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Sofia Discovery tool | SEARCH McGILL RESOURCES (excluding journal articles)


Search the Sofia Discovery tool for McGill's collection of resources, EXCLUDING journal articles: books, journals & articles, multimedia, and other resources, in both print or electronic format.

Finding books

Browse the shelves using the following call numbers:

  • Biology (General): QH301 - QH705
  • Evolution: QH359 - QH425
  • Genetics: QH426 - QH470
  • Reproduction and Life: QH471 - QH531
  • Ecology: QH540 - QH549
  • Cell Biology: QH573 - QH671​

Course reserves

You can search for materials on course reserve using the course code or name of the instructor.

Open Textbooks


Schulich Library maintains a list of e-book packages

Find out about accessing the Library's online resources from on and off campus and requesting items not in the Library collection through Interlibrary Loan.

Finding articles

Article databases

Theses and dissertations

eScholarship - McGill theses

  • McGill's open access institutional repository. Includes theses and dissertations, articles, conference proceedings, books and more.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Full Text

  • International in scope, contains millions of works from thousands of universities. Full-text coverage spans from 1743 to the present, with citation coverage dating back to 1637.


  • A database of open access resources that allows you to search multiple archives at once. Set the Content option to Theses/Dissertations to limit the search.


  • A global directory of academic open access repositories.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

  • An international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations

Theses Canada

  • A collaborative program between Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and nearly 70 Canadian universities.

Check out the Theses & Dissertations guide for more information, including finding theses by geographical region.

Methods and techniques

These resources contain specific lab methods and techniques, often including information about the equipment and ingredients needed.


  • Bio-protocol publishes high quality step-by-step peer-reviewed protocols in any area of life sciences. To limit redundancy, Bio-protocol does not publish protocols detailed in other protocol journals.


  • A peer-reviewed, open-access journal dedicated to publishing original laboratory methods, related technical tools, and methods-oriented review articles that are of broad interest to professional life scientists.

Cold Spring Harbor Protocols

  • An interdisciplinary journal providing a definitive source of research methods in cell, developmental and molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, protein science, computational biology, immunology, neuroscience and imaging. 

Nature Methods

  • Publishes novel methods and significant improvements to basic life sciences research techniques. 

Nature Protocols

  • Publishes the protocols being used to answer outstanding biological and biomedical science research questions, including methods grounded in physics and chemistry that have a practical application to the study of biological problems.

Nuleic Acids Research Methods Online

  • Publishes the results of leading-edge research into physical, chemical, biochemical and biological aspects of nucleic acids and proteins involved in nucleic acid metabolism and/or interactions. 


  • OpenWetWare is an effort to promote the sharing of information, know-how, and wisdom among researchers and groups who are working in biology & biological engineering

Model organisms

Arabidopsis thaliana The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) - Genetic and molecular data
Caenorhabditis elegans WormBase - information concerning the genetics, genomics and biology of C. elegans and related nematodes
Danio rerio Zebra Fish Information Network (ZFIN) - on-line database of information for zebrafish researchers

FlyBase - A database of Drosophila genes & genomes

FlyExpress - currently contains 100,000+ images of expression from nearly 5,000 genes and >30,000 images extracted and curated from peer-reviewed publications

Glycine max SoyBase - USDA soybean genetics database, includes molecular data regarding soybean genes and sequences
Legume species Legume Information System (LIS) - a collaborative, community resource to facilitate crop improvement by integrating genetic, genomic, and trait data across legume species
Mus musculus

Mouse Genome Database - National Institute of Genetics (Japan) database, includes a chromosome MapViewer

Mouse Genome Informatics - (MGI) international database resource for the laboratory mouse, providing integrated genetic, genomic, and biological data

Mouse Phenome Database - (MPD) enables the integration of genomic and phenomic data by providing access to primary experimental data, well-documented data collection protocols and analysis tools

Xenopus Xenbase - gives access the diverse and rich genomic, expression and functional data available from Xenopus research
Zea mays Maize Genetics and Genomics Database (MaixeGDB) - community-oriented, long-term, federally funded informatics service to researchers focused on the crop plant and model organism Zea mays



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