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Research Guide: Biology


BIOL 100, BIOL 102


The textbooks that follow represent the most current physical holdings available in the library for your particular course. This list, however, should not be considered exhaustive, so make sure to visit the library catalogue to explore the many other valuable resources that the library has to offer.

Biology 100 Library Resources Library Call Number
Beeby, Alan. (2008). First Ecology: Ecological Principles and Environmental Issues. New York : Oxford University Press. QH 541 .B4145 2008
Fox, Charles W. Ed. (2001). Evolutionary Ecology: Concepts and Case Studies. New York: Oxford University Press. QH 541 .E965 2001
Mader, Sylvia S. (2008). Inquiry Into Life. Boston : McGraw-Hill Higher Education. QH 308.2 .M363 2008
Minkoff, Eli C., Pamela J. Baker. (2001). Biology Today: An Issues Approach. New York : Garland Pub. QH 315 .M63 2001
Moya, Andrés,and Erique Font. (2004). Evolution: From Molecules to Ecosystems. New York : Oxford University Press. QH 366.2 .E8494 2004
Sadava, David. (2008). Life, The Science of Biology. Gordonsville, VA : W.H. Freeman and Co. QH 308.2 .L565 2008
Smith, Robert L.(2012). Elements of Ecology. San Francisco : Pearson Benjamin Cummings. QH 541 .S624 2012
Webster, Stephen. (2003). Thinking About Biology. New York : Cambridge University Press. QH 307.2 .W44 2003

Subscription Articles and Databases

If your assignment is pointing you towards more specific research in your field, you’ll want to turn to Alexander College’s list of subscription databases to find journal articles for your studies. Here, you’ll be able to take your larger ideas and hone them down to develop a more pointed, argumentative essay based on current and relevant research in your field. Alexander College subscribes to a number of databases that contain hundreds of thousands of journal articles to this end; listed below are the databases that are relevant to your field. Remember that these resources are not exhaustive, and there are many more avenues to pursue your studies – though when turning to the web for research, make sure that you evaluate critically the sites that you’re planning on using to make sure that they’re suitable to include in your papers. For more information on what constitutes a scholarly, academic source and how to evaluate it, see the library page on Evaluating Online Resources.

Academic Search Premier
This scholarly resource contains indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. Academic search premier provides unmatched full-text coverage in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion and theology, among other fields.

Biological and Agricultural Index Plus
This resource provides full text of articles from over 100 journals dating back to 1997, as well as indexing and abstracts of more than 380 publications. Subject coverage includes agriculture & agricultural research, atmospheric science, biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, botany, chemistry, environmental science, geology, marine biology microbiology, physics and much more.

Canadian Publishers Index Quarterly
CPI.Q, or the Canadian Periodical Index, offers highly requested information with a Canadian focus. A very useful resource to students and teachers alike, CPI.Q contains a vast amount of Canadian and international periodicals, including Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail; Maclean’s weekly magazine; Canadian News Facts; and encyclopedic reference materials, such as the Canadian Parliamentary Guide and Canadian Newsmakers. This database boasts indexing of nearly 1,200 Canadian periodicals (English and French) with full-text articles from 550 Canadian periodicals. CPI.Q has excellent coverage on a broad range of subjects and showcases full text articles from 1983 to present.

eBook Academic Collection
This database provides full-text access to over 79,000 academic texts and monographs, with its collections being updated consistently. Regardless of your discipline, here you will find appropriately scholarly resources suitable for inclusion in your academic papers. Citation formatting and exporting through email is also provided. This resource is also available as an iPhone app.

General Science Full Text
This database provides full text from more than 100 periodicals dating as far back as 1995, in addition to indexing and abstracts for nearly 300 periodicals dating back to 1984. Subject coverage includes astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, conservation, health & medicine, oceanography, physics, zoology and much more.

World Book
This subscription-based, comprehensive encyclopedia offers a suitably academic alternative to the commonly used and less reliable open-source online resources such as Wikipedia. World Book sets an academic standard for providing accuracy, objectivity, and reliability in research materials for students that meet the highest standards of editorial excellence while keeping pace with the technological developments that define the computer age. World Book is an industry leader in the production of award-winning encyclopedias, reference sources, and digital products for educational institutions.

Citation Guidelines for Writing in Biology

Most essays written for Biology courses use the Modern Language Association (or MLA) rules for formatting, though some professors may prefer that you use the American Psychological Association (or APA) guidelines – check with your instructor to determine which citation style is appropriate for your particular class. Updated links to both MLA and APA standards for typical sources can be found here. For a more comprehensive understanding of MLA and APA citation, handbooks are available for your reference in the library.

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