Welcome to the Microbiology Research Guide.

Click on a tab below to find books, videos, articles, and websites for use in Microbiology 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 a number of films related to Microbiology in DVD, VHS and streaming formats. Check the list of titles at:

Find videos related to General Biology at:

Find Health and Disease titles (including diseases related to bacteria, viruses, prions, protozoa and parasites) 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


  • All the Virology on the WWW
    Gateway to some of the best virology-related websites. The "Big Picture Book of Viruses" illustates viruses by disease, host, family, and other methods of organization.
  • ASM MicrobeLibrary
    The American Society for Microbiology's collection of peer-reviewed visual resources and laboratory protocols for undergraduate microbiology and science education.
  • Cells Alive!
    Fine images of many types of viruses, bacteria, and parasites, along with short videos and "cell cams" to follow the growth of bacteria and cancer cells.
  • MicrobeWorld
    The American Society for Microbiology's basic background guide to microbiology basics, including current issues and a news digest.
  • Microbial Life
    Information about microorganisms, extremeophiles and extreme habitats, links to other websites about the ecology, diversity and evolution of micro-organisms for students, K-12 teachers, university faculty, and the general public.
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System
  • VirusWorld (University of Wisconsin)
    See images and YouTube movies by selecting a virus name from the drop-down list. Look to the left to see video lectures, textbook, and additional web links.
  • Yahoo's Index of Microbiology Links
    Search for information by topic in microbiology or by keyword.