Welcome to the Zoology Research Guide.

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

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 Zoology films in DVD, VHS and streaming formats. Check the list of titles at:

Find videos related to General Biology 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Zoology journals available online fulltext from databases.
    See Zoology list at bottom
  • How to Read a Research Article
  • Websites

    • All About Birds
      The Cornell Lab of Ornithology maintains this guide to watching, attracting, and researching birds.
    • Animal Diversity Web
      Images and Information about the diversity of animal life from the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology.
    • ARKive
      From the wildlife charity Wildscreen, videos and information on 15,000 endangered species. Searchable by name or by broad animal or plant group.
    • eNature.com
      Online field guides to almost 6,000 species from the same data set used to create the Audubon Field Guides.
    • Encyclopedia of Life
      Collaborative encyclopedia providing basic information and links across the web to species from across the kingdoms of life.
    • Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board. Online links
      List of threatened and endangered species in Illinois.
    • Integrated Taxonomic Information System
      Authoritative information for plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world. Includes accepted (and non-accepted) names, taxonomic hierarchy from Kingdom to species, and links to Google images and other websites for a species listed.
    • IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
      The World Conservation Union's list of animals and plants in danger of extinction.
    • Lynn Fancher's Biology Bookmarks
      Extensive links to biology gateway sites, as well as internet sites for specific areas of biology.
    • NatureServe
      From a non-profit conservation organization representing an international network of biological inventoriesI, links to information about conservation projects and data on plants and animals in hundreds of ecosystems.
    • Primate Info Net
      Fact sheets, anatomy, evolution, taxonomy and more from the National Primate Research Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Program
      Lists of threatened and endangered species in the U.S., with information on laws and federal policies.
    • Wildfinder.
      From the World Wildlife Fund, maps and information about 825 terrestrial ecoregions are nested within fourteen with information about animal species.
    • Yahoo's Index of Zoology Links
      Search for information by subject categories related to zoology or by keyword.