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Welcome to the Biology Research Guide.

Click on a tab below to find books, videos, articles, and websites for use in Biology classes.

If you need additional help, stop by the Reference Desk or contact a reference librarian.

  1. Books, Models, & Videos
  2. Databases and Journals
  3. Websites

Finding Books

Use the COD Library catalog to find books & videos. Click on the "keyword" tab to search using multiple search terms and limit your results by material type (book, video), date, or language. You'll need a current College of DuPage Library card to check out books.

Reference Works

Reference works, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are useful for learning about background information on a topic. Please note that print reference books may be used while in the library only. Online reference books may be accessed from any on or off-campus computer. You'll need a College of DuPage Library card to access online books and articles from off-campus.

Click on the links below to access the online book/website or record/description of the print book.


The library has a large collection of models that can be checked out for student use at Main Circulation Desk on the second floor of the SRC. Check out our updated list of Anatomy Models. Browse by type of model or search by a specific model (AKA "stomach").


The Library owns many Biology films in DVD, VHS and streaming formats. Microscope slides for Biology 1100 and Biology 1151/1152 are also available for student use in the Library. Check the list of titles at:

Find videos related to Health and Diseases at:


Here's our list of biology slides:

The Library subscribes to many databases that provide access to thousands of popular and credible, scholarly journals. Many databases provide access to full-text articles, while some provide information about the article only (citation). Request (for free!) through Interlibrary Loan copies of articles to which the Library doesn't have full-text access.

Access the article databases listed below.

Best Bet links: Databases and Journal Holdings

  • Academic Search Complete
    Multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of academic areas.
  • Academic OneFile
    Multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of academic areas.
  • Knovel Library
    This database is a cross-searchable collection of electronic books covering many subjects in technology, engineering, applied technology, science, chemistry and physics and much more.
  • Science Direct
    Full-text of hundreds of scientific journals from the publisher Elsevier. Be sure to select "Subscribed Journals" from the Source drop-down menu.
  • Scientific American Archives Online
    Indexing of every issue of Scientific American. PDFs of every article from 1993 to present.
  • Health Research Databases
  • Issues and Controversies
    Issues and Controversies helps students understand crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in science, health, the environment and more.
  • CQ Researcher
    The CQ Researcher offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of today's most important issues. Each report is on a single topic more than 12,000 words in text and extensive bibliographies. Each weekly issue provides up-to-date information on controversial subjects reported by CQ's staff of experienced reporters.
  • List of best databases related to health.

  • List of biology journals available online fulltext from databases.


  • Cells Alive
    Fine images of many types of cells, explanations of cell structure, and animations of cell division phases.
  • Encyclopedia of Life
    Collaborative encyclopedia providing basic information and links across the web to species from across the kingdoms of life.
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System
    Authoritative taxonomic information for plants, animals, fungi and microbes of North America and the world. Includes accepted and non-accepted names, taxonomic hierarchy for kingdom to species, and links to Google images and other web resources.
  • Lynn Fancher's Biology Bookmarks
    Extensive links to biology gateway sites, as well as internet sites for specific areas of biology
  • Scitable
    Scitable is a free science library from Nature Publishing Group. Essays and illustrations on important topics in genetics and cell biology (with links to Nature journal articles), career information and more are provided.
  • Seven Biological Challenges
    Links to essays by noted researchers and useful websites in areas of biotechnology, evolution, environment and more.
  • LUMEN: Loyola University Medical Center Zoomified Histology
    Examples and explanations using hundreds of slides to illustrate 22 topics in histology. Includes lab practical self-quiz feature. Be sure to look at links to other websites under "Histology on the Internet."
  • Virtual Cell Animation Collection
    Visuals and animation explain organelles and cell processes for glycolyis, mitosis/meiosis, photosynthesis and more.
  • The Virtual Library: Biosciences
    Extensive list of links to valuable websites in many areas of the biological sciences.
  • Yahoo's Index of Biological Links
    Search for information by biological subject categories or by keyword.