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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.
      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.