Evolution and Creationism

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Helpful Search Terms:

  • Evolution
  • Darwinism
  • Creationism
  • Intelligent Design

New Books

Shaprio, Adama R. Trying Biology: The Scopes trial, textbooks, and the antievolution movement in American schools. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2013. Print.
Call number: QH362 .S53 2013
Zimmer, Carl. Evolution: Making sense of life. Greenwood Village: Roberts and Company Publishers, 2013. Print.
Call Number: QH366.2 .Z526 2013

Circulating Books

Stott, Rebecca. Darwin's Ghosts: the Secret History of Evolution. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2012. Print.
Call Number: QH361 .S76 2012

Pietsch, Theodore W. Trees of Life: a Visual History of Evolution. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012. Print.
Call Number: QH361 .P53 2012

Arthur, Wallace. Evolution: a Developmental Approach. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Print.Call Number: QH491 .A769 2011

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Bais, Sander. In Praise of Science: Curiosity, Understanding, and Progress. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010. Print.
Call Number: Q158.5 .B35 2010

Rosenberg, Alexander and Robert Arp, eds. Philosophy of Biology: an Anthology. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Print.
Call Number: QH331 .P4686 2010

Fuller, Steve. Science. Durham: Acumen, 2010. Print.
Call Number: Q175.5 .F85 2010


Robbins, R. H and Mark Nathan Coen, eds. Darwin and the Bible: The Cultural Confrontation. Boston: Pearson Education, 2009. Print.
Call Number: BL263 .D24 2009


Scott, E. C. Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2009. Print.
Call Number: QH367 .S395 2009


Barash, D. P., & Lipton, J. E. How Women Got their Curves and Other Just-So Stories: Evolutionary Enigmas. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009. Print.
Call Number: GN281 .B368 2009


Silvertown, Jonathan, ed. 99% ape: how evolution adds up. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. Print.
Call Number: QH367.A13 2009


Cochran, G., & Harpending, H. The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution. New York: Basic Books, 2009. Print.
Call Number: GN281.4.C632 2009

Reference Books

Rice, Stanley. Encyclopedia of Evolution. New York NY : Facts On File, 2007.
Call Number: REF QH360.2 .R53 2007

Armstrong, Patrick H. All Things Darwin: An encyclopedia of Darwin's world. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2007. Print.
Call Number: REF QH31.D2 A7894 2007 v. 1-2


Chronology of the Evolution-Creation Controversy
Moore, Randy. Chronology of the Evolution-Creationism Crontroversy. Santa Barbara: Greenwood Press, 2010. Web.

Charles Darwin
Ruse, Michael. Charles Darwin. Malden: Blackwell Pub., 2008. Web.

Arguing for Evolution: an Encyclopedia for Understanding Science
Cotner, Sehoya. Arguing for Evolution: An encyclopedia for understanding science. Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2011. Web.

Darwin's Fishes: an Encyclopedia of Ichthyology, Ecology, and Evolution
Pauly, Daniel. Darwin's Fishes: An encyclopedia of icthyology, ecology, and evolution. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Web.

Creationism's Trojan Horse: the Wedge of Intelligent Design
Forrest, Barbara. Creationism's Trojan Horse: The wedge of intelligent design. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. Web.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films on Demand

Are We Still Evolving? (50 minutes)
Assume, for the sake of argument, that our species has created everything it needs—all the comfort and protection that technology can provide. Does that mean our biological evolution has come to an end? Not necessarily, says anatomist and anthropologist Alice Roberts. In fact, technology may be driving human evolution, and at breakneck speed. Dr. Roberts meets scientists who are detecting and analyzing recent changes in the human genome and visits other researchers who have been able to, in effect, alter the development of some plant and animal species. In addition, the program examines the highly significant role of disease in evolution and the possibility that humanity could evolve into two distinct species.

TEDTalks: Svante Paabo--DNA Clues to Our Inner Neanderthal (17 minutes)
In this TEDTalk, geneticist Svante Paabo offers biological proof that early humans mated with Neanderthals after migrating out of Africa. Paabo also provides an overview of mutations and genetic variance, giving audiences a clear picture of the types of early hominids that lived in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East 100,000 years ago. Paabo explores human genetic evolution by analyzing DNA extracted from ancient sources, and worked with the team that presented the first version of the Neanderthal genome.

The Book of Life: Genetics and Evolution(49 minutes)
Likening the beauty and complexity of DNA to an epic poem, this program revolves around the idea that we all carry the story of life on Earth in our genes, and that the similarities between species may play a more significant role in that story than previously thought. A visit to Iceland’s hot springs reveals heat-, acid-, and salt-resistant organisms called archaea—primordial versions of which may have set the stage for multicellular life. Moving to more advanced species, the film looks at bone-development genes in boa constrictors that are comparable to those of humans. Such parallels, the program says, indicate not only shared genetic origins but also the notion that particular clusters of genes are focal points of evolutionary importance. Produced by the Open University. A part of the series The Gene Code.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's periodicals section for articles about Evolution and Creationism.
  • National Geographic
  • Scientific American
  • Social Biology


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

Academic Search Premier

Use Academic Search Premier to find general information on evolution and creationism.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites.

ERIC (Educational Resource Information Center)

Use ERIC to find out about evolutionism and creationism from an educator’

General Reference Center Gold

Another database containing a variety of articles addressing both sides of the evolution and creationism debate.

Facts on File -- Issues and Controversies in American History

This database contains articles, timelines, primary documents and a host of other information related to the debate over Evolution.

Science Full Text Select

Contains over 7,500 articles on evolution most from a scientific perspective.

Web sites

There are many helpful web sites about evolution and creationism. The web sites listed below have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has an informative guide.

Natural History magazine: Intelligent Design?
*Contains three essays on the natural world by proponents of intelligent design followed by responses from proponents of evolution.

NOVA – Intelligent Design On trial
*A multimedia web site from the television program NOVA, it presents the challenges against and defenses for Intelligent Design.

PBS -- Evolution
*A comprehensive web site from PBS containing information, videos, and audio on evolution and interactive timelines as well as a section on religion and evolution.

Understanding Evolution
*This site provides basic overviews of evolution and related topics.

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Research guide prepared on 11/06/08 by Kathleen Keleher. Updated on 5/3/10 by Katharine Dunn. Updated on 6/12/13 by Mallory Wilson. Updated 4/17/2014 by Katie Bliss.