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A subject research guide for the students and faculty of the OSU Biology department in the discipline of Biology.

Locating books

Use 1Search from the library's home page to search for books in the Valley Library, OSU branch libraries, and Summit Libraries. 

Limit to items in the OSU Libraries (Library Catalog)

Choose the At OSU Libraries only scope to search all of the OSU Libraries collections. This includes Guin, Vet Med, and OSU Cascades.


OSU Libraries scope screenshot



How do I find Ebooks?

To search for an ebook, use the OSU Libraries scope. Click on the View Online tab to link to the ebook. You will need to log in with your ONID information to view the ebook contents.

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How do I get a book from another library?

You can request a book from another library (Summit or Worldcat) using our Interlibrary Loan service.

If the availability of the items says Check Holdings, that means we either do not own the item or it is currently checked out.

Click on the Availability & Request Options tab

Click Request the item from another library.

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You can borrow books from Summit  libraries and have them sent to one of the OSU Libraries.

To search Summit, choose the OSU Libraries + Summit scope from the drop-down menu.

OSU Libraries and Summit scope

To request an item from Summit, click on the Availability and Request Optionstab.

To see which libraries own the item, click on the Summit Libraries(n) link. The (n) indicates the number of libraries that own the item.

Summit requesting options

To request the item, click on the Place Summit request link and fill in the form. Click on Request.

Summit request form

You will be notified via email when you item has arrived and is available for pick-up.

Some Biology Reference Books


A Dictionary of Biology - ebook 

Oxford University Press, 1996. 3rd ed.

Henderson's dictionary of biology
edited by Eleanor Lawrence. Harlow, England. New York: Pearson/Prentice Hall 2005
QH302.5 .H45 2005

More biology dictionaries


Five kingdoms : an illustrated guide to the phyla of life on earth
Lynn Margulis, Karlene V. Schwartz. New York : W.H. Freeman, c1998. 3rd ed. 520 p
QH83 .M36 1998

Synopsis and classification of living organisms.
Sybil P. Parker, editor in chief. New York : McGraw-Hill, 1982. 2v.
Valley  QH83 .S89

More biology classification


Dictionary of ecology - ebook
edited by Michael Allaby. Oxford, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998. 2nd ed.
Valley   QH540.4 .C66 2005

More ecology dictionaries

More ecology encyclopedias