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Reference Books

Reference books — such as encyclopedias, atlases, and directories — are useful for topic overviews, historical background, statistics, images, maps, and more. Here are some suggested Reference Book titles in Biology-related subject areas.

Title

Location

A Dictionary of Biology

REF 570 D53

 Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

 REF 570 E43

McGraw Hill Dictionary of Bioscience

 REF 570 M34

Concise Encyclopedia of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

REF 572 B76c

Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

REF 572 O94

 Encyclopedia of Evolution

REF 576.8 E53

 Encyclopedia of Environmental Biology

REF 577 E53

 Encyclopedia of Human Biology

REF 612 E53

Online Reference Books

Three of the library’s databases allow you to do keyword searches across a large selection of high quality reference works online, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and directories. These works help you find topic overviews, statistics, images, maps, and more. Because they have full text online, you can access these materials any time using any computer.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Over 70 reference works
Oxford Reference Online Premium Over 190 reference works published by Oxford University Press, including Oxford Companions, dictionaries, and encyclopedias

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