SCI 103: Biology I

Professor Harrison Murbi

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This guide is designed to help you research Biology topics. 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!
  • RCC Library Home Page: Most materials found in this research guide are available at the library's home page.
  • William Hoag: Please contact me if you have any questions concerning this guide or research.



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 BPL)

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • "Biology"
  • "Human Biology"
  • "Botany"
  • "Cells"
  • "Genetics"
  • "Microbiology"

New Books

The Basics of Biology: QH307.2 .S75 2004

Amazing Numbers in Biology: Ref. QH323.5 .F58 2006

The Cell: QH582.4 .P36 2005

Reference Books


Annual Review of Microbiology, Paolo Alto, Caif. : Annual Reviews, inc. Ref. QR1 .A1
Biology the Easy Way, by Gabrielle Edwards, New York : Barron's, 1990. Ref. QH307.2 .E38 1990
Molecular Biology of the Cell, New York : Garland Pub., 1994. Ref. QH581.2 .M64 1994


Cambridge Dictionary of Biology, Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990. Ref. QH302.5 .C46 1990
Cambridge Dictionary of Human Biology and Evolution, New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004. Ref. QP34.5 .M24 2004
Dictionary of Zoology, London : Constable, 1973. QL9 .L4 1973
Facts on File Dictionary of Biology, New York : Facts on File, 1999. Ref. QH302.5 .F38 1999


Encyclopedia of Evolution, by Stanley Rice, New York : Facts on File, 2007. Ref. QH360.2 .R53 2007
Encyclopedia of Human Biology, San Diego : Academic Press, 1997. Ref. QP11 .E53 1997


Facts on File Biology Handbook, New York : Facts on File, 2000. Ref. QH310 .F23 2000


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodical section for articles about biology.
  • American Biology Teacher
  • Journal of College Science Teaching
  • National Geographic
  • Scientific American


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.
Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 115,000 articles mentioning biology, 229,000 mentioning "cell", 62,000 mentioning genetics, 32,000 mentioning microbiology and 11,500 mentioning botany.
From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Has over 15,000 articles mentioning biology, 26,000 mentioning "cell", 9,000 mentioning genetics, and 1,900 mentioning microbiology
Contains access to 320 full text science journals covering all fields of science. Offers a broad range of science literature to students on the community college level. Has over 12,500 articles mentioning biology, 10,000 mentioning "cell", 8,000 mentioning genetics, 3,400 mentioning botany and 1,500 mentioning microbiology.


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 University has a very good guide.

Search Engines


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 09/22/07 by Wiliam Hoag: