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Discover articles and books from many of our databases.

Article Databases

Article Publisher Databases

Reference Encyclopedia and Handbook Databases

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

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Lab Protocols

Protein, Enzyme, Carbohydrate & Lipids Databases

Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..

General Biology Encyclopedias

Anatomy & Physiology






Marine Biology


  • Handbook of the mammals of the world. (Ref 599 W692) 1. Carnivores, 2. Hoofed mammals, 3.  Primates, 4. Sea mammals, 5. Monotremes and Marsupials, 6. Rodents, 7. Insectivores, 8. Bats Barcelona : Lynx, 2009-
  • 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
Paleozoology, dinosaurs and fossil life

Cellular / Molecular

The Cell: An Image Library, from the American Society for Cell Biology


Marine and Freshwater Biology


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

Professional Associations

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

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). For tips, consult the APA Style Blog.
  • 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.
  • Citing medicine: the NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers [Internet]. 2nd ed. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); 2007

Mendeley Citation Manager

Writing Center

  • Having trouble putting it all together? The SMC Center for Writing Across the Curriculum (or, "The Writing Center"or CWAC) offers peer-to-peer advising sessions for both undergraduate and graduate students. You can call or stop by to make an appointment, or can also drop in and do a session immediately, if an adviser is available. See the CWAC website for more information, or stop by their office first floor DeLaSalle, or call CWAC: 925.631.4684