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Biology Research Guide


Welcome to the research guide for your courses in biology.  The suggested electronic resources are available linked from here and from the Electronic Resources section of the library home page.  Print resources are available in the PHC on campus collection or by mail to distance learning members of the PHC community.  You may check out the location and availability of an item in the on campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed here or through the library home page.

Assigned books and articles needed for your research and listed in your syllabus are available on reserve at the library's circulation desk.  Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu .


History of Biology 

The following historically significant books are available online: 

Animal kingdom, arranged according to its organization...  by Cuvier

Essay on the theory of the earth by Cuvier

Essay on classification by Louis Agassiz

Lecons d'anatomie comparee by Cuvier  

Recerches sur les ossemens fossiles by Cuvier 

Le règne animal distribué d'après son organisation by Cuvier

Methods of study in natural history by Louis Agassiz

Principles of zoology by Louis Agassiz

Structure of animal life by Louis Agassiz

Works by and on Lamarck are available at http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=Lamarck

Works by and on Cuvier are available at http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=Cuvier 




JSTOR contains complete back issues of 241 scholarly journals in a wide range of disciplines. Issues from the most recent five years for each title are not included in the collection.

ProQuest and Academic Search Premier contain thousands of academic articles covering a wide range of disciplines.  For most of your research requirements, you will want to use the "advanced search" option and limit your searches to scholarly and/or peer reviewed publications.


In the Library Collection


McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science & Technology - Ref Q121 .M29 2005

Van Nostrand’s Concise Encyclopedia of Science / De Pree and Axelrod, editors - Ref Q121 .V25 2003


Search the library catalog using the following Library of Congress subjects:

Bible and evolution
Bible and science
Molecular Biology

Religion and Science
Science and civilization





Public Library of Science (PLoS)  provides access to scientific articles and research available for free under Open Access license. 

Science.gov  lists science information provided by the U.S. government.


 Selected Journals 

American Journal of Science (Online, 2001-present)

Isis (Online, 1913 to 2004) 

Journal of Biology (Online, 2002-present) 

Journal of the Geological Society (Online, 1996-present) 

Journal of Geology (Online, 07/2002-05/01/2006) 

Journal of Paleontology (Online, 9/1997-present)

Journal of the History of Biology

Science (Online, 1988-2005) 

Scientific American (Online, 1846-1869, and in print, June 2001-present)

Research Tips

  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you may click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects.
  • Once you locate an appropriate resource, potential valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL):  If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC online or on campus collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan.  ILL requests may be made directly into the library database WorldCat.  If you have difficulty requesting an ILL in WorldCat, you may use the form on the website or request assistance from any of the library staff.
  • Zotero is a citation management system that will help you collect and organize your resources and then seamlessly create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, and bibliographies.  You can download and watch online tutorials, but you may benefit from a librarian’s help in quickly learning how to use Zotero.
Please check with your professor for the preferred citation style for this course.  Good citation guides are available in the library and online from the Owl at Purdue.


Created: Gladden, 2008. Revised: Pensgard, 2010. Revised: Dr. Neal Doran/Thornhill 2012. Reviewed: Dr. Neal Doran/Thornhill, 2013, 2014.