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Biology Research: Reference Sources

Research Guide for Biology at PLNU

Why Use Reference Books?

Reference sources provide background information, an overview of a topic, specialized vocabulary and terminology, and critical concepts.  They're often a great starting point.  The Library has reference materials both online and in print.

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Reference E-books for Biology

Here are three good online resources for basic information in the life sciences.

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Selected Print Biology Reference Sources

Ryan Library has dozens of subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, and guidebooks in the area of biology. Here are just a few examples: