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This guide is designed to help you research information about biology. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.
Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes Boston Public Library)

Good Search Terms to use: These are general terms and specific terms should be used when searching a topic.
  • Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular Biology

Reference Books

All Things Darwin: An Encyclopedia of Darwin's World. Greenwood Press. QH31.D2 A7894 2007.
Encyclopedia of Human Biology. Renato Dulbecco, ed. QP11.E53 1997 v.1-9.
Cambridge Dictionary of Biology. Cambridge University Press. QH302.5.C46 1990.
Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Biology. Oxford University Press. QH331.O914 2008.
Encyclopedia of Bioethics. Warren Thomas Reich, ed. QH332.E52 1995 v.1-5.

Electronic Books

The library has recently added 27,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users. Over 9,000 books mention "biology".

Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about biology:
  • Scientific American
  • National Geographic


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Science Full Text Select

Contains access to 320 full text science journals covering all fields of science.

Science in Context

Provides list of social topics with scientific evidences and explanations published in academic journals, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias and dictionaries. Also, accessible to the videos.

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 470 biology journals.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand. 492 Biology videos.

Films On Demand

Web sites

There are many good biology web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley Universityhas a very good guide.

A portal to open access biology articles, databases and more.

The Biology Project
Sponsored by the University of Arizona, this site provides an interactive, online resource for learning biology.

Integrative Biology Web Resources
Outstanding directory of biology rsources. UC Berkeley

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style TutorialDuke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works CitedLaguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation styleThe Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style GuideThe Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

Please click the Ask a Librarian icon if you have any questions concerning these guides, need help finding material for your research or any general questions you might have.

General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 10/23/12 by Wiliam Hoag: