General Resources

Biology Resources

Where to Look? Browse these Call Numbers

  • QH 1 to QH 705.5 – Natural history – Biology
    • QH 301 to QH 705.5 – Biology (General)
      • QH 359 to QH 425 – Evolution
      • QH 540 to QH 549.5 – Ecology
  • QK 1 to QK 989 – Botany
  • QL 1 to QL 991 – Zoology
  • QM 1 to QM 695 – Human anatomy
  • QP 1 to QP 981 – Physiology
  • QR 1 to QR 502 – Microbiology
  • RA 601 to RA 602 – Medicine: Public health. Food and food supply in relation to public health
  • RA 773 to RA 788 – Medicine: Personal health and hygiene, including nutrition

Selected Books in the Library

General Reference

  • Magill’s Survey of Science: Life Science Series.
    Call number: QH 307.2 .M34 1991 REF, in 7 volumes.
  • Schaum’s A – Z Biology.
    Call number: QH 302.5 .I535 2003
  • World of Biology.
    Call number: QH 302.5 .W67 1999, a comprehensive encyclopedia that includes entries on important topics and biographies.

Special Topics

  • Basic Concepts in Cell Biology and Histology: A Student’s Survival Guide.
    Call number: QH 581.5 .M33 2000
  • Brock Biology of Microorganisms, 9th Edition.
    Call number: QR 41.2 .B77 2000
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Biology.
    Call number: QH 540.4 .E52 1995 REF, in 3 volumes.
  • Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition.
    Call number: QP 141 .E526 1999 REF, in 3 volumes.
  • The Evolution Wars: A Guide to the Debates, 2nd Edition.
    Call number: QH 361 .R874 2008 REF
  • A History of the Life Sciences.
    Call number: QH 305 .M22 1994
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: Based on Schaum’s Outline of Theory and Problems of Human Anatomy and Physiology.
    Call number: QP 41 .H927 2001
  • The Variety of Life: A Survey and Celebration of All the Creatures That Have Ever Lived.
    Call number: QH 83 .T84 2000

Selected Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers

  • Natural History
  • Nature (back issues)
  • Scientific American
  • Smithsonian
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General Reference

Special Topics

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General Reference:

  • Animated Tutorials: General Biology, animated multimedia tutorials with quizzes on key concepts in biology.
  • Encyclopedia of Life, EOL, is an ambitious project to organize and serve as an online reference source and database for every one of the 1.8 million known species. Contributors are experts and all information is reviewed. This resource is constantly being updated.
  • The USDA’s National Agriculture Library “The National Agricultural Library is one of four national libraries
    of the United States and houses one of the world’s largest collections
    devoted to agriculture and its related sciences,” including various digital collections.
  • “searches over 60 databases and over 2200 selected websites from 15 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.” Includes topics in biology, nature, health, medicine, and more.
  • Smithsonian: Includes information on topics in climate change, conservation biology, and more! Includes videos. Also see these related Smithsonian programs:
  • A Tree of Life, from the journal, Science, Tree of Life Special Issue; this online version of the diagram includes links to a variety of resources, including definitions, photos, etc., from various sources.

Special Topics:

  • American Society for Microbiology, offers numerous resources including online publications, news, articles, and images. Note: Some resources may require membership/login or are available for purchase.
  • BMC Microbiology “is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles” in microbiology.
  • CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • CELLS alive!, includes numerous interactive illustrations and animations, video, and more.
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology from a “world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds,” its All about Birds section includes a comprehensive bird guide with calls, images, and more.
  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans, from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The eSkeletons Project, “is devoted to the study of human and primate comparative anatomy. It offers a unique set of digitized versions of skeletons in 2-D and 3-D in full color, animations, and much supplemental information.”
  • HHMI: Howard Hughes Medical Institute offers free online resources, including:
  • IUCN: International Union for Conservation of Nature, includes publications, videos, images, and more. Also see the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, which fosters research and understanding of the world’s ecosystems and the threats that they face.
  • MedlinePlus: Nutrition, from the National Library of Medicine, includes links to various resources, such as research articles, related articles, tools, etc.
  • PubMed: Offers millions of citations for biomedical sources, including MEDLINE, life science journals and online books, some with links to full-text content. Includes information on clinical trials, as well!
  • Todar’s Online Textbook of Bacteriology, an online textbook by Kenneth Todar, Ph.D., from the University of Wisconsin.
  • U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, offers information and resources on conservation, endangered species, habitats, etc.; includes an extensive image database.
  • Visible Human Project, from the National Library of Medicine, “is the creation of complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies.”
  • WebAnatomy, “a collection of study aids for entry-level anatomy and physiology students” from the University of Minnesota; includes self tests, timed tests, interactive activities and an image bank, along with links to other numerous resources.
  • WHO: World Health Organization

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