Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

A Guide to Biology: Find Books and Background Information

Browsing for Books

Books are shelved in general subject categories using the Library of Congress classification system. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic. Below is a brief listing of some of the subject locations in the field of biology. These are all located on the main floor of the library.

Q -- Science - General
QD -- Chemistry
QH -- Natural History
QK -- Botany
QL -- Zoology
QM -- Human Anatomy
QP -- Physiology
QR -- Microbiology
R -- Medicine
S -- Agriculture

Where Can I Find Info About Trees?

Where Can I Find a Definition of "Life"?

The library doesn't routinely add textbooks to our collection (they cost too much and go out of date so quickly!) but you can find some general biology books, including older textbooks, by searching our catalog and browsing the QH section of shelves. There are also reference works across the aisle in the Reference - QH section that will have definitions. There is also a basic Principles of Biology textbook on the course reserve shelves.

Also, these free open access textbooks are available online.

And these books are available through the EBSCO ebook library, though may be electronically "checked out" - only one person at a time can use it.

Catalog Search Box

Search for Books, Music, Videos & More

Advanced search · Books, videos, and music

In the Reference Collection

These books can't be checked out, but they might have useful background and factual information. Though they are written like Wikipedia articles, the authors are experts in the field and they sometimes provide a scientific focus you won't find at Wikipedia. 

Websites of Interest

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License