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Biological Sciences: Books

How to find information in biological science disciplines.

Definitions: Specialized Dictionaries

Standard Reference Sources

Searching for Books

You can find books in the UT Library Catalog using either keywords for your topic, or using Subject Headings such as those listed below. 

Searching by keyword allows you to find words mentioned in book titles, chapter titles, subjects, and author names.  Keyword searches can be combined to find books on two or more topics using AND or OR.  Searching by Subject Heading is more precise, but searches for broad topics in the book.  See the UT Library Catalog Guide for more information about searching.

Some subject headings you may want to start at include the following.  Some will have cross references to other related topics, and most will have sub-headings for more specific topics, formats, or geographic areas:

UT Library Catalog Search

UT Catalog Search

Browsing for Biology Books

The UT Libraries use the Library of Congress Call Number system for organizing our books.  You can browse the shelves in our libraries in the following call numbers:

QD 416-436 Biochemistry
QH 1-300 Natural History
QH1-(199.5)     General
    Including nature conservation, geographical distribution
QH201-278.5    Microscopy
QH301-705.5 Biology (General)
QH359-425    Evolution
QH426-470    Genetics
QH471-489    Reproduction
QH501-531    Life
QH540-549.5    Ecology
QH573-671    Cytology
QH705-705.5    Economic biology
QK Botany
QL Zoology
QM Human Anatomy
QP Physiology
QR Microbiology

The Mulford Health Sciences Library uses a slightly different call number system in addition to those used above.  If you need help, you can at the Service Desk.

OhioLINK

Don't forget that in addition to all of the books available in the University of Toledo Libraries locations, you also have access to books from any of the more than 85 OhioLINK partner libraries.  Whenever you are in the University of Toledo Library Catalog, you can click on the OhioLINK button to perform the same search in libraries across the state.  Or you can start your search in the OhioLINK Catalog itself.  See here for more information about requesting and borrowing items from OhioLINK libraries.

OhioLINK Search

OhioLINK Catalog Search

Subject Guide