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BI 104 - General Biology II (For Majors)


The following guide is intended to provide an overview of resources available in the library and online that will assist you in preparing a presentation related to a controversial issue within the areas of biological sciences being studied this term. For further assistance, please take advantage of the reference services available to you in the library. Stop by the Reference Desk in person or online at Ask a Librarian.

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Selected Reference Resources (Print & Online)

CQ Researcher

The Concise Encyclopedia of the Ethics of New Technologies
     Ref QH332 .C66 2001

Encyclopedia of Science and Religion
     From the Gale Virtual Reference Library

McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science and Technology

Encyclopedia of Bioethics (2004 edition)
     Ref QH332 .E52 1995 (print version)

Encyclopedia of Ecology and Environmental Management
     From Credo Reference

Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy
     From the Gale Virtual Reference Library

Beacham's Guide to the Endangered Species of North America
     Ref QH77.N56 B43 2001  (3 volumes)


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Find Book Chapters

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Find Journal Articles

Academic Search Premier

  • Multidisciplinary
  • Lots of full-text
  • Can limit to popular or scholarly
  • Good place for secondary source or general readings
Biological Sciences (CSA)
  • Comprehensive for biology
  • Also indexes books (journals too)
  • No full text but links may sometimes be supplied
  • All material is scholarly
  • Interlibrary Loan may be needed for many
  • Good place for primary source materials


  • Good for environment and ecology
  • Full-text

Google Scholar

  • Accesses books and journals
  • Some full-text
  • Use Interlibrary Loan service if no full-text
  • Scope and comprehensiveness varies


  • Includes a sizeable Biological Sciences collection
  • All full-text
  • Most are from peer-reviewed journals
  • Latest years of coverage is lacking

LexisNexis Academic

  • Good place for news articles and current events
  • Most is full-text
  • Useful for finding topics of contemporary interest

ProQuest Biology Journals

  • Most is full-text
  • Includes popular and scholarly articles

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About WebBridge and Interlibrary Loan

WebBridge will let you know whether we own an item in electronic or print form. Click the WebBridge button and look for links to the item's full-text or to our catalog. If we don't have access to the item, WebBridge automatically completes an interlibrary loan form for you.

Please read the WebBridge info carefully. If the book or article is available locally, you will not be able to obtain it through Interlibrary Loan.

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Citing  Sources

Citing Information: CSE/CBE Style

CSE Citation Style Examples

USE "Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers"
Paper copy: Ready Ref T11 .S386

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Need More Help?

Ask a Librarian

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