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Biology Subject Research Guide

Key Resources in Biology

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Selected Reference Books

Print Books -- Circulating Collection 2nd Floor

Print Reference Books

Reference books include encyclopedias, dictionaries, manuals, handbooks, almanacs, atlases and directories.  The reference books are located in the Cannon Memorial Library in the Reference Section on the main floor.  Reference books do not circulate and may only be used in the library. 

A to Z of DNA Science
QH427 .W58 2001

American Insects
QL474 .A76 2000

Cambridge Illustrated Glossary of Botanical Terms
REF QK10 .H53 2000

Complete Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs
QK474.87 .C66 2003

Desk Encyclopedia of Microbiology
QR9 .D47 2004

Dictionary of Biological Psychology
QP360 .D52 2001

Dictionary of Biology (Oxford)
QH302.5 .D54 2008

Dictionary of Birds of the United States
QL682 .H65 2003

Dictionary of Ecology and Environment, 4th Edition
QH540.4 .C65 2001

Dictionary of Genetics, 7th Edition
QH427 .K55 2006

Dictionary of Microbiology and Molecular Biology 2001
REF QR9 .S56 2001 [2006 ed. available online at]

Ecology Basics (2 vols.)
QH540.4 .E39 2004 [Also available as EBSCO e-book]

Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 3rd Edition (5 vols.)
QH332 .E52 2004

Encyclopedia of Endangered Species (2 vols.)
QH75 .A1 E53 1994, 1999

Encyclopedia of Genetics (2 vols.)
QH427 .E53 2004

Facts on File Dictionary of Biology 4th Edition
QH302.5 .F38 2005

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia (17 vols.)
REF QL7 .G7813 2004

Illustrated Dictionary of Immunology
QR180.4 .C78 2003

Introduced Mammals of the World: Their History, Distribution, and Influence
QL703 .L66 2004

Microterrors: The Complete Guide to Bacterial, Viral and Fungal Infections That Threaten Our Health
QR56 .H37 2004

More than Darwin: An Encyclopedia of the People and Places of the Evolution-Creationism Controversy
REF QH360.2 .M66 2008

The Tree of Life: A Phylogenetic Classification
REF QH83 .L42513 2006 

U-X-L Encyclopedia of Biomes (3 vols.)
REF QH541.14 .U18 2000

World of Microbiology and Immunology (2 vols.)
QR9 .W675 2003 [also available online at Gale Virtual Reference]

How do I find a book on the shelf?

The Cannon Memorial Library uses the Library of Congress classification system to organize the books on the shelves.  This system uses a combination of letters and numbers referred to as LC Call Numbers. Books related to Biology may be found under the following LC Call Numbers:

Q      General Science

QH    Natural History,        Biology

QK    Botany

QL    Zoology

QM    Human Anatomy

QP    Physiology

QR    Microbiology

R      General Medicine


For more information on how to read the LC call numbers and locate a book on the shelf, click here: LC Call Numbers

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