JoVE Biology (and JoVE Neuroscience)

This is the eighth in a series of “Resources and Services” posts from the Faculty of Cowles Library, intended to increase awareness of the quality resources and services (many of them new!) available to Drake students, faculty, and staff. Earlier posts are listed at the bottom of this page.


Ever been interested in how biology researchers actually perform their experiments?  In how you could replicate that same complicated scientific process with the help of some visual aids?  Well JoVE Biology is the answer for you.  JoVE Biology is an online peer-reviewed journal devoted to investigations of publications on general biological research in a video format. JoVE Biology contains 1,562 + peer reviewed video articles.  These articles each include videos of the experiment and it’s techniques, a written PDF article with references, and a materials list of items used to perform the experiment.  These articles are also indexed in MEDLINE.  Drake has a subscription to JoVE Biology and JoVE Neuroscience. These articles are designated by blue B and green N in the upper right corner. To search one collection at a time, use the check boxes on the lefthand side.

JoVE Biology contains all general biology research methodologies. This includes all fields of cell, molecular, and organismal biology, ranging from new applications of standard techniques to novel approaches aimed at understanding the functions of life and living organisms.  It additionally includes but is not limited to, techniques in physical biology, cellular biochemistry, genetics, physiology, systems biology and a combination of eukaryotic and prokaryotic model systems.

Here is an example of an article from the database: 

Previous Resources and Services announcements:

1) New York Times Digital Subscription
2) Chronicle of Higher Education
3) Oxford Very Short Introductions
4) Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily
5) Business Expert Press
6) Statista – Statistics for the Rest of Us
7) Bibliography of Native North Americans


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