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Biology Research Guide

Before beginning your research, good to know:

  • Use library website links to find journal articles.
    Googling “PubMed” will not give you many full text articles,
    nor will Googling “JSTOR” if you are off campus.

  • Click Find It or “Check Lake Forest College” to get articles that are not in full text in a database.
  • Interlibrary loaned articles are often received within hours of requests made Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., but may take a day or two, and can take up to 2 weeks.

Find articles

“Primary” articles are written by those who performed the original research.

  • Web of Science is the recommended database to search for biology articles.
    With Web of Science you will search
    • Science Citation Index & Social Sciences Citation Index: 2000 to present
    • Medline: 1950 to present
    • Current Contents: 1998 to present
    —with links to the full text of articles.
    How to successfully search Web of Science

Note: Most articles found in all of these other databases can be found by just searching Web of Science.


Find books

Find books in our library
  • On the library home page at lfc.edu/library, search for books by keyword, title, author, or subject.
  • On the right side of your search results, click links to “Narrow Your Search” by Topic, Language, etc.
  • Books that you can take out of the library have a Location of “General Collection — Lower Level.”
  • Books can be found on the shelves by call numbers. For example:
  • Natural History and Conservation QH 1 - QH 199
    Biology (General) QH 300 - QH 700
    Evolution QH 359 - QH 425
    Genetics QH 426 - QH 470
    Botany QK
    Zoology QL
    Human Anatomy QM
    Medicine and Health (General) R
    Public Health and Medicine RA
    Neuroscience RC 321 - RC 571
    Plant Culture SB
    Forestry SD
  • Ask at the Circulation/Reference Desk if you need help locating a book.
  • E-books: Search the library catalog, then, on the right, under Location, choose EBooks.
Find books in other I-Share libraries
Get books from non-I-Share libraries
    • Confirm that the book you want is not available in I-Share,
      then search for the book in WorldCat to get to a Find It button to request the book from Tipasa,
    • Request the book by logging into Tipasa and choosing Request a Book.
    • Textbooks may not be requested via Tipasa
    • Allow up to 3-4 weeks for Tipasa book requests to arrive
    • Request renewals for Tipasa books by logging into Tipasa  and choosing “View/Renew Checked Out Items.”




Cite articles, chapters, books, and websites

  • APA Citation Style

  • College Statement on Plagiarism

Find and Cite Images

See: Find & Cite Images for Biology Papers and Presentations



For help with research or citation:
  • Go to the Reference Desk in the library or call 847-735-5074
  • Ask a librarian anytime; we will reply within 24 hours during the week.


Adenine Thymine base pair
Image by Wikimedia Commons contributor Jypx3. Used with permission.