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BIOLOGY: Research Guide | Get Started

Research help and resource suggestions for research in biology.

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Amanda Walch
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Getting Started

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Key Resources

Quick links to best bets

Finding Background Information

Reference sources - great for getting started

Reference sources are a great starting point for research. Reference sources typically provide definitions, give topic overviews, and explain theories. They can also point to additional readings and scholarship. Examples of reference sources include: dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, guidebooks, manuals, and textbooks. 

Reference Books

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Penguin Dictionary of Biology

Offers clear explanations of biological concepts and processes, and the broadest coverage of the subject, from ecology to immunology and cytology. ebook

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Dictionary of Microbiology and Molecular Biology

Covers the whole field of pure and applied microbiology and microbial molecular biology. ebook

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Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia

Thorough articles familiarize readers with animals around the globe, detailing their life cycles, predators, food systems, overall ecology and more. REF 591 G929g

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The Cambridge Dictionary of Human Biology and Evolution

Covers a range of subjects within human biology, anatomy, auxology, primatology, physiology, genetics, paleontology, and zoology. ebook

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Dictionary of Developmental Biology and Embryology

Covers classical morphological and cytological terms along with those from modern genetics and molecular biology. ebook