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Just getting started?

Start by doing some background research. Take time to engage in some brainstorming exercises that will help you identify key subject terms. Encyclopedias and other reference resources can be used to help you refine your subject terms and the citations in these sources can be used to find more information on your topic.

Consider how much time you have to complete your assignment and how hard it will be to get the resources you need for your topic. If you are finding your research difficult to manage, narrow your topic or break your research down into manageable sub-topics. If you are not finding enough information on your topic, try using broader subject terms.

Other Useful Guides

Guide to the Library Using Databases Citation Guide

Library Catalog: Books, Videos, e-Books and more!

Call number areas to browse

Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Animal Behavior QL750-QL795 Biochemistry QD415-QD436 Botany QK1-QK989
Classification QH83 Ecology QH540-QH549.5 Evolution QH359-QH425
Genetics QH426-QH470 Human Anatomy & Physiology QP34.5 Medical Microbiology QR46, RA643
Molecular Biology QH501-QH581 Microbiology QR1-QR502 Nutrition TX341-TX641
Pathophysiology RB113 Virology QR355-QR502 Wildlife Conservation QH1-QH199.5

The books in the library are organized by subject. You can browse these call number areas to find related books. So, if you are searching the library catalog and find a book that looks interesting or particularly relevant to your research, you can search the shelves in the library in the same call number area to find related items.

Reference Sources

Title Call Number
Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior REF QL750.3 .E53 2004
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology REF QP34.5 .S682 2003
The Facts on File Dictionary of Ecology and the Environment REF QH540.4 .F35 2004
Genetics and Genetic Engineering REF HN59.15 .G4 2007
Find More

The reference collection is located at the back, right-hand side of the library. Items in this collection cannot be checked out, but a copier is conveniently located so you can make copies of the resources you find.

To search the Library Catalog for reference books about Biology, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Biology" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search by selecting "Collection: Reference Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Circulating Books

Title Call Number
Basic Bioscience Laboratory Techniques QH317 .B66 2011
Evolution: The First Four Billion Years QH366.2 .E863 2009
The Human Genome: A User’s Guide QH431 .H353 2011
Running Out of Water: The Looming Crisis and Solutions to Conserve Our Most Precious Resource TD388 .R64 2010

Find More Classification (Biological) Find More Developmental Biology Find More Emerging Infectious Diseases


To search the Library Catalog for books about Biology, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Biology" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Circulating Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

E-Books

Title E-Book Type
The Future of Genetics: Beyond the Human Genome Project netLibrary eBook
Biology Is Technology: The Promise, Peril, and New Business of Engineering Life netLibrary eBook
Basic Virology netLibrary eBook
Integration of Metabolism, Energetics, and Signal Transduction: Unifying Foundations in Cell Growth and Death, Cancer, Atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer Disease netLibrary eBook

Find More Animal Intelligence Find More Bioethics Find More Biotic Communities


To search the Library Catalog for e-books about Biology or a related subfield, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Biology" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Electronic Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items available to Montgomery Library patrons only, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Audio/Visual Materials

Title Call Number
Rain Forest QH541.5 .R27 R35 1993
Life After People QH78 .L54 2008
Walking with Dinosaurs QE861.4 .W3 2000b
Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality QP360 .B573 2005

Find More Biology Educational Films Find More Ecology Find More Human Reproduction


To search the Library Catalog for books about Biology, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Biology" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Media: Videos, DVDs, films, slides, etc." from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Periodicals

Natural History Periodicals Collection
Science News Periodicals Collection
Scientific American ePeriodicals Collection
The Scientist Periodicals Collection

The periodical section is located in front of the circulating collection, next to the outdoor patio area. The periodical collection is organized by title. These items cannot be checked out, but there is a copy machine available adjacent to the periodical section.

Tips!

Requesting items not available at Montgomery Library:

If there is an item listed in the catalog, but it is not located at Montgomery Library, just select the “Request First Available Copy of this Item” button from the catalog record to have the item sent to Montgomery Library for pick-up. To complete your request, you need your library barcode and PIN number. Generally, your PIN number is the last 4 digits of the phone number you used to register for classes. If you have problems requesting an item, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

If the item is not available in the catalog:

Just select the “Requests” tab located in the upper, right-hand side of the screen. Complete and submit the Inter-Library Loan Request Form – LSCS. Contact a librarian if you need help!

Research Databases: Find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles

Recommended Databases

Films On Demand High-quality, educational streaming video from companies such as Films for the Humanities, BBC, and PBS.
GreenFILE A unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment is offered. Nearly 300,000 records, full text for selected titles and searchable cited references for more than 200 titles.
Health Reference Center Academic Full-text from a variety of medical, nursing and allied health sources: journals, reference books, pamphlets.
HighWire Press From Stanford University, HighWire Press includes the largest archive of free full-text science journals, with one million plus free full-text articles.
Public Library of Science: Biology Launched in 2003, PLoS features "peer-reviewed, open access scientific and medical journals that include original research as well as timely feature articles.
Science & Technology Collection Over 800 full-text journals; topics include aeronautics, astrophysics, chemistry, computing, geology, aviation, physics, archaeology.

Tips!

Finding the right database:

If you’d like to explore a subject area: Access the Research Databases: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab> -> Select a category that is relevant to your topic.

If you know the title of the journal you’re looking for, use the A to Z Electronic Journal Search to find out which database provides access to that journal: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> A to Z Electronic Journal Search -> Select “Search” tab

If you know the database title: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> Find Database by Title

If the full-text/PDF version of an article is not available, select the “Check LinkSource for more information” link to see if another database offers full-text access.

Accessing Databases from Home:

You can access the databases from home using your library barcode number. If you have problems accessing the databases, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

If you are not able to find a resource that you need in the databases or in the library catalog, you can request the item via the Interlibrary Loan Form: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/interlibrary-request.htm

Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed Sources

Scholarly articles are written by an authority on the subject and are meant to share primary research with others in the field. Unlike popular sources, scholarly sources generally have a narrow audience and include a clear author or sponsoring association. These documents are very structured and usually include a literature review, methodology, and extensive citations. Many scholarly sources are also peer-reviewed which means others in the field reviewed the work before it was published. Many databases will allow you to limit your search to scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources – look for this option.

Websites

Occasionally the librarians at LSC - Montgomery library will find a website they consider exceptional or particularly useful for academic research.

Suggested Websites:

Biology Animations (National Science Foundation & American Association for the Advancement of Science) biosciednet.org
The Biology Project (University of Arizona) biology.arizona.edu
Life Sciences (Internet Public Library 2) ipl.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=13&cid=1&tid=7139&parent=7115
Catalogue of Life (search or browse biological classification) catalogueoflife.org/col
Plants Database (U.S. Department of Agriculture) plants.usda.gov/java
Rediscovering Biology Online Textbook (supported by The Annenberg Foundation) learner.org/courses/biology/textbook/index.html
Environmental Sciences and Ecology (Internet Public Library 2) ipl.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=13&cid=1&tid=7136&parent=7115
Flash Tutorials for Biological Sciences (Carnegie Mellon University) telstar.ote.cmu.edu/biology/index.html
ScienceCinema (U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific & Technical Information) osti.gov/sciencecinema/index.jsp

Getting research assistance . . .

Subject Librarian

Sarah Palacios-Wilhelm
Email: sarahpwilhelm@lonestar.edu Phone: 936.273.7393 Office: bldg. F-161

Reference Desk

Email: mclr@lonestar.eduPhone: 936 273 7390

Department Contacts

Department Home: http://www.lonestar.edu/biology-dept.htm

Name Email Phone Number Office Number
Kathryn Gronlund, Professor Kathryn.M.Gronlund@lonestar.edu 936.271.6169 B200-F
Linda Crow, Professor Linda.W.Crow@lonestar.edu 936.273.7032 B200-L
Joe Trackey, Associate Professor Joseph.L.Trackey@lonestar.edu 936.273.7445 B200-Q
Julie Harless, Faculty Adviser Julie.Harless@lonestar.edu 936.273.7029


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