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Biology: Introductory Biology Course Guide

Reference Sources

These are books and websites that will help you gain some background information on your topic, and they can be vital to your understanding of the subject and for topic development.

A dictionary of biology

The Facts on File dictionary of biology

Biolexicon : a guide to the language of biology

Magill's survey of science. Life science series

Five kingdoms : an illustrated guide to the phyla of life on earth

Describing species : practical taxonomic procedure for biologists

Documentation Styles for the Sciences (W&L University Libraries)

Journal Abbreviations in the Sciences (W&L University Libraries)

Online Databases

Use online databases as you would a print periodical index.  Items retrieved from these databases have been evaluated for content and indexed by subject librarians, unlike items retrieved from a search engine.

Annual Reviews 

BasicBIOSIS 

ScienceDirect

Scopus 

Other Useful Websites

These websites have been evaluated by the librarians at W&L for relevancy, content, and objectivity.  They include tools to help with your research as well as useful supplemental materials.

Biology Resources at W&L (W&L University Libraries)

Index to Organism Names (ION)

Public Library of Science

Nature Magazine

Science Magazine

Scirus

RefWorks

Biology Department Homepage (W&L University)

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