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Welcome to the UR research guide for Biology!  Use this guide to learn more about the library's rich resources in the biological sciences -- you can access books, databases, journals, and websites from this page. 

I am the liaison librarian for Biology as well as many other science disciplines. 
Please contact me if you need any help with your research!

                                                                                      ~ Melanie

Background Information & Key Reference Works in Biology

Use encyclopedias and dictionaries to obtain an overview of your subject, an understanding of basic concepts, a summary of key issues, and definitions.  Articles frequently include bibliographies and may refer you to other entries on related topics:

  • AccessScience (the online edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology)
         REF Q121 .M3 2007
  • Beacham's Guide to the Endangered Species of North America
         REF QH77.N56 B43 2001
  • Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology 
         QR81 .A5 1994
  • Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology 
         REF QR81 .B46 2001
  • Dictionary of Biology
         REF QH302.5 .D5 2008
  • Dictionary of Microbiology and Molecular Biology
         REF QR9 .S56 2006
  • Encyclopedia of Biodiversity
         REF QH541.15 .B56 E53 2001
  • Encyclopedia of Evolution
  • Encyclopedia of Genetics
         REF QH427 .E532 2002
  • Encyclopedia of Immunology
         REF QR180.4 .E53 1998
  • Encyclopedia of Microbiology
         REF QR9 .E53 2009
  • Flora of North America: North of Mexico
         REF QK110 .F55
  • Gray's Atlas of Anatomy 
         REF QM25 .G72 2008
  • Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia 
         REF QL7 .G7813 2003
  • McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms 
         REF Q123 .M34 2003
  • Oxford Reference Online
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia 
         REF Q121 .V3 2008
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