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Library of Congress Subject Headings.

34th ed., 6 vols., 2012.
Located behind the Research Help Desk.

Subject headings will be similar to, but may be different from those used in periodical indexes.

Call Numbers for Biology

Following are some of the common call numbers for books on biological topics. It is useful when browsing for books to have a general call number, but it is not a replacement for doing an EZRA (our online catalog) search.

GE for Environmental Sciences QP for Physiology
QH for Ecology QR for Microbiology
QK for Botany R for Medicine
QM for Human Anatomy S for Agriculture

Locating Books in Library Catalogs

At Wittenberg: EZRA -- our online catalog
At other Ohio academic Libraries: OhioLINK
In North America For ILL: WorldCat

Books on Scientific Writing and Presentations

Scientific Writing: Easy When You Know How by Jennifer Peat et. al.
Link to electronic book
The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid by Michael Alley
Q223 .A38 2013
Link to electronic book
The Craft of Scientific Writing by Michael Alley
T11 .A37 1996
How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper by Barbara Gastel
T11 .D33 2016
Scientific Writing: Thinking in Words by David Lindsay
T11 .L52864 2011
The Art of Scientific Writing by Hans Friedrich Ebel
QD9.15 .E23 2004

Reference Books

Below is a select list of reference books relating to the biological sciences. These books can be found in the science and main libraries as noted.

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
Access Science @ McGraw-Hill: the Online Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
Reference Q123 .M15 2003 (6th edition)
A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences
Reference QE5 .D55 2013
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences (2 volumes)
Reference QE5 .E5137 1996
A Dictionary of Biology
Reference QH 302.5 .D54 2008
3rd Edition 1996 -- Online
Collins Dictionary of Biology
2005 Available Online
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Bioscience
Main Stacks QH302.5 .M382 2003 (2nd edition)
Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Informatics
2008 Available Online
Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
Reference QH506 .C87 1998 -- updated regularly
Encyclopedia of Molecular Biology (4 volumes)
Reference QH506 .E53 1999
Encyclopedia of Environmental Biology (3 volumes)
Reference QH540.4 .E52 1995
Current Protocols in Cytometry
Main Oversize QH585 .C87 2002
Encyclopedia of Insects
Reference QL462.3 .E485 2003
Walker's Mammals of the World (2 volumes)
Main Stacks QL 703 .W222 1999
Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia (17 volumes)
Reference QL 3. G7813 2003 (2nd edition)
Encyclopedia of Human Biology (9 volumes)
Reference QP11 .E53 1997 (2nd edition)
Encyclopedia of Microbiology (4 volumes)
Reference QR9 .E53 2000 (2nd edition)
Encyclopedia of Immunology (4 volumes)
Reference QR180.4 .E53 1998 (2nd edition)
Current Protocols in Immunology
Main Oversize QR183 .C87 1996
American Heritage Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Reference R121 .A53 2004 (2nd edition)
2nd edition, 2004 -- online
Mosby's Medical Dictionary
Reference R121 .M89 2009
Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
Research Help Desk RC 55 .M4 (2011, 19th edition)
Reference RC55 .M4 (2006, 18th edition)


Covers the agricultural literature from 1970 to present. No fulltext.
Biosis Previews (Formerly Biological Abstracts)
Biosis Previews indexes articles from all fields of Biology.
Index to clinical medicine, nursing, veterinary and allied health literature. Some fulltext is available.
PubMed provides another interface to the data contained in MEDLINE plus additional content.
Web of Science -- Science Citation Index
Index and cited references for articles in the sciences.
Chemical Abstracts (STN Easy)
Chemical Abstracts covers all areas of Chemistry including those of interest to biologists. It is a good place to look for topics in the realm of Biochemistry. Unlike most of our databases, we have limited hours of access and a password is required. Please talk to a reference librarian to learn more about our hours of access and password.
PsycINFO covers the literature of Psychology from 1967 to present. This is a good place to look for articles for anyone with an interest in Clinical Psychology.
Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Complete is a multi-subject database containing both scholarly and popular publications. Some material is available in full-text. It is a good starting place for introductory level classes.
Electronic Journal Center
The EJC contains over 1500 full-text journls, many in the sciences.

A full list of Biology related indexes available at Wittenberg can be found at:


Periodicals are where most of the information for your research papers will come. Remember that there are scholarly publications as well as popular publications You will most likely want to stick to scholarly publications for your research. For hints on how to tell the two apart, please see Scholarly vs. Popular Articles.

Wittenberg owns many scientific journals in both print and electronic formats. The links below will help you to find out what journals we own, the format, and where they are located.

Journals the Library Has
This is a searchable index of the periodicals Wittenberg owns in electronic and print formats. Location and dates owned are also provided.

Journal Interlibrary Loan Form
Use Interlibrary Loan to request articles not owned at Wittenberg from other libraries. Please see the form for more details.


When using the internet, always be thinking critically about what you are viewing. Good and bad information both reside on the internet and it isn't always easy to tell the two apart. For hints on spotting good web pages, please see the library's page on Evaluating Web Sites.

If you choose to use internet sites as information resources, you must cite them just as you must cite a book or journal article. For help citing webpages and other online resources, take a look at Citing Electronic Resources.


If you are having trouble with your research, please contact Alisa Mizikar, the Science Librarian, via email at or call 937-327-7515. You can also contact any of the reference librarians at or at 937-327-7511.

Compiled by Alisa Mizikar.

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