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This guide links to helpful biology databases, books, and web sites.
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Biology Reference Books

If you need background information on a biology topic, try a reference book.  Ask at the reference desk for assistance finding these in the reference section.

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Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia - Gale Research Staff
Call Number: RC 925.7 .B39 2003
ISBN: 0787653624
Publication Date: 2002-10-04

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Encyclopedia of Human Biology - Renato Dulbecco (Editor-In-Chief)
Call Number: RC 55 .L26 2003
ISBN: 0122269705
Publication Date: 1997-09-11

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Encyclopedia of Environmental Microbiology - Gabriel Bitton (Editor)
Call Number: RM 724 .C66 2007
ISBN: 0471354503
Publication Date: 2002-02-25

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Encyclopedia of Evolution - Mark D. Pagel (Editor)
ISBN: 0195122003
Publication Date: 2002-04-02


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Find Articles

Most of the library's biology journals are available in electronic format by searching the library's databases.  To find useful articles, try a keyword search of these databases.

  • Academic Search Premier  Icon
    Academic Search Premier is probably THE best place to start searching for articles on any academic subject. It contains full text coverage to many journals, magazines, and other helpful resources on a wide variety of topics.
  • Science Direct  Icon
    Search millions of articles and book chapters in the areas of: health sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and social sciences and humanities.
  • GreenFile  Icon
    Search GreenFile if you are interested in how humans impact the environment. It includes scholarly and government articles on: global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
  • JSTOR  Icon
    JSTOR contains a variety of journal articles in a variety of disciplines including: business, economics, education, history, language, and literature.
  • PLOS Biology  Icon
    PLOS Biology is an open-access, peer-reviewed general biology journal published by PLOS, a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource. New articles are published online weekly; issues are published monthly.
  • Biology and Life Sciences Journals  
    Open access journals in the health sciences field.
  • Royal Society Archives  Icon
    Select various science topics from the menu to search an open access archive of Royal Society science journals. *Not all of the results will be open access.


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Use this menu to search for print books in the Clarke library, browse electronic books, or find books in area libraries that you can request via interlibrary loan.

  • ebooks: Life Sciences  
    Browse a list of scholarly electronic books available from the library.
  • Library Catalog  Icon
    Search for physical books, journals, and DVDs at the Clarke library.
  • NCBI Bookshelf  Icon
    This collection from the National Library of Medicine contains digitized books (or parts of books), reports, articles, and more on various biology topics.
  • WorldCat  Icon
    Search for books in libraries all over the world! If you have enough time (about two weeks) we can look into borrowing books you need through interlibrary loan (ILL).
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