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Chemistry and Life Science


There are several ways to find books owned by the library. We have both Ebooks and physical books in our collection. You can search for both in SCOUT.


You have access to Ebooks with your credentials so make sure you are signed in to access them. 


This is an example of a book we have in the library on the shelf and available to check out. The long number in parenthesis is the book's call number and this is what you will use to find the book on the shelf.



Finding a physical book in the library may be a little difficult if you aren't used to using the Library of Congress System. However, basically the books are in alphabetical order. Don't spend too long looking! We librarians are more than willing to help you find what you need.


Click here to help locate the area of the library where a call number can be found. In general, you will find books about life sciences in the following areas on the East Wing of the 5th floor:


Biology (General)
QR  Microbiology
QK Botany
QL Zoology
QM Human Anatomy
QP Physiology


You will also find life science topics in other call numbers/subject areas throughout the library.


R General Medicine


There are several different ways you can go about finding journal articles.  One is to do a general search in SCOUT which includes results from a large number of databases but not all of them and will also include books, videos, etc. unless you filter them out.  


Another method is to search only in specific chemistry journals.  This link will take you to a search page where you can click on a journal, search in that journal, and get results from that specific journal.  Be aware that the top search box is for journal titles and subjects not articles.  You need to click on a journal first to search.

The library provides access to a number of different life science databases.  This is another method you can use to search for articles but instead of searching in the library's entire holdings or only in a specific journal, a database will give you results from a number of different journals. You can look at a comprehensive list of our chemistry and life science databases.


If you are in a hurry, try one of these "best bet" databases. 


More than 350 journals and eBooks in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences.





If you already have a SciFinder account, you will be able to log in to SciFinderⁿ via the new platform and do not need to set up a new account. If you are new to SciFinder, set up an account using this link: (You must be on campus or VPN for this link to work.)

  • Click on the SciFinder Registration link above
  • Click on "Next" to continue with the registration
  • Click "Accept" to accept the terms of use
  • Fill in the required information


PubMed® comprises more than 36 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.


From foundational science to new and novel research, discover our large collection of Physical Sciences and Engineering publications, covering a range of disciplines, from the theoretical to the applied.


Jove is an incredible resource for watching science experiments and learning about specific topics.  There are more than 18,000 videos of experiments available and searchable by type. You can find lab manuals and core concept videos as well as well.   You can find more information by clicking on JoVE on the side navigation or clicking here

You can find an excellent overview of citations styles, academic integrity, and plagiarism here.


Consider using an online citation manager. Zotero Is free, open source citation management tool that comes as a Firefox or Chrome extension or a standalone program for other browsers. It offers plugins for MS Word and Open Office so you can insert citations as you write your paper. You can also create groups to save references for projects to be used by all group members.


Several styles of citations can be used in biology, please ensure you know which your professor requires. Two of the more common styles are APA and CSE.


American Psychological Association (APA) Style


CSE Style Guide



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