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Biology: Recommended Resources

Sources for Biology Research Articles

SciFinder is a research discovery applications for chemistry. Use it to research topics and find information on substances and reactions.

First-time users need to complete a SciFinder Registration Form before being able to use the database.

Google Scholar Search

Resource for Background/Introductory Information and Current Events

Reference Databases are

  • A great place to start your research

  • Provide definitions, introductory information, facts, vocabulary/keywords, names

  • Preferred over Wikipedia by your instructors

  • Include citations for your bibliography!

  • Collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks

Use news magazines, trade magazines, newspapers, and current topics databases to find timely information on your topic.

These resources will help you become more familiar with different topics as you select a topic to research.


Sections of books can be very helpful in discovering more about a subject. Search the BC3 Library Catalog for both print and ebooks, or search for ebooks in our two collections.

Biology Videos

The Ecological Context of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

March 24, 2020

Rediscovering Biology: Molecular to Global Perspectives

This is a video course comprised of 13 half-hour video programs, course guide, and website. 

Rediscovering Biology

The Secret Language of Trees
July 2019

Featured Books


The BC3 Library has both print and electronic books for biological study and research. Print books and some of the ebooks are listed in the BC3 Library Catalog where you will find Dewey call numbers to locate books on the shelves (lower level of the library) and links to connect you to e-books. E-books can also be searched separately in our two e-book collections: e-Book Central by Proquest and e-Book Collection by EBSCO.

Browsing the Stacks

You will find Biology books numbered 500-599, Dewey's science section.  shelving system on the lower level. It is subdivided as follows.

500-509 Science

510-519 Mathematics

520-529 Astronomy

530 Physics

540 Chemistry & Allied Sciences

550 Earth sciences & geology

560 Fossils & prehistoric life

570 Biology

580 Plants

590 Animals (Zoology)


BC3 Library Catalog

eBook Central

EBook Collection

Biology Websites, Podcasts, Online Resources

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