anatomy and physiology

Anatomy & Physiology: Kaur

Welcome! Click on a tab below to find books, articles, and websites for use in this course.

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.

Questions? Feel free to use my contact info to the right, stop by the Reference Desk, or contact us by email or chat.

Osteographia, or The anatomy of the bones. Image Credit: William Cheselden, 1733
  1. Study Resources
  2. Find Information
  3. Use Websites
  4. Cite

The library has many study resources, including textbooks, models, and slides. See information below.


We have many textbooks available in the library. Head to the library catalog (it's the link titled Catalog at the top of the screen.) Try searching for anatomy and physiology and textbook to get a list of what we have.

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Now look at the results screen below.

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Make sure you write down

  1. Title and Author Info
  2. Date of the Book
  3. Location and availability of item

If you are unsure about how to locate a book in the library, ask a reference librarian.


The library has a large number of anatomy models, many of which mirror those available in the lab. See the list of models available. These are available for in-library use only.

To check these out, head to the library circulation desk on the 2nd floor of the SRC. Bring your library card.


We also have a list of slides available for in library study. Scroll to page 2 for 1552 information.

To check these out, head to the circulation desk on the 2nd floor of the SRC. Library microscopes are also located on the 2nd floor of the SRC, behind the reference collection.

Getting Started: Finding Basic Information

Trying to find basic information about your disease or condition? Information such as how many people suffer from the condition, symptoms, and basic treatments can be found in an encyclopedia.

Try searching the Gale Virtual Reference Library for your condition now.

Find Articles

Once you've moved past encyclopedia articles, there are two good databases that I'd recommend for this assignment:

Academic Search Complete has a large variety of academic and popular articles about medical topics

Science Direct is a source of scholarly articles only (both research and review) on scientific topics.

Try searching for your disease/condition.

You can also look for subject headings to narrow your search. Click on a good article title, and then look for the subject headings in the center of the screen. If you see a good term for your search, click on it.

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Not finding what you need? Check out our expanded list of biology databases.

Use Websites

While you're doing Google searches to either narrow your topic or in order to dig up more information on certain subject, you want to be careful to decide if the information you find is trustworthy.

When it comes to science, nearly everyone has opinions: are we getting enough Vitamin D? What will fracking do for our economy or our groundwater supply? Your job is to evaluate the information you can find through Google and Bing to find the good websites--those written by authors you can trust, with good and up-to-date information.

Authorship: Who created this website? What is their background on the topic? Are they trustworthy?

Bias: Why was the website created? What point of view does the author have? Does that limit the facts they present or how the facts are presented?

Date: How old is the information that is presented? Is it still accurate?

Questions? Check out the COD Library's guide to evaluating information.

Cite Sources

Find directions about how to cite your sources in APA or MLA style 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 citation styles? Check out Purdue OWL, which has MLA and APA citation style guides.

Scientific Research Articles

Distinguishing a Research Article From a Popular Article


Worried that you might be reading a trade article from a scholarly article, or a review article from a scientific research article?

Start by looking for the distinctive markers of a scholarly article: are the authors' degrees or university affiilations listed? Do you see an abstract? How about charts, tables, graphs?

Confused? Take a look at page one of a scholarly article below:

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Notice the following:

  1. The authors list a university affiliation
  2. The abstract is right in the center of the page
  3. The (unmarked) introduction

Once you are certain that you are looking at a scholarly article, make certain that your article is a scientific research (and not review) article by looking for the following distinctive sections:


This is a paragraph-long summary of the contents of the article, including the hypothesis and conclusion. This can be a vitally important section which will help you 1. figure out the focus of the article and 2) help you to puzzle through the especially dense language of some articles-- after all, you know where the authors are heading!


The introduction introduces the topic, explaining what research has already been done on this topic ( often called a literature review) and what questions the researchers were trying to answer.


The method section describes how the experiment was conducted.


The results list the data collected from the experiment.


The discussion section explains the significance of the results: was the hypothesis supported, or were there unanticipated results?


The conclusion restates the results of the experiment and states further areas for research: what questions remain to be answered?

References or Works Cited

This is where the authors note the previously conducted research which helped to shape their own work in this study.

Some of these sections may be merged with other sections, have slightly different names, or may not be labeled, but all should be present in one way or another.

Want to take a closer look? Cladophora (Chlorophyta) spp. Harbor Human Bacterial Pathogens in Nearshore Water of Lake Michigan is a research article found on PubMedCentral, a government-sponsored free database with many free articles available. You can use this as a model scholarly research article.

Having Trouble Reading Your Article?

  • Check out this handy guide to reading scholarly articles.
  • Remember that you can use reference databases to explain words or concepts that you're unfamiliar with. Try searching Credo or Gale to start.

Questions? Contact me or the reference desk and you can verify that a source is a scholarly research article. (Or we can help you find one.)

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