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ANS153: Animal Health and Diseases (Macho): Books & eBooks

Using Books for Research

Books are a valuable tool for academic research, because they provide:

  • in-depth coverage of a topic
  • valuable background (and often historical) information on a topic
  • an overview of key issues related to a topic
  • awareness of other important sources through their bibliographies

You do not necessarily have to read an entire book for every research project you are assigned.  Utilize the introductionindex and chapter titles to narrow down which sections of a book are most pertinent to your research.

How do I locate a book on the shelf at BCC Libraries?

While it is certainly convenient to search the catalog and have books sent to your local library for pick up, browsing the collections of a library can be very productive; often revealing sources as good as - if not better - than what you initially found in the catalog! Below is the shelf range for books on the subject of biology and related topics and their approximate location on the shelf  as identified by the Library of Congress Classification System. If you need help finding your way around the library 'stacks,' ask any library staff member!

QH Natural History - Biology

  • 1-278.5............Natural History (General)

        1-199.5...........General (including nature conservation, geographical distribution)
        201-278.5.........Microscopy
 

  •     301-705.5..........Biology (General)

        359-425...........Evolution
        426-470...........Genetics
        471-489...........Reproduction
        501-531...........Life
        540-549.5.........Ecology
        573-671...........Cytology
        705-705.5.........Economic biology

QK Botany
 

  •     1-989..............Botany

        1-474.5...........General (including geographical distribution)

         474.8-495.........Spermatophyta. Phanerogams

               494-494.5........Gymnosperms
               495..............Angiosperms       

  • 504-638...........Cryptogams
  • 640-707...........Plant anatomy
  • 710-899...........Plant physiology
  • 900-989...........Plant ecology


QL Zoology
 

  • 1-991..............Zoology

        1-355.............General (including geographical distribution)
        360-599.82........Invertebrates

           461-599.82.......Insects

  • 605-739.8.........Chordates. Vertebrate

            614-639.8........Fishes
            640-669.3........Reptiles and amphibians
            671-699..........Birds
            700-739.8........Mammals

  • 750-795...........Animal behavior

              791-795..........Stories and anecdotes
 

  • 799-799.5.........Morphology
  • 801-950.9.........Anatomy
  • 951-991...........Embryology

 

Sample Keyword Search in BCC/SAILS Catalog

 

National Institutes of Health: Veterinary Medicine

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Interlibrary Loan

Books not available through the BCC Libraries can be obtained through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) , a service free of charge to all current BCC students, faculty, and staff!

Google Book Search

Google Books offer selected page views from published books. These are not meant to substitute access to the full text of any book -- either online or in print. In depth review is necessary to understand how a book's author is covering a subject.

If a publisher has given Google permission (this is rare), you can see a preview of the book, "and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy...[and] you'll be able read the book from start to finish."

Google Book Search