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BIO 503: Advanced Ecology
Dr. Robertson

Reference Sources Journal Articles Government Information Books
  World Wide Web Your Comments    

The purpose of this course research guide is to acquaint you with some of the resources in the University Library and on the World Wide Web useful for your research. Should you have questions, stop by the Reference Desk on the first floor. You may also call the Reference Desk at (334) 229-4110 during the hours the Library is open.

Reference Sources

Sources in the Library's Reference Collection and similar sources online can help you find brief factual information quickly. Reference books of interest for biology research are located on the first floor in the Main Reference collection and the fourth floor in the Health Sciences Reference collection. These books must be used in the Library.

  • The Dictionary of Environmental Microbiology
    Main Reference: QR 100 .S74 2003
  • The Facts on File Dictionary of Environmental Science
    Main Reference: TD 9 .F33 2000
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ecology
    Main Reference: QH 540.4 .C66 1994
  • Macmillan Encyclopedia of the Environment
    Main Reference: GE 10 .M33 1997
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Biology
    Main Reference: QH 540.4 .E52 1995
  • The McGraw-Hill Online Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (ASU)

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Journal Articles

The best method for finding journal articles is to use the Library's online databases. For additional information on those listed below and for others, explore our list of databases. The databases are easily accessible off campus by clicking on the database name and typing in the information requested. If you need additional assistance with accessing the databases, contact Cedric Davis (334 229-6998) or Randy Curtis (334 229-5604).

Science Databases

Additional Databases

Not all of our databases provide access to the entire text of articles. If the text of an article is not available in a database, consult the following sources:

  • E-Journal Portal (ASU) - to determine if the article is available in another online database.
  • HORNetCat - lists journals to which the Library subscribes. These are housed in the Serials Department on the third floor.
  • Interlibrary Loan - order those articles not available in the Library or via a full-text database.

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Government Information

Consult the following sources to find information on various topics of interest to biologists.

Federal Government Information

Alabama Government Information

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Those books not located in the University Library can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.


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World Wide Web

The World Wide Web is an outstanding but often bewildering source of information. Not everything you find will be authoritative, accurate, and valid. Try searching one of these databases to find more reliable Web sites.

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Your Comments

Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think about this guide. Has it helped with your research? Do you have any suggestions for improving the guide? You may e-mail Marsha V. Taylor ( or call her at (334) 229-6839 with your comments and suggestions.

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Revised by: Marsha V. Taylor, Information Literacy Librarian
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September 9, 2005