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Biology: Overview

Where to begin?

  • Know your assignment & what kind of resources you need (books, articles, web sites, etc.)
  • about your topic (write down as many key words as possible searching for information). Brainstorm first.
  • Try broader, narrower, variant spellings, or related terms:
    • bird* / aves / avian
    • fish* / salmo / trout
    • conodont* / dentation / teeth

Books on Biology

We have many books on Biology.  Especially see the QH through QR areas on the 3rd Floor.  Also, the Rs are Health Sciences and S is the Agriculture books.

Finding Books - Short Thin

Library Catalog

The catalog provides access to the library holdings of Appalachian State University (books, movies, music scores, music CDs, government documents, audiobooks, and more).


Short video on how to find books.

Databases for Biology Articles -- Best Bets

A research guide to scholarly resources in Biology.

Biological Abstracts, Zoological Record, and Medline are part of the Web of Science.  You can search them all at the same time by selecting "All Databases" in the upper left.

Databases for Biology Articles -- Also Useful

Contact -- John Abbott

Picture of John Abbott, Librarian for Biology.John Abbott -- Librarian for Biology,



A Few Interesting Websites