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Research Guide: Zoology

Finding Books

Using Catalogs: Use the Stewart Library Catalog to find the location and availability of books and other media in Stewart Library. Most of the books about Physics are located on level two of the library in the General Collection under the QC call number. Another resource to find books in libraries outside the Stewart Library is Worldcat. It is a catalog of books, web resources, and other materials from a large number of libraries.

From Bookstores: Order books online from Amazon Books or Barnes and Noble.  Also use Books in Print sources as needed.

Interlibrary Loan: If we do not own a particular book or article you need, we will borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

Reference Resources

Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries and other materials you use to "refer" to. Use these resources for background information on a topic.

Online Reference Resources

In Library - Selected Reference Resources - Reference Area

  • Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia - Ref  QL 3 .G7813
  • Grzimek's Encyclopedia of Mammals  Ref QL 701 .G7913
  • Guide to the Zoological Literature  Ref  QL 45.2 .B43
  • Information Sources in the Life Sciences  Ref  QH 303.6 .I54
  • Medical School Admission Requirements:  U.S. and Canada  Ref R 745 .A8- Ref Table 1A
  • Oxford Dictionary of Zoology  Ref  QL 9 .C66
  • Peterson's Guide to Graduate Programs in the Biological Sciences  - L 901 .P444 - Ref Table 1A
  • Scientific Style and Format:  the CBE manual for authors, editors and publishers  - Ref T 11 .S386 1994  -Ref Table 1B
  • Synopsis and Classification of Living Organisms  Ref  QH S3 .S89

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Finding Articles

Online Journals Available at WSU

To determine whether the Stewart Library has electronic access to a specific journal, please check the Full Text Electronic Journal and Newspapers list. 

Article Databases

To find articles on your topic you need to use article databases, also known as periodical indexes. Each database usually covers a group of subject related journals. Search by subject or keyword in these indexes. 

To find databases to search, use the Database Finder

Some databases to try:

Academic Search Premier

Biological Abstracts


Birds of North America

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts

ScienceDirect College Edition: Health & Life Sciences Journals Collection

SORA: Searchable Ornithological Research Archive

Wildlife Worldwide


Browsing Current Periodicals

Current magazines and journals can be browsed in the Current Periodicals Area, in the QL section on the Main level. Bound volumes of older issues are found upstairs in the periodicals stacks.

Web Resources

Starting Points:     History of Science     Genetics      Organisms     Taxonomy

WWW Virtual Library: Biosciences

Comprehensive list of biology resources

Cal State University's BIOWEB
Extensive, annotated list of resources. A good place to start for students and others new to the field.
National Biological Information Infrastructure
Information about the NBII, (formerly the NBS) programs with links to research stations and databases. Developed and maintained by the Center for Biological Informatics of the U.S. Geological Survey
Biology Browser
Arranged by organism, subject, and geography.  From BIOSIS
The Smithsonian Natural History Web
Information about research programs at the National Museum of Natural History and links to data and graphics files from the Smithsonian's specimen collections.
Kimball's Biology Pages
An online adaptation of the sixth edition of the text Biology, with a hypertext dictionary specializing in cell and molecular biology.
College Physics for Students of Biology and Chemistry

Physics for biology and chemistry students, with a focus on biophysics, including physics of hearing,body temperature regulation.   See the link Biophysical Chronology for a history of biophysical discoveries.

History of Science

Biophysical Chronology  
Dateline and background on biophysical discoveries.

Internet History of Science Sourcebook
Provides a chronological list of sites from ancient time to 1900.


Entrez - Genetics and Biotechnology

Integrates many protein and DNA sequence databases (GenBank, EMBL, DDJB) into one easy-to-use format. Includes more than one million Medline records. From the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Human Genome -  A guide to online information resources

From the NCBI ( National Center for Biotechnology Information)


Mendel's classic papers on genetics, along with a wealth of supporting material and history.

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)

Online, searchable version of Mendelian Inheritance In Man, a comprehensive encyclopedia of human genes and genetic disorders.

Primer on Molecular Genetics

Introduction to basic genetics and biocomputing for the nonspecialist.



An index to the published literature related to wetlands and North American waterfowl species.

Entomology Index of Internet Resources
A searchable database of entomology internet sites from the Entomology Dept. at Iowa State University.
World Wide Web Virtual Library index of herpetological sites.


Alphabetical Index to Common Names of Animal Groups
Listing by common names of animal groups to the taxonomic category.  From BIOSIS

Ebsco Animals  - Basic taxonomic information 

Guide to the Animal Kingdom for Students and Educators
Taxonomic listing of animals with representative organisms from each group. From BIOSIS

Index to Organism Names
Search by genus and species name or single word for information on the author and date for the named organism.  Sponsored and developed by BIOSIS.

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Updated December 30, 2008 . Please send comments to JaNae Kinikin, Science Librarian
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