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This is a general guide for students and faculty interested in locating information related to Zoology using library resources. It is also intended as an aide for students enrolled in zoology courses and for the interested novice using the library .


Synopsis and classification of living organisms.
Sybil P. Parker, editor in chief. New York : McGraw-Hill, 1982. 2v.
Provides systematic positions of all living organisms down to the family level. Index is located in volume 2 and contains both common and scientific names. Length of entries varies--sometimes just the name is mentioned (though references for the taxon immediately superior may be relevant) May be a brief overview of the organism's characteristics, biology and ecology, as well as literature references.
Valley QH83 .S89



Guide to reference and information sources in the zoological sciences 2003. (Valley QL45.2 .S36 2003)



  • Birds of North America: Life Histories for the 21st Century  Valley QL681 B625 -- Will eventually encompass individual species accounts for the 700 bird species nesting in the United States and Canada.  See also, Birds of North America (Database from Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
  • Sibley's Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world
    Valley QL677 .S531 1990
  • Sibley's Supplement to Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world Valley QL677 .S531 1990 sup.--Taxonomic list of birds based on use of DNA and DNA hybridization analysis.
  • Field guide to the birds of North America.
    Valley QL681 .F531 1999


  • Encyclopedia of fishes.
    Valley QL614.7 .E521 1998
  • Fishes of the world
    Valley QL618 .N4 1994
  • List of common and scientific names of fishes from the United States and Canada = Special publication / American Fisheries Society ; no.12 Valley SH1 .A49 no.12
    • All species of known freshwater fish of the United States and Canada are covered as well as species along the continental shelf to a depth of 200 meters.

Amphibians and Reptiles

  • Amphibians and reptiles of the Pacific Northwest.
    Valley QL653.N95 N87 1983  
  • Complete guide to scientific and common names of reptiles and amphibians of the world.
    Valley QL645 .F731 1995


  • Mammals of North America
    Valley QL715 .K38 2002
  • Mammals of the Pacific Northwest: from the coast to the high Cascades.
    Valley QL201 .M37 1998
  • Land Mammals of Oregon
    Valley QL719 .O7 V474 1998
  • Mammalian species -- Will eventually encompass species accounts for all species of mammals. Valley QL700 .M3 (1969+) Available online at:
  • Mammals Species of the World (3rd Edition) Valley QL708 .M35 2005 Avalable on line at 
  • National Audubon Society field guide to North American mammals --Descriptions include common and scientific name, description, similar species, breeding, sign, habitat, range and information on natural history.  Valley QL715 .W49 1996
  • Walker's mammals of the world. -- Comprehensive account of recent genera of mammals arranged by taxonomic classification. Valley QL703 .W222 1999

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Dictionary of zoology (Oxford) -- Online only.

Grzimek's Animal life encyclopedia

Arrangement by animal groupings and further divided into animal orders and families. Valley QL3 .G7813 and online.

Style Guides

Scientific style and format: the CSE manual for authors, editors and publishers (formerly the CBE style guide)

Here are two helpful online guides to CSE format:

For other style guide information (including APA)  refer to Style and Citation Guides