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General Biology Encyclopedias

  • Encyclopedia of human biology. (Ref 612.D886a) San Diego: Academic, c1997.
  • Magill's survey of science. Life science series. (Ref 574 M272) 6 vols. Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, c1991.
  • Women in the biological sciences : a biobibliographic sourcebook. (Ref 574.0922 G885) Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1997.

Anatomy & Physiology




  • The Cambridge Dictionary of human biology and evolution. (Ref 612 M280) Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution. (Ref 573.2 J725) Cambridge: Cambridge University, 1992.
  • Encyclopedia of Human Evolution and Prehistory. (Ref 573.2 T189a) New York: Garland, 1999.



Marine Biology


  • Encyclopedia of animal behavior. (Ref 591.51 B399) Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2004.
  • Grzimek's animal life encyclopedia.  (GVRL Online). Detroit: Gale, 2003.
  • Walker's mammals of the world. (Ref 599 W151e) Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999
  • California's wildlife.  3 vols. (Ref 590 Z35) Sacramento, Calif.:State of California, the Resources Agency, Dept. of Fish and Game, 1988-
  • Encyclopedia of marine mammals (Ref 599.5 P428).  San Diego : Academic Press, c2002
Insects and entomology
  • Encyclopedia of insects. (Ref 595.703 R311)  Amsterdam ; Boston : Academic Press, c2003
  • Insects : their natural history and diversity. (Ref 595.7 M358) Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, 2006.
  • The new encyclopedia of insects and their allies. (Oxford Online).  Oxford : Oxford, 2002.
  • The Torre-Bueno glossary of entomology. (Ref 595.7 T635) New York, N.Y., USA : New York Entomological Society in cooperation with the American Museum of Natural History, 1989
Paleozoology, dinosaurs and fossil life
  • Encyclopedia of dinosaurs. (Ref 567.91 C936) San Diego: Academic Press, c1997.
Links to Amazing Websites

General Biology

Biology Browser - Find news from the scientific community and links to other biology resources. From Biological Abstracts’ publisher, Thomson Reuters. 


 -Anatomy Careers


Human Genome Project

NCBI Entrez Genome Project.  Collection of Large-Scale Projects.

Gene Reviews and Gene Tests.  Authoritative information on genetic diseases and screening.  From National Institutes of Health.

Marine and Freshwater Biology

Ocean Resources from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

California Ocean Resources Management Program. A Program of the California Natural Resources Agency.

Oceans, Coasts, Estuaries & Beaches.  Resources from the US Environmental Protection Agency.  More Water resources from US EPA.

National Wetlands Inventory.   US Fish & Wildlife Service.

National Wetlands Research Center.  USGS.


The tree of life : a phylogenetic classification. (Ref 574.012 L496).  Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006

Tree of Life

Interactive Tree of Life

Plant Evolution Timeline. From University of Cambridge, Department of Plant Sciences.

PhyloCode.  Draft nomenclature incorporating evolutionary relationships.

Phylogeny Programs.  Computer programs for determining evolutionary relationships.

History of Life Through Time.  From the University of California Museum of Palentology.

Systematics and Molecular Phylogenetics.  A primer from NCBI.

Taxonomy and Images

Angiosperm Phylogeny  From Missouri Botanical Garden

CalPhotos - Images of plants, animals, and more, found in California. To find images taken by Brother Alfred Brousseau, click photographer at this site, then type in Brousseau in the search box.  There are over 12,000 of Brother Alfred's images hosted at this site.

Integrated Taxonomy (ITIS) - Search for individual organisms or view a hierarchical report which links to more Web sites for each organism.

Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) provides information about the diversity of organisms on Earth, their evolutionary history (phylogeny), and characteristics. 

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) - Goal is a page for every organism on earth; expert-verified content.

Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) - Participates in the Encyclopedia of Life; Natural History Museums and Libraries' digitized content.

Virtual Labs and Classes

BioInteractive - Virtual laboratories and museum exhibits, video of lectures, animation, virtual labs. From Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

BioEd Online – Biology teacher resources from Baylor College of Medicine.

University of California Museum of Paleontology Online Exhibits

Field Guides

Most of the Library's collection of Field Guides can be checked out for use in the field.

California Natural History Guides - the Library subscribes to this series, which includes field guides for California plants, animals, insects, marine life...

Peterson's Field Guides - include birds, wildflowers, animal tracks

National Audubon Society Field Guides - birds, butterlies, wildflowers

Style Guides - Citing Sources

Biology publications follow a few basic citation styles, all of which are described in the CSE manual below.  If your instructor does not recommend following the style of a specific journal, use the CSE manual and choose one of the basic styles, which are based on APA, Chicago or NLM.

  • Scientific style and format: the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers. (Ref 808.0665 C832) Reston, VA: Council of Science Editors in cooperation with the Rockefeller University Press, 2006.
  • The Library's APA Style Guide provides a summary, or the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is available in the Reference Room (Ref 150.149 Am35b). APA has a separate Style Guide to Electronic Resources.
  • The  Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) is available in the Reference Room (Ref 808.02 Un3e). You can also visit the Quick Guide from the Chicago Manual publishers.
  • AMA manual of style : a guide for authors and editors. (American Medical Association).  (Ref 808.0666 Am35) Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2007
  • Citing medicine: the NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers [Internet]. 2nd ed. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); 2007
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