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Would you like to set up a research appointment with a librarian? Call Jani Costilla (275-4874) to schedule one!

    • Books and other library materials can be searched by keyword or subject by using the SKC library catalog. General science books are found in the Q class of the Library of Congress Classification System. This is split into more specific subjects that can be viewed here.


  • Some useful titles for life sciences writing help:
    • Handbook of Scientific Proposal Writing: Q 180.55 .P7 O78 2012
    • Preparing Literature Reviews: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches: Q 180.55 .E9 P36 2008
    • Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual: Located on the Library Reserve Shelf
    • Writing in the Sciences: Exploring Conventions of Scientific Discourse: T 11 .P393 2001


  • InterLibrary Loan is a convenient way to obtain materials not available at the SKC Library.
Scholarly Journal Articles
  • In Print at SKC Library
    American Scientist Q 1 .A64
    Newest issue in Commons
    Audubon QL 671 .A82
    Newest issue in Commons
    Discover Q 1 .D57
    Newest issue in Commons
    National Wildlife S 964 .U6 N35
    Newest issue in Commons
    Northwest Science Q 1 .N6
  • Online Journals via SKC DatabasesLife sciences specific databases
      are great places to begin academic research projects.

    • Academic Search Complete: available through EbscoHost Web
    • InfroTrac – Academic OneFile


  • ScienceDirect: Includes citations and abstracts for most academic science publications. SKC does not have a current subscription, but you can use the database as a guest. Please submit an InterLibrary Loan request to obtain full text of an article.

The titles listed below are just a sample of full-text journals available in the field of Life Sciences.

Journal Title Database Full-text Coverage
Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology
Publishes works relevant to the fields of applied microbiology & biotechnology: biotechnology, biochemical engineering, applied genetics & regulation, applied microbial & cell physiology, food biotechnology, & environmental biotechnology
EbscoHost – Academic Search Complete 2003-present
Environmental Microbiology
Covers the study of microbial processes in the environment, microbial communities and microbial interactions
EbscoHost – Academic Search Complete 1998-present
Integrative & Comparative Biology
Original articles and book reviews in zoological biology
EbscoHost – Academic Search Complete 2002-present
Journal of Applied Microbiology
Covers all aspects of applied microbiology; including environmental, food, agricultural, medical, pharmaceutical, veterinary, taxonomy, soil, systematics, water and biodeterioration
EbscoHost – Academic Search Complete 1998-present
Journal of Mammalogy
Summarizes current understanding of the biology of an individual species including systematics, distribution, fossil history, genetics, anatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, and conservation
EbscoHost – Academic Source Complete 2004-present
Molecular Microbiology
Contains research papers addressing any microbiological question at a molecular level
EbscoHost – Academic Search Complete 1998-present
PLoS Biology
Original research articles, essays, & other features as well as synopses of the research article for general audiences
EbscoHost – Academic Search Complete 2003-present
Journal of Zoology
Presents hypothesis-driven research that will be of interest to the general reader in zoology
EbscoHost – Academic Search Complete 2006-present

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