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Welcome to the research guide for your course in Biology

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The majority of the resources required for this course are available in the lectures, textbook, and required readings. Additional sources are suggested here to deepen your understanding of the subject. 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.

Historical Milestones in Biological Studies

The following historically significant books that may be referenced in the course are available online:

Works by and on Lamarck and Cuvier are available at Archive.org.


  • 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.

On-Campus Collection

McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science & Technology - Ref Q121 .M29 2005
an Nostrand’s Concise Encyclopedia of Science / De Pree and Axelrod, editors - Ref Q121 .V25 2003


Molecular Biology Religion and Science
Science and civilization

Internet Resources

Selected Journals

Research Tips

  • Search by subject: Once you have located a potential source in the catalog, click on the subject term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects.
  • Once you locate a potential source, additional valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography.
  • If you are not able to find what you need on campus or online, you may also request an item through Interlibrary loan. Instructions for obtaining an Interlibrary loan are available in the Library Services section of the library website
  • 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.

Citation help needed? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab).

Created: Gladden, 2008. Revised: Pensgard, 2010. Revised: Dr. Neal Doran/Thornhill, 2012. Reviewed: Doran/Thornhill, 2014.  Reviewed: Dr. David Lee/Thornhill, 2017. 

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