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Welcome to the Genetics Research Guide.

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

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


The Library owns many films on Genetics Topics in DVD, VHS and streaming formats. These are listed within the Biology AV guide. Check the list of titles at:

See Genetic Disorders under Health and Health Issues in the Health & Diseases Video Guide

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 Genetics journals available online fulltext from databases.
  • How to Read a Research Article
  • Websites

    • DNA From the Beginning
      The key concepts of DNA, genes and heredity explained using animations, images and text..
    • DNA Learning Center
      Interactive presentations on basic genetics, the history of DNA, genetic disorders and more from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
    • Genetics Education Center
      Although primarily for teachers, gives many useful links to genetics websites.
    • Genetics Home Reference: Your Guide to Understanding Genetic Conditions.
      From the National Library of Medicine, a layperson's guide to genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes that are responsible for these conditions.
      Detailed information on the Human Genome Project. Microbial Genome Project, ethical issues, and medical considerations of genome studies from the Genome Programs of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science.
    • Learn.Genetics: Genetic Science Learning Center
      Basic explanations of many aspects of genetics and biotechnology, from the University of Utah.
    • Lynn Fancher's Biology Bookmarks
      Extensive links to biology gateway sites, as well as internet sites for specific areas of biology.
    • MEDLINEplus
      Provides access to 700 health topics, medical encyclopedias and dictionaries, and links to self-help groups, clinical trials, preformulated PubMed searches, lists of hospitals and physicians health and information in Spanish and other languages.
    • MendelWeb
      Mendel's classic paper on genetics, along with history and commentary.
    • National Center for Biotechnology Information
      Links to biomedical and genetics information sites on the web from the National Institutes of Health. Links for genomes, genetics and medicine, gene expression and more are organized on this site.
    • 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.
    • The Virtual Library: Biosciences
      Extensive list of links to valuable websites in many areas of the biological sciences, including genetics and biotechnology.
    • Yahoo's Genetics Links.
      Useful links to general genetics sources, with subcategories such as cloning, genetic engineering, and human genetics.