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Biological Sciences: Books and Journals

Books and Journals

Looking for a book?    stack of books

Go to the library catalogue  and search by title, author, or keywords.

Is the at another site or  book out on loan? - Place a hold

Is the book not held by the library at all? - Use the Inter library loan service to borrow it from another library

Recommend a book? - Contact your Academic Engagement Librarian if you would like to recommend a book we should buy for the library.

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The Encyclopedia of Life Sciences features over  5,000 specially commissioned, peer-reviewed and citeable articles in the life sciences and is an essential resource for students.

Looking for an online journal?     pile of magazines

Search for the title of the journal in eJounals

Looking for articles or information on a topic?

Try using Library Search to find information on any topic. You will find things that the library has and may not have. Contact the Interlibrary Loan service to see if you can get the resource that the library does not own.

computer with extension cord to the world   Not on campus? Use SVE:

  Very few of our resources are freely available to any web user. If you're at home, the easiest way around this problem is to sign into the University's SVE service.  Alternatively, some resources may have an "institutional" or "Shibboleth" login option. Use this and log in with your University username and password.

Explaining the Library of Congress Classification System

What is a call number and how do I use it?

When you enter the details of the item that you want on the catalogue it will display a call number or code that tells you where the item is shelved.

The call number will usually look something like these examples:

TK 2380.45 GAR 

306.47 GEL 

B OCEAN (Physical) Kna 

Although the codes look different, they work in much the same way: the combinations of letters and numbers gives a location based on the subject content of the item. The items are arranged on the shelves using the call numbers.

The library floor plan will show you where items with particular call numbers are stored

Books on Level 3

Where to find books on your subject:

The Hartley Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme for most subjects: find key locations for biological subjects below.

Subject     Call Number
Biochemistry    QU
Biology, Applied S - SK
Biology, General QH 308 - 705
Biophysics    QT 501 - 621
Biotechnology    TP 247 - 248
Botany

QK   

Cell Biology

 QH 581 - 656

Ecology

 QH 540 - 557

Evolution   

 QH 366 - 377

Genetics

 QH 401 - 447

Microbiology

 QW 1 - 300

Molecular Biology

 QT 523

Pharmacology

 QV

Physical Biochemistry

 QT 601

Physiology, General

 QT

Physiology, Animal

 QP

Physiology, Plant

 QK 711 - 938

Statistics, Biomedical

 QH 283

Zoology

 QL

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