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Top 10 Biology Resources for Students


The Internet is a wonderful thing, but sometimes we do suffer from information overload. There are times when we just need a hand when it comes to sorting through the mass of information and getting to the real, informative, quality information out there.

Don't be frustrated! This list of biology resources will help you sort through the tangle of information. Many of these great sites offer visual step-by-step guides and tutorials.

1. Cells Alive

Having trouble understanding mitosis or meiosis? Watch a step-by-step animation of these and many other processes for a greater understanding. This fantastic site provides film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms.

2. ActionBioScience

Defined as “a non-commercial, educational web site created to promote bioscience literacy,” this site offers articles written by professors and emerging scientists alike. Topics include biotechnology, biodiversity, genomics, evolution, and more. Many articles are offered in Spanish.

3. Biology.about.com

Don’t get frustrated as you search! This site from the Biology Guide offers a collection of trustworthy, quality links to help you with your biology homework. Topics include a guide to understanding difficult biology-related words, brain basics, cell division, and more.

4. Microbes.info

Do you sweat the really small stuff? Microbiology concerns microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The site offers reliable microbiology resources with articles and links for deeper study.

5. BioChem4Schools

Promoting the study of biochemistry at all academic levels, this site is valuable for students and teachers, alike. It was developed and is maintained by the international Biochemical Society. You’ll find information and articles on metabolism, DNA, immunology, genetics, diseases, and more. In case you are interested, membership in the Society is open to any individual, anywhere in the world, with an interest in biochemistry. The Society currently influences public policy through the Biosciences Federation.

6. Microbe Zoo

Chocolate is produced by microbes? This is a fun and educational site for students. You will be guided around the “Microbe Zoo” to discover the many places where microbes live and work—including the snack bar!

7. The Biology Project

The Biology Project is a fun, informative site developed and maintained by The University of Arizona. It is an interactive online resource for learning biology. It has been designed for biology students at the college level, but is useful for high school students, medical students, physicians, science writers, and all types of interested people. The site advises that “students will benefit from the real-life applications of biology and the inclusion of up-to-date research findings, as well as career options in biology.”

8. Strange Science

Science doesn’t come easily, and sometimes scientists have had some weird ideas. This site shows some of their most notable mistakes and provides a timeline of important events in scientific discovery. This is a great site for finding background information and adding an interesting element to your paper or project. The site also provides links to other useful resources.

9. BioCoach

Offered by Pearson Prentice Hall, this site provides tutorials on many biological concepts, functions, and dynamics. The BioCoach takes you step-by-step through a process using visual aids and concise explanations.

10. Biology Glossary

Also provided by Pearson Prentice Hall, this glossary provides definitions for more than 1000 terms that you will find within the many fields of biology.
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