the protocol you need.  Includes instructions for mixing reagents.


Richard Dawkins
Collection of full-text articles and transcripts of interviews about science and religion.
The Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology, 3rd. ed.
limited access ( once every 90 days)
Encyclopedia of Life Sciences
Library subscription.   From Nature Publishing.
The Funding of Young Investigators in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (1994)
by the Committee on Funding of Young Investigators in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Genes and Disease
Genes and Disease is a collection of articles that discuss genes and the diseases that they cause. These genetic disorders are organized by the parts of the body that they affect. As some diseases affect various body systems, they appear in more than one chapter.
Genomics and Its Impact on Medicine and Society:A 2001 Primer
From the U.S. DOE Human Genome Project.
Introduction to Genetic Analysis, 7th ed.
by Anthony Griffiths, WIlliam Gelbart, Jeffrey Miller, RIchard Lewontin.
Gregor Mendel
Mendel's papers translated on MendelWeb
Modern Genetic Analysis
by Anthony Griffiths, WIlliam Gelbart, Jeffrey Miller, RIchard Lewontin.
Molecular Biology in Marine Science: Scientific Questions, Technological Approaches, and Practical Implications (1994)
by the Committee on Molecular Marine Biology, Ocean Studies Board, NRC
Molecular Biology of the Cell, 4th. ed.
by Bruce Alberts, Dennis Bray, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, James D. Watson.
Molecular Cell Biology, 4th ed.
by Harvey Lodish, Arnold Berk, Lawrence Zipursky, Paul Matsudaira, David Baltimore, James Darnell.
NSF Guide for Proposal Writing
Specifically for undergraduate proposals but has some useful information.
Online Biology Book
basic coverage of many biology subject areas.
Oxford English Dictionary
Library subscription
Retroviurses. (CSHL Press)
by John Coffin, Stephen Hughes, Harold Varmus.
The Role of Scientists in the Professional Development of Science Teachers (1996)
by the Committee on Biology Teacher Inservice Training
Science and Engineering Indicators 2008
From the National Science Board
Scientific and Medical Aspects of Human Reproductive Cloning (2002)
by the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy
Wiley Interscience: Life and Medical Sciences Library (all three sections) Library Subscription.   Over 100 Wiley books available full-text online.

Free Book Collections
Literature, reference and verse - free - includes many dictionaries and quotation sources  BUT older editions of many classics, e.g. 1918 version of Gray's Anatomy. Includes some classic scientific authors and papers (Darwin, Einstein, etc.)
National Academy Press
Over 4,000 titles in various subject areas published by the NAP.   Good 'Science & Ethics' section
NCBI Bookshelf
A  collection of 30 biomedical textbooks that can be searched via NCBI and PubMed.
NSF Online Publications
Includes forms, news releases, vacancy announcements, as well as reports and newsletters.
Project Gutenberg
Books past copyright date, typed in by volunteers.
Public domain works (mainly literature) but including The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin.
UPenn Online Books - Sciences
large listing by call # - mostly older materials, varying quality because they have searched for books wherever they are.