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Biology Research Guide - LSC Kingwood

Biology is a branch of knowledge that deals with living organisms and vital processesPrint and electronic books offer an overall understanding of the subject. Articles from the libraries' research databases provide updated information on specific area of scientific study.   Ask a librarian if you need help using these resources.
Generally, the Library of Congress classification numbers for biology will begin with the letters QH to QR
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Librarian Talk . . .  About Books!
  • Search the LSCS Library Catalog to find books on current topics in science. Locate a reference book to find definitions and background or overview information.
  • Apply online for a library card. Use your card to
    1. Place a hold on a book and have it sent to the library closest to you.
    2. Access research databases from off-campus.
    3. Access the eBook Collection from EBSCO.
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Some books in which to begin research and define areas of study are listed below.  Browse the shelves near these to find other books on the subject.  If you do not find the book in your library, the books may be available from other Lone Star College libraries, or from Harris County and Montgomery County public library systems. You may use your LSCS ID at any branch of the three library systems to request books and videos through the library catalog. 

  • Ref QH83 .S89, 2v. - Synopsis and Classification of Living Organisms - Descriptions of higher level taxonomy with Linnaean classification and citation to specialized literature.
  • Ref QH332 .E52, 5v.- Encyclopedia of Bioethics - This set provides in-depth coverage on all areas of bioethics.  Login with your library card number if you are off-campus.
  • Encyclopedia of Human Development 3v. - an ebook in the Gale Virtual Reference Library of electronic books.
  •  Ref QH427.E53, 2v. - Encyclopedia of Genetics - Provides a thorough yet accessible overview of one of modern science's most vital & intriguing fields.  
  • QH581.2 .M64 2008- Molecular Biology of the Cell - This eBook (available online through Medline) contains information on cellular biology, including new information from studies of genetics. Request from LSC-Tomball Library or read online from NCBI Bookshelf.
  • Botany: an introduction to plant biology - Plant life in detail including excellent illustrations - from the EBSCO eBook Collection
  • Ref QL3 .G7813, 13v. - Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia - Detailed look at the animal kingdom with color illustrations.
  • Ref QM25 .G55 2008 - Atlas of Anatomy - Study of human anatomy, with color illustrations. Find other atlases and other books or videos about anatomy, shelved under QM in the circulating book and videorecording collections.
  • Ref QR9 .E53, 4v. - Encyclopedia of Microbiology - Research applications and techniques,  a historical review, and over articles related to the life of the smallest organisms.


Librarian Talk about Finding Journal and Newspaper Articles! 

Research databases are purchased by the libraries. Use them to find articles in newspapers, magazines, and journals, as well as images, streaming video and more. Many of the article and book results will link directly to the full-text. However, occasionally you may need help locating the text for a specific articles or book.Contact the Reference Librarians for help in requesting articles or books from other library systems.
Use the 14-digit barcode from your Lone Star College ID or library card to login to these online journal databases from off-campus. 

These are some of the LSCS Libraires research databases that access articles from current scholarly journals, news sources, and reference material.  Choose peer reviewed or scholarly sources where desired.

  • Academic Search Complete - Scholarly, multi-discipline, full-text database. Subject areas include sciences, social sciences, education, computer sciences, literature, and medical sciences.
  • Green File - 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 - Articles on medicine and health from general interest as well as refereed (peer-reviewed) journals. Many full-text.
  • STAT!Ref  - Online collection of reference books for BioMedicine.
  • Other Science databases - from many areas of science including environmental studies, technology, and agriculture.


Librarian Talk about the Internet!

The internet can be a wonderful source of original documents. Browse the sites we have suggested below. Remember, you do want to find reputable sites. Look at:

  • Accuracy - The information should be researched and show proof of that research. 
  • Source - Look at the domain:  .edu   .gov   .org  .net are valid research sources. Your company's website is also a valuable resource.
  • Authority - What are the author's credentials? (Don't quote from another college freshman's paper.)
  • Coverage - Does the page have the information you need for your research?
  • Objectivity - If a work is biased, use it - just make sure your professor knows YOU know. Offer both sides of issues, where applicable. 
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The Internet can be a great source of information on biology.  As with any scholarly research, the web sites found should be evaluated for accuracy, currency, authority, quality, and scholarly level.  Some good sites for starting your research in various areas of biology are linked here.

  • American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) | Resources for Teaching and Learning Biology - Instructional resources ranging from general biology to evolution.
  • Biology - from Clermont College of University of Cincinnati, this site links to many general interest biology sites as well as specific pages on topics such as cellular respiration.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention - The CDC is a good searchable site for information about emerging diseases, or areas these diseases affect.
  • eBook shelf of biomedical reference books offered by Medline, a professional medical database created by the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine.
  • Environmental Protection Agency - News from the EPA, a federal agency created to permit coordinated and effective governmental action on behalf of the environment. The EPA endeavors to abate and control pollution systematically, by proper integration of a variety of research, monitoring, standard setting, and enforcement activities.
  • Hazardous Chemicals, OSHA, EPA and MSDS standards - This searchable site from the Vermont Safety Information Resources, Inc., helps you find information on hazards to the environment and living organisms.  
  • IUCN - International Union for the Conservation of Nature, The World Conservation Union site on biodiversity.
  • The National Human Genome Research Institute - NHGRI, established in 1989 as The National Center for Human Genome Research (NCHGR). Its mission is to head the Human Genome Project for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NHGRI is one of 24 institutes, centers, or divisions that make up the NIH, the federal government's primary agency for the support of biomedical research.
  • The National Science Foundation - The biology section of the National Science Foundation, an independent U.S. government agency responsible for promoting science and engineering through programs that invest over $3.3 billion per year in almost 20,000 research and education projects.
  • NCBI Taxonomy Browser - The National Center for Biotechnology Information established in 1988, creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information - all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease. This site, from the National Library or Medicine (NLM) and the National Institute for Health (NIH), offers a searchable database for taxonomy. 
  • OMIN  - Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man, this database is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders authored and edited by Dr. Victor A. McKusick and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere, and developed for the World Wide Web by NCBI, the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
  • Online Biology Book - Presented by Dr. Michael J. Farabee of Maricopa Community College, this resource, with illustrations, is aimed at freshman level biology students. 
  • Sigma Xi: Scientific Research Society -  Links for a wide variety of science research organizations.
  • The Tree of Life Project - The Tree of Life from the University of Arizona is a collection of approximately 2000 World Wide Web pages containing information about the diversity of life. These pages are authored by biologists from around the world. 
  • World Health Organization - Established in 1948, the WHO has been one of the primary resources for health maintenance and the state of health of all nations.

Getting Help with your research

North Harris Biology Department | Students will find links to helpful sites suggested by the North Harris College instructors. Recommended by Dr. Jose Cortes here at Lone Star College-Kingwood. Lab help is offered in the links to Human Anatomy & Physiology I.
Citing Sources Using the Library APA Style Guide | Lone Star College - Kingwood Library guide. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.
Avoiding Plagiarism |  Excellent information and guide on how to avoid plagiarism from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.
University of Texas Copyright Crash Course | This helpful guide on copyright is suggested by Lone Star College-Kingwood Teaching and Learning Center.
Learning  Center  | Check our hours for in-house tutoring.

Created by librarian, Becky Bradley 8/14/2001.  Revised 7/2013, jl/jfr