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Selected Resources for Biology 104

Books | Indexes | Periodicals | Web Sites | Help


LC subject headings | Call Numbers | Library Catalogs | Reference Books

Library of Congress Subject Headings.

34th ed., 6 vols., 2012.
Kept on the long table by the main bank of EZRA/Web terminals.

Subject headings will be similar to, but may be different from those used in periodical indexes.

Call Numbers for Biology

Following are some of the common call numbers for books on biological topics. It is useful when browsing for books to have a general call number, but it is not a replacement for doing an EZRA (our online catalog) search.

GE for Environmental Sciences QP for Physiology
QH for Ecology QR for Microbiology
QK for Botany R for Medicine
QM for Human Anatomy S for Agriculture

Locating Books in Library Catalogs

At Wittenberg: EZRA -- our online catalog
At other Ohio academic Libraries: OhioLINK
In North America For ILL: WorldCat

Books on Scientific Writing and Presentations

Scientific Writing: Easy When You Know How by Jennifer Peat et. al.
Link to electronic book
The Craft of Scientific Writing by Michael Alley
T11 .A37 1996
Scientific Papers and Presentations by Martha Davis
T11 .D324 1997
The Art of Scientific Writing by Hans Friedrich Ebel
QD9.15 .E23 2004

Reference Books

Below is a select list of reference books relating to the biological sciences. These books can be found in the science and main libraries as noted.

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (20 volumes)
Main Reference Q121 .M3 1997 (8th edition)
Access Science @ McGraw-Hill: the Online Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
Reference Q123 .M15 2003 (6th edition)
A Dictionary of Biology
Reference QH 302.5 .D54 2008
A Dictionary of Biology
2004 Available Online
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Bioscience
Reference QH302.5 .M382 2003 (2nd edition)
Encyclopedia of Genetics (2 volumes)
Reference QH427 .E53 1999
Encyclopedic Dictionary of Genetics, Genomics, and Proteomics
2008 Available Online
Encyclopedia of Human Biology (9 volumes)
Reference QP11 .E53 1997 (2nd edition)
Encyclopedia of Microbiology (4 volumes)
Reference QR9 .E53 2000 (2nd edition)
American Heritage Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Reference R121 .A53 2004 (2nd edition)
Mosby's Medical Dictionary
Reference R121 .M89 2009
Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease
Main Stacks RC41 .C365 2003
Also available online
Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
Reference RC55 .M4 (2006, 18th edition)


Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Complete is a multi-subject database containing both scholarly and popular publications. Some material is available in full-text. It is a good starting place for introductory level classes.
Biosis Previews (Formerly Biological Abstracts)
Biosis Previews indexes articles from all fields of Biology.
Index to clinical medicine, nursing, veterinary and allied health literature. Some fulltext is available.
PubMed provides another interface to the data contained in MEDLINE plus additional content.
Web of Science -- Science Citation Index
Index and cited references for articles in the sciences.
PsycINFO covers the literature of Psychology from 1967 to present. This is a good place to look for articles for anyone with an interest in Clinical Psychology.

A full list of Biology related indexes available at Wittenberg can be found at:


Periodicals are where most of the information for your research papers will come. Remember that there are scholarly publications as well as popular publications You will most likely want to stick to scholarly publications for your research. For hints on how to tell the two apart, please see Scholarly vs. Popular Articles.

Wittenberg owns many scientific journals in both print and electronic formats. The links below will help you to find out what journals we own, the format, and where they are located.

Journals the Library Has
This is a searchable index of the periodicals Wittenberg owns in electronic and print formats. Location and dates owned are also provided.

Journal Interlibrary Loan Form
Use Interlibrary Loan to request articles not owned at Wittenberg from other libraries. Please see the form for more details.


When using the internet, always be thinking critically about what you are viewing. Good and bad information both reside on the internet and it isn't always easy to tell the two apart. For hints on spotting good web pages, please see the library's page on Evaluating Web Sites.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This federal agency collection information and statistics on all kinds of diseases and is highly reliable.
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities is part of the CDC and is particularly useful for finding information about genetic diseases.

If you choose to use internet sites as information resources, you must cite them just as you must cite a book or journal article. For help citing webpages and other online resources, take a look at Citing Electronic Resources.


If you are having trouble with your research, please contact Alisa Mizikar, the Science Librarian, via email at or call extension 7515. You can also contact any of the reference librarians at or at extension 7511.

Compiled by Alisa Mizikar.

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