Durick Library at night

ES 301 Marine Biology

Instructor: Karen Talentino

Librarian: Steve Burks

Office: Library 210
Telephone: ext 2354

Drop by the reference desk for help or make an appointment using the scheduler

NOAA: U.S. Caribbean coral bleaching assessment


  • Class Research
  • Reference Sources
  • Finding Journal Articles
    - Environmental Studies /Biology Quick Search,
    - Science Databases (Interlibrary Loan)
    - Primary Research Journal Articles
    Finding Newspaper Articles
  • Books
  • Websites
  • Marine Biology Journals
  • Journal Finder
  • Evaluating Your Sources
  • Citing Your Sources

Class Research

  • Species Account - taxonomy, habitat, unique ecology, status
  • Research Paper

    Some Suggested Topics (from your syllabus)

    1. Coral Bleaching
    2. Polar Bears and Climate Change
    3. Phenols and the marine environment
    4. Aquaculture - pick a species (salmon, oysters, etc.)
    5. Oil spill impact on birds or fish or marine mammal species
    6. Artificial Coral Reefs
    7. Impact of fertilizer or agricultural run-off on estuaries
    8. Red Tide organisms
    9. Humans and Sharks
    10. Building houses on the ocean - who is responsible for protecting from erosion?
    11. international laws and protection of marine mammals
    12. "intelligence" of marine mammals
    13. Marine Parks and Whale Watches

As you develop your thesis/opinion statement, note the important terms in your statement.  Break these terms down into broader, narrower and synonymous terms.  These terms can be used to help in your searches of the journal article databases and reference sources

Over Fishing of the Estuaries of the Mid Atlantic Sea Coast

over fishing Estuaries Mid Atlantic Sea Coast

Bottom trawling
towed bottom-fishing
inter-tidal dredging
gill netting
haul netting

Salt-wedge estuaries
benthic biota
biogenic habitats

 - Scallops
 - Shrimp
 - sturgeon
 - salmon
 - oysters

Deleware Estuary
Delmarva coastal bays

*Note - You will find relevant search terms in the process of research. Reference sources and the keywords from article abstracts can be very useful to expand the breath of your search criteria.

Listed below are library resources to start your research.  Start with reference sources to get background information.  Journal articles and books can be used for more in-depth resources and primary research articles

Note: Library resources will give citations in MLA or APA format that you may use in your bibliographies.

Reference Sources

AccessScience - Marine Ecology

Credo Reference
Search Life Science encyclopedias and dictionaries

Grzimek's animal life encyclopedia.(1-17 vol)
REF QL7 .G7813 2003

World Register of Marine Species

Tree of Life

Encyclopedia of Life
Highly anticipated "ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about all life on Earth accessible to anyone."


Beacham's Guide to the Endangered Species of North America

Encyclopedia of animal behavior
REF QL750.3 .E53 2004

Environmental Studies / Biology Quick Search

Science Article Databases


Science Direct




Google Scholar


See Newspapers for more newspaper databases like the NYTimes, WSJ, ect


Library Catalog - Search for books, DVDs, and other resources in the Durick Library

- Search for books, DVDs, and other resources in the Durick Library

WorldCat - Search libraries around the world

New Books - Browse new additions to the library collection



Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Oceanus (journal)

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Marine Biology Journals

Marine Science Ocean Related Journal List

Journal Finder

Use the Journal Finder link in the left navigation column of the library website pages to locate the full text of a specific journal or citation you find in an article citation list.

Zohar, Y., Hines, A. H., Zmora, O., Johnson, E. G., Lipcius, R. N., Seitz, R. D., & ... J. Sook, C. (2008). The Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus): A Multidisciplinary Approach to Responsible Stock Replenishment. Reviews in Fisheries Science, 16(1-3), 24-34.

Cited work from above article: Stunz, G. W., and T. J. Minello. Habitat-related predation on juvenile wild-caught and hatchery-reared red drum Sciaenops ocellatus (Linnaeus). J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol., 260: 13–25 (2001).

Evaluating Your Sources

Citing Your Sources

RefWorks allows you to import references from online databases, organize your references into folders, and then create bibliographies.  You can select from a variety of style forms (eg APA, MLA).  RefWorks is free to the SMC community and available from any computer with Internet access.

APA Citation Guides

  • APA Style  (from Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL))
    A quick guide to citing resources based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2009).

  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association
    REF BF76.7 P83

Chicago Citation Guides

  • Chicago Manual of Style
    Citation guide.  American English style, grammar and punctuation with prescribed writing and citation styles. 

  • Chicago Style Citation Quick Guide
    Citation examples from the Chicago Style website

  • The Chicago Manual of Style
    REF Z 253.U69
    Print version of style used by the History Department at Saint Michael's College.

MLA Citation Guides

  • MLA Documentation (from Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL))
    A quick guide to citing resources based on the new MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 7th ed. (Modern Language Association 2009).

  • MLA Visual Guide to Citations from EasyBib

  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
    REF LB2369.G53

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