Biology: Background Info

Guide to biology information resources.

Where Should I Begin?

Good background information may be found in reference sources.  Access Science is an excellent starting point.

Reference sources (dictionaries, encyclopedias, manuals, guides) provide the following types of information on virtually any topic:

  • Reliable background information;
  • Articles written by subject experts;
  • Dates, timelines, events, people, definitions related to your topic;
  • Statistics;
  • A list of further readings, normally found at the end of encyclopedia articles.  Use these references as springboards for further research.

Using the Biological Literature : a Practical Guide will also be of help.

Image: Ctenophore, Bathocyroe fosteri.  NOAA.  Public Domain.  Wikimedia Commons.  

Websites

Encyclopedias

Print biology encyclopedias that are available for use in the LVC Bishop Library:

Dictionaries

Print and full-text dictionaries: