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Biology Research Guide

Books and Encyclopedias

Look for these call numbers in the stacks!

QH: Biology (General)

QK: Botany

QL: Zoology

QM: Human Anatomy

QP: Physiology

QR: Microbiology

Keywords: biology, type of biology, biological terms, name of biologist

Oxford Reference Online Premium (VIVA) Oxford’s comprehensive online tool for research in a multitude of topics.


Journal Databases:

Biological Sciences (VIVA) Abstracts and Citations.

Biotechnology and Bioengineering (VIVA) Abstracts.

Blackwell Synergy (VIVA) now called Wiley Interscience

Environment Complete (Ebscohost, VIVA, Full Text) Search for articles about environmental science.

Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (VIVA) Search for abstracts about environmental sciences as collected by Cambridge University.

Greenfile (VIVA) covers all aspects of human impact on the environment.

Nature An International Weekly Journal of Science, browse articles, view podcasts, watch videos, and catch news specials.

Oceanic Abstracts (VIVA) Research on Marine and brackish water environments.

Plant Science (VIVA) Citations and abstracts of scientific literature on plants.

Today’s Science (VCCS) Facts on File database designed specifically for students and classroom work.

Science Magazine AAS (VIVA) Provides News, access to Science Journals, Blogs & Communities, as well as multimedia.

Science Resource Center Gale Group (VCCS, Full Text)  All things Science

Opposing Viewpoints Use this resource to compare opposing ideologies on topics.


Newspaper Databases:

Access World News (RCC, Full Text) Search newspapers and magazines from across the country and through the decades.

Newspaper Source Plus (VIVA) National and international newspapers, TV and radios news transcripts.


Internet Resources:

Biomedia Galleries: Photo galleries of pond-water microorganisms, and photos of classic organisms in biology.

Glossary of Genetic Terms: an easy to navigate glossary of genetic terms. Audio explanations available.

DNA Interactive: A comprehensive source for learnings all things about DNA, and the happenings in the field of genetics.

Biology Online: Select the “subject” button to search a comprehensive list of categories within the field of biology. Find articles, graphs and images to help you grasp vital information, even discuss biology in a forum, or simply utilize the dictionary.

Virtual Cell Tour: all you need to read and see to learn the anatomy and physiology of a cell.


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