Anatomy and Physiology

Welcome to the Anatomy and Physiology Research Guide.

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

You'll need a College of DuPage Library card in order to use most of the resources below from off campus. If your card is not working, it may need to be reactivated.

If you need additional help, use my contact information at the right or contact a reference librarian.

  1. Study
  2. Reference
  3. Books & Videos
  4. Articles
  5. Websites
  6. Cite


The library has a variety of items (listed below) that you can use to study for your anatomy and physiology class.

You are welcome to study at the library in our group study rooms on the 3rd floor. We also have a silent study room available in addition to the quiet spaces throughout the library.


We have several A&P textbooks available for two hour in library use.

Want to see what we've got? Check the reserve by course or by book titles. (Click Reserve on the page below and select items or courses below the search bar.

You can check them out at the main circulation desk on the second floor of the SRC.

Struggling to read your textbook, or want to check out an atlas of Anatomy? Check out the reference tab.


Want overviews of systems of the body? Use the A&P series in Nursing Education in Video to get fast video introductions to the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, muscular, reproductive, skeletal, urinary, endocrine, and integumentary systems.


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").


Here's our list of Anatomy and Physiology slides. All slides are also listed under each course's reserve link, accessible via the catalog.

Reference Works

Use reference sources to discover background information on a topic. This will help you to refine your search in the catalog and databases (as well as your thesis!).

Looking for information on controversial topics or related to current events? Try CQ Researcher or Issues and Controversies to get background information.

The Gale Virtual Reference Library also has many different scientific and health encyclopedias online in full-text.

We also have an extensive collection of encyclopedias in print:

Finding A&P Books

Looking for information on a specific topic? Anatomy books can be found in the QM section of the library, and Physiology books are in the QP section. Feel free to head to the shelves and browse or ask for help in finding the right book.

You can also discover what books we own by searching the catalog. Search using two terms if possible (such as statistics and sample size) to get topics that are helpful.

You can also search the catalog to see if we have a textbook for your particular course.

Circulation Desk Books

Some of our newest anatomy books are located in the Circulation Desk collection. If you see this location listed by a book title you're interested in, head to the main circulation desk (second floor, SRC) and we will check the book out to you. Don't be shy!

Titles you may find interesting from the Circulation Desk Collection:


The Library owns many Anatomy & Physiology films in DVD, VHS and streaming formats. In addition, A&P microscope slides and anatomy models are available for in-library use. You can search for individual titles in the library catalog. You can also search for streaming titles on the following platforms:

Academic Video online includes short anatomy videos such as introductions to the bodily systems. Try clicking Advanced Search and then selecting Health Sciences from the menu on the right. Type "anatomy" in the text box labeled "words anywhere." Don't try more specific searches such as "heart and anatomy" as they don't work well.

The Sports Medicine in Video collection also includes titles in Human Physiology as well as Motor Development and other fitness-inspired videos.

Searching For Articles

The Library subscribes to databases that provide access to thousands of popular and scholarly journals. Request copies of articles that are not available in the databases through Interlibrary Loan for free.

Best Anatomy and Physiology Databases
  • Academic Search Complete
    This database covers a wide variety of biological and health-related topics, including including popular and scholarly articles. Find current events and academic research.
  • Academic OneFile
    Academic OneFile also covers popular and scholarly topics in biology/health.
  • 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.
  • Medline is a comprehensive database of medical (and biological) research. It is an index database, so be sure to include time for interlibrary loan, and you'll want to put together a specific search in order to not get overwhelmed.

Don't see what you're looking for here? Try the full list of math and science databases. You can also look at the health and medicine databases.

Struggling to read the articles once you've found them? You can use Credo or Gale reference collections to look up certain words. Also take a look at this guide to reading a research article.

Interlibrary Loan


See the words Find This underneath an article citation rather than a PDF or HTML link? Click on Find This to launch a new tab that will tell you if the article is in another database. If you see "Full Text is Available" on the next screen, click on "View Full Text" to launch one more tab that with the article.

If you see the words "Online Resource Not Found", then click the "Request this Item" link in the upper right of the screen to ask that the library get you a copy. You should get a PDF copy of the article emailed to you in about a week.

See Request this Item Link

Don't see the Find It! on the article link, or getting citations from an article? First check our journal locator to see what journals we have access to.

Can't find the journal you're looking for? Use one of our forms to request an article or a book.


  • Anatomy Videos: MedlinePlus
    Short videos related to parts of the body and diseases and health conditions. The videos play in QuickTime format.
  • Digital Anatomist Project: Interactive Atlases
    2-D and 3-D views (with labeling available) and movies of many parts of the human anatomy.
  • BBC: Interactive Body
    Basic information on parts of the body that challenges you to assemble various organs, bones and muscles in the right places, and tests your nervous system and senses. Requires Flash Player.
  • e-Anatomy: Human Anatomy, Medical imaging and Illustrations
    Hybrid website with both free and premium (for-fee subscription required) content. Diagrams, medical imaging, and 3-D images for many parts of the body.
  • The E-Skeletons Project
    Learn the bones, morphology, origin and insertion points of muscles, and joint articulation. Comparisons to gorilla, baboon, and orangutan skeletons can be made for comparative anatomy. Includes self-tests to check understanding of material.
  • Human Body Maps.
    Free, interactive visual search tool that allows users to explore the human body in 3D.
  • LUMEN: Loyola University Medical Center Gross Anatomy Tutorial
    Illustrated tutorials to support the Structure of the Human Body course. Self-quizzes to help students learn human anatomy. Many more web-based links are listed under "Anatomy on the Internet."
  • 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."
  • The Virtual Body
    English and Spanish guide to the anatomy of the body.
  • Whole Brain Atlas
    From Harvard Medical School, images and identification of the parts of the normal brain and brains affected by disease or stroke.

Cite Your Sources

Find directions about how to cite your sources on the library citation guide.

Finally, you are welcome to use NoodleBib if you'd like to use a program to create and organize your citations. You must "Create a New Folder" when you use NoodleBIB for the first time. Click on "I am citing a(n):," choose the type of item you are citing, and then fill in the online form. Your bibliography will be formatted for you.

Further questions about MLA or APA style? Check out Purdue OWL, which has APA and MLA citation style guides.

Worried About Patchwriting and/or Plagiarism?

Check out the Paraphrasing or Patchwriting guide.

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