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Welcome to the Biology Research Guide.

Click on a tab below to find books, videos, articles, and websites for use in Biology classes.

If you need additional help, stop by the Reference Desk or contact a reference librarian.

  1. Books & Videos
  2. Databases and Journals
  3. Websites

Finding Books

Use the COD Library catalog to find books & videos. Click on the "keyword" tab to search using multiple search terms and limit your results by material type (book, video), date, or language. You'll need a current College of DuPage Library card to check out books.

Reference Works

Reference works, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are useful for learning about background information on a topic. Please note that print reference books may be used while in the library only. Online reference books may be accessed from any on or off-campus computer. You'll need a College of DuPage Library card to access online books and articles from off-campus.

Click on the links below to access the online book/website or record/description of the print book.

Videos & Microscope Slides

The Library owns many Biology films in DVD, VHS and streaming formats. Microscope slides for Biology 1100 and Biology 1151/1152 are also available for student use in the Library. Check the list of titles at:

Find videos related to Health and Diseases at:

The Library subscribes to many databases that provide access to thousands of popular and credible, scholarly journals. Many databases provide access to full-text articles, while some provide information about the article only (citation). Request (for free!) through Interlibrary Loan copies of articles to which the Library doesn't have full-text access.

Access the article databases listed below.

Best Bet links: Databases and Journal Holdings

  • Academic Search Complete
    Multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of academic areas.
  • Academic OneFile
    Multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of academic areas.
  • Knovel Library
    This database is a cross-searchable collection of electronic books covering many subjects in technology, engineering, applied technology, science, chemistry and physics and much more.
  • Science Direct
    Full-text of hundreds of scientific journals from the publisher Elsevier. Be sure to select "Subscribed Journals" from the Source drop-down menu.
  • Scientific American Archives Online
    Indexing of every issue of Scientific American. PDFs of every article from 1993 to present.
  • Health Research Databases
  • Issues and Controversies
    Issues and Controversies helps students understand crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in science, health, the environment and more.
  • CQ Researcher
    The CQ Researcher offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of today's most important issues. Each report is on a single topic more than 12,000 words in text and extensive bibliographies. Each weekly issue provides up-to-date information on controversial subjects reported by CQ's staff of experienced reporters.
  • List of best databases related to health.

  • List of biology journals available online fulltext from databases.


  • Cells Alive
    Fine images of many types of cells, explanations of cell structure, and animations of cell division phases.
  • Encyclopedia of Life
    Collaborative encyclopedia providing basic information and links across the web to species from across the kingdoms of life.
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System
    Authoritative taxonomic information for plants, animals, fungi and microbes of North America and the world. Includes accepted and non-accepted names, taxonomic hierarchy for kingdom to species, and links to Google images and other web resources.
  • Lynn Fancher's Biology Bookmarks
    Extensive links to biology gateway sites, as well as internet sites for specific areas of biology
  • Scitable
    Scitable is a free science library from Nature Publishing Group. Essays and illustrations on important topics in genetics and cell biology (with links to Nature journal articles), career information and more are provided.
  • Seven Biological Challenges
    Links to essays by noted researchers and useful websites in areas of biotechnology, evolution, environment and more.
  • LUMEN: Loyola University Medical Center Zoomified Histology
    Examples and explanations using hundreds of slides to illustrate 22 topics in histology. Includes lab practical self-quiz feature. Be sure to look at links to other websites under "Histology on the Internet."
  • Virtual Cell Animation Collection
    Visuals and animation explain organelles and cell processes for glycolyis, mitosis/meiosis, photosynthesis and more.
  • The Virtual Library: Biosciences
    Extensive list of links to valuable websites in many areas of the biological sciences.
  • Yahoo's Index of Biological Links
    Search for information by biological subject categories or by keyword.